Sabrina and MaSid have submitted reports, now I’ll give my two cents.
It was a nice day of skiing with Cheryl and Tessa on Wedge Connector. Cold and clean and better than expected. The trail has very little sun exposure so we didn’t encounter any wet snow.
The only issue is the large ice flow about 200 metres from the end of Wedge Connector. It was still navigable today but I can’t make any guarantees about tomorrow.
Evan-Thomas was surprising, too. It was trackset two days ago and nobody has walked in the tracks! The snow was still cold but the tracks had lots of tree debris. With my waxless skis, the pine needles weren’t a significant problem.
The south end of Bill Milne(Wedge to Evan-Thomas through Mt Kidd) was starting to be sun-affected by late afternoon. Conditions were variable. Sections with cold snow, sections with wet snow, and sections with glazed tracks. Also a fair bit of tree debris. Again, with waxless skis it was just fine.
We met Iain and Coco at the Evan-Thomas parking lot at the end of the day. They had skied north on Bill Milne to Ribbon Creek this morning and returned this afternoon. Ian said he experienced fast, glazed tracks this morning but the sun was starting to take its toll this afternoon. Coco might be the friendliest, happiest dog I’ve ever met.
Although I may have been able to use waxable skis today, I’m glad I didn’t because of the pine needles. The sticky wax that would be required would have attracted a lot of tree debris.
Terrace trail at Kananaskis Village looked to be in great shape, at least at the trailhead. The snow texture seemed more winter-like and powdery.
The temperature at Wedge Pond in mid afternoon was +2°C.
With lows around -6 tonight, I imagine most trails will be glazed in the morning. The predicted high at Kananaskis Village is +5, so the trails will soften up in sun-exposed areas as the day goes on.
If you’re skiing in hilly terrain, take note of Hilary’s warning…
“Be careful as the speed difference between sun and shade is significant enough to cause a face plant to those not ready.”