Saturday night update

by Bob Truman on March 23, 2019

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Enjoying the show at Shadow lake. Photo by Chuck.

Thanks to all the skiers who are continuing to submit trip reports. We’re in the thaw-freeze cycle right now and conditions can be challenging. 

Lake O’Hara fire road on March 23, 2019. Photo by Alf Skrastins.

This update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise explains the situation…

The current weather we are experiencing has made managing our ski trails next to impossible. All trails are frozen solid over night, meaning very fast icy mornings and the afternoon heat makes them slushy and slow. We cannot work in the heat with our equipment on any trail with large hills, meaning the Fairview Loop and Upper Telemark/Peyto trails will not be worked on again unless cold temperatures (below 0c) return. We will try our best to manage the Lake and Shoreline trails (Lake Louise Loop #4) to have something to ski, but even this can change quickly with direct sunlight.

Lake O’Hara fire road on Mar 23, 2019. Photo by Alf Skrastins.

Grooming is continuing at the Canmore Nordic Centre and in PLPP. The south end of PLPP was groomed last night and there should be some more trails groomed tonight. The high tomorrow(Sunday) in PLPP is a cool +2. 

A return to winter, and some “waxable” skiing is on the horizon. Cooler weather is in the forecast for the coming week and even some significant snow starting Tuesday night. Windy.com is predicting 12 cm in PLPP and Ribbon Creek with daytime highs around -5°C.

Alberta Parks has changed their website adresses. It affects the links on the main menu under Trail Reports for the Canmore Nordic Centre and Kananaskis. My links on the menu are up-to-date, but if you have your own bookmarks, they will “404.”

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