Jan 16, 2020
Lake Louise to Banff Loppet Update
Update from the Loppet website: “The sun and moon are aligning with warmer temps for the end of the week! Current forecasts suggest a Lake Louise low Saturday night of -17C and a Sunday morning high of -12C. The downhill start will be nippy – dress accordingly. Sunday’s high in Banff is -5C.”
Tracksetting of the loppet trails resumes today throughout Banff National Park. This is an opportunity for non-racers to ski trails which are trackset only once per winter.
The end is in sight
This cold snap is starting to break at higher elevations today. By Sunday, we’ll be back to perfect skiing temperatures in the neighbourhood of minus single digits for the mountains.
The Mud Lake temperature has increased by eight degrees in the past 12 hours and at 10 am was at -11.8°C. The temperature at the PLPP maintenance compound was -12.8°C at 11 am according to the Rivers.Alberta website.
I should point out that’s Mud Lake in Kananaskis, not Mud Lake near the Pipestone trails.
Today(Thursday) Windy.com is predicting highs of…
PLPP: -12 cloudy and 1 cm of snow
Kananaskis Village: -15 partly sunny
Banff: -15 and cloudy
West Bragg Creek: -20 and partly sunny
Lake Louise: -16 and 2 cm of snow
The south end trails in PLPP were trackset last night including Elk Pass, Blueberry Hill, Hydroline, Patterson, Upper Lake, Moraine, and Fox Creek.
I received this update today from Parks Canada’s Jeff Hearnden, Backcountry Maintenance Co-ordinator for Lake Louise, Yoho, Kootenay Field Unit:
“I haven’t received the opening date confirmation from the Parks Project Manager responsible for the new LL Water Reservoir construction at Pipestone. It remains closed. As soon as I get word I’ll let you know.”