Thanks to Mel for supplying the title to this update. Here’s a few more…
“Exceptional conditions at West Bragg today.” -GMJ
“Great conditions and weather on the Goat Creek trail” -Caren
“Glorious midday ski” -Martin and Jip (WBC)
“Excellent conditions and good coverage everywhere” -Audrey (Nipika)
“Conditions are superb out there!” -Carole (PLPP)
“Snow – grooming – weather – PERFECT 22.5 km. Life is good” -Sam
“Tracks were in good condition, even near the end of the day” -Shulamit (WBC)
“Redearth creek groomed today….excellent conditions, lotsa snow” -Chris and Karl
Last night’s tracksetting in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park was superb. I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to ski Whiskey Jack and I picked the best day.
I was the first skier on the trail soon after 10 a.m. There was a dusting of icing sugar in the tracks as mentioned on the Live Grooming Report. If anything, it probably helped with grip. The air and snow temperatures were both -7°C. I used VR45(-2/-8), knowing the day would only get warmer.
The Pocaterra and Packers downhills were pure enjoyment. There was nothing too frightening on the Packer’s steep hill, just a couple bumps which were easily managed. Everything seems easy when conditions are so good.
No ice floe on Packers.
Tyrwhitt has 10 cm of fresh snow with skier-set tracks which are very wobbly. That’s why I turned around and followed the new grooming.
I also skied as far as the bench on Moraine. Some fresh snow on the trail, but the tracks were still well-defined and fast.
Banff: Redearth Creek was trackset as far as the 7K campground today.
Banff: Cascade Valley and Upper Bankhead were trackset yesterday.
Yoho: Kicking Horse and Tally-Ho were trackset on Jan 17
No winds yesterday at PLPP?
I should have made mention, no wind. There was lots of wind on Hwy 40 but the trails were calm.
Given the winds en route yesterday, I opted for ribbon unfortunately. Seems it may have been one of the few windy places. Even heard reports that bill Milne was calm.
When I stopped at the Village on my way home, I ran into Joanne and her dog Kirby. They skied the Bill Milne trail and I specifically asked her about wind. She said it wasn’t an issue. This is a photo of Joanne from West Bragg Creek on Nov 11.