After finishing my first ski trip of the season on Moraine Lake road, I drove up the hill to check out the Great Divide(also known as the “Old 1A.”)
My pulse started racing when I spotted the Parks Canada truck and trailer parked at the trailhead. I think I heard the snowmobile off in the distance.
The snowmobile was making its first pass with the roll-packer.
I needed to eat lunch, so I wasn’t skiing, but Brian was there with his skis at the ready. I photographed him making first tracks on the new grooming.
I’m eating elk stew from the Trailhead Cafe in Lake Louise as I post this first update. It’s amazing to be skiing on groomed trails this early in the season
I’ll be posting an update on Moraine Lake road later. It was not as busy as I expected. I saw about 50 skiers and there were only 7 vehicles parked on the road(of course, the parking lot was full). The snow is still quite soft, and skaters were having a strenuous workout. I had a semblance of skier-set tracks so it was pretty nice for Oct 18.
Parks Canada hasn’t put up the signage yet, so there were lots of hikers making a mess of the trail at MLR. At one point, they were spread 5-wide across the entire trail.
Frozen Thunder at the Canmore Nordic Centre opens tomorrow(Monday, Oct 19).
Volunteers needed for Shaganappi:
The Shaganappi Nordic Operations Club (SNO) needs volunteer help tentatively Saturday October 24th afternoon for winter set-up of the rope fencing around tee boxes at the Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary, AB. Contact Shaganappi Nordic Operations