Considering the warm weather we’re experiencing, I was pleasantly surprised by Gord F’s trip report from the “Backdoor.” I didn’t think the snow would have been faring so well. The photo above will be recognized by most of you as the Elk Pass – Blueberry Hill junction in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.
The prologue to ski season this year has been unusual and extraordinary. It was unexpected and a nice surprise to have the early snow and groomed trails at Lake Louise and West Bragg Creek. The news that we’ll have grooming in Kananaskis was welcomed with hundreds of people buying season passes to ski in K-country.
Late October is usually when people start logging in to this blog, but this year, it was a stampede. The views during the final two weeks of October were up 606% over last year with an average of 9247 views per day from Oct 17 -31.
I hear the stores are selling cross-country gear like hotcakes. I’ve even noticed that this blog’s Gear Swap page is busier than usual.
Snow in the forecast
The weather forecasts are predicting a return to cold weather and more snow on Thursday for the trails in the SkierBob domain. Hopefully we will be able to start using our K-Country passes in PLPP soon. According to Windy.com, Elk Pass is expecting 16 cm and sub-zero temperatures by the weekend.
Kananaskis Grooming – the answer is “yes,” so let’s enjoy this accomplishment
The volunteers with Nordiq Alberta have done tremendous work to get grooming re-established in PLPP, Ribbon Creek, and Mt Shark, and the work goes on. I’m sure all your questions will be answered in due time. In the interim, as K said in his comment, let’s pony up and buy our passes.