Sat Nov 7 @ 11:40 pm: Only a couple cm in Calgary so far, and a couple more expected overnight. Normand sent in a lot of nice photos from his excursion through the Pocaterra Back Door where he encountered 10-15 cm of fresh snow on Tyrwhitt, Elk Pass, Hydroline, and Lookout. Check the Trip Reports for more details.
From Normand’s photos, it’s easy to see why it takes a lot longer to begin tracksetting on Tyrwhitt as compared to Elk Pass.
I’m looking forward to hearing from everyone tomorrow with their snowfall amounts.
It appears that the southeast corner of the province is getting the brunt of this storm. Cypress Hills is still on tap for 50 cm tonight and Sunday, and a further 10 cm on Tuesday.
After reading the Great Divide trip report from Canmore Chris, it’s obvious why a Snow Rabbit would be of great benefit to any trail system. The snowmobiles and implements they pull can’t do much when there is an icy base and Chris did a good job explaining the situation on the Great Divide today.
Further to Charles’ trip report on the Great Divide today, here is an email I received from him…
“I believe that it was last year when I vented my spleen about fat bikes on ski trails in Banff National Park. Well, today I had a chat with one fat-biker and, I have to say, it was a real revelation. Seeing him approaching from the opposite direction, I slowed and mentioned politely (as politely as I’m able) that fat bikes really messed up the skiing for hundreds of skiers. He very politely asked me what he could do, as he had Cerebral Palsy and was unable to handle the narrow fat-bike trails in places like West Bragg. I was moved….Really moved. Here was a guy (he said that he is a motivational speaker) who was trying his darnedest to achieve, overcome and stay fit despite challenges that most of us will never face. And, he was being very respectful of the trail, staying inside of and close to the track so as not to trash the skating lane.
I had planned to go to Parks Canada with a written complaint about fat bikes. I’ve changed my mind. If everyone on fat bikes could behave as Matthew did today, we might be able to be inclusive about our activities on these phenomenal trails. That’s a BIG “if”!”