Update Dec 17 @3:25 pm:
I received this from Ken Hewitt…
Alberta Parks crews remained busy today (Thursday) throughout Kananaskis:
Given lack of snow in Ribbon Creek area, AEP brought up the PB100 groomer from Ribbon to Mt. Shark and Alex groomed Watridge to Banff Park boundary, as well as Shark Helipad. The machine remains at Shark(see photo) where it will be used later today for additional grooming to Mt. Shark trails.
(I’ve updated the acronyms) 🙂
Dec 17, 2020: Many of the trails in the north end of PLPP were groomed overnight. The south end of Wheeler was the only trail with tracksetting. Here’s a summary:
On Wednesday night the snowcat was taken out on some of the north end and middle trails. The base is very thin in some spots, and while the trails are now flatter, many early season natural hazards still exist, mainly uneven terrain, and some exposed dirt or rocks. The trackset on Wheeler is thin in places (the north half), and there will be some pavement in the bottom of the tracks if no new snow falls. While there is a good early season base at high elevations, as mentioned, lower elevation trails have a very thin snowpack, especially at the north end of the system, and contain many early season natural hazards.
Of all trails groomed on Wednesday night, Amos is still in the roughest shape. There are many very thin spots, with some exposed dirt or rocks, bumps and uneven surfaces, and some exposed brush.
Be sure to purchase your Kananaskis parking pass.
The trip report from MAD indicates that Redearth Creek has been snowmobile packed.
Fairview at Lake Louise is scheduled to be trackset today.
Canmore Nordic Centre: On Banff trail to Meadow “Single trackset only with space for snowmaking equipment on side. Use caution past JCT 5 as grooming is occurring during the day.”