Normally at this time of year we’d be getting prepared for loppet season. While a few loppets are still on the books, the Lake Louise to Banff Loppet which is first on my list is cancelled but the organizers are hoping to do this in its place…
“Dear Loppet participants,
Please stay tuned here for information related to a Virtual Challenge. We are hoping to open registration for a self-sufficient race on the original Loppet course from Lake Louise to Castle Junction sometime next week (Jan11-16). We are waiting for final grooming permit confirmation.”
The distance from Lake Louise to Castle Junction is 36K. A permit from Banff National Park would be required for the stretch between the Campground Loop in LL and Baker Creek.
According to Darrell’s report, Baker Creek to Castle Lookout was being trackset this afternoon.
The trip reports indicated some snow had fallen today in the mountains. When I looked at the Lake Louise webcam at 5 pm, it appeared to be snowing there. Should be a few more cm overnight.