“One individual ended up in the lake and another was partially buried”
For anyone heading to Boom Lake, please read about the avalanche incident which occurred yesterday. I’ve posted more information and a link at the bottom of this update.
Lake Louise Ski Resort is reporting 18 cm of overnight snow at the lower elevation. The web cam is showing lots of snow on the highway. On Bow Valley Road Conditions, the following was posted around 9 a.m: “Flipped car westbound on trans Canada between sunshine and Red Earth. Tow truck just arriving but down to one lane for now.”
Nakiska, which is near Ribbon Creek, is reporting 5 cm of overnight snow.
PLPP: The grooming report indicates about 1 cm of new snow while tracksetting Amos, Wheeler, Woolley, and Meadow(partial) last night. The Mud Lake weather station shows 10 cm in the past 24 hours, and about 4 cm overnight.
Avalanche at Boom Lake Sunday Feb 21
From Avalanche Canada:
A word of warning to all the folks who visit Boom Lake in the winter. Today we encountered three individuals walking across the lake back toward where the trail ends. They had been involved in an avalanche accident. The avalanche came down to the end of its path, broke through the ice and continued some distance across the ice surface. One individual ended up in the lake and another was partially buried (although we are unclear how buried they were). It appears they were near a frozen waterfall in the middle of the avalanche path when the avalanche reached them. The three of them were shaken and the one that ended up in the lake was very cold. They appeared to have little knowledge of avalanche safety. A photograph of the path and the hole in the lake ice is included. Avalanche conditions were considerable/moderate/low. All the paths on the north side of the lake had run, many of them full path and some had reached the lake edge. This should be a somber warning to all the users of this area, including us, who have sat at the end of the trail and eaten lunch. This is a backcountry area and caution/knowledge is required.
Shaganappi golf course
I’m re-posting this Grooming Report from Shaganappi golf course, as it explains some of the challenges presented by the weather:
February 22 Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary grooming update: No grooming!
+8 Sunday +temps overnight = no grooming at Shaganappi
Sorry to report, we are opting for snow preservation over grooming at Shaganappi right now so be warned! The skiing may not be enjoyable.
The temperature at 8pm Sunday was +8 at the airport. There is a very shallow base of snow on most sections of trail at Shaganappi, so we are choosing to not groom until below 0 temperatures return. The temperature dropped this morning from +3 at 6am to 0 degrees with a windchill of -4 at 7am at the airport, but it is +2 in the community of Shaganappi.
If you venture out to Shaganappi today, do let us know what the skiing is like and what time you were there…how hard or soft the snow was, whether you were on classic or skate skis, whether your skis sunk down into the snow and how deep…the skate lanes likely will be rough from Sunday’s ski and foot traffic.