Reports from the groomers and tracksetters
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Dec 4 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:
Fairview Loop (#2): Sled packed and skier set, poor condition. We will trackset this tomorrow (Dec. 5).
Shoreline (#4): Sled packed and skier set, poor condition.We hope to trackset this tomorrow (Dec. 5).
Lake Trail (#4): The lake looks great around the skating area, but at the south end (glacier end) there was open water last week that has just recently frozen and not safe yet. We are checking daily.
Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5): Skier set, poor condition. Lots of lurking rocks and stumps to hit and under large trees there is just 1cm or 2cm of snow. Use caution!
Teaching Grid: Poor condition.
For any skate skiers, be aware that two horses post holed and shat all over the skate lane of East Sundog this afternoon, making it hazardous for skate skiing. Please avoid this area for the time being. Thanks for your patience while we repair the damage. Conditions elsewhere on the trail system remain quite good.
Elk Pass – Hydroline – Patterson – Elk Pass @ Peter Lougheed Provincial Park
Groomers have done a superb job and the conditions were excellent today starting at -13C and ending -10C – I love green or blue wax days!
Fast snow! Patterson downhill was as good as it gets!
Debris or twigs were minor and of no concern.
West Bragg Creek:
All trails have been groomed and track set with the exception of Telephone loop, and the Crystal links, which have only been roller packed. With any luck they should be track set by Friday. Conditions are excellent and should last for a while. Big shout out to Groomers David, Bill and Dan whom all put in big days this week to get the trails groomed in time for the weekend.
Update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:
Here is an update of the winter trail network that surrounds the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
Work is ongoing with the new snow but every trail with dense canopy cover still has thin snow areas. The Moraine Lake and Great Divide Roads are skiing great, as is the Tramline and we hope to have some trails trackset around us soon!
Thank you for your patience.
Nordic Ski Trails:
Fairview Loop (#2): Skier set, poor condition. Work is ongoing, but most of the trail is still quite ruff in places and skiing very “old school.”
Shoreline (#4): Sled packed, poor condition. Lots of work has been completed on this trail, but just driving the snowmobile over it exposed rocks along its entirety. Use caution!
Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5): Skier set, poor condition. Lots of lurking rocks and stumps to hit and under large trees there is just 1cm or 2cm of snow. We will need at least 15cm of more snow to really start working on this trail. Use caution!
The gift that keeps on giving! More than 20 cm of snow already in the last 24 hrs. Over 65 km of trail have been roller packed. Track setting will commence on Wednesday morning. Should be an amazing week of skiing in West Bragg Creek.
James, the general manager of Baker Creek Mountain Resort, informed me that Baker Creek to Morant’s curve is trackset.
Nothing can be groomed east of Baker Creek towards Castle Lookout until after Dec 20 because of construction.
Chinook winds have started and temps are on the rise as of midnight Friday night. Snow will be getting soft and variable. Generally conditions are good with new track setting on some core trails. Not recommended are Telephone and Hostel Loops. Heavy melting is occurring on Iron Springs in certain areas with South exposure.
Another 10-20 cm has been groomed and track set throughout most of the trail system. Conditions are good, albeit soft as the snow did not have a chance to set up before the crowds arrived. Still, a spectacular day in ‘The Creek”. Should be good for a while before the warm weather moves in.
Happy trails! groomer jeff
Another 10 cm of snow in the last 24 hrs kept your grooming crews busy day and night.
The following trails have been groomed and track set and are in excellent condition:
Mountain Rd., East Crystal, West Crystal and links 1-4, Elbow North, Iron Springs, Loggers, Sundog, Mountain View, Moose Connector, Chickadee, and Hostel Meadow.
Although the snow was consolidating nicely in the cold temps last night, temperatures will be warming significantly during the day, so early morning may be the best option.
West Bragg Creek Grooming Report:
Most trails have been roller packed and the following have been track set:
East and West Crystals, Sundog, Loggers, Mountain Rd., Moose Connector, and Moose Loop.
Conditions incredibly good considering the time of the season.
Warm weather is on the way so the window of opportunity to get the goods may be small!
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