Groomer’s Reports

Reports from the groomers and tracksetters

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  1. Nov 28 Lake Louise upper trails update from Chateau Tracksetter Jeff:

    Hi All!

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Nov. 27. Fair condition, with the normal early season hazards like twigs, rocks, stumps and roots in random, unforgiving places. Use caution and maybe not your race skis!

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Nov. 28. Good condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): The lake ice thickness ranges from just under 8cm to 12cm where we build our trail the width of the lake (we haven’t measured the length yet). We need at least 15cm of ice thickness to use our machinery safely.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Skier set, poor condition. Shovel and sled work has started and we hope to have it trackset for next weekend (Dec. 5-ish).

  2. PLPP: Blueberry Hill, Elk Pass, and Patterson were trackset on the evening of Nov 27. The Upper Lake Connector was groomed.

  3. Nov 27 Upper Lake Louise trails update from Tracksetter Jeff:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Nov. 27! Fair condition, with the normal early season hazards like twigs, rocks, stumps and roots in random, unforgiving places. Use caution and maybe not your race skis!

    Shoreline (#4): Sled packed, with one problem drainage 300m from the North access preventing us from pulling equipment, we are hopeful that by the weekend we can manage it.

    Lake Trail (#4): The lake ice thickness ranges from just under 8cm to 12cm where we build our trail the width of the lake (we haven’t measured the length yet). We need at least 15cm of ice thickness to use our machinery safely. Over night a slush layer developed that will certainly slow the ice thickening process, 2020 keeps sending us curve balls!

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Skier set, poor condition. Work will start tomorrow (Nov. 28) and will take at least a week. Thank you for your patience.

  4. Groomed in PLPP on the evening of Nov 26:
    Elk Pass: Trackset from Elk Pass Parking to Hydroline Junction only.
    Hydroline: Trackset
    Lookout: Groomed. Open water/creek crossing at bottom of hill of south side!
    Tyrwhitt: Mostly trackset. Some rough or uneven surfaces remain but generally in good condition. Groomed only for first 1 km south from Lookout Junction.

  5. From the Alberta Parks trail report for PLPP:

    Nov 25th: Pocaterra Trail groomed and trackset from Tyrwhitt trail junction to Packers trail junction only! Remainder of Pocaterra trail was groomed only from Packers junction to Pocaterra Hut/trailhead. The groomed only section is very thin with ruts, some dirt or rocks and un-even tread and getting worse as you travel north. Caution advised on northern sections of Pocaterra trail!
    Groomed: Nov 25 Track Set: Nov 25 Roller Packed: Nov 23

    Pocaterra grid was groomed only on November 25th. Snow pack is very shallow!
    Groomed: Nov 25

  6. Nov 25 Lake Louise Upper trails update from Tracksetter Jeff:

    Hi All!

    Looks like lots of Nordic Skiers have been enjoying a fantastic social distanced recreation! Work has been on going for the past week and progressing more slowly than normal due to the Nov. 3-5 rain crust being quite difficult to work with. We want to thank you for your patience and enthusiasm!

    Fairview Loop (#2): Sled packed from Lake Louise to the big hill. Work is ongoing and we hope to have a track in 2 or 3 days.

    Shoreline (#4): Sled packed, with one problem drainage 300m from the North access preventing us from pulling equipment, we are hopeful that by the weekend we can manage it.

    Lake Trail (#4): The lake ice thickness ranges from just under 8cm to 12cm where we build our trail width of the lake (we haven’t measured the length yet). We need at least 15cm of ice thickness to use our machinery safely.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Skier set, poor condition. When we finish with the Fairview Loop, work will begin here.

  7. Some of the trails around the Kananaskis Village were packed yesterday. These are still early days and the base is very shallow. Skiing is possible on the flat trails such as Terrace and Terrace Link. Extreme caution on any hills due to hidden surprises such as blue ice and rocks.
    Upper Skogan Pass has over 40 cm of snow but Alta Link is currently replacing power poles up there and using parts of Skogan as their access.
    Lots of great skiing in Lougheed at the moment best to wait before you try Ribbon Creek.

  8. November 19th, 2020 Shaganappi Point golf course update:

     The gates to Shaganappi were opened for the winter as of November 10th.  

    Skiing is not recommended until there is a compacted base.  

    -Skis on snow with no compacted base likely will go right through the snow down to the ground hitting grass, asphalt, and the shale cart paths, which can permanently damage your skis. 

    Feel free to go for a walk or snowshoe.  After grooming and track setting has begun, please do not walk on ski trails.

    Grooming and track setting for cross country skiing at Shaganappi will begin in December.  
    -Shaganappi Point golf course and Confederation Park golf courses have two different microclimates.  Shaganappi has significantly more year-round sun and wind exposure compared to the Confederation golf course. (Confederation has longer frost delays during the golf season due to having less sun exposure than Shaganappi)  If the snow above the turf at Shaganappi is machine compacted for skiing in November, freeze/thaw cycles of November Chinooks create an ice layer that remains in place all winter preventing air exchange within the snowpack, which kills the turf underneath.  Turf death in the spring directly equates to lower visitor numbers and revenue loss at golf courses, as golfers in general prefer to play at golf courses that are in pristine condition. 

    Please stay off tee boxes and greens, as the fragile turf is easily killed by compacted snow. 
    -All greens are  roped off. Tee boxes in general are flat areas with a hill around them. Some tee boxes are roped off, but not all. (roping off greens are the Golf course’s responsibility, roping off tee boxes near ski trails are SNO’s responsibility.  There are 80+ tee boxes, and 27 greens at Shaganappi).   

  9. More good news for PLPP. Not sure if this is the right corner of SkiHere for this, but PLPP staff have confirmed that the Visitor Information Centre (aka Discovery Centre) in PLPP will re-open for the winter on Nov. 29. Hurrah!

  10. Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary update:

    The gates to Shaganappi are open for the winter, as of today.

    Feel free to go for a walk or snowshoe, but please stay off tee boxes and greens, as the fragile turf is easily killed by compacted snow. All greens are roped off. tee boxes in general are flat areas with a hill around them. Some tee boxes are roped off, but not all.

    Skiing isn’t recommended until there’s a compacted base.

    Skis on this new snow likely will go right through the snow down to the ground hitting grass, asphalt, and the shale cart paths.

    Grooming is not allowed until December, as machine compacted snow above fragile grasses prevents air exchange through the snowpack. Gases formed from natural decomposition during the winter is prevented from escaping up through the snowpack if the snow is compacted. The decomposition gases then concentrate along the surface of the grass, and kill the grass over time.

  11. The following trails have been re track set as of 10 am Saturday morning thanks to about 5-7cm of snow overnight:
    Mountain Road, West Crystal and links, East Crystal, Loggers, Sundog, Mountian View, Moose connector and Hostel Meadow. All other trails had been track set the previous day with the exception of Telephone (roller packed only) and Elbow South (which we do not groom)
    Conditions are lovely, but expect it to be soft and some hazards exist although they are few and far between.

  12. WBC Groomers report:
    The whole trail system has now been roller packed and the following trails have been track set: West Crystal and links, East Crystal, Sundog, Loggers, Mountain Rd., Mountain View, Mountain View West, and Moose Loop.
    Snow is falling as I type and we hope to get Iron Springs, Elbow N and Iron Creek track set this afternoon.
    Skiing should be great this weekend. As it is early season watch for hazards such as subsurface rocks, uneven tread, and slushy areas where water has percolated up through the snow.
    Extra caution advised on Iron Creek where there is post holing and debris on the snow from equestrian traffic.

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