Who made these tracks?

I made the ski tracks, but who made the ones beside me? This is in PLPP today where the temperature was rather pleasant this afternoon. I’ll post an update later tonight. In the mean time, you can agonize over these photos. Continue reading

Redearth Creek/Shadow Lake Lodge update

Archive photo of Redearth Creek

As you know, Alpine Club of Canada has taken over Shadow Lake Lodge. Lawrence White, executive director of ACC, just informed me they will not be opening the lodge this winter. The significance of that development is that Redearth Creek will not be groomed by ACC/Shadow Lake Lodge for the remainder of the season, so I am hoping the Banff tracksetter will continue to do it. 

I trust everyone is staying warm. 

From what I can ascertain of the weather forecasts, it appears that higher elevations will be warming up less frigid today. The Mud Lake thermometer has warmed up by eight degrees between 1 a.m. and 9 a.m. so it’s going in the right direction. At 9 a.m. it was -23°C. The Aster Lake thermometer, which is at a much higher elevation, is at -20.

Polar wax day

Chip Scialfa at Confederation golf course

Jan 14, 2020

Tomorrow’s high in Calgary is predicted to be -30°C, so Chip took advantage of the balmier -27°C temperature and skied today at Confederation golf course. 

Here’s Chip’s report…

“On arrival at 2:15, the car’s thermometer read “Go Home”. I ignored it. After 75 minutes, I was ready to run for hot chocolate. Not too much glide, but the grip was fantastic! Closing temperature was -27 C. Where were all the keeners?” Continue reading

Brewster Creek and Healy Creek

Wolverine tracks on the Brewster Creek trail at the bridges (2015)

Knowing that Sundance Lodge is scheduled to open on Thursday, I contacted Discover Banff Tours(the owners) regarding grooming on Healy and Brewster Creeks. This is their reply… Continue reading

Welcome to the deep freeze

Jan 13, 2020

It’s -26°C in Calgary this morning with a wind chill of  -36. This is the type of weather where we can expect to see rainbows beside the sun(that is, if it’s a sunny day). 

As we learned yesterday, the temperatures you see on the weather forecasts can’t always be trusted. The Weather Network’s 10 a.m. temperature at Boulton Creek was -15°C, but the PLPP Discovery Centre was -22 at the same time. The Mud Lake thermometer was at -21 at 10 a.m. yesterday. Mud Lake is in PLPP in the vicinity of the Chester Lake parking lot. 

The same discrepancies seem to be occurring today. The Weather Network says it’s -19 in PLPP while the Mud Lake thermometer is at -29. 

Some of the downhill ski areas are closed today and tomorrow due to the extreme cold. 

If you venture out in these temperatures, you’ll notice your skis glide very s-l-o-w-l-y, unless you have them glide waxed for extremely cold temperatures. 

If you didn’t see it already, here’s a link to my blog post about cold weather gear. There are 26 comments with helpful suggestions. 

Tracksetting updates

It wasn’t too cold for the PLPP tracksetting crew. The trails on the west side of the road were trackset last night including Lodgepole, Braille, Meadow, Sinclair, and Spruce road. 

Moraine Lake road, Tramline, Townsite, and Shoreline were trackset at Lake Louise. 

Who made these tracks?

I received these photos and remarks from Kinga…

“I came across some tracks on skogan loop yesterday afternoon, on a flatter section close to the junction with skogan pass (going ccw). I’m having a tough time identifying the animal. I know lynx are more common but these are quite large. Also, it looks like there may be two sets, not sure. For reference, my size 39 women’s feet probably make for about 10″ long boots and the one track is almost half the length of my shoe. Perhaps it’s a large lynx?” Continue reading

No such thing as bad weather…

Terrace trail. Photo by Alf Skrastins

The full text of that saying is…

“No such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.”

Credit for coining that phrase goes to Alf Skrastins who is also the author of tonight’s featured  trip report…

“Obviously a lot of other SkierBob regulars were looking at the weather forecasts and grooming reports and came to the same conclusion that Ribbon Creek was the best bet for conditions today. Continue reading

Goat Creek and Spray River

Fri Jan 10, 2020

I met Guillaume when I was about 3K down the Goat Creek trail

A search party should be organized in Banff National Park. We need to find the Banff tracksetter! There’s 10-15 cm of fresh snow on Goat Creek which requires grooming. 

On the bright side, the snow was cold, clean and free of debris. The skier-set tracks were quite fast considering all the new snow. Not a rock to be seen anywhere. Continue reading