(See trails update below for the latest on CNC and Chester Lake/Buller)
Anyone planning to head out to the backcountry may want to rethink their plans, warns the Canadian Avalanche Centre.
The risk of snow slides is rated as high at all levels, even below the treeline in the Fernie-Lizard Range area and the Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks, which means widespread avalanches are expected. Read more High avalanche risk for mountain recreation.
Here’s the Kananaskis Danger scale for today(Wed Jan 7, 2009):
|Avalanche Danger Scale
Read the complete details at Kananaskis backcountry report
One of our regular backcountry contributors, Steve Riggs, has left a comment below with information about avalanche risk on the Burstall Pass, Boom Lake, and Healy Pass areas.
I have posted links to the Avalanche reports for all regions on the sidebar under Backcountry.
Does anyone know if there is any avalanche danger anywhere on the groomed trails? The pamphlet entitled “Nordic Trails in Banff National Park ” shows avalanche zones on the Spray River west side and on Redearth Creek.
I spent a good portion of the day at the Canmore Nordic Centre participating in the “try-outs” for the Alberta 55+ winter games. I’m in! I will be representing Zone 2. I say cross-country skiing keeps you young.
Trails at the nordic centre are excellent on the man-made snow, still a few hazards on the natural snow. Access to the Banff Trail is blocked off for snow-making right now, so they have made a detour on Coyote trail. It’s a rock pile for about 500 metres. You will damage your skis here. I saw a huge pile of snow waiting to be spread and groomed so hopefully it will be done soon.
Snowing lightly(barely a dusting) at the nordic centre today with rain at lower elevations. The 2-4 cm that was in the forecast did not materialize, at least not yet.
Chester Lake/Buller Update Jan 8 at 8:17 a.m:
Chris Williams, innkeeper at Mt Engadine Lodge just sent an email:
“Just to let you know and your readers know, we have received almost a
foot of fresh powder in the last 24 hours around the Lodge area. It
seems to be localized to between Chester and Buller areas, but it is
beautiful out here right now – hope this helps!”
Here’s a link to Mt Engadine Lodge
Chris, can you let us know if you are open for skiers to drop in for afternoon tea? What days/hours, and are reservations required?
Lake Louise update: Banff Trail report says “as of January 8, approximately 40 cm of new snow has covered all grooming. Tracksetting is ongoing. Updates will be posted as we receive info from groomers.” Check the trail reports on the sidebar. Kananaskis does a major update, usually late Thursday.