Although the name sounds ominous, you can ski for 7K on the Great Divide(1A Hwy) before you reach a hill of any note. There are some small rises, dips and curves to make it interesting. The trail is wide and ultra-safe and the snow is much softer than you’ll find at places like the Canmore Nordic Centre. It’s an “out and back” so when you’ve had enough, you can turn around at any point and return to your vehicle.
At the 7K point, there’s a hill which drops about 40M over a distance of .5K down to the “Great Divide.” You can ski a further 3K, now in BC, to the Lake O’Hara trailhead. If you do the entire distance, it’s 21K return.
There was about 5 cm of fresh snow on the trail today. The tracks were in good shape albeit a little slow with all the new snow, but skaters were getting a good workout.
Today, Moraine Lake road’s skating lane had been groomed. Fairview was trackset as was Tramline all the way down to the village. You can continue on trackset trails on the Bow River loop and on the Campground loop. Telemark has been packed. The perimeter trail on the Pipestone loops has been trackset but there’s some fresh snow over top, and the west side is still a little rough. Dogs are allowed on the Pipestone trails and on the Bow River loop.