30K of XC skiing bliss in a magnificent and beautiful place
Talk about a trail with great scenery, this is it! Arlene and I couldn’t have asked for a nicer day or better conditions for an incredible afternoon of skiing on Cascade Fire Road in Banff National Park. The trail was trackset five days ago, and there hasn’t been any new snow since, so the tracks were still very good and the skating lane was also in nice shape.
The access on Lake Minnewanka road was in much better condition than last week, with a deeper snow cover, but our poles were still hitting pavement occasionally. The meadow still has a lot of grass in the tracks, but didn’t cause any problems. It takes about 5-10 minutes to ski down the paved road and cross the meadow to actually get to Cascade Fire Road.
We covered the 15K to the end in surprisingly good time. The snow seemed very cold but the tracks were fast. At the Stoney Creek bridge, the sun was shining and the scenery was breathtaking.
The return trip had plenty of fast and fun downhills. 30K was the longest ski of the season for both of us, but we still had enough energy left to walk up the hill at the Upper Hot Springs and go for a nice soak, but I’ve never seen the hot springs so busy. More great photos
We hit a new record yesterday with 617 views of SkiHere.ca. Thanks to all the skiers who have left comments and helped make this the “go-to” site for XC ski information. Speaking of comments, Steve just left a detailed comment on the previous thread re: Ribbon Creek and Skogan Pass.
The groomer was at Mt Shark today. Everything has been trackset. Mt Shark trail report
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