We escaped the extreme cold
We were very lucky to have chosen Emerald Lake as our destination yesterday. It was -9 with not a breath of wind.
We are at Lake Louise with the Calgary Ski Club on their Winterstart weekend. Yesterday, a group went downhill skiing, another group had downhill lessons, Lynn took some on a snowshoe trip, there was an intermediate XC ski trip on Moraine Lake road, and my group went to Emerald Lake.
Officially the trail we skied is known as the Emerald Lake horse trail. It begins at the kiosk(Emerald Sports which is operated by the Field Cross Country Ski Club) at the south end of the lake. It starts out through the trees and parallels the west shore of the lake.
The tracks were in nice shape. There was some fresh snow, but not enough to be a concern. We met the tracksetter part way through our ski and had new tracksetting for a short stretch at the end.
When you reach the north end of the lake, the trail goes in a loop through the alluvial fan and is about 5K. You get to enjoy the most spectacular scenery you’ll ever encounter anywhere. The day was mostly cloudy, but we could see the mountains all around us: Wapta, Vice President, Burgess were looking splendid. The trail itself is easy with very little elevation gain. It’s single track and narrow, but not difficult.
The group which skied Moraine Lake road reports excellent track condtions, albeit very slow with the extremely cold snow.