We went back to Cascade Valley to complete the trip which we started yesterday. Perfect weather today with sunny skies, no wind, and a temperature of -8(perhaps even warmer at mid-day). The snow was still cold, however. At the Cascade River bridge it was -11, but the tracks were surprisingly fast for Peter, Cheryl and me as we skied to the end of the tracksetting which is 14.5K.
There was a nice packed trail leading to the warden’s cabin, so we meandered through there on the way back.
If you decide to go to the cabin, take the second turn-off; the first turn-off at 13.1K is not packed and you’ll be struggling through deep snow as you go down a steep hill. It’s fine to return to the main trail on that one, though, and it is much shorter.
Nice to see we’ve got some new trails being groomed in PLPP. Tracksetting on Pocaterra has now come within 2K of the hut. Lynx, Amos, Woolley, Come-Along, and Stroil have all received their first grooming of the year.
As reported by Jeff on the Trip Reports page, Ribbon Creek has its first tracks of the season, with Kovach and Terrace completing the loop.
“I have friends who want to take up X-C skiing but they want to take their dog with them. Where can I find a list of dog-friendly trails for them. Thanks very much!”
No actual list exists as far as I know, so let’s create one. If I’ve missed any, leave a comment or send me an email. At all times, dogs are supposed to be leashed. The exceptions are West Bragg Creek and Nipika.
- West Bragg Creek – dogs are allowed to run off-leash on the trails, but must be leashed in the parking lot.
- Mount Shark
- Ribbon Creek
- Lake Louise – Pipestone trails, Bow River and Campground loop, Lake Louise Shoreline
- Yoho – Yoho Valley road, Lake O’Hara fire road(this trail is not trackset but is usually well-packed)
- Nipika Mountain resort is totally dog-friendly
I’ve added this list to the main menu under the heading “Resources.”