Get your green wax ready, maybe blue if it’s later in the day. I think you could go almost anywhere this weekend and have good snow and tracks, and best of all, no waxing problems. Take note, too, that it will be a little warmer in the mountains than in Calgary. Environment Canada is calling for a high of -11°C in Kananaskis and Banff on Saturday, while Calgary freezes at -14°C.
More grooming has been completed in PLPP, Ribbon creek, Banff and Lake Louise, so check the trail reports. I’m going to make a wild guess that more trails will be groomed than what you see on the current trail reports, too. Perhaps the Skogan Pass trails(see comments for update from Jeff) will be done, maybe Redearth creek, and some additional trails in PLPP.
It wouldn’t surprise me to see Banff trail completely open at the Canmore Nordic Centre. It had mountains of snow piled on top yesterday, waiting to be groomed.
I just heard a rumour that Emerald Lake and the alluvial fan will be seeing some grooming very soon. Not confirmed yet, so stay tuned. The ski shop at the lake, Emerald Sports and Gifts, will be open tomorrow(Sat) and Sunday. Update Dec 7 at 10:00 pm: The trails at Emerald Lake are packed and skiable. They would have been trackset except for equipment problems. Might be done for Sunday.
We received 2 cm of new snow overnight in Canmore. I hear Goat creek calling my name, but I’m still fighting this flu. Talk about frustrating.
Have you checked the latest photos and comments on the Emerald Lake Lodge contest?