-Glenna and Diane at the Elk pass/Blueberry hill junction-
Our first Groomer’s Report this morning encouraged me to head for Elk pass/Blueberry hill today.
Hopes for a sub-zero day were diminishing, however, when passing by Kananaskis villlage where it was +6°C, but the temperature dropped steadily until it was -1 at Elk pass parking lot at 1 pm. Conditions were excellent on the new tracksetting and the snow was cold enough for purple wax.
I met lots of blog readers along the trail and Glenna, meeting me for the first time, made me feel like a rock star! Wish I would have started this blog when I was 18. Oh, right, no internet back then. It worked out well, because I needed all the motivation I could get as I headed up Blueberry hill with its 160-metre elevation gain.
The conditions on Blueberry were perfect for a speedy but safe descent. The fast downhills are lot of fun on good snow, so I decided to forego Fox creek and take the big hill back to Elk pass parking lot. The snow must have been a bit slow today, as I could only attain a top speed of 46 KmH.
The map indicates that Blueberry hill trail is 3.2K, but my GPS indicated 3.5K. Total distance from Elk pass parking lot one-way is 8K.
I stopped at Pocaterra on my way back and skied out about 100 metres and took a photo. Luckily, I ran into Mikhail who had just returned from a ski up Pocaterra and Tyrwhitt. He said conditions are sketchy on the new part of Pocaterra, but improve considerably as you start climbing after the Lynx junction. I’ve included a photo below.
Regarding the Groomer’s reports, as Jody stated, they will be less important as all the Live Grooming Reports come online. We will be able to see almost immediately where the grooming has occurred(from what I understand, there’s a slight delay on the PLPP report). What we can’t see are the conditions, and the Groomer’s reports can fill us in. As Jody mentioned, “I will try to leave a comment if skiing or weather conditions are particularly excellent or poor…”
Snow-Biking in Kananaskis
The recent photos of Fat Tire Bikes on Elk pass received a lot of clicks. I’ve been informed by K-Country that “snow biking is not permitted on groomed and trackset, cross-country ski trails, unless they were machine-made snow trails, such as at the CNC. In addition, we are highlighting the All-Season Trails in the West Bragg Creek area for this sport.”
Photos from today’s skiing: