It seems like we have to endure one of these difficult periods every winter. Lake Louise may be the last hope for cold snow, and from the sounds of “Chateau” Jeff’s report, the conditions on the recently trackset trails are pretty good. Yesterday, there was light drizzle as Chip and I were leaving Lake Louise, so I’m hoping it might have turned to snow in the evening. If anyone was on MLR or Great Divide, we’d be interested in hearing about conditions. Here’s Jeff’s report:
Here is an update of the trail conditions around the Chateau
Fairview Loop (#2) Double trackset, Dec. 10. Good condition.
Upper Tramline (#3): Double trackset, Dec. 10. Good condition.
Shoreline (#4): Double Trackset, Nov. 29. Fair condition. Hope to trackset tomorrow
Lake Trail (#4): This warm weather has made the slush on the lake even worse, we need some cold temps for it to begin to freeze. Travel not recommended.
Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&7): Poor condition. We have been snowshoeing and shoveling for the past week and hope to sled pack and level tomorrow.
Teaching Grid: 8 Lanes, Dec. 10. Good condition.
Notes: There is great skiing to be had on the trackset trails, but still use caution. It sounds silly with all the snow, but there isn’t much of a packed base and there are some hazards underneath that could cause some problems. Ski with care!”
PLPP XC-Skiing -Don’t Do It !
I received an email from Maurice Gaucher which confirmed that conditions in PLPP are poor.
In Maurice’s words:
You know it will be tough to wax when you see pinwheels rolling down small slopes, glazed tracks filled with pine needles, cones and bottle brushes as well as water pouring off the roofs of William Watson Lodge and Pocaterra Hut — even worse is when your friends ski into boot-top deep water across the trail and have to replace their sox with plastic bags !!
Darn that Pineapple Express –it was like late May out there. You needed either “waxless” skis or klister. On the previous Tues at Lake Louise it was polar wax at -20°C. What is going on? Pray for some cold weather and snow.