-Susan and Spencer at the Pocaterra / Lynx junction-
I overcame my fixation with skiing the south trails in PLPP and enjoyed an 18K loop in the middle of the park today, starting on Wheeler.
It didn’t look very pleasant outside this morning in Canmore, and it was blustery most of the way into Kananaskis. At Fortress junction, the snow and wind abated and the sun came out.
The air temperature at Elkwood Amphitheatre parking lot was -11°C and the snow was -8. I added a couple layers of VR40(-4/-12) to yesterday’s wax and didn’t give it another thought all day.
A lot of snow has accumulated on Wheeler since it was last groomed way back on Dec 18. The tracks are still there albeit washed out in a few places. For the tracksetting being 10 days old, I thought the conditions were pretty good. Judging from the snow on the picnic tables, I estimate that about 3-4 cm fell last night, exactly what the forecast predicted.
At the Wheeler/Packers junction I ran into a couple skiers who had just descended Packers on last night’s new grooming and said it was fine, just a couple bumpy spots. They would have had the benefit of last night’s new snow to smooth out some of the rougher spots.
Pine needles are almost nonexistent on lower Whiskey Jack now. A few stragglers persist but are of no consequence.
I had the pleasure of running into a lot of loyal blog readers again today. Cheryl B was climbing Whiskey Jack. You might recognize the name because she has left several Trip Reports on here over the past year. Also stopped and talked to Scott as he was coming down WJ.
For all the new snow, the tracks on Pocaterra for my 6K of downhill were fast. Only 19 minutes. At that speed, I didn’t have much of a chance to inspect Packers as I went flying through the intersection. Fortunately there are good sight lines when descending quickly towards Packers junction.
I chatted with Susan and Spencer at the Pocaterra / Lynx junction and was wondering if they had met the prime minister on skis because they said it was their lucky day, meeting a celebrity. Susan has been reading this blog faithfully for four years and always dreamed of this day! How does a person remain humble after such a compliment?
Susan and Spencer had skied on New Pocaterra and reported good conditions. I continued on Lynx which had excellent snow coverage. Not even any exposed grass in the meadow before the big hill.
Amos and Wheeler completed a wonderful day of skiing. Well, not quite. I stopped at Pocaterra and skied out to the new training/practice grid and took photos. By this time it was starting to get really cold and windy. My fingers were freezing by the time I got back to my vehicle. I took my dry clothes into the hut to get changed and the place was packed with people eating, imbibing hot liquids, and getting warm by the fire as they relived the day’s events. Nice to see the Pocaterra trail back in business.
Hi Bob, I am one of the “Skiers on Amos” in your photo. It was a pleasure to meet and chat with you that day. My son and his girlfriend, both around 30 years old, were skiing with us that day so there are some other younger skiers out there to carry on the tradition.
That’s a great observation. One thing that balances the relatively low numbers of people XC skiing in their teens and twenties is that lots of people learn to XC ski in their 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s. People interests change over time.
I’ve been a long time lurker on here. One thing I have been wanting to ask this season is how many younger skiers you see out on the trails. I’ve been skiing the kananaskis ski trails for many years and have a close group of friends that I ski with and we are all mid 20 year olds. It seems we are always 15 to 30 years younger than anyone we see on the trails with the exception of family’s out skiing. It could be a problem in 20 years if we don’t have the people to justify maintaining these excellent trails.