What more could I add to Chuck’s report from yesterday? How about wonderful, terrific, fantastic, and wolves! Banff National Park has some beautiful ski trails and Redearth creek is one that I thoroughly enjoy skiing when the conditions are so great.
The conditions were exceptional for a first grooming. No rocks. A few inconsequential pine needles in the first 3K, and some tree debris where branches have been cleared from the trail. The two wolves started their ski trip last night at the warden’s cabin and logged at least 7K until they veered off around the 3K mark.
The air temperature was -5°C at 9:52 a.m, and the snow temp was -3. (Air temp was -1 at finish line at 1:30 pm). I waxed with VR50(0/-4) and had excellent grip all day with no icing. The snow was silky smooth and a bit soft, but I seemed to be moving along nicely. To quote Chip, it was one of those “soul-mending rhythm of typical skiing” days.
I thought I was out early, but at 6.5K I met Alan and Cindy who had started around 8 a.m. and had already been to the end. I didn’t see any more skiers until my return when I met a total of 11 skiers who were on the way up.
While having a snack and taking the snow temperature at the warden’s cabin, I dropped my camera lens-first into the snow. It was still working but very foggy pictures. By the time I met Brian and Jeannie 20 minutes later, the photos were clear except for some “soft” corners. Oh yes, the snow temp at the cabin was -2. It started snowing lightly as I was on the way back.
Distance of this ski is 10.6K one-way, or 21.2K return. The net elevation gain on my GPS showed 320 metres but the total ascent was 844 metres. I’d like to verify that number as it seems awfully big. Ray, are you reading this? One of our trip reporters, Ray Perrott has detailed statistics for most trails.
Redearth creek is not a beginner’s trail. You should have a proficient snowplowing ability, or a desire to do a lot of walking on steep downhills.
It looks like some warm weather is on the way. GordN’s trip report is advising waxless skis already in the Kananaskis village area. The forecast shows cooler temps towards Lake Louise. I hope that goes for PLPP as well.