With reference to the above Tweet, there are very few xc trails with an elevation above 2000 metres. Kananaskis Fire Lookout is about the only one. Tyrwhitt is around 1900 – 1980. The forecast is calling for a low of -2 in PLPP, so there might be a lot of fresh, wet snow on the trails tomorrow(Sat).
Thanks to all skiers who braved the road conditions for today’s trip reports. It sounded like mayhem on the highways this morning from the things I was reading on Twitter.
I haven’t skied much in the past seven days on account of my old beater finally dyeing. My car saw its last trailhead a week ago when I skied at PLPP. I’ve borrowed Cheryl’s car twice and those were the only two updates I’ve written in the past week.
Judging from the trail reports today, I haven’t missed much. It rained most of the day in Canmore and reached a high of +10°C. Tomorrow will be another warm day with a forecast high of +5 in PLPP from the Weather Network, but the Snow Forecast is more optimistic, calling for only +1. The weather Network predicts +7 in Canmore, and a little better in Lake Louise at 0. It starts to cool down on Sunday.
This report from Chateau tracksetter Jeff Douglas illustrates some of the conditions at Lake Louise today:
“Lots of wet heavy snow followed by rain fall made progress very slow today, but we were able to set ourselves up for success tomorrow and will be able to trackset all afternoon.
Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Feb. 5. Fair condition with new snow.
Upper Tramline (#3): Double trackset, Fair condition with new snow.
Shoreline (#4): Leveled, Feb. 6. Will trackset tomorrow, Feb. 7.
Lake Trail (#4): Leveled both the walking trail and xc ski trail, but with the warm weather and rain (!) there is slush through both trails. It’s not very deep and fairly intermittent on the walking path so please use the walking path only, the ski trail has long stretch’s of slush up to 10cm deep. With the forecast calling for more warm weather it’s most likely only going to get worse before it gets better.
Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&7): Leveled, Feb. 6. Will trackset tomorrow, Feb. 7.
Teaching Grid: Leveled, Feb. 6. Will trackset tomorrow, Feb. 7.”
While skiing on Pocaterra last Sunday, I encountered a hazard in the track. See what happened next…