Where are you skiing tomorrow? Talk about first-world problems. As you can see from the Trip Reports, the choices abound.
The conditions at Ribbon creek and Kananaskis village were superb. There was a cm or two of loose snow over yesterday’s grooming. The air and snow temperature were both -6°C, so no problems waxing. I’m still using the VR40(-4/-12) which I applied 3 trips ago.
I finally had the opportunity to test-run the steep downhill on New Ribbon Creek and it was a blast. The loose snow slowed down my descent just enough to keep me from getting scared.
It’s quite the roller coaster ride, with a few sharp turns, but when snow conditions are this good, even I can stay upright and enjoy it.
I also enjoyed being back on the “Old Ribbon Creek,” although only about 600 metres of it remains.
The only glitch in today’s skiing was one exposed rock on New Ribbon Creek. I saw it on a turn as I was climbing the steep section. Snowplowing had scraped away a lot of snow, and I’m sure a few people have a new gouge in their skis tonight.
It was impossible to remove the rock, so I stopped and covered it with a lot of snow and packed it down firmly. It was in a spot where, even if you saw it coming, it would be hard to stop in time.
The 3.5K run down from the Kovach Lookout to Kananaskis village was a rarefied experience. As the brochure says, without exaggeration, “Welcome to the serene, snow-covered forests and meadows of the Ribbon creek cross-country ski area.” The S-turns still had plenty of snow and the snow-covered trees were stunning. There’s an elevation drop of 125 metres but nothing difficult.
I would have stayed and skied longer, but wanted to get down to PLPP before dark and check out Elk pass. On the way, I stopped and took some photos of the Bill Milne trail and Wedge connector.
TSJ(Tracksetter Jeff) was working on the Bill Milne and Wedge Connector trails and they look magnificent. If you’re a beginner or novice skier, the Wedge Connector would have to be one of the best choices for you to practice on.
Absolutely stunning conditions at the Ribbon Creek trails today. What a great way to start the ski season! Tomorrow, I’m hoping to see grooming on the Skogan half of the Ribbon Creek trail system.
There should be new or better signage at Ribbon Creek. A wonderful snowshoe/FAT-bike trail now exists along the “old Ribbon Creek” trail. It’s a single-track trail, too narrow to groom for XC skiing… yet nobody has set foot on it yet!
Tracksetter Jeff has just started out, and it looks like he’s heading for Skogan pass http://skitrails.info/report/ribboncreek