Monday morning roundup

The Great Divide cross-country ski trail at Lake Louise is shared with dogsleds.

The Great Divide cross-country ski trail at Lake Louise is shared with dogsleds. Photo by Chuck

Chuck sends in some great photos, and the above dogsled shot was from his skiing adventures at Lake Louise yesterday. The dogs all seem to have big smiles on their faces. Check his trip report to see the rest of his photos, and thanks to everyone for the Trip Reports over the past few days.

I have 1 cm of new snow on my deck(8:45 a.m.) in Canmore, and very light snow is falling. It looks like Kananaskis is in for the most snow today. The weather forecasts are varied in their predictions, but I’m going with the Snow Forecast which predicts 7 cm for Ribbon creek and 10 cm for PLPP. There will be lesser amounts of snow as you go west, with 5 cm predicted for Banff.

Some of my favourite trails were trackset last night in PLPPP including Whiskey jack, Packers, Tyrwhitt, upper Pocaterra, and Lower Lake. I imagine they will all have fresh snow in them by now.

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When you go to the Canmore Nordic Centre, what trails do you usually ski? There are a lot of “secondary” trails which are a lot of fun, and are in great shape this winter with all the natural snow. Check out this “CNC ski challenge which our trip reporter Hugh Burton has started, and let’s see who can do the most trails in January.

Warming hut at Canmore Nordic Centre

Warming hut at Canmore Nordic Centre

Grand Opening of Warming Hut on Tues Dec 29

The warming hut at Canmore Nordic Centre is now open. Skiers are invited to meet in front of the daylodge at 11:30 a.m. for a group ski to the warming hut, where the official opening will occur between 12 noon – 12:30 pm. From the Nordic Centre daylodge it’s a 2.6K ski to the warming hut with a net elevation gain of 35 metres.

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