-Kim and Emily at the Pocaterra – Whiskey jack junction-
You know it’s going to be a good day when:
»You take pictures of the scenery while driving out
» The air and snow temperature are both -5 at Boulton creek
»No herringbones are required on the first steep hill
»No herringbones are required on the steep part of Whiskey jack
»Gap mountain is dazzling in the sunlight as Kim and Emily welcome me to the top of Whiskey jack with shrieks of delight
»When arriving at Tyrwhitt, you see brand new tracksetting
»Gliding is so easy and fast, you pass the entire Bowden ski team
»Not a pine needle in sight on Fox creek; only excellent snow cover and fresh tracksetting.
»You take 186 photos
»At the end of skiing, you still have enough wax on your skis for the next trip.
This was one of those days where your skis seem to move you along with barely any effort. It might have been 24K of the easiest, most pleasant skiing I’ve ever done.
That 24K consisted of 17.5K on the Tyrwhitt loop in PLPP, then another short loop of 6.5K starting at Kananaskis village.
The trails near the village were in good shape, perhaps a little glazed at lower elevations but VR45(-2/-8) worked well. The tracks were fast and I skied 6.5K in the blink of an eye.
I’ve included photos from Terrace, Bill Milne, Wedge in the gallery below.
I’ve added two new photos in the Emerald Lake Lodge contest.
Grooming activity in Banff and Yoho
I was pleased to read that Cascade valley in Banff National Park was trackset today. In Yoho, the Kicking Horse Ski Club reports “There are fresh tracks on Horse Trail, Alluvial Fan and the lake shore trail(Tree Hugger), pretty slushy at the end of the lake so advise folks about that!” A subsequent update says “Kicking Horse, Tally-Ho to Field and Yoho Valley Road got groomed today by Joe.”