Thursday morning update

In keeping with the “Quick and Easy” theme of the Wild Texan BBQ contest, I’ve already picked the name of the winner and it is …Alf Skrastins! We received 50 entries before the 50 hours were up. Thanks to everyone for entering, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading all the great comments. Alf is the lucky winner of a $50 dinner at Wild Texan BBQ Company in West Bragg Creek.

Lake O'Hara fire road at 2.5K

Lake O’Hara fire road (file photo from 2015)

It looks like a couple more days before conditions start to improve on the West Bragg trails, but you could still get by for now with waxless skis. I’ll be interested in hearing from skiers who are there today.

Some tracksetting was completed in PLPP last night on Lower Elk pass, Hydroline, Lookout and Tyrwhitt. The PLPP web cam reads +6 this morning. Trails which haven’t been groomed are most likely covered with tree debris.

Nipika Loppet

Nipika Loppet

Lake O’Hara and Lake Louise look like your best bets for cold snow and good conditions. We had Chuck’s report which indicated Lake O’Hara fire road was trackset on Tuesday, and will be again today. A couple reports from Lake Louise and Pipestone also sounded positive.

Today is the last day to register for the Nipika Loppet. Environment Canada’s forecast for Kootenay National Park is for a high of -4 on Saturday, and some snow in the interim.

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