-Barb from New York was thrilled with all the snow and skied to Moraine lake-
Nov 3 @ 10 a.m: Thank you to Jeff Hearnden, Backcountry Maintenance Coordinator at Parks Canada for this update:
“The Tracksetting staff started work on Nov. 2nd. Administrative details ( payroll, scheduling, Health & Safety check -in procedures etc ) need to be completed before any grooming will take place. I’m sorry if I mislead you to believe “grooming” would start on Nov. 2nd. ( as posted on your website ) Hopefully we can get these details sorted out quickly.
Please understand that we must follow the proper procedures to ensure that staff are taken care of and equipment is prepared to operate. We will make every effort to get the grooming activities started as soon as possible.”
Barb from Cooperstown, NY, had her heart set on seeing iconic Moraine lake by driving out on the Moraine Lake road. She was disappointed to discover the road was closed to vehicle traffic, but heard that it was skiable.
She’s staying in Banff so she rented waxless skis at Snowtips, and had a great time skiing out to the lake today. When I ran into her at 7.2K, she was effusive and ecstatic about the snow and the conditions, and remarked on how peaceful and beautiful it was.
Meeting Barb lifted my spirits because I was disappointed that no grooming had occurred on MLR. It was scheduled to begin today. I’ll try to find out from Parks Canada what their plans are.
I’m not a big fan of skiing on ungroomed snow with my track skis, especially when there are fast downhills. Lots of skiers were staying in the deeper snow on the hill to control their speed. It can be difficult to snowplow in deep snow with skinny skis.
The only place where the snow was a bit thin was at Paradise Creek for about 100 metres, but I didn’t have to take my skis off.
I started out at exactly 2 pm and my car thermometer registered +4°C. I thought the best skis to use in these conditions would be my fish-scale waxless and I wasn’t disappointed. I’m glad that I remembered to polish the grip zone with some of this stuff because it prevented the snow from sticking to my skis.
Furthermore, I had my skis stone-ground by Grinders for these wet conditions. They put grooves in the skis to help dissipate the moisture so there’s less suction and my skis were gliding just fine. The name of the grind they used was “Tofu 1.” In the photos, you can see the grooves in the base of my skis.
At 4.2k, almost at the top of the big hill, I saw a crazy person coming downhill towards me, waving his arms in the air and shouting. I wasn’t sure if he was celebrating the beginning of ski season, or out of control on the downhill. As he got closer, I could see it was my friend Chip(in full control). You’ve probably read his informative trip report by now.
I’d have to agree with Chip that it doesn’t look too good for the preservation of the snow with temperatures forecast to be around +10 for Lake Louise.
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