I skied the late shift at West Bragg Creek along with my dog Tessa. With all the trip reports from West Bragg today, I hardly need to say much, so I’ll mostly post photos. Thank you for all the reports.
Conditions are pretty nice considering it’s Nov 8, but I’d still recommend rock skis and skiing with care and caution. You’ll encounter a few hazards lurking underneath the snow, but luckily most are visible which allows you to take precautionary measures.
Reading the trip reports from skiers who were out earlier has led me to believe that more grooming occurred later this afternoon. I received some good recon from Anna as I was starting out. She said Elbow had new roll-packing as did Iron Springs, but she didn’t recommend Iron Springs, saying it was pretty rough(and confirmed on the trip reports by Fallsalot).
I also talked to a skier who said Mountain road, Moose, and Mountain View had new grooming. Steve Riggs might have some information for us later on those trails. I ran into Steve near the Sundog – Loggers junction and we could both see the new grooming on Loggers.
East Crystal line has no grooming yet but there are good skier-set tracks. The Eastern side of Sundog has snowmobile packing only but was still easily skiable.
I would say that Elbow offered the best skiing of the day, but that’s also where I hit a rock and took a tumble. Where I could loosen rocks, I removed them from the trail. If you go out there, take a small hammer to loosen those which are frozen into the ground.
The air temperature at 3 pm was -6°C and the snow was -5. VR45(-2/-8) worked well.
If you don’t like driving home in wet clothes, the Trails Centre has a change room.
I took Mike’s suggestion and enjoyed a latte and some delicious treats at the Heart of Bragg Creek.
I see from the Live Grooming Report that Terrace trail near Kananaskis Village has had a refresh. This portion of trail takes a beating from all the foot traffic.
I’m very happy to hear that ElaineB got her keys back.