With Tessa getting on in years, it’s an extra special day whenever she can join me on the ski trail. We stretched a 5K ski trip into an hour-and-a-quarter, so it was a relaxing day enjoying the sights and the company of my loyal companion.
With excellent snow and trail conditions on the Bow River Loop at Lake Louise, beautiful weather and spectacular scenery, I would consider this my most enjoyable day of skiing this winter.
The south section of the Bow River loop doesn’t see as much foot traffic as the north section, so the tracks are still well-defined and wow, were they smooth and fast. There are no hills of any significance on this loop, so the skiing was effortless with the hoar frost in the tracks acting like ball bearings.
The air temperature at 1 pm was -6°C and the snow was -8. VR40(-4/-12) gave good grip but I hardly ever needed any grip because I was double-poling 95% of the time.
We started at the bridge near the entrance to the campground. Normally the bridge is closed to vehicle traffic in the winter, but they are doing some construction and what would normally be a parking lot is not available for parking, but it’s easy enough to park on the road. A portion of the bridge is trackset, so you can start skiing right away.
You can add distance by doing the campground loop and the north part of the Bow River loop. The Campground loop is mostly trackset, but the aforementioned construction has shortened it and you can’t do a complete circle. You can still do a loop by using the Bow River river trail.
The combined distance of the Bow River Loop and the Campground Loop is 9k.
Did anyone else take note of the final sentence in Alf Skrastins’ trip report?
“No snow for ski grooming at Ribbon Creek, West Bragg Creek, Sandy McNabb, north PLPP, Mt. Shark or most of CNC. But lot’s of snow at Chester-Sawmill, yet these trails don’t get groomed.”
I was happy to see this on the Weather Network: Don’t worry Alberta, winter is coming