This is just a guess, but I figure there are at least 23 snowmobiles in operation to maintain the trails in the SkierBob kingdom, and 5 snowcats. Who would like to name all the locations and how many machines they have? The SkierBob kingdom includes Calgary, West Bragg, Sandy McNabb, Ribbon Creek, PLPP, Canmore Nordic Centre, Banff, Lake Louise, and Yoho.
Two crucial snowmobiles had mechanical problems last week including Yoho’s(Kicking Horse Ski Club’s) and the Heritage Guides’ at Lake Louise. With all the new snow, that was quite a setback. The Heritage Guides have theirs back in operation and the Yoho/Emerald Lake snowmobile needs a new clutch. This is Saturday’s update from the Kicking Horse Ski Club:
“We’ve been getting it by the buckets full and Yoho Blows !!! I haven’t seen snow banks that big at the store ever!!!!! Joe was out today trying to pack it down and set a trail- he got up the Connector with cutting down 5-6 trees and started packing Emerald–which went pretty good–but then he was track setting and the clutch went up by the creek on the Fan!!!! He manage to get back(barely) to the Store–and we were closed!!. Our Golden fix it shop is closed on Sunday/Monday– so it will be a bit to get it running again! At least there is a partial track and machine packed trails everywhere except Yoho Valley Road!! Enjoy the deep snow on the side of the trails– eh!!”
The Ribbon Creek snowcat was in Edmonton for four days but it’s back and the trail crews were out today grooming and tracksetting on the Bill Milne, Wedge, and Evan-Thomas.
The PLPP snowcat didn’t have a trailer for those same four days so no trails were groomed in the south end of the park but they were back at it early this morning with tracksetting on Elk Pass, Blueberry Hill, and Hydroline. That is also the reason why Mt Shark hasn’t seen any grooming for a while.
Thanks to all the tracksetters for getting the trails groomed for Sunday skiing!
I’m surmising there must be a problem with the Banff snowmobile because nothing has been updated on the Banff trail report since Feb 8. On the other hand, I’m still holding out hope that we’ll have a trip report from Cascade Valley saying the trail was trackset today. Tunnel Mountain in Banff was groomed on the 9th, but that is done by the Lake Louise to Banff Loppet machine.