Thanks to Jean-Francois Richy(pictured above) for this report regarding trails in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park:
“It was -8C at 10:30 am in Boulton Creek parking lot, Whiskey Jack had a good 10cm of fresh snow and was not groomed.
I meet Bob on my way back on Whiskey Jack, there is so much snow that stopping to say hello was an easy task.”
The only thing I can add to Jean-Francois’ report is that Fox Creek and Boulton Creek were wonderful. Despite having lots of fresh snow, the tracks were still decent and very fast. I’ve had a number of enjoyable runs down Fox Creek this winter on fast, clean snow.
By the time I reached the top of Elk Pass in mid-afternoon, there was already 1 cm of fresh snow over last night’s tracksetting and it was still snowing so it made for a slow but very safe descent.
Ray Perrott: “As per groomers’ report the Lookout, Elk Pass and Tyrwhitt were perfectly groomed and the snow conditions were excellent (just needed a bit more sun), the descent from the Lookout to Hydroline was fast and fun and the corduroy makes you feel safe!”
Skogan Pass, Sunburst, High Level, Coal Mine, Hidden were all groomed today.
Spray River West and Brewster Creek in Banff were trackset.
Yoho Valley Road was trackset yesterday and Emerald Lake was on the schedule for today.
Lake O’Hara fire road was trackset today.
Lots of snow in the forecast for Saturday. The ever-optimistic Snow Forecast is predicting 21 cm for PLPP.
For backcountry enthusiasts, MEC Calgary is hosting Will Gadd for a presentation on how to assess risk on Tues Feb 6. Learn how he recognizes and navigates risk in the outdoors. For more info, and to register, Evening with Will Gadd, managing Risk .