Yesterday I said I was finished skiing for the season, but I really mean it this time. I’ve never seen Banff tracksetting in April, so I wanted to verify it with my own eyes.
It’s true, Cascade Valley and Upper Bankhead were groomed and trackset today. I climbed the big hill on my Fischer Twinskins with excellent grip. The snow looked a bit too damp for wax to perform well, but I was pleasantly surprised at how fast the tracks were. The skier in front of me was pulling divots out of the track with wax that was too sticky.
I didn’t ski as far as the bridge, but Dave and Faye had gone beyond the bridge and reported a good skier-set track.
The Lake Minnewanka road has excellent coverage as does the meadow. With freezing temperatures tonight, the tracks and skating lane will be ultra-fast in the morning and a bit crusty.
It was nice to see Chuck at the trailhead as I was starting out. He had just finished the Upper Bankhead trail which is also freshly groomed and trackset.
The temperature was +2°C at 4 pm.