I waited for the perfect day to finally ski up to the Kananaskis Fire Lookout this season. The snow is so amazing that I was able to stride the entire way up the north side; not one herringbone!
The temperature at Boulton Creek at 2 pm was -8°C and the snow was -7. My skis already had VR45(-2/-8) from yesterday and it worked well. Whiskey Jack had 1-3 cm of new snow over the recent tracksetting but six skiers had been up the trail ahead of me today.
At the top of WJ, I met the Ratliffe family who had come from Elk Pass and reported some fresh snow on the trail but the tracks were still okay. They were doing the Tyrwhitt loop.
I arrived to pristine, untracked, powder snow at the Lookout junction. The only tracks were that of an Easter bunny who hopped along the trail for a couple hundred metres.
There was 2-4 cm of fresh snow over Saturday night’s tracksetting and it had to be the easiest climb I’ve ever done to the Lookout. The thermometer at the Lookout registered -7.
I wouldn’t recommend coming up the south side unless you really enjoy breaking trail. The south side hasn’t had any recent grooming.
The fresh snow on the trail made for a controlled descent; in other words, quite slow. It took me five minutes to descend rather than the usual four.
I continued down Pocaterra on good tracks to the Lynx junction, then onto Lynx. I think Scott and Courtney must have had a lot of fun coming down the big hill on Lynx with the 1-2 cm of new snow on the recent tracksetting.
After skiing 16.2K I finally reached the new tracksetting on Amos and it felt like my skis shifted into a higher gear. As Darrell has already reported, fantastic, fast and firm. I completed the day on the new tracksetting on Amos, Woolley, Meadow, and Wheeler.
The snow did not suffer any deterioration today and should be even better tomorrow.