There was a flurry of activity at the polling station where I cast my vote in the Olympic plebiscite. I’m not saying how I voted because you know how I dislike controversy.
A flurry of last-minute guesses are coming in for the Elk Pass contest. Neil and Nora’s recent trip report from Elk Pass indicates some snow is present but it sounds like another 15 cm is required for any grooming to occur.
The weather forecast is predicting snow flurries for Wednesday/Thursday. The ever-optimistic Snow Forecast is predicting 16 cm for PLPP and 15 cm for Lake Louise. Windy is predicting 7 and 9. Weather Network weighs in with 5-10 cm.
Yesterday, as I was loading my skis into the car at 2 pm, a number of vehicles pulled into the Moraine Lake road parking lot but the occupants weren’t skiers. They were tourists thinking they could get to Moraine Lake on foot.
Have you been following the discussion I’ve been having with Ken about avalanche danger on Moraine Lake road? Moraine Lake road is trackset Every time pictures of the ungroomed trail are posted on here, there is an accompanying warning note about the avalanche danger beyond the tracksetting. If I stop posting photos, will that stop people from wanting to go to Moraine Lake through the avalanche zone?
There are thousands of enticing summer photos of Moraine Lake posted on the internet. This is what is encouraging the hikers. I don’t think photos should be banned because they show trails in avalanche zones. That would mean no more photos of Redearth Creek, Spray River west, and Tyrwhitt. Skiers have a responsibility to inform themselves of avalanche danger. If that fails, they can surely read the sign at 9K(in both official languages no less) and make an informed choice to endanger their life or not. At some point, we have to take individual responsibility.