It was cold in PLPP today which means the snow is still in excellent condition. It was -10 at the Elk Pass parking lot at 2 pm with a bitterly cold wind so I didn’t linger.
Later, while climbing Blueberry Hill I could feel the temperature dropping even further. Not wanting to freeze to death at the top, I didn’t go all the way.
The tracksetting starts on Elk Pass 500 metres from the trailhead at the Boulton Creek Junction. That’s where I met some returning, happy skiers from the 5th Dimension Outdoor Club.
Five hundred metres of strenuous climbing later, I met Janice, Kristin, and Bob at the very top of the Elk Pass Hill. Both sides of the hill are still in good shape for descending. The tracksetting to the Blueberry junction is in remarkably good condition.
While climbing Blueberry Hill I could feel the temperature dropping even further. With thoughts of a windy summit, and not wanting to freeze to death, I didn’t go all the way to the top.
There was frost in the tracks on Blueberry Hill which acted like ball bearings – screaming fast! Not good for grip, though. Snow was very cold and I used VR40(-4/-12) but slipped a lot on the frost. It was dynamite coming down.
On my way back, I ran into Margah at the Elk Pass/Fox Creek junction. She agreed the snow was incredibly fast and also that it was quite abrasive, hence she was adding wax to her skis.
The Pocaterra hut is open, but take note, the closing time is now 6 pm. On the road by the hut is where I saw the mama moose and her two calves.
Shaganappi golf course has been groomed and trackset. Shaganappi trail report
Dawn Mountain in Golden, BC, is opening this weekend.