Jody was just finished tracksetting Elk Pass when I arrived around 1:30 pm. Starting at 5 a.m, he also worked on Blueberry Hill, Tyrwhitt, Hydroline and Patterson. Check the PLPP Live Grooming Report for all the details.
Fox Creek, Boulton Creek, and Moraine were all groomed(not trackset) by snowmobile today.
Air temperature had dropped 8 degrees from Kananaskis Village and was -1. The wind was negligible at Elk Pass trailhead although it looked like it was blowing earlier in the day. There is some minor debris on the early grooming. The snow temperature was -3 and I had excellent results using VR50(0/-4).
It took me a long time to get where I was going due to a lot of chatting and picture-taking. A large group of snowshoers was crossing the ski trail as I was climbing the big hill.
The snowshoe/fat bike trail is packed to the first Hydroline junction, about 2K. Thereafter, as it parallels the Hydroline ski trail, it has 40 cm of unpacked snow. When the fat bikers get to the top of the Hydroline hill and see 40 cm of unpacked snow, I wonder what they will do. 🙂
After arriving at the top of Elk Pass and being greeted with the hikers uneaten food, I proceeded on Tyrwhitt for 2.4K which took me to the first meadow. There are a lot of twigs poking through the snow on Tyrwhitt but it is totally skiable without too much inconvenience. The downhill parts were as enjoyable as ever.
I avoided all the steep hills on Elk Pass when returning and took Hydroline, Patterson and Fox Creek. Hydroline had a cm of wind-blown snow in the tracks so I skied mostly on the corduroy. Patterson was excellent. Elk Pass from Patterson to Hydroline junction was great; fast but not scary fast.
Fox Creek, as the trail report states, is reasonably good and was quite a lot of fun going in the downhill direction. A bit thin in a few places and minor tree debris but I had no scratches on my good skis when I finished.
Pocaterra has been trashed
Pocaterra was snowmobile groomed recently, but hikers have ruined it for skiing. Someone who wishes to remain anonymous sent these photos.
“On the way back I discovered my tracks had been obliterated. And the only other vehicles in the parking lot were those of the ones in the photo.”