-Ruth and Debbie on Moose Loop at West Bragg Creek-
The snow at West Bragg qualifies as “Edelweiss” snow. Soft and white, clean and bright.
It isn’t the fastest snow you’ll ever ski on because the tracks are a bit soft with the new snow, but considering how cold it is, I was moving along nicely. I’ll take this any day over wet, icy, or debris-laden snow.
It was fun skiing with Henry for a good portion of Moose Loop. He skied across the ice flow at the far end so I could take a picture. There is a bridge if the ice flow is impassable.
Conditions were excellent on Moose Loop except for the final hill which has a few rocks lurking near the surface. If you ski counter-clockwise, you’ll be climbing the hill where the rocks are, so it is easy to avoid them.
The long downhill was the most fun ever. With a bit of fresh snow, I was able to stay in the tracks and maintain full control.
Mountain View has a warning sign saying skiing not recommended, but I didn’t encounter any hazards.
The temperature upon arrival at 1:30 pm was -17°C and it later warmed up to -14. The sun was shining and there was no wind.
Tomorrow, I’d like to find some Steppenwolf snow. Maybe the Bill Milne – Wedge – Evan Thomas which was trackset today? Okay, for those of you too young to know, Steppenwolf had a popular song back in the day called Magic Carpet Ride. The song has 8 million views and 2900 comments. An interesting comment…
“Is it weird that I’ve never smoked pot or done any drugs but I love this song?”
It looks like tomorrow will be the warmest we’ve had for a while at -10 and sunny(except for Anna who had -7 in PLPP today).
Strathmore golf course was groomed and partially trackset today. My previous post has a video of the tracksetting as it was occurring.
Tracksetting today in Banff National Park:
- Cascade Valley was trackset all the way to the end near Stoney Creek.
- Upper Bankhead.
- Tunnel Mountain
Skogan Triple Header Award:
It’s quite an accomplishment to ski Skogan Pass to the summit. It’s a Herculean feat to also do the Skogan Loop and Hummingbird Plume on the same day in these temperatures. Over the past week this has been accomplished by
- Mike W
Congratulations. Let me know if I’ve missed anyone.