After 11 years of doing this blog, I am thrilled to finally do a first-hand report on Sandy McNabb.
Conditions were pretty good with occasional hazards such as dirt, rocks, and grass but they were nothing more than a minor inconvenience. I was still glad that I used my rock skis.
It was a beautiful day to take Tessa for another ski trip. For all the dog-lovers out there, this area is dog-friendly but it’s partly on-leash and partly off-leash. I’ve created an image further down in this post which shows the off-leash area.
The air temperature remained at -2°C all afternoon. The snow temperature was -4 and I had to dig down deep to find my VR45(-2/-8) after neglecting it during all the cold weather.
While Cheryl and Tessa went across the road to ski the easy Loggers Loop, I did the Long Prairie Loop on the north side of the road.
Despite the a-hole who walked in the tracks, the skiing was wonderful. The idiot post-holed most of the loop, many times right down to the ground, leaving big divots on the trail. His handiwork is showcased in most of the photos.
There is no excuse for this carnage because the area is well-signed with dedicated trails for multi-users and skiers.
There is one steep downhill where you really have to be careful. If going counter-clockwise as I was, after the first Death Valley junction, hold on and pray. It was a death-defying, white-knuckle ride down. I couldn’t snowplow effectively because the trail is too narrow.
As I reached the bottom of the hill, I don’t know how I stayed upright as I negotiated a sharp turn. Perhaps it was the big tree staring me in the face that motivated me to dig down deep and complete it.
I would recommend walking down this hill unless you have the appropriate skis to handle this trail. Better yet, do the loop clockwise and climb this hill. You’ll enjoy the more gentle downhill as you complete the loop on the north side.
I crossed over the road and caught up to Cheryl and Tessa on Loggers. What a lovely trail. It only has one small hill and gets quite a bit of sun despite being in the forest.
I talked to skiers who climbed to the lookout on Pine Ridge where you can actually see Calgary in the distance. They said the conditions were fine with the odd hazard which was easy to avoid.
Good luck to all the Cookie Racers tomorrow(Saturday) in PLPP. It will be extremely busy around Pocaterra hut and on the race trails. There are numerous good places to ski, so consider avoiding PLPP tomorrow.