Glad to see trip reports coming in from everywhere, thanks everyone. After skiing late yesterday on Pocaterra, I was surprised to find myself being the first skier on the newly-rolled Elk Pass this morning at 10 a.m.
Well, actually I stayed at Stoney-Nakoda Resort last night so I had a good head start on everyone. Now with a Timmy’s on site at Stoney-Nakoda, I can enjoy a latte as I drive to the ski trails in PLPP.
I was getting concerned about the temperature as I was driving out. It was +6 as I passed the village and still +3 at Pocaterra hut. 10K south and it had dropped to -2 at the Elk Pass parking lot. The snow did not deteriorate at all during the time I was on the trail, but from reading Tanya’s report it may have softened a bit later in the day.
The snow temperature at the trailhead was -3 and I had good results using VR50(0/-4). It was also -3 when I took the temperature at the top of Elk Pass.
The only negative thing I can say about the trail conditions is that the surface is uneven in a few places. Unless you’re a kid, you might find some of the fast downhills somewhat challenging(very bumpy).
It was a pleasure to meet lots of readers on the trail today. Special thanks to Carole for the nice poem(see the trip reports). Carole and Jamie, who parked on Hwy #40 and came through the Back Door via Pocaterra and Tyrwhitt, arrived at the top of Elk Pass about the same time as I.
I noticed there are two signs at The Elk Pass trailhead which say “Cross country skiing only. No biking, snowshoeing, winter walking, or dogs.” You know where this is going. Of course, first day of grooming I see two people in hiking boots leaving large divots in the trail. Further along, two snowshoers were coming up the trail.
There’s a snowfall warning out for northern sections of Banff National Park. Predictions for Lake Louise are about 5 cm. Windy.com is predicting 15 cm for Elk Pass over the next five days.