Thursday morning update

Snowshoe Hare trail at West Bragg Creek. Photo by Alf Skrastins

Nov 28, 2019

I laughed when I read this contest entry from Flora:

“My first waxing memory was skiing with my Dad on Lake Ohara road. It was a very chilly day, I remember lots of little snow crystals on the side of the trail. He had 3 choices in his wax kit. Blue, green or red – ‘What’s your favourite color’ he asked? I said red. It.was.a. s.l.o.w. ski”

It looks like it will be a green wax day today with predicted highs around -11 to -15 depending on where you are. 

Steve Riggs starts out on his urban adventure

West Bragg is getting lots of attention because of all the snow, but there are also recent trip reports from Lake Louise(thanks, Christine), Confederation golf course(thanks, Catherine), Back Door to Pocaterra(thanks, Helen) and a unique urban adventure from Steve Riggs. 

Nakiska has received 19 cm in the past 48 hours. Let’s hope the trails at Ribbon Creek and Kananaskis Village received similar amounts. 

PLPP got 5-7 cm in the north end and more at the south end. 

Ray Perrott had about 10 cm on his deck in Canmore yesterday morning and I imagine a bit more by now. 

The following trip report from Alf Skrastins came in late last night:

The snow hasn’t stopped falling at West Bragg Creek, but about 40 cm has fallen since Monday. The groomers were out packing and re-packing the trails, but the snow kept coming down. A few trails got track set by evening.  The packed snow should firm up overnight and more track-setting will happen tomorrow.

Watershed Heritage Interpretive trail. Photo by Alf Skrastins

I did a nice “first-tracks” tour of the Watershed Interpretive Trail and Snowshoe Hare.  At DemiTel junction we were pleased to see that the next  portion of Snowshoe Hare and DemiTel had been roller-packed all the way up to Long Distance/Reconnect junction.  This is not a ski trail, but it does get packed to make a base for fat-biking, snowshoeing and hiking. 

Starting on Sept 28, there have been a series of big snowfalls at West Bragg Creek, for a total of 160 cm.  Of course, there have been Chinooks between the snow events, which melted a lot of it. Still, that’s a lot of snow!

See all Alf’s photos

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  1. Yay! Looking forward to skiing at West Bragg. Thanks to all the fellas for packing & tracksetting!

    Which weather is more accurate for West Bragg…Bragg Creek or Kananaskis? Thanks!

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