Dec 1, 2019
We’re off to a pretty good start this ski season. We have a number of choices where there are trails in good condition.
According to Chuck’s photos, the conditions in the south end of PLPP look fabulous. Spectacular photos, thanks Chuck(make sure to read the captions on Chuck’s photos). According to Chuckley’s trip report, conditions really are wonderful.
Chuckley sent these remarks:
“Elk Pass – Hydroline – Patterson – Elk Pass @ Peter Lougheed Provincial Park
Groomers have done a superb job and the conditions were excellent today starting at -13C and ending -10C – I love green or blue wax days!
Fast snow! Patterson downhill was as good as it gets!
Debris or twigs were minor and of no concern.”
Thanks to everyone who submitted a trip report!
I had a pleasant ski at Confederation golf course this afternoon. Although it warmed up to +3 in Calgary, the snow stayed cold and didn’t show any sign of deterioration. When I took a snow temperature at 2 pm, it was -2. I used VR50(0/-4) and it was sufficient.
Confed has good early-season conditions. There are a few thin spots which are easy to avoid. Be careful on the bridges. The driving range is groomed and trackset. The course is groomed and partially trackset.
We have another winner
While skiing at Confed, John made the draw for the second winner of the Elk Pass contest. John picked a name from among all those remaining who guessed Nov 29 as the day Elk Pass would be trackset. Of course, the first person who picked the date, Nick, was the first winner. I’ve had my email to winner Brett Plaizier acknowledged, so he’s the confirmed winner. Thank you to everyone who entered, and thanks to Stoney-Nakoda Resort for providing the prizes.
Next time I’m on the trail, we’ll do the draw for the Fischer skis.
From the sounds of Pete’s, MaSid’s, and Steve’s trip reports, West Bragg Creek was a terrific place to ski today.
As of writing this, we don’t have a trip report from Lake Louise or Yoho, but I can’t imagine that conditions have deteriorated much. I know the tracks are getting a little bit worn on Moraine Lake road and the Great Divide, but should still be pretty good. There’s snow in the forecast every day this week for Lake Louise so the groomers should be able to refresh the trails.
Lake Louise to Banff Loppet
I was surprised the Lake Louise to Banff Loppet didn’t sell out today. For the past many years, it not only sold out on the first day, usually the first hour. As of my writing this, there are still 6 spots available. I stopped promoting it because they had more interest than they could handle. Keeping things in perspective, selling 97% of your availabilities on the first day is still pretty fantastic.
Shaganappi Golf Course
We learned today that SNO (Shaganappi Nordic Operations) has taken over responsibility for grooming the trails at Shaganappi golf course. This morning I posted the following…
“They have a Facebook page with 12 followers; let’s see if we can increase that to 100 or more.”
As I write this at 7:30 pm, they are up to 101 followers. Thanks, everyone!