Thanks for all the trip reports. I’m happy to see people are out skiing and that we’ve got good conditions after the scary rain and ice event over the weekend.
As JeremyN related in his report, a storm moved through this morning and deposited about 5 cm of new snow on the recent tracksetting at WBC.
Other skiers had polished the tracks by the time I arrived at 3 pm. The temperature was -10°C with sunny skies and no wind. I waxed with VR40(-4/-12) and had great grip.
I skied a 13K loop including Mountain Road, Moose Connector, West Crystal, Loggers, Elbow, Iron Springs, and Sundog East.
All the downhills were still in good shape and it was easy and safe to descend with the fresh snow.
DougB mentioned that his pole tips slipped on the buried layer of ice a few times. I also experienced this but few and far between.
My trip got off to a good start when I met Sue and her lovely dog Peanut two minutes up Mountain Road.
Further along, I enjoyed meeting Kristi, a beginner skier who was out for the fifth time this winter. She must be progressing well because she had just finished doing the big hill on Mountainview without incident. I took her picture at the Mountainview-Moose Connector-West Crystal junction.
The sun disappeared as I was skiing Iron Springs at 4:30 pm and it cooled off considerably thereafter. Upon checking the weather station at the WBC trailhead as I write this, it’s now down to -19.
Conditions should remain good this week with the cooler weather and a bit of new snow in the forecast.
This Saturday at West Bragg Creek, it’s the fun, new event 2.4 Hours of Adrenaline.
Registration for Saturday’s Birkie closes Wednesday at noon.
The Kananaskis Village trails were trackset this afternoon. Also Bill Milne, Wedge, and Evan-Thomas were trackset. The trail report says conditions are good.
At Lake Louise, the following trails were trackset today: Fairview, Townsite; Bow River Loop; Campground, Pipestone.
Lost and Found
Pete posted this: “Found someone’s favourite well frozen water bottle (From “Boss Frog’s Cycles” in Maui) at the Pocaterra/Lynx junction this afternoon. It’s waiting for you on the desk at the Pocaterra warming hut.”