Last winter’s skiing came to an unceremonious and abrupt finish near the end of March with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Access to the ski areas was shut down on March 28. I skied in PLPP for the final time on the evening of March 27 on beautiful conditions.
Last season was one of the best ever for snow and good conditions. We had early snow, and very little bad weather such as rain, excessive wind, or extended cold periods. I don’t recall any “defensive” skiing, luge tracks, or snow fleas. Probably the biggest inconvenience was occasional tree debris. In December, the ice storm brought down a lot of trees, but the trail crews were quick to clean it up.
Lake Louise is usually the first location where we have groomed trails for skiing in early November. The Great Divide at Lake Louise was trackset on Nov 8 last year. Moraine Lake road soon followed.
We are still awaiting word from the provincial government regarding grooming in Kananaskis Country(PLPP, Ribbon Creek, Mt Shark). A very attractive proposal has been put forward by Nordiq Alberta to continue with things as they are, with the addition of user fees.
Frozen Thunder at the Canmore Nordic Centre opens for skiing on Oct 19.
After the pandemic shutdown, I still got out skiing a few times at the “Hayfield” trails. I will now disclose their location. They’re better known as the Little Red Trails located near Olds, AB on the banks of the Little Red River.