Parking information signs were distributed throughout Peter Lougheed Provincial Park(PLPP) lots yesterday, including the Upper Lake parking lot.
Self-pay station in Pocaterra will be operational this Sunday, and the one at Elk Pass parking will be working next week once contractor work is completed. We are investigating whether self-pay can be implemented at the soon-to-be-reopened Visitor Centre. Sales at retail shops should be underway by Saturday, Nov. 21.
You can still buy your parking pass online.
More grooming In PLPP
- Kananaskis Fire Lookout groomed north side from Lookout to Pocaterra.
- Pocaterra groomed from Lookout Trail to Packers Trail.
Take note the above trails have been groomed only, not trackset. Grooming leaves a corduroy surface.
Steve Riggs brought up a good point. It’s possible the Back Door was roped off due to the necessity of parking the truck and trailer which hauls the snowcat. Considering the trails which were groomed yesterday, this is a very likely scenario.
Back to reading the Kananaskis trail reports
There’s been lots of concern about there being no Live Grooming Reports. Nobody seems to know anything except for the fact that it’s not functioning. I’ve added links on the main menu to the individual reports in Kananaskis(PLPP, Ribbon Creek, and Mt Shark). Main Menu>Trail Reports>PLPP etc.
Some good news: PLPP Discovery Centre reopens on Nov 28.
Shaganappi Golf Course
November 19th, 2020 Shaganappi Point nordic skiing update:
The gates to Shaganappi were opened for the winter as of November 10th.
Skiing is not recommended until there is a compacted base, although some skiers have been enjoying Shaganappi by carefully choosing where they ski.
- Skis on snow with no compacted base likely will go right through the snow down to the ground hitting grass, asphalt, and the shale cart paths, which can permanently damage your skis.
Feel free to go for a walk or snowshoe. After grooming and track setting has begun, please do not walk, bike, or snowshoe on ski trails.
- Sunken footprints/bike tracks act as a heat sink and also get frozen in place and are then a fall hazard to skiers traveling at speed.
Grooming and track setting for cross country skiing at Shaganappi will begin in December.
- Shaganappi Point golf course and Confederation Park golf courses have two different microclimates. Shaganappi has significantly more year-round sun and wind exposure compared to the Confederation golf course. (Confederation has longer frost delays during the golf season due to receiving less sun exposure than Shaganappi) If the snow above the turf at Shaganappi is machine compacted for skiing in November, freeze/thaw cycles of November Chinooks create an ice layer that remains in place all winter preventing air exchange within the snowpack, which kills the turf underneath. Turf death in the spring directly equates to lower visitor numbers and revenue loss at golf courses, as golfers in general prefer to play at golf courses that are in pristine condition.
Please stay off tee boxes and greens (at all golf courses), as the fragile turf is easily killed by compacted snow.
- All greens are roped off at Shaganappi. Tee boxes and greens in general are flat areas with a hill around them. Some tee boxes are roped off, but not all. (roping off greens at Shaganappi are the Golf course’s responsibility, roping off tee boxes near ski trails are SNO’s responsibility. There are 80+ tee boxes, and 27 greens at Shaganappi).