Monday meanderings

Update: Just as I posted this, a very informative Trip Report was submitted by Bruce Johnson regarding Moraine Lake road and Tramline. Thanks, Bruce and I believe you are correct with your prediction: “I think we are going to see an increase in Winter Walkers with Covid and people just wanting to get outside.”

Also I just received an email from Debbie who skied on the Great Divide on waxless skis today. Said it was a bit icy but she still had a good time. 

Cypress Hills trail before I removed the rocks

Not much snow materialized in the SkierBob domain from the recent storm. The big winner was Cypress Hills with somewhere in the range of 40-50 cm. Unfortunately the grooming won’t start until December. I’m looking forward to skiing there this winter on the trail where I removed 5500 rocks this summer. Yes, fifty-five hundred. 

Nakiska’s website indicates 3 cm in the past 24 hours. The webcam at West Bragg doesn’t show much new snow. For people asking about conditions at WBC, I expect there is ice and dirt with next to no skiable snow. 

Another system is moving through tonight and Tuesday. As always, the weather forecasts are in disagreement with the snowfall expectations. According to Snow-Forecast and Weather Network, Lake Louise and Elk Pass will receive 11 cm. is predicting only 5 cm. West Bragg should get 5-10 cm. 

Frozen Thunder is in operation at the Canmore Nordic Centre, but there are other trails which they would like to have ready for the official opening on Nov 14 but there is a problem with the snowmaking. Thanks to Mike Norton for the following update…

“If you were at the Canmore Nordic Center Yesterday or today, you will notice that the guns aren’t running and it was prime snowmaking temperatures. If you’re like me, you just start conjuring all kinds of reasons whey they are not making snow, the unfortunate reality at the moment is that they have encountered an infrastructure problem that has caused the system to shut down, not great timing, i know!
I have been assured by management that their staff are working as quickly as possible to get things back up and running.
Thank you for your patience.”

Weather forecasts are predicting 5-10 cm of natural snow for the nordic centre on Tuesday. 

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