What a sight to behold! Today’s new track setting and grooming to Elk Pass and Blueberry Hill was superb. Too bad we can’t see more frequent grooming. It’s expensive, but, WOW, is it worth it! -Anna
Thanks for all the trip reports! I was surprised that Elk Pass parking lot wasn’t even full at 11 a.m. I guess when there’s no snow in Calgary, combined with warm weather, people don’t think about skiing.
With the lack of new snow, I was happy to hear that some new trails were trackset at Lake Louise today. The Chateau grooming team was able to trackset Upper Telemark and Peyto, and it appears that Ulrike was one of the first skiers to try it out. A word of caution, these are not easy trails and early season conditions exist “normal early season hazards like A LOT of twigs, a few rocks, with some stumps thrown in for good measure.”
The weather forecasts couldn’t be more contradictory. Windy.com is predicting 15 cm for PLPP next week, while Snow-forecast is predicting zero. The Weather Network is somewhere in the middle with around 7 cm. Not much is in store for Calgary or West Bragg Creek.
This blog’s focus is on trackset trails, but the backcountry reports have become a nice “sideline” and all the reporters are exceptional writers. I really enjoy reading about the amazing adventures and seeing the photos which are included. I hope we continue to hear from Chuck, Alf, Steve, MaSid, Normand, Charles, Gord F, Aqua Toque, Make Alberta a Democracy….
Ahhhh, Mr Democracy. I know there are some people who gloss over MAD’s reports because they disagree with making political statements on here. I’ve had emails asking me to address the issue.
While I would prefer that people use their real names, or at least non-political names, I will make allowances in order to read Democracy’s trip reports, and keep them coming. His trips are incredible enough, but he does many of them in the dark. I can picture the sparks flying from his metal edges while doing turns on steep downhills with thin snow cover. Today’s report was something special when he related how he was helping the lady on Healy Pass. I laughed out loud when I read this…
“I am glad she survived the Healy Creek/Pass trail to ski another day in these Great Canadian Rocky Mountains. At least I did not find her body on the trail. But at night I do miss things.”
I’m not encouraging it, but if you’re going to use a political name, mix some humour into your reports and I will probably allow them.