Update: From the comments which were submitted to this post, it appears the Great Divide was closed to vehicle traffic in 1999. It was likely closed to vehicle traffic in the winter sometime in the eighties.
It’s wonderful to have the old highway from Lake Louise to BC on which to ski every winter. When the new Trans Canada highway opened up, the old highway was eventually closed, and as a ski trail, we refer to it as the Great Divide.
Today’s update from the Kicking Horse Ski Club in Yoho contained a scribbled note. The writer asked the question which I’ve always wondered about, too:
What year was the Great Divide(also known as the “Old 1A”) closed to vehicle traffic?
Does anyone know?
The Kicking Horse Ski Club is responsible for grooming most of the trails in Yoho. So far we’ve had tracksetting on the Kicking Horse trail, and the Yoho Valley road. Trails around Emerald Lake will be next. If you enjoy skiing the Yoho trails, please consider making a donation or buying a $50 membership in the club.