Thanks to Hugh Burton for the photos and report from Canmore Nordic Centre:
Canmore Nordic Centre (CNC ) 9:00 AM -2C Skin skis. Ran into waxers using VR 55/60(purple).
Checked Trail report and just the manmade snow had been groomed over night. Big wind event yesterday and last night. Lots of twigs needles and a few trees etc down on the natural trails.
Man made snow was truly outstanding relatively soft for the Nordic centre. Most people stuck to manmade and some were going straight out Banff trail.
Tried going low out Bow Tr but found numerous downed trees. We took off our skis and removed as many small trees as we could manage. We hooked onto Silver Tip when we saw skating lane on Bow was glazed and the track dirty. Skied up Silvertip to Meadowview and found two big trees across Meadowview. Another tree blocked the intersection up onto Bruin at Meadowview . We are in dire need of snow.
I also received this message from a skier…
“Jan 20 Bill Milne trail: We went today, it is in awful condition. If anyone plans to go should bring skates.”
The warm weather and wind has created icy, debris-covered trails at most of the lower elevations. The snow at higher elevations such as Peter Lougheed Provincial Park and Lake Louise should still be pretty good, but will still have debris, so look for recently groomed trails.
There is no significant new snow predicted for the near future.