It would have been a tragedy if these trails hadn’t been groomed this winter. I skied on near-perfect conditions today while doing the loop that includes Evan-Thomas, Wedge Connector, and Bill Milne. I hope everyone will buy a Kananaskis parking pass.
Evan-Thomas was trackset last night for the first time this season and was in good condition. I did it three times, twice up and once back. There was foot traffic on the trail, but nobody had walked in the tracks as of 2 pm today.
Guess who the first person was that I met on the trail? Vic Urban. This was quite a coincidence because I posted a comment from Vic from two years ago on my previous update today. Vic was skiing with his son Kurtis and I caught them in a few photographs.
The Evan-Thomas trail is trackset for 1.8K. When the grooming ends, there’s a snowshoe trail about 200 metres long which connects to the Wedge Connector. You can ski part of it, at least up to the McDougall creek bridge, then it’s best to remove your skis for the short, steep, narrow downhill.
The Evan-Thomas bridge was demolished in spring flooding but there is a well-beaten path over the creek and no open water. The Evan-Thomas creek makes short work of bridges. Now there are two abandoned bridges in the flood plain.
If Evan-Thomas conditions were good, the Wedge Connector was pristine. Beautiful cold snow with no footprints and excellent tracks. The tracksetting crew has widened the trail considerably and it looks like you could skate for a portion of the trail, yet there is still double tracksetting.
Completing the loop on the Bill Milne trail, I had the pleasure of encountering Jeff with his two spirited dogs, Jake and Gordie. It looked like the dogs were doing most of the work as they pulled Jeff along.
I also encountered a blind skier on the Bill Milne trail, Shabu. He was being guided by his wife Shaida. A very pleasant and enthusiastic couple who would not be out here if it wasn’t for the groomed trails and excellent tracks.
The temperature hovered around zero today, and purple wax worked well.
Update on Kananaskis Parking Passes from Nordiq Alberta
Trail users have purchased more than 3,700 season passes and 500 day-use parking passes, and we’ve raised approximately $16,000 in donations (in addition to pass sales) to support the trail grooming program.
There is still some ways to go to reach the fundraising goal of $210,000, but we are optimistic that ongoing parking pass sales will generate the necessary funds by the end of the ski season. Huge thanks to everyone who has volunteered, bought a parking pass, or helped to spread the word—none of this would be possible without you!
I think there is plenty of opportunity to raise the remainder because only 2 of 15 cars in the Evan-Thomas parking lot were displaying parking passes today.