Feb 24, 2021:
It would be funny if it wasn’t so sad. Thanks to Ian and Darlene for the above photo. They also included a photo of the mess on the Screamer which will be dangerous and difficult for anyone descending.
Thanks to Steve Riggs for the photo of Iron Springs at West Bragg Creek. Nice to see the pristine snow and tracksetting, absent any boot prints.
Tracksetting Feb 23/24
Castle Lookout to Baker Creek was trackset on the 23rd.
Lake Louise: Moraine Lake Rd, Upper & Lower Tramline, Bow River Loop, Lakeshore, and Pipestone.
West Bragg Creek
“A number of trails have been tuned up since yesterday’s snow and track setting. Temp this morning is -14 to -17C. Conditions early today should be firmer than yesterday but will soften with daytime temps on the rise. Watch for isolated icy and wet patches.”
Check Nordic Pulse for more details.
PLPP: (According to Alberta Parks website)Lodgepole, Braille, Sinclair, WWL Access, Spruce road.
The Nordic Pulse website gives different information for PLPP, but I don’t think we can put our full trust in it yet.
Banff National Park: Cascade Valley, Upper Bankhead, and Tunnel Mountain trails.
That pristine scene in my photo didn’t last long! In minutes, just around the corner, I encountered two walkers heading south, leaving pits of roughly 7 cm in depth. When I mentioned that the trail was “skiers only”, as per the prominent sandwich board sign at the south junction with Elbow, which seemed to be effective for most, given the trampling south of the junction- they claimed to be lost. I explained that they should walk off to the side rather than mangle the centre of the trail on the upcoming south facing hill, which was already a bit sun-softened and would be icy and possibly hazardous to skiers in the morning. Last I saw of them- they were still stomping down the centre of the downhill….
I have had the “lost” excuse used many times as well. I think that the only thing that will really work is enforcement (fines). If one’s sense of entitlement ends up costing a hundred or two dollars, behavior may indeed be modified. It worked well at PLPP on the dogs on ski trails.