Mar 11, 2021: When I was able to stride up the big hill with minimal herringbones on waxable skis, I knew I was in for a glorious day. As Keith mentioned in his trip report, the weather forecasts don’t look very promising but I think these wonderful conditions should last for one more day anyway.
We’ve had a number of trip reports from PLPP, so I’ll keep mine short. Thanks to everyone for your reports.
The air temperature at the Elk Pass trailhead at 2 pm was zero, and the snow was -4°C, with blue skies and no wind. The texture of the snow looked like VR50(0/-4) would do the trick and it was the right choice. I had excellent grip with no sticking. Early skiers were able to use colder wax.
With the nice weather, it was a day made for socializing. At the top of the hill I was thrilled to meet three of our regular trip reporters, Ray and Mary Perrott and the aforementioned Keith Bagnall.
I skied down the other side of the hill with total control on snow which allowed for easy snowplowing when necessary.
Another gabfest ensued when I ran into Steve and Jo Riggs at about the 4K mark. Steve has been writing reports on this blog for as long as I have. Steve has a much better camera than I do, so make sure you check out his photos.
Fox Creek was in reasonably nice shape and the skiing was enjoyable. Just a bit of debris and a few small icy patches.
When I skied at Kananaskis for the first time 24 years ago, I had no idea where this activity would take me. Today on Elk Pass I reached the 25,000 kilometre milestone with a few more Ks for good measure.
The milestone was achieved when I arrived at the Elk Pass/Blueberry Hill junction and lucky for me, Kirsten and James were there to snap a photo.
Trails in the Ribbon Creek and Kananaskis Village area are being trackset this evening.
The Chateau grooming team at Lake Louise was busy today and trackset the following trails: Fairview; Lake Louise surface; Lake Louise Shoreline; Upper Telemark; Peyto.
Thursday night is usually when Mt Shark gets groomed and trackset.