Fresh snow and cold temperatures in PLPP

Elk pass near Patterson junction. File photo

April 8, 2021

The south end of PLPP received 8-10 cm of new snow last night. The forecast is calling for more snow and sub-zero highs every day until Monday. Last night’s tracksetting included Elk Pass, Blueberry Hill, Patterson, Hydroline, and Upper Lake. 

 Upper Lake Connector. File photo

“Periods of snow moved in to the Park on Wednesday evening, very heavy at times, with about 5cm’s falling in the south end before the grooming began, and another 3 to 5cm’s falling during the grooming, accompanied by high winds.  The snow tapered off around 2:30AM just as Blueberry Hill was being finished; at 5:00AM there was no snow on the Elk Pass grooming, and between a trace and up to 5cm’s on the remainder of the new grooming, and at the time there was a mainly clear sky in the south end.  At that time there was a total of about 5cm’s of new snow in the north end. Though the temperature dropped a few degrees below freezing after midnight, the new snow insulated the moist snow underneath, and there is likely to be some slick spots especially early on Thursday.”

The temperature at the Lower Lake at 7:30 this morning is -6 with a predicted high of -1. More flurries are expected throughout the day. An additional 14 cm is in the forecast between today and Sunday night. 

Canmore Nordic Centre. File photo

Canmore Nordic Centre:

“There will be limited grooming on the natural snow ski trails moving forward due to melting/thinning snow base.”

The forecast is calling for small amounts of fresh snow at CNC but temperatures are still above zero during the daytime. The man-made snow trails should still be in good shape with regular grooming. 

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