Lots of new grooming in PLPP

by Bob Truman on November 22, 2017

in PLPP(P Lougheed Park)

Dig out the waxless skis! We’ve had a great start to the ski season, but inevitably we are confronted with warm weather which will complicate things.  The only sub-zero temperature I can find this morning is in Lake Louise at -1°C.

West Bragg Creek cellphone update

Cell tower being tested in West Bragg Creek. Photo by Dave Reddy

After seeing the photo of the cellphone tower in the WBC parking lot, Groomer Bill sent this clarification:

“Hi Bob,
We were just testing the viability of getting very localized cell reception in the WBC parking lot. There will still be a lot of work and costs before that happens! We (GBCTA) would like to see some type of communication system in the parking lot to make sure any emergencies can be communicated to the appropriate personal in a timely manor. All the work out there is 100% donor funded so if any of you lovely skiers, fat bikers and snowshoers have any spare cash please put a little in the Donation boxes or go to the GBCTA website and donate. We really appreciate it! We have been working really hard to get back to grooming. Hopefully we will be back up in a few days.
Groomer Bill”


Fantastic day in Kananaskis

November 21, 2017

Lots of happy skiers were out enjoying the great conditions on the Kananaskis Village trails today, attempting to beat the warm weather which is predicted to start tomorrow.  I bet it was KathyH in the parking lot who had just finished skiing as I was getting ready. You have already seen

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Spray River West in Banff National Park

November 20, 2017
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Grooming on Spray River West is 36 days ahead of last year. This early season is unusual in that we have so many places to ski already.

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Kananaskis Village trails

November 20, 2017

The above photo was sent in by Tracksetter Jeff with the following report: “A nice 10 to 15cm surprise at the Village. New tracks on the Kovach Aspen Explorer loop.”

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Grooming Report from West Yellowstone: Dedicated to all snowcat operators

November 20, 2017

I was checking on conditions for the Yellowstone Ski Festival and stumbled across this report. I wouldn’t normally post a grooming report from West Yellowstone but this one is unusual:

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Snow updates

November 19, 2017

Thanks to Pete for the reports and photos: 10:19 a.m: “Hi Bob! It’s dumping snow in Lake Louise! I’m skiing up tramline now. Probably 10 cm fresh snow.” – Pete 1:25 pm: “Dumping snow at Lake Louise today. Skied up tramline from the hostel to moraine lake road about 5-10cm fresh snow on old tracks. Continued […]

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Snowfall warning

November 19, 2017

 With strong winds blowing debris on the trails, we’ll welcome some fresh snow. Perhaps more trails in Lake Louise will be groomed, maybe even Banff. PLPP will hopefully receive some of this and Elk Pass can get a refresher grooming. 

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To the top of Elk Pass on new tracksetting

November 18, 2017
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-Charlotte is enjoying the excellent conditions on Elk Pass- It was exciting to wake up and read on the PLPP Live Grooming report that Elk Pass was trackset.

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Elk Pass is groomed and trackset

November 17, 2017
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Hearing rumours of a big snowfall, I made an exploratory trip into PLPP(Peter Lougheed Provincial Park) this afternoon. At the first checkpoint there was 25 cm of snow at Pocaterra Hut.

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Tramline is trackset

November 16, 2017
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With 10 cm of new snow in Lake Louise this morning, the entire distance of Tramline is now trackset. It was a silky smooth run from the Chateau parking lot to the train station

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Great Divide has new tracksetting

November 15, 2017

Who wouldn’t be smiling with these conditions on Nov 15? It sounds like the Great Divide at Lake Louise was the “go to” place today. You can read a  number of first-hand accounts of the conditions on the Trip Reports. Today’s photos

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New tracksetting on Moraine Lake road

November 14, 2017

I’d like to thank Chuck for keeping my blog up to date with the latest tracksetting activities. Fresh snow from yesterday has allowed new tracksetting on Moraine Lake road. That photo is very enticing! Chuck actually skied all the way

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Snowing in Lake Louise

November 13, 2017
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-Skate skiers with snow in their eyes on the Great Divide. Photo by Chuck- The weather forecast was correct, and thanks to Chuck, we have evidence that it was snowing in Lake Louise today.

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Weekend update

November 12, 2017
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-Katrin during lunch break at Cascade Valley. Photo by Chip Scialfa- This early in the season, I like to keep reminding readers to click on the Trip Reports tab on the main menu to see what’s transpiring.

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West Bragg Creek horses update

November 12, 2017

In light of some new information, we need to reconsider our thinking about the horses on the ski trails. I and many others jumped to conclusions that grooming meant the trails were for skiing only. I think that’s understandable, but in actuality, the ski trails are available for all

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Smiling people, happy dogs at WBC

November 11, 2017
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-Buddy and his gang on Mountain road at west Bragg Creek- I enjoy skiing at West Bragg Creek because my dog Tessa can run off-leash, but I also enjoy seeing

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Moraine Lake road is triple trackset

November 10, 2017
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-Enjoying the uphill tracks on Moraine Lake road. Photo by Chuck- Thanks to Chuck for this report and the terrific photos.

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Shaganappi: “No, you can’t ski anywhere!”

November 10, 2017

Mother Nature brought early snow to the city and the trails at Shaganappi Golf Course were packed Sunday and Monday Nov 5 & 6 (but not enough snow to trackset). There’s a problem with unruly skiers which is addressed below by Alasdair

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Kananaskis: Skogan Pass, Terrace, Wedge, PLPP

November 9, 2017
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Thanks to all the rock pickers on Skogan Pass! As more skiers snowplow over the trail, more rocks appear. I was busy digging one of them out of the Screamer when

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West Bragg Creek

November 8, 2017
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I skied the late shift at West Bragg Creek along with my dog Tessa. With all the trip reports from West Bragg today, I hardly need to say much,

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