Lake Louise

by Bob Truman on December 12, 2017

in Lake Louise

Bow River loop at lake Louise

Considering there’s been no new snow or tracksetting for 10 days, conditions are holding up well at Lake Louise. 


The one thing which has changed since I was there on Saturday is the amount of tree debris on the trails. Narrower trails such as Fairview where there are a lot of trees close to the trail have a few thick patches of pine needles. 


With the snow still cold, however, the tree debris doesn’t make much impact on the skiing. It would become a problem if the weather warmed up and we had to use sticky wax. 

The tracks are ultra-fast on all the trails I skied which included Moraine Lake road, Fairview, Tramline, and Bow River loop. Going down Tramline, all you had to do is step into the tracks and you were gone. 

I see the forecast is still predicting 2 – 4 cm of snow on Friday. It would be nice if the trails received enough snow to enable them to be groomed and trackset and to cover the debris. 

If you read the comment by fat biker Jake, you’ll notice he links to a blog with a story which has numerous references to the illegal fat biking episode on Blueberry Hill. The post contains numerous inaccuracies, distortions and falsehoods and delusions such as this: “It’s not hard to imagine a future when it’s the cross-cross country skiers pleading with fat bikers to use their trails.” Feel free to click over and read it and leave a comment Riding with the fat bike liberation front. 

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Monday update: Yoho, Canmore, and owls

December 11, 2017
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The Kicking Horse Ski Club is making some headway with the trails in Yoho. This update was sent today by Marilyn:

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This is what snow looks like

December 10, 2017

We haven’t had a flake of snow in the past week, and it appears from the forecast the dry spell will continue for another week. I’m posting a few of the recent photos which have been submitted to the Emerald Lake Lodge contest to remind

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Nice to see the kids on skis

December 9, 2017
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It never bothers me to get out of the tracks and go around when I  see parents teaching their very young kids to ski. Quite often I’ll stop and say something encouraging

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Mysteries in the snow

December 9, 2017

While adventuring off-track in the Elk Pass area, MaSid came across this fascinating imprint in the snow. His theory is that it was made by an owl while swooping down to catch a rabbit or other unfortunate creature.

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A Blueberry best day

December 8, 2017
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For skiers willing to brave the first 1.3K of nasty, cold wind on Elk Pass, you were rewarded with new tracksetting and fantastic conditions on Elk Pass and Blueberry

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Thursday update incl Canmore Nordic Centre

December 7, 2017

Today’s Calgary Herald has a good article for beginner cross country skiers: All ages and abilities can find their glide with cross country skiing

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Magic carpet ride

December 6, 2017
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Today’s snow would qualify as “Steppenwolf” quality.  Wow! I don’t think I’ve ever experienced tracks so fast on Elk Pass. Even coming back on Tyrwhitt,

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Canmore Nordic Centre

December 5, 2017
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I was happy to read this trip report from Bev: “This afternoon Canmore Nordic Centre groomed the section leading out from the lower parking access up Banff trail. This section had snow guns

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Emerald Lake Lodge contest starts today

December 5, 2017

I’ve posted the “Win 2 free nights at Emerald Lake Lodge” contest. You can enter with a comment, or a photo. The photo can be of anything and anywhere. Likewise the comments,

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Feeling the love on Fairview

December 4, 2017
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I skied 14 wonderful kilometres at Lake Louise today without going near any of the “Big Three”(Moraine Lake road, Great Divide, Pipestone).

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A new tactic

December 4, 2017

Did you read Hugh’s incredible story on Ask A Question, Leave a Comment? Un – freakin’ – believable! Maybe on a single track narrow trail such as Pipestone, but on the Great Divide?  My story won’t top Hugh’s, but it could stop a few

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Sunday at the Temple

December 3, 2017
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This ski trip on Moraine Lake road qualifies as another “best day.” Perfect everything.  When I arrived at the Moraine Lake road

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Good timing at Pipestone

December 2, 2017
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-Andrew went by with the groomer- After enough cajoling from Chuck, or should I say hectoring, I decided to check out the Pipestone trails today, and I’m glad I did.

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Oh Deer!

December 2, 2017

For results of today’s Alberta Cup action, go to Zone 4. Interesting and unusual reports coming in today including Chips and Fish(aka Chip’s Fish Creek Foray), Couch-builder MaSid is back on his skis and doing snow carpentry, and the

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South trails in PLPP

December 1, 2017
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I checked out Elk Pass, Tyrwhitt, Hydroline and Patterson in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park today. I didn’t go on the Kananaskis Fire Lookout trail, but if

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Adjustable “Turnamic” bindings

December 1, 2017
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  I test drove my new skis for the first time yesterday on the Great Divide, but the innovative Fischer Turnamic bindings were what I was really interested in testing.

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Ending the month with a “best day” on the Great Divide

November 30, 2017
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When I met the the Esso ski club people about 3K along the Great Divide, they knew it was me. One of them, obviously following the fat bike saga,

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Notice re: Canmore Nordic Centre this weekend

November 30, 2017

If you were thinking of skiing at the Canmore Nordic centre this weekend, reconsider. I received this notice from Jim, president of the Canmore Nordic Ski Club:

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Skiing news Nov 29, 2017

November 29, 2017
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Canmore Nordic Centre: Conditions are great on the 2.5K of trail which are skiable. Peter even used wax on his classic skis

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