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2022-04-10 at 21:07 - comment by Alf Skrastins

I think they must have groomed that loop just for you, Bob. I'm pretty sure that this is outside of the usual weekly schedule. Based on the forecasts from earlier in the week, I had been anticipating 15-30cm of fresh snowfall by mid-day Sunday. That never happened, but the excellent grooming made up for that. My first thought was to ski the SkierBob loop, but opted to go tour around the West Elk Pass meadows instead. Conditions were absolutely ideal for off-track skinny ski touring, with a solid base and 2-3cm of dry, fast snow on top. What a beautiful day!





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Report Submitted by Bob Truman
(trip) Date: Sunday Apr 10, 2022

Submitted: Sunday Apr 10, 2022 at 20:36

Elk Pass

Tyrwhitt

Janice, Charlie, and Reiner on Tyrwhitt

Tyrwhitt as it nears the junction with Elk Pass and Hydroline

Elk Pass

Fox Creek


Skiing in Kananaskis by Janice Perry



Discussion:

I couldn't resist when I saw this morning's grooming report and cold temperature in PLPP.

Considering it's April 10, I had excellent conditions on Whiskey Jack, Tyrwhitt, and Elk Pass. Fox Creek and Moraine were fine with fresh snow on top of an icy base. Even the final hill on Moraine was safe.

It was -5 when I started and didn't go above -2.

Starting out, the tracks on Whiskey Jack were glazed so I used VR55(0/-3) for the climb. It started snowing soon after, which would have caused some sticking, but all I had to do was ski on the corduroy which gave good grip and excellent glide. Many of the skiers I talked to started out with blue wax on the cold snow.

The snow stopped midway on Tyrwhitt and I had fast tracks for the remainder of the trip. Best of all, there were no snow fleas(collembola) and no tree debris on the trails.

I had the pleasure of skiing part of the way with Janice and Charlie Perry. You may remember Janice as the Poet Laureate from my blog. I've posted a link with one of her many poems.

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