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2022-04-21 at 07:50 - comment by Gord F
Pretty cool Steve. We skied PLPP on Wednesday and although we broke trail to the top of Elk Pass and Blueberry Hill, it was nothing like what you had to slog through. Almost no snow at all west of the city, and only a few cms on the Kananaskis Highway. We found about 5cm fresh at the trailhead and about 12cm higher up. Temps hovering around 0º. Stated out sunny but we were happy to see clouds roll in to keep the snow a bit cooler.
2022-04-20 at 15:30 - comment by aqua toque
Thanks for the report Steve! Not many skiers would be aware that the finest grooming is found on garbage day. I guess that's why you're one of the most respected contributors on this forum.
A morning ski in Silver Springs
Report Submitted by SteveR
(trip) Date: Wednesday Apr 20, 2022
Submitted: Wednesday Apr 20, 2022 at 13:48
A blank canvas.
Slow trail breaking on the first lap in 20 cm of dense snow.
After several passes- a nicely packed fast track.
I set a 1.25 km loop with 20 m of ascent in the Silver Springs Botanical Gardens this morning, and then lapped it along with some wandering here and there, for a very enjoyable 13 km of skiing on my fishscale light touring skis, which worked excellently with decent glide and no sticking. Was that aided by the "lemon scented furniture polish" on the scales, as touted by Tanya K? I dunno, it was my first time trying it. The 20 cm of dense snow was perfect for creating a skier set track that firmed up and got faster with each circuit. By now, the warm sun and hordes of dogs and their walkers will have likely trashed it, but it was fun getting it while the getting was good. Especially as I skied right from my backdoor!