Perfect Day on the Great Divide

Submitted by SkierRoger
(trip) Date: Thursday Nov 11, 2021

Skate and classic skiers near the west end

Nicely track set beyond the Great Divide gate

Chatted with Colleen from Athabasca along the way

Lake O’Hara fire road trailhead - next time


I followed up on some recent trip reports about the Great Divide. I began at the west end of the trail, just past the BC border near the Lake O’Hara fire road trailhead. There were about 6 cars in the parking lot as I arrived.

The trail was nicely packed however not track set for the first 2 Km and a lovely track was laid out beyond the Great Divide gate. Snow conditions allowed for a strong kick and a smooth glide. No rocks were seen. Still, the snow pack was thin as evidenced by the tink, tink, tink of the pole tips hitting the underlying rocks. Maybe aqua toque and I should go shopping together for Ginsu-tipped ski poles so we can get the sale price.😀

About 15 skiers were seen, most of whom who were skating. I found myself wishing I had my skate skis as the terrain and snow was perfect for practicing (I’m not a strong skater and can use all the practice I can get).

Initially, I planned to then take a run up towards Lake O’Hara too, but decided to hold that for another day.

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2021-11-13 - comment by Arie

Big snow event on the way ... predicts 50 cm of snow on the divide in Banff and similar amounts at PLPP.

2021-11-11 - comment by SkierRoger

That’s true.
I was mad that you beat me to the top, haha!

2021-11-11 - comment by Chuck

Now I know who stomped around on my ski tracks at the trailhead!
Sorry to have missed you Roger.


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