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2022-12-13 at 12:41 - comment by DEMOCRATIZE AB
Parks Canada reports that Brewster Creek trail is flat packed. That is absolutely false! It just blows me away that such bad information occurs in our government. The trail is only skier packed and no snowmobiles have been up the trail yet this year for some rather lame reasoning.
Brewster Creek Winter Trail Fair. 12-12-2022: Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Flat packed
There is good snow cover, with only the risk of hitting a rock or 2 off of the skier track. Once it gets snowmobile packed, the conditions may get a little worse until new snow falls. They are very late in snow harvesting and packing on this trail.
2022-12-13 at 11:42 - comment by DEMOCRATIZE AB
I forgot to add that in the early afternoon, there appeared to be very bad air quality from Calgary into Banff. The bad air quality was likely a combination of the usual pollution man dumps into our sacred environmental gift of air that we breathe in combination with gases and dust being released from Mauna Loa.
If you look at windy.com and add layers, you can view the spew of pollution from various areas around the world, including Mauna Loa. Punch in SO2 (Sulphur dioxide) and you get some interesting data and can follow the pollution drift and fallout around the world. Punch in PM2.5 and you see some serious pollution from western Canada, particularly in Northern Alberta where there are few eyes monitoring the oil patch. Prince George BC is a pollution hell hole often.
I knew I was going to run into bad pollution skiing by looking at windy.com the day before, but I had no idea how bad it was going to be due to a lack of experience with volcano gases mixing pollution with man's toxic crap being pumped into our air. The map forecasted a SO2 "front" sweeping through the mountains, just like a cold front. It was a little tough on the lungs skiing until the winds changed things and the air eventually cleaned up somewhat.
It sure would be nice if the media showed the windy.com pollution maps on their TV weather reports. It would do a lot to educate people on air pollution and enable some people to better protect themselves if they have lung issues. But the big corporate media is not about educating people, they are only about keeping them "comfortably numb".
BREWSTER CREEK - well beyond the old trappers cabin
Report Submitted by DEMOCRATIZE AB
(trip) Date: Monday Dec 12, 2022
Submitted: Tuesday Dec 13, 2022 at 01:04
A champion to legalize your right to introduce and vote on government bills skiing on Rossignol BC 59 green waxed skis
The Healy Creek trail from Sunshine Road to the Brewster Creek turnoff is in fairly good to good condition and is trackset. It is much better than a couple of weeks ago. There still are a couple of thin sections with some avoidable rocks. The snow was moderately fast. With 7cm of new wet snow along with some tracksetting and the trail should be in Very good condition to Excellent condition.
The Brewster Creek trail to Sundance Lodge is only skier tracked. If one stays on the skier track, the skiing is generally good to very good. There may be the odd hidden rock. This is the time for Sundance Lodge workers to snowmobile and trackset the Brewster Creek Trail.
From Sundance Lodge to the end of my old trail beyond Fatigue Pass junction the skiing is generally good. I broke trail to about 1.5 kilometers beyond the old trappers cabin. The further I went up Brewster Creek, the better the snow and base. Trail breaking was generally fairly easy beyond the old trappers cabin and got easier the further I skied up valley in the dark. With the fairly easy trail breaking, this is the time to ski to the warden cabin.
At about 8:30 pm there was some good rocking on the rocking chair at Sundance Lodge. The temperature was -15c with no wind. The humidity was also very low making for reasonably warm weather at night.
Total distance: 33.00 Km