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2023-01-03 at 15:43 - comment by Gord F

I understand your pain. I was there today, -12º at 10:30 and +2º by 1:00. Needless to say there was much waxing to be done. I would rate the trails I skied as 'hard and fast'. Probably best on fishscales or Skintecs as the tracks were quite glazed and no kind of wax was working very well. I hoped to do Sundog - Loggers - Mountainview - Mountain Road - Moose, but once I got a kilometre into Mountainview I turned around due to hard icy snow surface with no grip and headed back to Moose connector. Skied over to Moose Loop and skied about 800m down the south side, turned around again due to hard icy, rocky conditions. I found the trails in the shadow of Ranger Summit, Crystal Line, Sundog and Loggers to be in better shape. I chatted with a guy on his Atomic Skintecs. Looked like the right tool for the job.

Dicey at WBC (Elbow and Iron)

Report Submitted by Kinga
(trip) Date: Monday Jan 02, 2023

Submitted: Tuesday Jan 03, 2023 at 10:01




I set out yesterday afternoon (2pm) to do one of my favourite WBC loops, Elbow and Iron Springs, “following the snow cat” as they say, expecting fresh grooming and tracks, as the live report indicated. I encountered large clumps of cornflake snow that was soft underneath, crunchy on top, with no tracks. It was messy. I wouldn’t even call it spicy (which could be fun), it felt downright dicey (unsafe) going downhill. I turned around about 1 km in to Elbow. I encountered a skier who said conditions didn’t improve further in and also thought the downhills were sketchy. I see today there is a later time stamp on the grooming and tracking from yesterday so maybe it’s been properly groomed and tracked since? Confused about the live stats yesterday but still had a good ski on otherwise decent tracks elsewhere (Sundog, East Crystal, Mountain Road) which were fast and firm. We could use more snow so they’re doing a great job keeping things fresh close to home! Thank you.

Total distance: 13.00 Km

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