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2023-01-15 at 10:15 - comment by ulrikeski

The race start was delayed until 9am at the lake and racers were stopped at Johnston Canyon. I had to check my old notes for clarification.

Bob, you definitely have experienced this loppet with all it's fun, grit and glory.

2023-01-15 at 09:24 - comment by Bob Truman

ulrikeski, thanks for the history. That was before my time. In fact, I never had a pair of skis on my feet until 1997 and I didn't participate in the loppet until 2002.

When I was skiing into the teeth of a biting cold wind between Castle Junction and Johnston Canyon(about 40K along) in 2004, I was wishing that it had stopped at Castle Junction!

2023-01-15 at 09:17 - comment by ulrikeski

A bit of old loppet history: in 1996 the race started at the lake in -28C. A cold front was moving in from the East. The loppet organizers decided to stop all racers at Castle Junction because of the cold and frost bite concerns. That was a cold event.

Lake Louise to Banff Loppet - 2023 will be the shortest ever

Report Submitted by Bob Truman
(trip) Date: Saturday Jan 14, 2023

Submitted: Saturday Jan 14, 2023 at 22:46


The Lake Louise to Banff Loppet and Relay is one week away. When I skied it solo in the old days the distance was 71K.

After losing access to the Backswamp, it was shortened to 50K.
This year, due to lack of snow, it is 36K and ends at Castle Junction. https://www.loppet.ca/

The Backswamp was one of the best features of the loppet. I'm glad I made this video while it was still possible: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5o-BS8S4VPU

At the finish line in Banff after 71K.

Morant's curve is 12K into the race

Skiers arriving at Castle Lookout

Before reaching the backswamp we skied for 1K on the Bow river.

The finish line of the 71K in Banff

Preparing for the start at 8 a.m. When it was shortened to 50K, the start time changed to 9 a.m. and no longer started in the dark.


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