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2021-12-06 - comment by Ray Yong
Oooh, good pun!
Ya, I've always got a couple of headlamps with me, plus batteries, emergency food, med kit, and insulated blanket just in case... I work on the assumption that I might have to weather a night out if something happens. I recently had a partial knee replacement, so I'm still trying to get it used to cross country skiing, and heading down the big hill with only a headlamp to light the way was still enough to make me cut the ski run short. I'm hoping I can beat the knee into submission...
2021-12-06 - comment by DEMOCRATIZE AB
Thanks for your Cascade adventure. You likely will have created a Cascade dashing rush of skiers who have been waiting for tracksetting beyond Bridge 1 and skier tracking beyond Bridge 2.
It is a good idea for all skiers to carry a safety/ fun extension headlamp to extend your day skiing into night skiing if needed.
Live long and ski.
Cascade Beyond the Bridge
Report Submitted by Ray Yong
(trip) Date: Monday Dec 06, 2021
Submitted: Monday Dec 06, 2021
Decided to give Cascade a try late today, and was pleasantly surprised to see it had been groomed and trackset beyond the bridge. I got passed by the groomer as he was leaving for the day. Due to the late hour, I only skied 2 km beyond the bridge. Single trackset, as usual. Track is soft, so I kept sinking a bit with each stride, but you could also feel and hear the ice mixed in with the snow. Tracks are solid, though, but not that deep. It's still a little thin here and there, but that's just me being picky. I wish I'd gone sooner so I could have skied the whole thing.
The trail from Minnewanka to the bridge is in good condition, despite what was obviously a lot of use over the weekend. Snow is hard and track is fast. Lots of control on the hills, which was nice. Double trackset now, and track on the way back is fast as well.
Cascade at the top of the hill
Beyond the bridge, in the post-flood detour
2 km beyond the bridge