This year the higher mountains have been the recipient of some good dumps of snow.
At O’Hara our snow pack is building, 30 to 40 cm the last few days on top of the 30 to 60 we already had. This will provide us with a good base when our season opens in January. The big snow months are yet to come and if everyones predictions are true, including the timeless Farmers Almanac, there will be plenty more snow yet.
While the backcountry is getting primed for skiing, places like the Moraine Lake road, Great divide and Canmore Nordic Centre all have some great cross country skiing trails open for action.
National Parks Staff have been grooming and Track Setting in Lake Louise for weeks creating what are likely some of the best early season track set cross country skiing trails in North America.
The Canmore Nordic Centre starts their season off with a kilometre or so of man made snow saved from last winter called the “Frozen Thunder”. National and Club Teams have been skiing on this track since October. I might get a little dizzy doing the laps and laps that many of the elite athletes do!
Anyway, with the “Thunder” as the starting point the staff at the Nordic Centre have been cranking up their snowmaking and laying down more km’s of trail each week. It is a great place for the family to come out for a ski, they even have a lit loop for night skiing.
All the downhill ski resorts in the area are open, however if you have an old pair of skis those are the best to bring as your bases will meet up with plenty of early season hazards: Rocks!
As you can see winter is here. Enjoy the season!