First ski day of the year

My first impression coming from Calgary was, where’s all the snow?

I arrived early, by 9:30, and was the third car in the Elk Pass parking lot. When I returned the lot was mostly full.

  • Up Elk Pass, skier set track, packed underneath. Solid snow cover.
  • Tyrwhitt, skier set track, a bit rough. Lots of bush tops poking out of the snow. I don’t know if they are waiting for more snow before setting tracks.
  • Whiskey Jack: trackset, hard packed and fast.
  • Moraine, thin snow but good enough coverage with a shallow trackset.
  • Fox Creek, thin, trackset, a few roots and rocks showing through
  • The wind was picking up and hopefully it won’t blow too much onto the tracks. There was already some tree bits on Moraine and Fox Creek.

    Total distance: 19.96 km
    Max elevation: 2004 m
    Min elevation: 1722 m
    Total climbing: 631 m
    Total descent: -631 m

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