Peter Lougheed Provincial Park Grooming Report

Pocaterra/Elkwood Area Last
Amos 20-Mar 20-Mar
Braille 19-Mar 19-Mar
Come Along 15-Mar 15-Mar
Lodgepole 19-Mar 19-Mar
Lynx 16-Mar 16-Mar
Meadow - VIC to Lodgepole 19-Mar 19-Mar
Meadow - Vic to Elkwood 13-Mar 13-Mar
Pocaterra 16-Mar 16-Mar
Pocaterra - Lynx to Packers 16-Mar 16-Mar
Pocaterra - PHut to Lynx 16-Mar 16-Mar
Pocaterra Grid 15-Mar 15-Mar
Rolly Road 15-Mar 15-Mar
Rolly Road Grid 16-Mar 16-Mar
Sinclair 19-Mar 19-Mar
Spruce Road 19-Mar 19-Mar
Wheeler 20-Mar 20-Mar
William Watson Lodge Access 19-Mar 19-Mar
Woolley 13-Mar 13-Mar
Boulton/Elk Pass Area Last
Blueberry Hill 13-Mar 13-Mar
Boulton Creek 14-Mar 14-Mar
Elk Pass Trail - N.Hydroline Jct. to Tyrwhitt Jct. 13-Mar 13-Mar
Elk Pass Trail - Trailhead to Hydroline Jct. 22-Mar 22-Mar
Fox Creek 14-Mar 14-Mar
Hydroline Trail 22-Mar 22-Mar
Lookout - North Side 14-Mar 14-Mar
Lookout - South Side 14-Mar 14-Mar
Lower Lake Group Camp 17-Mar 17-Mar
Moraine 14-Mar 14-Mar
Packers 17-Mar 17-Mar
Patterson 13-Mar 13-Mar
Pocaterra - Packers to Tyrwhitt 17-Mar 17-Mar
Tyrwhitt 22-Mar 22-Mar
Upper Lake Connector 14-Mar 14-Mar
Whiskey Jack 22-Mar 22-Mar

Report at 23-Mar, 4:32AM MDT

Mar 18th: With the freeze/thaw cycle in progress in PLPP, expect trails to be firm and icy in the morning, softening later in the day as temperatures rise. Recent high winds have mixed plentiful needles and other tree debris in to the base, and expect 'snow bombs' at higher elevations as the heat drops snow from the trees. There are some thin spots (mostly under trees) and exposed brush possible on some of the lower elevation trails in the north and middle areas of the ski system, and these trails have a thinner base than usual for this time of year. The strong spring sun, combined with the warming trend may soon induce bare spots in a few places at lower elevations. While the lower elevation trails have experienced below normal snow accumulation this season, in contrast, the south end and high elevation trails have a good base.

The lowest few km's of Pocaterra have a few thin spots with possible dirt mixed in to the snow. On Come Along, there are a few very thin spots under trees and/or in sun exposed locations that may develop bare patches in the coming days. The ice flow is forming (and is signed) in the usual spot on Packers (about a third of the way down, below the steepest hill), and will likely expand in the coming days. Lower Lake Group trail contains a little exposed brush. Extra caution is always advised when descending Lookout, especially the steep south side, and be aware that any of the sharp corners may contain uneven surfaces. Boulton Ski Parking, as well as a short section of Wheeler adjacent to the parking lot, will be closed for construction from Monday, March 18th, to at least March 22nd. Snow has been removed to the ground on that portion of trail that extends through the new campground loop and will not be groomed again this year unless a large volume of new snow arrives. Whiskey Jack trail can still be accessed from Boulton Bridge parking. Note: Fat biking is not permitted on this trail system.

No dogs allowed- Comment last updated: Mar-21 6PM

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