Peter Lougheed Provincial Park Grooming Report

Pocaterra/Elkwood Area Last
Amos 10-Jan 10-Jan
Braille 09-Jan -
Come Along 12-Jan 12-Jan
Lodgepole 09-Jan 09-Jan
Lynx 12-Jan 12-Jan
Meadow - VIC to Lodgepole 09-Jan -
Meadow - Vic to Elkwood 10-Jan 10-Jan
Pocaterra 13-Jan 13-Jan
Pocaterra - Lynx to Packers 12-Jan 12-Jan
Pocaterra - PHut to Lynx 13-Jan 13-Jan
Pocaterra Grid 12-Jan 12-Jan
Rolly Road 12-Jan 12-Jan
Rolly Road Grid 13-Jan 13-Jan
Sinclair 09-Jan 09-Jan
Spruce Road 09-Jan 09-Jan
Wheeler 15-Jan 15-Jan
William Watson Lodge Access 15-Jan 15-Jan
Woolley 10-Jan 10-Jan
Boulton/Elk Pass Area Last
Blueberry Hill 17-Jan 17-Jan
Boulton Creek 21-Jan 21-Jan
Elk Pass Trail - N.Hydroline Jct. to Tyrwhitt Jct. 17-Jan 17-Jan
Elk Pass Trail - Trailhead to Hydroline Jct. 17-Jan 17-Jan
Fox Creek 10-Jan 03-Jan
Hydroline Trail 17-Jan 17-Jan
Lookout - North Side 17-Jan 17-Jan
Lookout - South Side 17-Jan 17-Jan
Lower Lake Group Camp 18-Jan -
Moraine 10-Jan -
Packers 18-Jan 18-Jan
Patterson 17-Jan 17-Jan
Pocaterra - Packers to Tyrwhitt 18-Jan 18-Jan
Tyrwhitt 17-Jan 17-Jan
Upper Lake Connector 17-Jan 17-Jan
Whiskey Jack 18-Jan 18-Jan

Report at 22-Jan, 3:13AM MST

Jan 17th: A few very light flurries fell on Friday evening in PLPP, combined some light flurries on Thursday, left not much more than a cm (as of midnight Friday) of fresh snow on top of all the north end grooming that occurred last week. Expect at least a trace of snow on top of the grooming from the last few nights. All snowcat groomed trails have now had the snowcat on them at least once, leaving trails flatter, but with more exposed dirt in the north end of the Park. All trails north of and including Packers are in early season condition with a thin base, some uneven tread surface, and many natural hazards, and most of these trails have intermittent trackset (some not at all) with the trackset thin in places. Early season natural hazards include thin spots, exposed dirt and rocks, bumps and uneven surfaces, as well as exposed brush, and possible slush or ice. Caution is advised. These trails should not be machined groomed again without a reasonable snow accumulation. While the lower elevation trails in the north and middle area of the system have experienced a meagre snow accumulation so far the season, in contrast, the the south end and high elevation trails generally have a good early season base and the natural hazards have mainly been covered.

There is an immense difference in the thickness of the snow base from the bottom to the top of Pocaterra- there is a good base above Packers, but it thins quickly below Packers, and the tracksetting is sparse between Lynx junction and Pocaterra Hut, with many thin spots with some exposed dirt and wood chips between Lynx and N Come Along junction. Come Along is still quite rough and most of the tracksetting was north of Rolly Road junction. Tyrwhitt is much improved, but a few thin spots, and little brush still remain. Lookout has a few hazards as well, and extra caution is advised when descending, especially the steep south side, which has a little brush above the snow, and some uneven surfaces. Though a great deal of shovelling has taken place, Packers is still quite rough in places, was only partially trackset, and contains many natural hazards throughout- the steep hill at about a third of the way down from the top is particularly bumpy, as is the area below this hill, and ice or slush may also exist in this section- use extra caution if descending Packers. Lower Lake Group trail is also pretty rough, with thin spots and abundant brush, and with a water crossing that could re-open on to part of the trail, and this trail was groomed only. Whiskey Jack has a good base at high elevations, but the base thins towards the bottom- the construction closure through Boulton Campground has now been removed but the ski trails within the closure have not be packed by any machines and there may be thin spots and other hazards (especially at the bottom of the big hill in the campground); this area will see some trail care next week. Fox Creek and the Boulton connector between Elk Pass and Fox creek were groomed only (some issues with the snowmobile tracksetter) on January 9th and have a reasonable base. The remainder of Boulton Creek and Morraine are still quite thin with a range of early season hazards including some exposed rocks and roots and ice. Note: Fat biking is not permitted on this trail system.

No dogs allowed- Comment last updated: Jan-22 12AM

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