Peter Lougheed Provincial Park Grooming Report

Pocaterra/Elkwood Area Last
Groomed
Last
Trackset
Amos - -
Braille - -
Come Along - -
Lodgepole - -
Lynx - -
Meadow - VIC to Lodgepole - -
Meadow - Vic to Elkwood - -
Pocaterra - -
Pocaterra - Lynx to Packers - -
Pocaterra - PHut to Lynx - -
Pocaterra Grid - -
Rolly Road - -
Rolly Road Grid - -
Sinclair - -
Spruce Road - -
Wheeler - -
William Watson Lodge Access - -
Woolley - -
Boulton/Elk Pass Area Last
Groomed
Last
Trackset
Blueberry Hill 14-Dec 14-Dec
Boulton Creek 14-Dec -
Elk Pass Trail - N.Hydroline Jct. to Tyrwhitt Jct. 14-Dec 14-Dec
Elk Pass Trail - Trailhead to Hydroline Jct. 14-Dec 14-Dec
Fox Creek 14-Dec -
Hydroline Trail 14-Dec 14-Dec
Lookout - North Side 14-Dec 14-Dec
Lookout - South Side - -
Lower Lake Group Camp - -
Moraine 14-Dec -
Packers - -
Patterson 14-Dec 14-Dec
Pocaterra - Packers to Tyrwhitt 03-Dec 03-Dec
Tyrwhitt 14-Dec 28-Apr
Upper Lake Connector - -
Whiskey Jack - -

Dec 14th: During the last 48 hours or so, between 10 and 25cm's of snow has fallen over the higher elevation trails in the south end of PLPP, with less accumulation at lower elevations and further north. The new snow improved the base significantly at higher elevations, while lower elevation trails still have a very thin base, often 5cm's or less of packed snow. Many early season natural hazards exist throughout the trail system (generally many more at lower elevations and further north), including thin spots, possible exposed dirt and rocks, bumps and uneven surfaces, as well as exposed brush, and possible open water or ice. Use extra caution when skiing.

All trails groomed on Dec 14th have some early season natural hazards throughout, and some of these trails were not fully trackset. Elk Pass has a thin base at the parking lot, improving with elevation- thin spots and some rocks exist within the first 2 km's of trail; the rollers on the big hill south of Blueberry junction (from the High Rockies summer trail) are a little smaller and will continue to be flattened out as snow allows. Blueberry Hill has a reasonable base but contains a little brush and some uneven surfaces- the top 150m is thin with rock just below the snow and was groomed only. Tyrwhitt is still rough in places with many early season hazards, particularly abundant brush, and was partially trackset only. Pocaterra has a good base above Packers but is very thin in many places north of Packers. Whiskey Jack was groomed from Pocaterra to just above the top of the steepest hill on Nov 17th (and fully snowmobile rolled on Dec 6th) but the hill below the snowcat grooming is rocky and the base generally thins towards the bottom. On Dec 14th, the north side of Lookout, from Tyrwhitt to the summit, as well as the southernmost 500m from Hydroline to the other side of the creek, were groomed only, and the creek was again capped and may hold, but there is still the possibility of open water; the remainder of Lookout was snowmobile packed on Dec 12th. Most of the middle trails were snowmobile packed or rolled last week, and the north end of the system, as well as the west side of the KLT, were snowmobile packed and/or rolled on Dec 12th and 13th, and as noted above these trails contain many thin spots with a variety of early season natural hazards. Fox Creek and the Boulton connector between Elk Pass and Fox creek were groomed only and are in reasonable shape; Moraine and the remainder of Boulton Creek are very thin with a range of early season hazards including many exposed rocks and roots. Note: Fat biking is not permitted on this trail system.

No dogs allowed- Comment last updated: Dec-14 5PM

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