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2022-11-30 at 20:13 - comment by Chuck
Thank you Septuagenarians, for such an informative report.
You are obviously ready to deal with whatever nature sends you. As you might have seen, I headed a little further and higher today (following our tracksetter) for deeper snow... hope you give it a try soon.
Looking forward to your next report!
Spray River West and Goat Creek MUCH better than Poor
Report Submitted by Septuagenarians
(trip) Date: Wednesday Nov 30, 2022
Submitted: Wednesday Nov 30, 2022 at 19:37
Two cold old timers.
Thanks to Chuck for pointing out that Spray River West is in good shape, and reminding us to wear warm mitts.
About 2 cm (at the trailhead) to 4 cm (near the second Spray bridge) of fresh snow which had fallen since the grooming improved the trails even more. Goat creek was wonderful because there had been minimal traffic on it since there was no traffic from the top and it felt like backcountry. The descent was very smooth as a result. The cold snow was a bit slow even with our Polar grip wax because we had not applied cold glide wax.
We removed a couple of small rocks from Goat trail, but there is still one 2 cm from the trackset on the long descent toward the bus stop shelter at Spray river. We placed a small spruce bough near it to warn us on the way down.
We encountered only one hiker on the skier only section of Spray West, compared to about eight skiers.
It was minus 17 when we started, but it felt balmy compared to the minus 26 we encountered at Lake Louise yesterday.
It was a wonderful day in spite of the frosty weather. Conditions should be even better tomorrow since it was snowing when we left.
Total distance: 19.00 Km
Good Conditions on Spray West
Someone ignored the signage.