A January for the BooksPosted: January 30, 2011
It’s obvious to anyone skiing at Lake Louise in January how much one month can completely transform a mountain. After the most recent storm, this month sits in the #2 position for highest snowfall for January since recording began in the 1930’s. We now sit at 156cm for the month (measured at our weather plot near Pika Corner), which is shy of the benchmark of 170cm set in January 1999. With no snowfall expected today or tomorrow, we don’t expect to overtake that record, but to those skiing the Lake these days, it doesn’t much matter as the conditions couldn’t be much better.
Of course, with this much new snow in so short a time, there’s a lot of extra work for other staff on the mountain. Notably, the Trail Crew is faced with the daunting task of digging out all of their fence that has all but disappeared. Not only is much of the fence no longer needed, but in some places it’s in the way of where we hope to build cat tracks. One place where every sign of snow fence was completely obliterated is on Skyline, between the top of Summit and the Wave. Trail Crew staff were in over their heads (literally) as shown in the photos below, supplied by Tim Hall of the Trail Crew: