Jan 18 (6PM)
Welcome back to another loppet! Here is the final trail update.
Leg 1: starts on the lake at 0900h; multiple, parallel tracks will be set tomorrow morning, leading to two tracks off the lake. Expect crusty conditions exiting the lake. Morant's Curve needs to be run up because a track could not be set on the berm.
(taken near Johnston Campground)
Leg 4: Hillsdale Split uphill is track set and can be fully skied. Some low angle portions of downhill have been track set. Steeper portions are groomed but not set. Skiers can exit onto road and run down the Split if they so wish.
Package pickup begins at 0800h in the Chateau's Plain of Six Glacier/Saddleback conference room. Pre-event meeting at 0830h. See you there!
Ready, Freddy?! We nearly are! Volunteer crews have been packing and pruning the trails over the last two days. Smooth as a baby's bum. (Well, almost!) Final track setting will occur on Friday and Saturday. High winds and warm temps have not had a significant effect on the trails, though pine needles are frequent. Don't ask us how to wax for them! No new snow is forecasted. Sunday temps: LL overnight -5/morning -4, Banff overnight -5/ afternoon +1.
Leg 1 skiers should anticipate running up the road at Morant's Curve. Insufficient snow on the barrier prevents a track being set.
Please continue to check this website for further updates. A final update will be posted by 1800h Saturday.
Excellent snow cover over the entire 50 km course…Loppet track is set from Chateau through to Castle Junction (legs 1, 2 and first 4 km of leg 3). Volunteers will be out this weekend to machine pack from Castle Junction to the finish at Sawback. We expect to set track on this portion through next week.
If for any reason you will be unable to use your spot at the 2014 Lake Louise to Banff Loppet & Relay you have until midnight tomorrow (January 5th) to let us know and receive a $35 refund.
Exciting news!…click here to learn of new nordic ski trails in Banff National Park
Loppeteers! The Mountaineer Lodge in Lake Louise has joined us as a sponsor and is offering a great b&b rate.
Mention the Lake Louise to Banff Loppet for their special rate. A standard room will be $116 plus taxes, which includes breakfast.