Lake O’Hara Cross Country Skiing

Lake O'Hara Cross Country Skiing

Lake O’Hara Cross Country Skiing

February 3 Monday 2015

Skiing into Lake O’Hara Cross Country Skiing has been on my to do list for sometime. Also going there in the summer but that will be another post hopefully this summer. Today we got lucky with the conditions. The warm weather had left the trail almost unskiable but we got some fresh snow and it was a great ski. Your poles could feel the crunch of the ice but your skis were very happy on the new layer of snow. It was -7 C on arrival at the parking lot, warmer than in Canmore, and at the end of the day only -2 C. A VR 40 blue wax worked well most of the day. I had a bit of clumping under foot on the last of the hill climbs but that gave good grip and was fine coming back down without changing or adding wax.

Starting out up the road in fresh snow

Starting out up the road in fresh snow

As you can see from above the snow was wonderful. In fact I would say it was deeper for the first 5 km than the last 5 km.

Heading up the road

Heading up the road

Just another photo of the great conditions.

At the picnic table at the 5 km mark

At the picnic table at the 5 km mark

Here we all are at the dinner table at the half way point. We waited until Le Relais day shelter for lunch.

Not far to go to the Day Shelter

Not far to go to the Day Shelter

Le Relais Day Shelter Lake O'Hara

Le Relais Day Shelter Lake O’Hara

Lots of deep snow at the Day Shelter. What a nice touch to be able to sit down for lunch and have a nice warm fire burning.

Inside the Shelter with the fire going

Inside the Shelter with the fire going

Sorry gang I got some light from the window behind  spoiling the shot.

View from near the Lodge

View from near the Lodge

After skiing around the lake behind the Lodge it was time to head back. The round trip is about 20km.and time wise about 5hrs with lunch.

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