December 27th 2018
Pipestone only open for the season on the 26th December and is in good condition. It will need more snow after the holiday traffic wears the low snow base down. On Thursday ten Meanderthalls skied loop #20 The Pipestone in a counter clockwise direction. We took a small detour to see Mud lake #22, which gave good views of Quadra and Temple. We had a stop at the top end of the loop for lunch at the Pipestone River, where you can see Lake Louise Ski Hill. Shortly after that you are at the top of the loop and returning to the trailhead. Loop #20 is a blue run but to miss a couple of short down hill sections you can take the green Merlin trail. The group split but the blue downhill was in nice snow ploughing condition. Then after Pipestone Lake I took the green Hector run out to see the barn or stable near the parking lot. A great run out between Christmas and New Year. 13.5 km includes Mud lake side trip.