Icefield Parkway Ski Conditions Report - October 11-15

View from the Bow Summit ski area looking south towards Bow Lake

View from the Bow Summit ski area looking south towards Bow Lake

On Tuesday October 11th Max and myself (Sam), headed out to the Bow Summit Ski touring area to get a feel for the conditions on the parkway. Overall conditions were typical for an early season snowpack, rocks and more rocks! The snowpack varied from 30cm to 50cm, with the deepest snow found in the before the treeline.

Sam about to jump into the shark tank

Sam about to jump into the shark tank

Pretty good backdrop for these skis

Pretty good backdrop for these skis

The area definitely needs about 20-40cm of additional snow to keep the sharks at bay, but it was still a great day to stretch the legs! A few days later, October 14th, we headed up towards Jasper to pick up a ski base grinder.  That night it was snowing pretty hard (which would have helped with the base development at Bow Summit) as well as Nigel Pass (Parker Ridge area). 

Emma and Max stoked on the amount of snow we found

Emma and Max stoked on the amount of snow we found

On Saturday, Oct.15, we headed out to the Parker Ridge Day Use Area with our friend Emma from Jasper. We decided against going up Parker Ridge due to the recent snowfall loading and shallow snowpack. We instead crossed the highway and headed up into the Mt. Nigel Basin for some turns. In the basin there is some fantastic low angle skiing to be had between small trees. We found the snowpack to be between 40-70cm. 

Some great skiing was found within the small trees in the Mt. Nigel Basin

Some great skiing was found within the small trees in the Mt. Nigel Basin

Emma havin' a time

Emma havin' a time

Overall the conditions here were much better than what we saw at Bow Summit, we only found a few rocks above the trees and had amazing conditions below. With another storm, the terrain above the trees will be fantastic as well. All-n-all, conditions are pretty great for October! Hope to see you guys out there!

Looking at Parker Ridge across Hilda Creek 

Looking at Parker Ridge across Hilda Creek