Chuck skis on Sep 22

by Bob Truman on September 23, 2017

in Banff, Early season

Chuck at Sunshine Meadows on Sep 22, 2017. Photo by Jeannette

The off-season for Chuck was only four-and-a-half months. He sent his final report of the 2016-17 season, a ski to Lake O’Hara, on May 2. Now he’s back at it:

Sunshine meadows on Sep 22, 2017. Photo by Chuck

“With the Sunshine Village Webcam showing deep snow, and realizing that the summer bus is still running, this was an opportunity not to be missed!
Staff were envious to see the first skier of the season out, and with the support of my lovely camera lady, you can see the opening conditions for yourself here:

Chuck’s Photos 

Our Skier Bob Community can now be assured that current promises of a good snow year… are true!”

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Biking Brewster Creek in Banff

September 13, 2017
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-Brewster Creek trail presented some challenges with rocks, a powdery trailbed, and deadfall.- Next summer I’m planning to start a new blog

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Update from MLA and more on WBC parking

September 8, 2017

I received the following response from MLA Can Westhead whose constituency includes West Bragg Creek regarding the cattle manure in the freshly-paved parking lot:

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The most fun ever on my bike

September 5, 2017
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The High Rockies trail between Sawmill and Kent creek is a fantastic ride. In this video, I’m riding down to the Kent Creek trailhead. I took my eyes off what I was doing

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Update on the cattle at West Bragg

September 4, 2017
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-CBC reporter Sarah Lawrynuik interviews Peter Tucker from GBCTA- Update Sep 5: Here’s the web story from CBC Plenty of poop on freshly paved parking lot irks outdoor enthusiasts 

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Disgusting, repulsive situation at West Bragg Creek

September 1, 2017

The shiny, new parking lot at West Bragg Creek is now littered with cattle excrement and urine. Numerous cows and a horny bull are wandering around, making a mess of it.

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Mid-summer sightings on Goat Creek and Spray River

September 1, 2017
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-Can you spot the pine marten in the above photo?- I’ve biked here a couple times in the past week and had some interesting wildlife encounters. Not anything dramatic

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Biking at West Bragg Creek

August 30, 2017
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The most impressive sight I saw today was on Long Distance when I reached my highest elevation. I encountered a sea of beautiful native grasses waving in the breeze,

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High Rockies Trail Part 4; Peninsula to Sawmill

August 22, 2017
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This section of trail is 12.2K and while it has a lot of variety and various levels of difficulty, the best part is that you can finally access the High Rockies trail from a paved road!

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West Bragg Creek parking is now open

August 2, 2017

Parking at West Bragg Creek will be a lot more convenient this coming winter for all the skiers and multi-users. You can see all of Alf’s photos West Bragg Creek Parking

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West Bragg Creek update

July 11, 2017

Thanks to Alf Skrastins for this information: Update July 28: The West Bragg Creek parking lot is almost ready to open… but not yet. The contractor has moved the road barricades to the bridge just before the parking lot for the July 29, 30 weekend. So, you can park along the access road and walk […]

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Tessa’s 12th birthday hike

July 9, 2017
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This heatwave creates a special set of criteria for hiking with our beloved dog who turned 12 on July 8: A trail which is offleash, with frequent shade, and accessible water.

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Boot skiing in July

July 8, 2017

Thanks to Chuck for this video which was shot yesterday as it was +34°C in Calgary As we suffer through the heat wave, Chuck and his friends were encountering snow at Mystic Pass.

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High Rockies: Back to the beginning

July 5, 2017
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I biked the High Rockies trail from its start at Goat Creek to Goat Pond which is a pretty easy 14K return trip. 

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Redearth Creek avalanche aftermath

July 4, 2017
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-This is the all new view of Pilot mountain which was created by the avalanche- I blogged about the massive avalanche on Redearth Creek last winter

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Summer holidays on Goat Creek and Spray River East

July 1, 2017
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Families were out on the trail yesterday, getting an early start on the kids’ summer holidays.

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Skogan Pass traverse by bike

June 30, 2017
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As I laboriously ascended the grueling Screamer, I was thinking back to last winter when I descended it on the most wonderful conditions ever.

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Hazard on Goat Creek

June 27, 2017
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Last night’s violent wind storm felled a couple trees on the Goat Creek/Spray River trails, with one of them at the bottom of a fast downhill.

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Spray River social club

June 25, 2017
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The trails were busy today with friendly hikers, bikers, and backpackers. One of the best things I ever did was to quit racing and take my time to enjoy the scenery

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High Rockies trail Part 3; Sparrowhawk to Buller

June 24, 2017
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What a magnificent biking trail! You could spend a good portion of your summer weekends checking out the different

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