What % of xc skiers use cannabis?

by Bob Truman on October 16, 2018

in XC

Probably the only thing on which I agree with Trudeau is the legalization of marijuana, but I hope I don’t have to smell cannabis smoke while climbing the big hill on Moraine Lake road this winter. The rules are, however, that, starting tomorrow, smoking marijuana is legal on trails in the national parks.

You can smoke pot in Banff National Park campsites and on trails — but not in the town itself”

I could be wrong, but I doubt if this post will be relevant to more than a tiny percentage of my readers. 

I tried it once but that’s the extent of my experience with weed. I may have to revisit this, however, because I’ve heard it can ease the aches and pains which come with old age. 🙂  🙂  🙂


Skiing starts this weekend in Canmore

October 16, 2018

Frozen Thunder has faithfully returned to the Canmore Nordic Centre for the tenth consecutive year. It will be open for public skiing on Sat Oct 20 at 9 a.m. Snow which was stored all summer in a big pit at the nordic centre is in the process of being trucked onto the trails leading out from […]

0 comments […Read more]

Upper Pocaterra

October 14, 2018
Thumbnail image for Upper Pocaterra

My friend Chip encountered some packed ski trails in Kananaskis while he was accessing a scramble to Mt Roberta today.  The higher elevations in PLPP near the top of Pocaterra and Whiskey Jack

1 comment […Read more]

Early-season reminders

October 13, 2018

If you had any thoughts of skiing at West Bragg Creek, read Tanya’s trip report to disabuse yourself of that notion. Warm weather will return this week and put an end to any more early-season skiing, so  I’ll take this opportunity to

0 comments […Read more]

Guess the Trail; final edition

October 11, 2018
Thumbnail image for Guess the Trail; final edition

-What trail is this?- You’ve got one last opportunity to join the fun. There’s always one difficult picture with which to puzzle you. In this edition, I think it will be #10.

7 comments […Read more]

Spectacular scenery, but where is it?

October 10, 2018
Thumbnail image for Spectacular scenery, but where is it?

All the scenes in the photos below can be enjoyed from a ski trail,

8 comments […Read more]

Skiers having fun; Guess where?

October 10, 2018
Thumbnail image for Skiers having fun; Guess where?

-What trail is this?- This is “Guess the Trail” with skiers in every picture. Can you figure out where they are?  The previous game was fun, and I expected at least one picture to bedevil you, which it did.

12 comments […Read more]

Guess the Trail 2018

October 9, 2018
Thumbnail image for Guess the Trail 2018

-What trail is this?- Every autumn while we’re waiting for ski season to begin, we play Guess the Trail. I’ve made it particularly difficult this year because you were guessing them too quickly last year. 

13 comments […Read more]

Burstall Pass

October 5, 2018

Thanks to Gord for the photos and report: Burstall Pass Oct 4-18. I usually make Burstall Pass my first ski of the season but usually I encounter numerous rocks and some hiking. Not this year; conditions were stellar, probably the best ever for early season skiing. 45 cm at the trailhead, (Burstall Pass parking lot […]

3 comments […Read more]

Skiing before thanksgiving

October 4, 2018

Thanks to Ribbon Creek tracksetter Jeff for the following photo and report: “Skiers on Terrace link this morning a little Thanksgiving treat. Check out the leaves falling on the trail worse than needles.” Thanks to Tanya Koob for the following photo and report:

2 comments […Read more]

Getting an early start. Skiing in October

October 3, 2018

Update 3:40 pm: Alf Skrastins reports 58 cm of snow at West Bragg Creek. Alf has submitted a detailed report on the Trip Reports page, but you have to see his 38 phenomenal photos.

8 comments […Read more]

How much snow?

October 2, 2018

Update 12:45 pm: Tracksetter Jeff(Ribbon Creek) sent in this photo from Bow Valley Provincial Park where they received 40 cm and it’s still coming down…   Let’s start off with a report and photos from Ray Perrott in Canmore:

1 comment […Read more]


October 1, 2018
Thumbnail image for Anticipation

-Elk Pass was already trackset on Nov 17 last year- It might be too much to hope for, but I’d sure like to see a repeat of the fantastic ski season we had last winter.

0 comments […Read more]

Suggestions for Jenn?

September 28, 2018

Hello Looking for a great recommendation on ski groups. I’m a 40 something recreational intermediate skier based in Calgary. I’m not fast nor am I competitive but I love getting out for a good 15km ish (longer is fun too) classic ski

9 comments […Read more]

Maybe just drive on by

September 21, 2018

If you stop to view wildlife, all sorts of things can happen. This Park employee had to stop for a red light and paid the price. The photo and the following information was posted on Facebook by Jasper National park:

2 comments […Read more]

First ski report of the season

September 16, 2018
Thumbnail image for First ski report of the season

-Breaking trail at Sunshine on Sep 16, 2018. Photo by Chuck- I was expecting to hear something from Chuck, and he didn’t disappoint…

9 comments […Read more]

Snow and web cam update

September 14, 2018

With all this snow, readers are starting to check the web cams page, and so am I. When I clicked on the cameras provided by 511 Alberta yesterday, none of the links were working. I’m happy to say I’ve updated the links and all are

0 comments […Read more]

Car show favourites

September 12, 2018
Thumbnail image for Car show favourites

Skiing is still a few weeks away(unless this snow in the forecast materializes in a big way), so how am I spending my summer? As a boy, one quick glance and I could

3 comments […Read more]

Goat Creek by bike; Canmore to Banff

September 7, 2018

This was a momentous and highly-celebrated bike ride for me. After five months of dormancy(recovering from shoulder-replacement surgery), it was wonderful to be riding my bike on Goat Creek again.  The trail is in great shape

5 comments […Read more]

West Bragg Creek improvements

September 5, 2018

It’s been a while! First, let’s do a shoulder check. The day after I wrote my last update(April 10), I had “total shoulder replacement” surgery on my left shoulder. I now have “new and improved” body parts made of metal and plastic. The recovery process is slow, but all has been going well, and I […]

3 comments […Read more]