Overheard at the dogpark(time for a rant)

by Bob Truman on December 10, 2016

in Rant, XC

busybody2I overheard two women at the Quarry Lake offleash dogpark talking about me in unflattering terms yesterday(DogwalkerBob isn’t so recognizable!). I have two suggestions for you: 1) delete my bookmark from your computer and don’t come back. I don’t want you reading this blog because you will taint it with your negativity. 2) try working at your job for free. No paycheques. For the next eight years.

busybody4These two humourless busybodies were being critical of me for daring to do such a tacky thing as putting up a donations page(with a funny title: Help SkierBob eat…!). I’ve had a few readers suggest that I make available a method of donating because they want to show their appreciation. The information on this blog is free for everyone. No one is forced to contribute.

busybody3Over the past eight years, I estimate that I’ve invested a minimum of 6,000 hours of my time on this blog(that does not include any skiing). Not to mention the costs associated with it. For example, I use a fast-loading website host so you don’t have to wait 5 seconds every time you log in. It doesn’t come free. I go through a couple cameras every season. I ski more often than I would if I wasn’t operating this blog which makes for wear and tear on a vehicle and gas expense.

busybodyWould I have ventured out in -20 degree weather this week if I didn’t have gazillions of readers who were depending on me to update them with ski conditions? Probably not.

One thing I made sure NOT to do when I started this blog was to accept Google advertising. I believe it would cheapen the value to my local sponsors to be competing with internet businesses with no investment in the local community. I receive a small income from the advertising on here. I am grateful to my advertisers who see the value of having their name in front of my thousands of readers.

busybody7I, and every Canadian, is forced to contribute through taxes a $30 donation every year to CBC who also has advertising. At least with me you have a choice.

There is no other xc ski blog on the face of the earth like this one, and it’s because I love my job. It doesn’t pay well, but I am rewarded with compliments and praise on a daily basis. Unfortunately, praise and compliments won’t pay the bills.


First ski in PLPP

December 9, 2016

The lack of snow is quite evident while driving out, and upon reaching the trailhead at Boulton Creek. It can’t be fun for the groomers to work with this low snowpack. I’m glad they did, though, and the skiing was wonderful albeit with a bit of caution in a few places. It’s always a treat to […]

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Elk Pass is trackset

December 9, 2016

I took the above photo around 5:15 pm with the help of my car’s headlights. I drove over to the Elk Pass trailhead after skiing on yesterday’s groomed/trackset trails in PLPP. I’ll have an update on those later tonight. Congratulations to Herb Kruschke for picking the correct date in the

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PLPP grooming is underway

December 8, 2016

This is what we have been waiting for! 🙂 🙂 🙂   This Live Grooming Report showed up late this afternoon. There might be more to the story as I see only a portion of Lookout north side was done. With these cold temperatures, equipment problems can be a concern.

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Mt Shark grooming update

December 8, 2016
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-Watridge Lake road at Mt Shark. Photo from last year- According to the Live Grooming Report for Mt Shark, Watridge Lake road has been trackset. The remainder roll-packed. Here’s the full report:

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Snowshoer wants advice

December 7, 2016

Hi Bob, I am an avid hiker, backpacker, scrambler, and in the winter, snowshoer.  Very rarely do I find myself near a groomed cross-country ski trail – I prefer solitude and forging my own route – but occasionally I find myself wanting/needing to

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Video of skiing on Redearth Creek

December 7, 2016

I’m surprised this turned out, considering I was skiing back at dusk. Watch around 2:05 as I ski through all those bushes overhanging the trail. Take your pruning shears if you go. I’ve added 14

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Redearth Creek

December 6, 2016
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-Helen Read and Bill McKeever were almost back when I met them- The Banff trail report this morning indicated that Redearth Creek was trackset yesterday.

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Thin but skiable

December 5, 2016
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Update Dec 6 @ 8: 30 a.m: I’ve added 14 new photos to the Emerald lake Lodge contest page. The deep freeze has settled in; it’s -21°C in Canmore this morning.

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Finally – we have snow!

December 4, 2016

I’ve enjoyed skiing on Moraine Lake road(10 times so far), but I’m ready for some new trails, so it was encouraging to read all the reports of mega-snow today, especially from PLPP. We might be able to award a prize in the Elk Pass contest soon,

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Snow updates

December 4, 2016

Sunday 9:30 a.m. Snowfall Warning in effect for Calgary, Canmore and Kananaskis. The front appears to have already moved through Lake Louise and Banff. A dusting of snow overnight in Canmore, but in the past few minutes the snow

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Canmore Nordic Centre

December 3, 2016
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I noticed from the CNC Live Grooming Report this morning that some new terrain was added to Frozen Thunder. It looks like about 500 metres on the Nagano trail.

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First update from Chateau tracksetter Jeff Douglas

December 3, 2016

The Chateau Lake Louise is responsible for grooming the “Upper Lake Louise” trails, mostly in the vicinity of the Chateau. Most of the grooming is done by Jeff Douglas and here

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More trails open at Lake Louise

December 2, 2016
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-The Campground loop at Lake Louise is dog-friendly and has a skating lane- It was delightful to ski on some new trails today. Tramline from top to bottom is in great shape, the Campground loop where you can also skate

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Canmore Nordic Centre update

December 1, 2016

Due to the NorAm and Calforex Cup Races this weekend Frozen Thunder will be closed until 12 noon Friday December 2nd 8am – 4pm Saturday December 3rd 8am – 5pm Sunday December 4th. Trails in the Stadium area will be available with very limited terrain. 

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Moraine Lake road and Tramline

November 30, 2016
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-Ray and Mary Perrott are two of this blog’s esteemed trip reporters. Thanks to Mary for today’s report.- Mary, when describing conditions on Moraine Lake road, used the term “flying” and she was right.

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49 cm would be nice, but I’ll accept 15

November 30, 2016

As already discussed on the comments, there’s a big-time snowfall forecast for the weekend. The most optimistic one, the Snow Forecast for PLPP, predicts 49 cm between now(Wed a.m.) and Monday. The flip side of that forecast shows

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Start waxing for colder snow on MLR

November 28, 2016
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Much colder temperatures were evident today, and are in store for Lake Louise. The forecast predicts a low of -16°C on Tuesday night.

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Misc trails at Lake Louise

November 28, 2016

I skied for 1K on Fairview from the trailhead at the Chateau parking lot. I’m glad I used an old pair of flat, wider, rock skis because I may not have remained upright on anything fast. The trail has plenty of snow and there were no exposed rocks or dirt. The problem is the uneven […]

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Tough morning for a lone wolf

November 27, 2016

No skiing for me today, but I hope we’ll get some trip reports to help me decide where to go tomorrow. This Yellowstone video(actually a slide show) is more entertaining than one of my updates anyway. It sure puts into perspective the size difference between a wolf and a coyote.

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