Wild animals along the ski trail

by Bob Truman on November 15, 2018

in Animal tracks & sightings

Fox at West Bragg Creek. Mar 8, 2018. Steve Riggs

These are photos which have been taken by skiers while on the trail except a couple which I took while driving to the ski trail.

I’ve indicated the trail, date and photographer with each pic. If there is no name associated with the photo, it was me. 

We’ve seen many cougar tracks over the years but never an actual sighting where a photo was taken. I’m still hunting for the photo of the wolf which I know is on this blog somewhere. 

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Canmore Nordic Centre opens on Saturday

November 14, 2018

This was posted on Facebook by CNC:  The official beginning of the regular season is this Saturday, November 17th! The projection is that a few more trails will be open for Saturday, such as half of the Stadium and a connection to Frozen Thunder from the Stadium. Frozen Thunder will be open to the public […]

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Flurries

November 13, 2018

There was a flurry of activity at the polling station where I cast my vote in the Olympic plebiscite. I’m not saying how I voted because you know how I dislike controversy.  A flurry of last-minute guesses are coming in for the Elk Pass contest. Neil and Nora’s recent trip report

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Fantastic early-season conditions on MLR

November 12, 2018
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After a busy holiday weekend I didn’t have high expectations for Moraine Lake road but to my surprise the ski conditions were wonderful.

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More tracksetting at Lake Louise

November 11, 2018

For all practical purposes it would appear that Chuck is now in charge of providing photos for the daily updates on here. Thanks again for today’s photos. I was especially impressed with the photo he took at 11 a.m. of the Edmonton Nordic Ski Club observing Remembrance Day

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Moraine Lake road is trackset

November 10, 2018
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-Moraine Lake road. Photo by Chuck– This is what we’ve been waiting for! The Great Divide at Lake Louise was trackset yesterday afternoon(Friday), and Moraine Lake road

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Moraine Lake road

November 9, 2018
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Update 9 pm: According to late-day skiers Barb and Chris, the Great Divide was in the process of being trackset, and Moraine Lake road is scheduled for tracksetting Saturday a.m.

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West Bragg Creek and other news

November 8, 2018

Thanks to Alf Skrastins for the photos and report: “A few centimetres of snow has fallen at WBC and the volunteer groomers have roller-packed several of the trails. But before you rush out there… I really did mean just a few cm of snow! I did a quick tour of West Crystal, a bit Middle […]

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Wednesday night update

November 7, 2018
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Thanks to Mary Perrott and Chuck for making my job easier. Check the Trip reports for their updates on Moraine Lake road and the Great Divide.

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It’s early-season but it’s amazing!

November 6, 2018
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Everybody I met on the trail today was thrilled with the skiing conditions on Moraine Lake road. No tracks yet, but nobody’s too fussy at this time of year.

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Ski season is on!

November 6, 2018

Right on Schedule! Moraine Lake road and the Great Divide were packed and rolled on Sunday Nov 4. I received this update from Parks Canada’s Lake Louise grooming/tracksetting team yesterday(Monday):

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Skiing with your dog

November 5, 2018

“I’m looking for advice and training tips for skiing with my one yr. old border collie.” -Wendy The recent comment from Wendy reminded me to write an early-season post about skiing with your dog.  A very popular page on this blog is

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Update from Kicking Horse Ski Club

November 4, 2018

The Kicking Horse Ski Club is responsible for grooming the trails in Yoho National Park and around Emerald Lake. It’s a small club based in Field, BC, and is grateful for the support of everyone who enjoys skiing on those wonderful

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Well-deserved recognition for Alf Skrastins

November 3, 2018
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A big heartfelt thank you to Alf Skrastins for all the work he’s done to improve skiing conditions at West Bragg Creek.  Representatives from the province

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Frozen Thunder update

November 1, 2018
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Pretty nice conditions on Frozen Thunder considering all the warm weather we’ve had. Peter was having success with his skin skis and described the snow

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Lake Louise to Banff Loppet is back

November 1, 2018

Update Nov 8, 2018: The Environmental Assessment has been approved by Parks Canada. Start your training. Loppet on! “ My favourite ski race, the Lake Louise to Banff Loppet was a no-go last winter due to the construction at Morant’s

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Moraine Lake Road update

October 31, 2018

Thanks to Ray Perrott for this report and the photos: “Hi Bob, We were hiking near Lake Louise today, and stopped at the start of Moraine Lake road to see what we might find.  It’s all snow covered, though pretty thin (3-4 cm uncompressed) by the parking area.  Likely the snow depth gets better quickly […]

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Which forecast will be correct?

October 29, 2018

The predictions from the various sources are all over the map. The Snow Forecast which is usually the most optimistic is showing the least amount right now.  Windy.com, if I have figured it correctly, is the most optimistic. Most of this

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Will Helen win the contest?

October 28, 2018

I had to chuckle when I saw Helen Read’s entry in the Elk Pass contest… “I will go for Nov 20th. One thing for sure, it often happens the immediate day after I ski up it breaking trail!!!” Way back on Nov 24, 2011, my friend Chip and I

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Windy.com

October 27, 2018

I’ve added a new link under the Weather tab on the main menu, thanks to Alf Skrastins who sent in this information about Windy.com. The link is for West Bragg Creek, but the map is interactive and you can get the weather forecast for

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