What trail did you miss the most?

by Bob Truman on April 1, 2015

in Year in review

I didn`t ski on Skogan Pass this winter.

I sure missed skiing on Skogan Pass this winter (photo from Nov 2013)

There’s no sugar-coating the poor skiing conditions of the past winter. It feels like we never got into high gear, and now it’s pretty well finished. The lack of snow, and the numerous rains and meltdowns took their toll on our trails. Chuck sent the photo of the earliest crocus ever from his hike yesterday at Yamnuska.

This crocus was spotted by Chuck and Jeannette while Hiking at Yamnuska on March 31, 2015

This crocus was spotted by Chuck and Jeannette while Hiking at Yamnuska on March 31, 2015

I received some weather statistics from Ray Perrott that will illustrate how warm March has been:

“I’ve been looking at Environment Canada’s weather statistics for Banff. It seems like March 2015 is the warmest March since 1992 (which was actually nearly a degree warmer – must have been terrible skiing that year).
Just a few stats:

March days with max temp above 10C: 2015 – 14; 1992 - 19; 2014 – zero
March nights with min temp below -10C: 2015 – 5; 1992 - 0; 2014 – 17
So, you can see that 2015, like 1992, was bad for skiing, and 2014
was really good. I hope that 2016 is like 2014!”

I missed skiing on Hay Meadow with Tessa (file photo from Feb 2014)

I missed skiing on Hay Meadow with Tessa (photo from Feb 2014)

I can empathize with all those who are restricted to skiing on the weekends and having to accept whatever conditions exist at the time. I consider myself pretty lucky, being able to get out on the trails immediately after a snowfall and grooming. Nevertheless, I still missed skiing on some of my favourite trails.

Will we be skiing on Ribbon Creek again? (Photo from Feb 2013)

Will we be skiing on Ribbon Creek again? (Photo from Feb 2013)

One of the disappointing aspects of this past winter was the lack of variety. I’m referring to the many trails which were skiable for such a short time. For example, I would normally ski on the Ribbon Creek/Kananaskis Village/Skogan Pass trails around a dozen times. This year was a meager 2 trips and I didn’t ski on Skogan Pass even once. I never had an opportunity to ski with Tessa on Hay Meadow or to Troll Falls.

The trails in Banff were skiable for a very limited time. I’m referring to Goat Creek, Spray River, Cascade Valley, Healy/Brewster Creek, and Redearth Creek. I skied those trails 17 times last winter; this winter, only 11 times.

It will be convenient to have my own parking spot beside Pocaterra hut

It will be convenient to have my own parking spot beside Pocaterra hut

I’m looking forward to many trips to Skogan Pass and Goat Creek next winter, and I’m hoping we’ll have lots of snow on the Ribbon Creek trail system, and maybe even the return of Ribbon Creek  itself!

I’m thrilled to have my own reserved parking spot for next winter at Pocaterra Hut.


15/17 in PLPP

March 27, 2015

I’m enjoying the spring skiing in PLPP. Perhaps I’ve lowered my expectations after such a difficult winter. Perhaps it’s my skis; as Jody mentioned, the right skis at the right time of day. Perhaps I’ve realized that going slow can be okay. Mellowing out with age I guess. For anyone considering skiing from Pocaterra hut, I’ve included […]

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Warming hut approved for Canmore Nordic Centre

March 26, 2015

This is a story which was in today’s Rocky Mountain Outlook Cross-country skiing to the Canmore Nordic Centre meadow is about to get cozier.

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Moraine Lake Road

March 25, 2015
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-Moraine Lake Road- If you can survive the first 4.5K, you will be rewarded with an enjoyable ski for the final 4.5K.

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Spring skiing at its best

March 20, 2015
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-Pocaterra, between Whiskey Jack and Packers- Before I get started, thank you for the birthday well-wishes. You make me feel loved and appreciated!

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Bring sunscreen and hat

March 18, 2015
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-Sarah on Elk Pass- Here are some photos to go along with Frank Howard’s trip report from Elk Pass.

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Bonus kilometres

March 16, 2015
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-Tara, Siobhan, and Ashley were trying out skate skiing for the first time at the Canmore Nordic Centre- Yesterday’s snowfall allowed me to have a pleasant ski

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8-10 cm in Canmore

March 16, 2015
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Monday March 16 @ 9 a.m: We received about 6 cm of high-density snow yesterday afternoon/evening in Canmore. Woke up to a further 2 cm

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The life-blood of this blog

March 14, 2015

I don’t think I could successfully survive a ski season anymore without this wonderful community of trip reporters, commenters, readers and tracksetters.

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Elk Pass and Tyrwhitt

March 13, 2015
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-Last night’s tracksetting on Tyrwhitt was in excellent condition if you didn’t mind that it was soft and slow in the sunny areas-

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It’s been worse, and much better

March 12, 2015

Before I get started, I’d like to remind everyone who has left a trip report this winter to send me a photo of yourself(if you haven’t already). I have photos of many of you(see previous post

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Trip Reporters

March 11, 2015

It’s common knowledge that March is the snowiest month of the year, but like all things this winter, it’s not holding true. There doesn’t seem to be much available right now for track skiing,

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Spring skiing in PLPP

March 7, 2015
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-Monika and Kathy on Amos- I was skiing early enough today to use wax, but that might be the last time

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Kananaskis Village and Ribbon Creek grooming

March 6, 2015

Update Mar 13, 2015: I received this further explanation from K-Contry… “The cat was off for repairs

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25K of pure heaven

March 5, 2015
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-Wonderful conditions in the south end of PLPP today- I can’t add much to the reports from Carol, Duane and Keith regarding PLPP, other than

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Enjoyable skiing today at CNC

March 4, 2015
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-On Banff trail loop, Karen and her niece Chloe, along with twin girls Emily and Leanne- I met Mike at the end of Banff trail

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West Bragg Creek update

March 4, 2015
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The following update is from Jeff Hughes: “We’ve had 4 separate snowfalls in the last 7 days, so we’ve had our hands

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Wednesday morning update

March 4, 2015
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-Conditions on Wheeler are vastly improved- The PLPP Live Grooming Report is not accessible, so here’s the info

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Cheryl B’s 2 cents

March 2, 2015

I didn’t go skiing today, so I was thrilled to receive this from Cheryl B. OK, I had to finally put my 2 cents on this. A lot of the time, it seems that conditions are likely a matter of opinion and in the eye of the beholder, so the reports are

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The little house in Cascade Valley

March 1, 2015
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At one time, people lived in a little house on the banks of the Cascade river. It’s a stunningly beautiful location

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