Chuck skis to Lake O’Hara on May 2

by Bob Truman on May 2, 2017

in Yoho

Pine Marten at Lake O’Hara. Photo by Chuck

It looks like Chuck might stretch this ski season out to 7 months. His first ski trip was on Oct 15. This is today’s report from Chuck:

Starting out from the Lake O’Hara trailhead. Photo by Chuck

LAKE O’HARA – May 2

Well, with this winter that keeps on giving, we had to check out that avalanche that crossed the Lake O’Hara road:

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As you can see, this is still a busy place.

The ones that we had redirected from the Great Divide yesterday, had seen Bear #122 “The Boss” just after leaving us, and were glad to get to Elizabeth Parker Hut, their intended destination.
With another forecasted low of minus 3 tonight, hope to see you out tomorrow!

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Elk Pass and Frozen Lake

I don’t want to diminish Chuck’s accomplishment, but Alf Skrastins’ ski season is 12 months long. With his trip on Elk Pass yesterday, Alf has skied for 188 consecutive months(correct me if I’m wrong, Alf). You can see many spectacular photos on his trip report from yesterday including a grizzly bear and a photo of Frozen Lake like I’ve never seen it before(all frozen and snow covered!).

Grizzly bear along Hwy #40 in K-Country. Photo by Alf Skrastins

I hiked to Frozen Lake in 2004 with a group from the Calgary Ski Club. You can compare summer and winter below. I wonder if the lake will be all thawed by August this year? I remember seeing fish swimming in the lake and wondering how they got there. Can they survive being under ice for most of the year, or is the lake stocked?

Frozen Lake winter and summer

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This bison calf has no idea how special it is

April 26, 2017
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Banff National Park posted this birth announcement regarding the first bison calf to be born in Banff’s backcountry in over 140 years…

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Ending on a positive note

April 17, 2017
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What a lovely day it was as I set out one last time to ascend Whiskey Jack. Last night’s tracksetting looked fantastic and inviting. I enjoyed the climb with excellent grip

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The final day is here

April 16, 2017

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Bear chases kicksledder on Spray River West(with video)

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Update April 19: Story in the Crag and Canyon newspaper Grizzly pursues woman, dogs on Banff trail This was posted by Annette Young on Facebook… Completely shaken but safe, untouched and unharmed….

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Unique Photos

April 13, 2017

The above photo was posted in the Castlegar, BC newspaper.  Below are some outstanding, unique photos from this blog’s readers: Read more: The Lynx Photos I met Kevin and Dauminique Dowler on the Kananaskis Village

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“The soul-mending rhythm of cross-country skiing” My Top 10 of 2016 – 2017

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Top 10 These were 10 ski trips where I had exceptionally great conditions(chronological order).

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The life-blood of this blog

April 8, 2017
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-Thanks to Chuck and all the other skiers who have submitted trip reports.- It’s no mystery to me why this blog has become so popular and well-read. It’s because so many of the readers are willing to give

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Thanks for the tracks

April 7, 2017
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Where would we be without the guys and gals who spend hours on their snowmobiles and snowcats, grooming the trails for us, at ungodly hours, sometimes exposed to extreme cold?

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Typical spring skiing – 20% slower

April 6, 2017
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In mid-winter on cold snow, I can ski the Tyrwhitt loop at an average speed of 9 km/H on my waxable skis. Today, with waxless skis(zeros), on wet snow, I averaged 7.3

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Proposed Rockyview/Calgary XC Ski area

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This was sent to me today by Greg Foord: HELP! I have Identified a plot of land owned by MD Rockyview on the western boundary of the city on 101 street west that would be most suitable for a XC ski area.  Administration from the MD has indicated enthusiasm for this project but approvals are […]

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The winter of 2016 – 2017; One million readers!

April 3, 2017
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Someone who logged in on March 31 was our one-millionth visitor!    Ray’s weather report motivated me to start working on a year-end review.

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Caption this photo of the Redearth Creek avalanche

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Chuck took this photo today of Jeannette staring at the wall of snow which is blocking her path on Redearth Creek. My caption would be… ….and dinner is waiting for me at Shadow Lake Lodge!

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The year of the deep freeze

April 1, 2017

I don’t know about you but I like looking at statistics. One of our regular trip reporters, Ray Perrott, is a collector of data and puts it in an easily readable form for us. I started skiing in 1997, and I don’t remember a winter with so many cold days, and this report from Ray proves […]

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PLPP mixed results

March 30, 2017
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-Kim(L) and Brian at the top of the Elk Pass hill- Update Sat Apr 1: Trails groomed last night/yesterday: Whiskey Jack, Packers, and Upper Pocaterra in PLPP. Moraine Lake road at Lake Louise.

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Changes coming to West Bragg Creek

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Alberta Parks is upgrading West Bragg Creek Provincial Recreation Area. The parking lot will be expanded and trailhead amenities will be enhanced to address site issues. These upgrades are intended to reduce parking lot congestion

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Good conditions before 1 pm

March 26, 2017
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It’s spring and we have to be bear aware, as evidenced by the bear tracks I saw a few years ago on Tyrwhitt and Whiskey Jack. Today, those bears wouldn’t have had a chance to catch me

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Skiing possibilities on Sunday

March 25, 2017

I didn’t ski today, but we have trip reports from most of the areas where there is still some reasonably good skiing to be had. BarbBanff was excited about seeing the wolverine tracks near the Packers – Pocaterra junction in PLPP.

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Fantastic spring skiing in PLPP

March 24, 2017
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In my log book, I use the term “Best Day” reservedly and only for exceptional experiences. Today’s ski trip earned that honour, one of only five this winter.

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Lower your expectations. Spring is here

March 23, 2017
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On the other hand, maybe Alf Skrastins has it right. Read his recent backcountry trip report to get a more positive attitude on spring skiing. Most digital cameras come with a

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