(See comments below for additional updates from readers)
This incredible photo of Healy pass was sent in by Steve Riggs. See the comments below for Steve’s remarks regarding Healy Pass, West Bragg, and Ribbon Creek. I must say these back country photos are making it look more and more enticing. If you are going to Healy Pass, make sure you check the avalanche bulletins on the sidebar.
Healy Pass Jan 3, 2009 Photo by Steve Riggs
West Bragg Creek Parking Lot was completely full on Sunday, Jan 4/09
with dozens of cars parking on the road !!!!!
- West Bragg Creek Parking Lot Jan 4, 2009 Photo by Andrew Ostrowski
Thanks, Andrew, for the photo and update. That’s great to see so many people out enjoying the best activity that our Alberta winter has to offer, and so near to the city. Let’s hope this nice weather doesn’t get too warm and destroy the snow.
Did anyone ski at Skogan Pass over the weekend? We tentatively have that on our agenda for tomorrow, and I was wondering how the snow was.
Between babysitting and work I was only able to squeeze in one hour of skating at the Canmore Nordic Centre(CNC) today and that’s all I’ve skied in the past three days. The good news is that I was able to make it to the end of Banff Trail and back without stopping for breath. An accomplishment for me on skate skis!
Conditions there are good except for two small patches of thin snow on Banff Trail where you have to be careful. It looks like I’m going to be busier with work in the near future, so I’m hoping more readers will send in reports. If you have photos to attach, click on the “send me an email” on the sidebar. If you have text only, just click on the “comments” below. The response so far has been excellent considering that this blog is new and not too well known yet.
I’d be interested in knowing if this blog has been helpful to you, or if you have any suggestions to make it more useful. The statistics show we are averaging about 120 views per day, so I know there are people reading it. As you can probably tell, I am an advocate for participation in cross country skiing, and I wanted skiers to have better information on conditions than was currently available, hoping to make the experience more enjoyable. Let’s help each other by sharing information.
Back to statistics, the most popular post I’ve had on here since the beginning has been Updates: Burstall Pass West Bragg Ribbon Creek Kananaskis Village.
It’s had 344 views. That’s almost 4 times as many as any other post. Was it because of those two awesome photos? One from Duane Kohut on Burstall Pass, the other of the deer standing on the side of Kovach trail.
I only posted it a few days ago, but Cougar tracks on Goat Creek is getting a lot of attention, too.