Will Helen win the contest?

by Bob Truman on October 28, 2018

in XC

Helen Read on Elk Pass Nov 24, 2011

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!!!”

Winter Wonderland on Fox Creek on Nov 24, 2011

Way back on Nov 24, 2011, my friend Chip and I took a trip to Elk Pass after a big snowfall. It was a momentous day because I met Helen for the first time. If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that Helen is a prolific contributor of trip reports. Her other claim to fame is that she seems to enjoy breaking trail in deep snow. On that particular day, Chip and I skied in Helen’s tracks until we finally ran into her. 

Chip on Elk Pass. Nov 24, 2011

Although it was slow-going in the deep snow, as you can see from the photos, the scenery was magnificent with all the snow-laden trees and fresh snow that day. 

Elk Pass was trackset the next day, Nov 25. 

“It is not her presence makes grooming happen but her home made cookies that she bribes groomers with. Best skiing is next day after delivery.” -Fallsalot

The Elk Pass Contest is in full swing. If someone has already picked your favourite date, don’t despair. We’ll be making a second draw from everyone who picks the correct date. There’s no limit on the number of entries. You could win a night’s accommodation and a buffet dinner for two at Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino on the doorstep to K-Country. 

It was like skiing in a picture postcard…

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 MaSid October 29, 2018 at 3:13 pm

If Helen’s presence makes the grooming happen (and maybe even the snow), then we need to get helen on the trail, and we will all be winners.

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2 fallsalot October 30, 2018 at 5:33 pm

It is not her presence makes grooming happen but her home made cookies that she bribes groomers with. Best skiing is next day after delivery.

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3 Martin & Jip October 29, 2018 at 11:44 am

So I could legally ski PLPP with Jip (my husky) if it’s not been groomed?

According to this link, Alberta Parks Permitted activities it would appear the summer rules are in effect until the first grooming. This would apply to fat bikes as well. I don’t see any rules which give a specific date where dogs are no longer allowed. -Bob

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