No such thing as bad weather…

Terrace trail. Photo by Alf Skrastins

The full text of that saying is…

“No such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.”

Credit for coining that phrase goes to Alf Skrastins who is also the author of tonight’s featured  trip report…

“Obviously a lot of other SkierBob regulars were looking at the weather forecasts and grooming reports and came to the same conclusion that Ribbon Creek was the best bet for conditions today.

Ribbon Creek. Photo by Alf Skrastins

It’s obvious that a lot of work had been done to remove bent, broken and downed trees from the trails. With new the new snow that followed, the grooming is in excellent shape. But the real bonus was the weather!  I recorded a temp of -7C when I arrived and a high of -4C at the viewpoint bench at the high point of the Ribbon Creek trail. What a treat, when we know that we have a very frigid week ahead!”

Cascade Valley. Photo by Pete

Thanks for all the trip reports today. Alf may have coined another descriptive term today “The Ribbon Creek corkscrew.”

Pete submitted 32 excellent photos including wolf tracks from Cascade Valley. 

Preparing for cold

It’s been a fabulous winter with great conditions and weather. This upcoming week-long cold snap is our first significant setback. If you’re still determined to go skiing this coming week in the -25 temperatures, this Cold Weather update from a few years ago is full of suggestions(26 comments from readers) on how to prepare yourself: Cold Weather Gear

More suggestions are always welcome. 


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  1. Interesting article from U of A reminding us not to push it too hard in extremely cold weather. Or cover our faces. I find the thick merino “chutes” from Icebreaker are excellent for this.

  2. Layering is what get me through the cold days. I’m hooked on Merino wool base layers and use gloves inside my mitts.

    The cold, DRY air gets to me another way. As soon as my heart starts beating going up a hill and I breathe in that cold air through my nose there is a very high chance of a nose bleed. Not a big one, but just enough to look like I’ve been attacked by a cougar.

    I have the humidifier going full at home every day but if anyone has any other tips on how to prevent this nuisance from happening I would love to hear it.

    • Try vaseline applied in your nostrils with a Q-Tip. This works well for me indoors and also helps outdoors. However my nose runs so profusely in the cold, I’m uncertain how long the vaseline lasts.

  3. I can’t take credit for the saying about “No such thing as bad weather; just bad clothing”. That comes from some of my Norwegian friends. As a nation of active outdoor enthusiasts, the Norwegians exemplify that approach better than anyone.

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