Monday update

Pocaterra on Jan 17. Photo by Alf Skrastins

“I wanted to say thank you. I lost my poles at the Minnewanka parking lot January 28 and Kinley Bailargeon returned them to me via your site.” -Laura Marshall

The Lost and Found tab is a fairly new addition on the main menu, so I’d like to remind everyone that it’s there. 

East Elk Pass couch. Photo by Alf Skrastins

It’s only 7:53 a.m. but I see that 53 skiers have already registered for the Lake Louise to Banff Loppet. Registration opened at 6 this morning. Due to Covid and the Bow Valley Parkway closure, in reality it’s the Lake Louise to Castle Junction loppet. It’s a virtual challenge, which means you do it on your own time and on the honour system. That 8 a.m. start on the lake was always a challenge for me anyway. 

Packers on Jan 17. Photo by Alf Skrastins

PLPP Sunday night tracksetting included Meadow, Wheeler, Amos, Woolley and Lower Lake Group Camp 

MaSid has created a nice “sideline” to skiing in the empire. His snow couches have become a destination in themselves, and it’s understandable when you see the beautiful sunny locations and the elaborate showpieces he creates. With the couches as an attrraction, it has opened up “ski touring” in places that most would never have thought to explore. You can see some of this territory on Alf Skrastins’ photos from yesterday. 

PLPP Winter trails map/brochure

Did you read the comment from SkierDoug regarding a new PLPP map? Doug sent me the front cover(pictured at the side) and good grief. 

“We picked up a new map at the PLPP Discovery Centre today. It is a winter activity map that clearly describes and illustrates what cross country skiers, snow shoers, snow bikers and dogs can do and where they can and can not go. But there is not a mention of classic only. Now here is the zinger. The new picture of cross country skiers on the front of the map has skiers doing both classic and skate technique. Thus it appears that PLPP allows skating and encourages it based on the picture and no mention of skating allowed.  Perhaps PLPP should remove the map from circulation and update the picture.”

Below are the three brochures for which I provided the photos. There can be no mistaking that the photos show classic trails. 


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  1. I checked the alberta parks online library, no sign of these brochures yet. Good grief, you’d think if they were in money saving mode that’d be the first place they put them.

  2. Dang! Double Super Secret Couch didn’t stay secret for long.

    • So much for the human experiment: “will people go there (explore off trail for its own right) if they don’t know there is a couch?” But not to worry, most won’t.

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