Ski season – only six weeks away!

Last winter’s skiing came to an unceremonious and abrupt finish near the end of March with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Access to the ski areas was shut down on March 28. I skied in PLPP for the final time on the evening of March 27 on beautiful conditions. …

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“Some of the most beautiful in the world”

The above quote is from the CBC interview this morning with Ken Hewitt of Nordic Alberta, referring to the trails in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. For those of you with questions about the proposal to continue grooming the ski trails, give this 8-minute podcast a listen. Ken gives an articulate,…

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Volunteers required for Shaganappi Nordic

Shaganappi Nordic Operations Club (SNO) is recruiting volunteers for the upcoming winter Nordic skiing season at the Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary, AB. If you are interested in volunteering this fall and winter you can click on this link: Shaganappi Nordic Volunteers  Scroll down to “Current volunteer opportunities.”

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Letter to the Alberta Government

This letter was sent to the minister of Environment and Parks by my friend Chip Scialfa. Chip says you can copy and paste any of the information from this letter if you wish to send your own. The email address for Jason Nixon is aep.minister@gov.ab.ca ****** August 21, 2020 Mr….

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Kananaskis Grooming Update

The following update is from Nordiq Alberta:   Aug 2, 2020: Further to previously provided information, we are aware that Fortress Mountain Ski Resorts has now submitted a proposal to the Alberta Government to keep cross country alive and healthy in Kananaskis. This proposal is based on a groomed trail…

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Grooming and trail maintenance in Kananaskis country

“In February of 2020, Albertans were met with surprise when the provincial government announced it would no longer be funding trail maintenance and grooming in three areas in Kananaskis Country: Ribbon Creek, Mt. Shark, and Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.” There is now a website dedicated to this situation. Kananaskis Trail…

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Finally…a cougar!

Cougar on Bobcat trail. Photo by Alf Skrastins

We’ve had many wildlife photos submitted over the years, but never a cougar…until today. The photo was taken by Alf Skrastins at West Bragg Creek.

Alf remarked… “As you can imagine, I was a bit too busy getting my bear spray out to take a second photo with better focus. And when it decided to go up into the forest above the trail, I was happy enough to go in the opposite direction.

The photo was taken on the Bobcat trail.

I did see a bobcat crossing one of the ski runs at Nakiska on Saturday, but it disappeared too quickly for me to get a photo.”

Chuck was skiing at Moraine Lake road today and took 13 excellent photos including the spectacular shot of the Valley of Ten Peaks below.  

The view from Moraine Lake road. Photo by Chuck

Below is a gallery of photos of the animals we’ve seen:

Still skiing

May 6, 2020 Thank you to Alf Skrastins for the following report(click on the link to see 46 amazing photos): It was a fine day for a loop tour from the Burstall valley, around Mt. Birdwood and out via the Commonwealth Creek valley. There was even some powder skiing! https://photos.app.goo.gl/DpCEr8BQ3yvHbjy19…

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