Animal tracks & sightings

Bear chases kicksledder on Spray River West(with video)

April 15, 2017

Update April 19: Story in the Crag and Canyon newspaper Grizzly pursues woman, dogs on Banff trail This was posted by Annette Young on Facebook… Completely shaken but safe, untouched and unharmed….

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Typical spring skiing – 20% slower

April 6, 2017
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In mid-winter on cold snow, I can ski the Tyrwhitt loop at an average speed of 9 km/H on my waxable skis. Today, with waxless skis(zeros), on wet snow, I averaged 7.3

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Yet another Lynx sighting

March 20, 2017

Thanks to Alf Skrastins for this photo of a lynx in the Sawmill area of Kananaskis Country. You can see the lynx tracks and more photos of Alf’s ski trip High Rockies Trail Sawmill-Blackshale Welcome to spring! In Calgary, it arrived today at 4:29 a.m.

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Saturday night update

March 11, 2017
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-Skogan Pass below High Level junction. Photo by Ray Perrott- I didn’t ski today, so I’m posting some photos from Ray and Mary Perrott’s trip to Skogan Pass.

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The Lodgepole Grouse

March 3, 2017
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We haven’t had any reported sightings of the Pocaterra “Killer Grouse” this winter, so I was thrilled to see this guy yesterday on Lodgepole ski trail. We stood there for a few minutes, enthralled with his entertaining antics.

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Pipestone, wolves, cookie race

February 21, 2017

Thanks to Chuck for this report: With news that the Pipestone Loops were trackset yesterday, and word that the Bow Valley Wolf Pack is in the area, this was today’s choice. Sure enough, the wolves had just crossed the trail in front of us near the trailhead, heading east. At the top of the #20 […]

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Lynx sighting in Chickadee Valley

February 7, 2017

Hello Bob, We have been following your website for a couple of years now. Between your blog and Chic Scott’s book, “Ski Trails in the Canadian Rockies”, we have explored many beautiful places on our light touring skis. With the fresh snowfall we decided to head up Chickadee Valley for our first time. The snow […]

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Goat Creek, Spray River to Banff: 17/19

February 1, 2017
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  I’ve got to give the wolves credit, they seem to have better trail etiquette than some people. In the photo above, I believe there were three wolves

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The Lynx photos

January 29, 2017

(All the photos can be made much larger by clicking on them.) You know you’ve stumbled upon something pretty special when people ask if it’s for real.

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Rare sighting

January 15, 2017

Update Mon Jan 16: It is a lynx. The two times I’ve seen lynx in the wild, I was always amazed at the size of their feet. Facts about Canada Lynx (Thanks, Barb, for the link.)

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Nev sees wolf tracks; Cheryl sees the wolf

December 22, 2016
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“My parents towed me around the trails at Nipika today. I enjoyed the scenery but to be perfectly honest I was asleep most of the time. 

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Tough morning for a lone wolf

November 27, 2016

No skiing for me today, but I hope we’ll get some trip reports to help me decide where to go tomorrow. This Yellowstone video(actually a slide show) is more entertaining than one of my updates anyway. It sure puts into perspective the size difference between a wolf and a coyote.

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Rare sightings

November 3, 2016
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I know it doesn’t compare with Chuck’s incredible sighting of two wolves chasing a deer across Moraine Lake road, but I was lucky enough to observe a short-tailed weasel on my deck today.

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The “boss” has kids!

August 23, 2016
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-Spruce grouse hen on Pocaterra trail- If you’re a regular winter time reader of this blog, you’ll be familiar with the “Boss.”

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The wolf killers of Elk Pass

April 25, 2016
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If you ski from the top of Elk Pass under the powerline into BC(the route to Elk Lakes cabin), you’ll see the disturbing signs of the depraved killers proudly displayed within the first 100 metres. On weekends, there’s a good chance you’ll see or hear these miscreants with their expensive snowmobiles and weapons looking to kill trophy […]

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A rare opportunity

January 24, 2016
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-Wonderful conditions between Castle Junction and Johnston Canyon- This is your chance to ski the Lake Louise to Banff Loppet trails while they’re in top-notch condition,

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Walking in the tracks

January 21, 2016

TSJ(Ribbon creek tracksetter Jeff) is out tracksetting the Bill Milne and Wedge Connector trails tonight and saw this: TSJ added this comment: “It looks like even the Lynx enjoy the track setting at Wedge.”

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Still enjoying Goat creek

January 18, 2016
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Lovely weather and 3 cm of fresh snow made for a nice 19K trip along Goat creek and Spray river west yesterday(Sunday), with the usual “conditions.”

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The magic number on Goat creek is 3.8

January 8, 2016
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I’ve come to expect a lot of multi-users on the initial section of Goat creek. Today, all the snowshoers turned around at 3.8K, at which time a nice set of tracks

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The only rocky road that I like

December 19, 2015
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-Roy at the Whiskey jack – Pocaterra picnic table. Notice the Whiskey jack(bird) sittiing on the table- Upon arriving at the top of Whiskey jack,

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