After seeing that Pocaterra had been roller-packed from the Hut to Packers, I wanted to check it out. Today I skied the entire length of the trail and met with a variety of conditions. On Ray’s Trip Report, talking about Upper Pocaterra, he said “South Pocaterra is trackset and in…
I’ve heard anecdotal evidence that the xc stores in Calgary are also insanely busy. “You’re not having to go to a ski hill for that, you’re not having to wait in lift lines, there’s no purchasing of lift tickets. People are able to just get out on their own.” Read…
Yesterday I updated everyone regarding Redearth Creek. Back on Aug 24, I biked Elk pass in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park on a beautiful summer day and was even lucky enough to encounter a bear. I am optimistic that we will have groomed trails on which to ski in PLPP this…
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:
Animals along the ski trail
Update: Our expert tracker, Barb Banff, thinks they are wolverine. The animal tracks running for a couple kilometres along Tyrwhitt were causing a lot of consternation among the skiers today. We’ve heard on the trip reports that they could be bear tracks, but it would have to be an awfully…
You’ve read the trip reports extolling the perfect conditions on the new tracksetting on Whiskey Jack, Upper Pocaterra, and Packers. I can vouch for the incredibly wonderful conditions. Today’s skiing will go into the log book as a “best day.” They don’t get any better.
I made the ski tracks, but who made the ones beside me? This is in PLPP today where the temperature was rather pleasant this afternoon. I’ll post an update later tonight. In the mean time, you can agonize over these photos.
I received these photos and remarks from Kinga… “I came across some tracks on skogan loop yesterday afternoon, on a flatter section close to the junction with skogan pass (going ccw). I’m having a tough time identifying the animal. I know lynx are more common but these are quite large….
If you want to see where Chuck took the photo of the pine marten, and a video of the pine marten, Chuck’s photos. Be sure to read the captions on Chuck’s photos. They’re not just informative, but often quite humorous. This would be an opportune time to take a look…
Lots of positive trip reports coming in today, so the meltdown hasn’t yet taken a firm hold on the ski trails. Keith has come up with a name befitting of the big ice flow on the Bill Milne