Backcountry

The amazing 80K bison trip

March 17, 2018
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-Now complete with Radio Collars, the bison are awaiting release this summer. Photo by Chuck- Chuck has made some epic ski trips but this one surpasses all in distance, tough conditions, and the ultimate

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From the archives: Amazing backcountry photos

January 8, 2018

With all the discussion happening about backcountry gear, I thought it would be a good time to post these photos of one of Steve Riggs’ backcountry adventures. Back when Steve sent

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Remember 2003?

September 27, 2014
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“There are old guides and there are bold guides, but there are no old bold guides,” Theo Meiners, another legendary guide in Alaska, used to quip. 

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“I could have spent another week in the Nelson, BC area”

January 5, 2014
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  (Thanks to Chip for this entertaining report about skiing and eating) Nelson Ski Fest Dec. 27, 2013-Jan 3, 2014

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Moraine Lake and Flint’s Park

March 26, 2013
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If you haven’t checked the photos on Chuck’s trip reports, you’re missing some spectacular sights. MORAINE LAKE Perfectly groomed to the viewpoint and

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More trails open at Canmore Nordic Centre

November 11, 2012
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This has been an early-season dream weekend. Great Divide on new tracks on Friday. Moraine Lake road on excellent tracks and cold snow yesterday. Skiers finding skiable snow

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Dolomite Peak

April 10, 2012
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This was posted in the Backcountry Trip Reports but is worthy of its own post. Thanks to Steve Riggs for this. Make sure you click on the link and look at all the photos.

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The perfect beginner’s trail

December 14, 2011
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  If you’re a beginner or novice skier, chances are you’ve never heard of it. It’s easier than Ribbon Creek, it’s an hour closer to Calgary than those fabulous, easy

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Lake Louise, Boom Lake

November 10, 2011
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All  is good at Lake Louise. Despite some warmer weather today(Thur), the snow on Moraine Lake road has not deteriorated. I also skied up and down the Upper

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Boom Lake

April 19, 2011

Hi Bob, If you have washed and put away your ski clothes for the season, dig them out again. Conditions up here in the Rockies are pure powder! Hopefully these photos show the conditions we were dealing with today… awesome. The beauty of this trail is that you can enjoy it without avalanche danger, and […]

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Tent ridge; Blueberry Hill

April 18, 2011

Steve Riggs sent some great photos and an update(just a note to all track skiers…don’t attempt these backcountry trips on skinny skis): Hi Bob, Track skiing has been on the backburner lately, with most of my attention focused on the excellent backcountry skiing conditions in K- Country. The great powder skiing continued on Saturday, in […]

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Friday night update

April 15, 2011

I just had to use that title one last time. There’s been lots of new grooming in PLPP and it’s possible we’ll see more by tomorrow. The colder temperatures might allow us to use wax this weekend. It was almost five months ago on Nov 18 when I posted Ski Season is on! It’s turned […]

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Paradise Valley

April 12, 2011

Hi Bob, Today we headed up Paradise Valley. What a serene environment. There had been some snow overnight, and temperatures were cool enough to keep skiing enjoyable all day. A Wolverine had criss-crossed the valley earlier in the morning. Chuck I asked Chuck about avalanche danger on this ski trip: In my opinion, there is […]

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Lake O’Hara; Canmore

April 8, 2011

Lake O’Hara Hey Bob, These conditions are going to last a lot longer. What better time to get out and enjoy it. It has been snowing all week in the mountains, and now it is clear & cool. Today we headed up to Lake O’Hara, and we have never seen it so beautiful. A couple […]

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Crazy weather

January 16, 2011

Avalanche I wasn’t aware of these avalanche deaths until I received this email from Rose: Hi Bob: I read your blog a lot but given the tragedy at PLPP yesterday at Burstall Pass, I think there’s a need to remind skiiers about avalanche risk in the backcountry through this link: Alberta.ca/parks/kananaskis/backcountryreport.asp The parks are not only to […]

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Healy pass. Does anyone have info?

January 13, 2010

“Hello Bob, Have you heard anything regarding the Healy Creek trail leading to Healy Pass? Parks Canada rates it as “poor” but skiable. I was wondering if the trail improves with distance and elevation away from the Sunshine parking lot. Chris” Has anyone been out there recently? If so, please leave a comment.

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West Bragg; Hawkridge; Skogan Pass

December 10, 2009

Richard sent in the following photos and updates:    Hi Bob, A lot of West Bragg is snowmobile packed, but no grooming or trackset. Someone took a 4×4 on Sundog Loop and East Crystal line so there are tire ruts on those trails. Elbow Trail has good coverage and is snowmobile  packed (see picture). Iron Springs Trail also has good […]

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Skiing already!

October 6, 2009

Alf was out skiing today! I’m pleased to post our first report of the season: Hi Bob, It’ was a snowy start to October last weekend, but that merely served as motivation for us skiers. Here are a few photos of skiing at Moose Mountain on October 6. We were able to start skiing right […]

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Cascade Fire Road, PLPP, Gypsum Mines

March 12, 2009

Cascade Fire Rd Mar 12, 2009 Cascade Fire Road was groomed and trackset 6 days ago but is still in excellent condition. As you can see from the photo, there’s been a few cm of fresh snow over the tracksetting, but the tracks are skied-in very well, and were extremely fast but not icy. It […]

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Bryant Creek and Backcountry etiquette

February 24, 2009

Cindy sent in the following photo and report: Hi Bob, I skied into the Bryant Creek Shelter last weekend with some friends. All in all we had a wonderful time. The only discouraging aspect was numerous yellow stains just outside the shelter – including along the trail to the creek! Although perhaps attributable to animals […]

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