Chester/Sawmill

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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Where would you rather ski?

April 16, 2015
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-Upper yellow of the Chester-Sawmill trails- Chester-Sawmill vs Mt Shark I don’t know how many of you have had the pleasure of skiing

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Smith-Dorrien trails

December 5, 2013
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Many readers are commenting(and I’m lamenting) about the Smith-Dorrien xc ski trails. The Smith-Dorrien trails(also known as the Chester-Sawmill trails)

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Moraine Lake Road was marginal; Chester Lake

November 1, 2009

Crusty thin snow The conditions were marginal on Moraine Lake Road yesterday. The first 2.6K up to Paradise Creek were sketchy to say the least. Lots of pavement showing, with previous tracks being almost melted through to pavement. It melted a lot in the 2-3 hours we were there. See more photos here.   At the […]

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Mt Engadine Lodge

January 8, 2009

One of the pleasures of navigating the Smith-Dorrien is this terrific spot near Mt. Shark ski area. Chris gave us a report on the recent snow conditions there.  I’ve also inquired about tea and tracksetting: Hello Bob, “We are open for afternoon tea on Saturdays and Sundays from 3-5 – cost including unlimited tea/coffee and snacks is […]

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Backcountry skiers take note: High risk of avalanche

January 7, 2009

(See trails update below for the latest on CNC and Chester Lake/Buller) Anyone planning to head out to the backcountry may want to rethink their plans, warns the Canadian Avalanche Centre. The risk of snow slides is rated as high at all levels, even below the treeline in  the Fernie-Lizard Range area and the Banff, Yoho […]

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Chester-Sawmill(aka Smith Dorrien): Mahvelous!

December 1, 2008

Driving from Canmore to Mt Engadine it was raining, so we were happy to see the snow falling when we arrived at Chester Lake parking lot. There was about 1-2 cm of fresh snow over the groomed trails and a few branches were still poking through the snow, but the skiing was good. The air […]

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Word is spreading

November 27, 2008

“Thanks for the blog!”  We had just turned around at the end of Moraine Lake Road and were heading back when we met this skier. As we passed, he said, “Thanks for the blog!” I hit the brakes and it turns out that Ryan is from Red Deer and had found my blog a few […]

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