Early season

Recognize anyone?

October 13, 2017

It won’t be long now, and almost as enjoyable as the early-season skiing is meeting people on the trail again and renewing acquaintances. The pictures here are from November 2016 on Moraine Lake road and the Great Divide.  After the long, hot summer it’s refreshing to be skiing in the cool mountain air and chatting […]

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Chuck skis to the Great Divide on Oct 12

October 12, 2017

It looks like Chuck and Jeannette will have 100K in the books before the rest of us get started. If you had a notion to follow Chuck’s tracks, he wanted to point out that “You had to be there early today, and I am afraid(like last year) that the next skiable snow may not come […]

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The long wait is almost over

October 1, 2017
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Ski season is still a few weeks away(notwithstanding Chuck’s ski trip of Sep 22), but ski blogging season officially starts today, so welcome back!

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Chuck skis on Sep 22

September 23, 2017
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-Chuck at Sunshine Meadows on Sep 22, 2017. Photo by Jeannette- The off-season for Chuck was only four-and-a-half months. He sent his final report of the 2016-17

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Lots of snow but no grooming

November 2, 2016
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-Barb from New York was thrilled with all the snow and skied to Moraine lake- Nov 3 @ 10 a.m: Thank you to Jeff Hearnden, Backcountry Maintenance Coordinator at Parks Canada for this update:

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Frozen Thunder grows

October 23, 2016
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-Skiers on the new trail which opened today at Frozen Thunder- Another 500 metres of track opened today at the incredible Frozen Thunder ski trail at the Canmore Nordic Centre.

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It’s a miracle! Skiing started in Canmore today

October 22, 2016
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-Frozen Thunder at the Canmore Nordic Centre is open for skiing- When I arrived at 8:55 a.m. the temperature was zero with a cloudy sky.

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Frozen thunder under construction

October 20, 2016
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-Grading Frozen Thunder with the snow cat- Paul had just jumped into the snow cat when I arrived at Frozen Thunder around 5 pm. He was about to make the first pass

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Rolling out the Thunder

October 17, 2016
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Off to a humble start, this first unassuming mound of snow is the initial dump of about 400 truckloads(my guess) which will eventually become a respectable

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Chuck skis the Great Divide on Oct 15

October 16, 2016
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Here’s the report from Chuck… First ski trip of the season was Great!

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A snow appetizer…served with lots of xc ski news

October 11, 2016
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I was pleased to see the Tweet from Banff National Park this morning saying Moraine Lake road is now closed to vehicle traffic. MLR usually has the first skiable snow

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Cold and snowy winter ahead

October 2, 2016
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The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts the prairies are in for a colder-than-normal winter. The forecast also predicts above normal precipitation for Alberta. If you’re making

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Ski season is on!

November 5, 2015
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  I was taking a chance by going to Lake Louise. Parks Canada was experiencing equipment problems and there was no guarantee that we’d see any grooming

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3 cm at Lake Louise

October 30, 2015
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Right on schedule, the snow has arrived at Lake Louise, but still not enough for packing or grooming. The Snow Forecast shows

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Let’s get started

October 29, 2015

While we’re waiting for the snow, we can at least fantasize with these photos. Can you guess which trails are pictured here? I’ve posted six photos, and five of them should be pretty easy.

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Frozen Thunder is open

October 23, 2015
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-Hanne, Makenna, and Sidney from Saskatchewan were happy to be on snow again- Dozens of skiers from all over the continent were on hand for the first day of Frozen Thunder

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Anticipation

October 13, 2015
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-Savina and her mom were enjoying the early snow on Moraine Lake road on Nov 9, 2013.-

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Where’s the snow?

November 22, 2014
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We’re getting a little antsy around here. No skiable snow to speak of in Banff, Kananaskis, or Yoho. This is not unusual, of course, but we’re all eagerly anticipating

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Early-season skiing at West Bragg

November 4, 2014
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Two of this blog’s regular trip reporters were enjoying the fresh snow and packed trails at West Bragg Creek yesterday. I remember a similar occurrence in 2003 when an upslope storm brought lots of snow

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Nov 1 snowfall update

November 1, 2014
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Welcome to our first taste of winter! As for me, it’s nice to be back home after a very intense week doing non-ski stuff.

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