Starting a new blog

If you missed it, I announced two weeks ago that this winter would be the end of the trail for me.  In the interests of helping out a new blog person, what has been the most important feature of this blog for you? What would you miss the most if…

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Snowfall and grooming update

Feb 23, 2021 Overnight snowfall Calgary 3 cm Ribbon Creek 3 cm  Canmore 5+ cm Lake Louise 7 cm Yoho 9 cm Mud Lake 8 cm PLPP 5 cm by midnight. (probably closer to the Mud Lake amount by morning) Peter Lougheed Provincial Park Trackset last night: Elk Pass(partial), Hydroline,…

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Groomed trails with avalanche risk

Feb 22, 2021: All the photos I’m posting in this update are historical photos.  Avalanche risk is high right now, but for those of us who stick to groomed ski trails, the avalanche danger is minimal although there are a few trails where it could happen. Redearth Creek at 3.7K…

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Sunday morning update

A wind warning has been issued for Lake Louise, PLPP, Kananaskis, Canmore and Banff. Heavy snow is predicted tonight for higher elevations, and rain/snow at lower elevations.  Peter Lougheed Provincial Park The usual Saturday night schedule of Whiskey Jack, Upper Pocaterra, Lower Lake, and Packers was completed.  The trail report…

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Yes, I own metal-edge skis!

Ulrike was asking about Brewster Creek and what kind of skis she should use. Thank you to MAAD and Jean-Francois for their input. It sounds like the snowmobile ridges have been smoothed out for now.  As someone who has done it on both skinny “plastic” skis and wider, metal edge…

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Friday night update

Update: Feb 19/20 Tracksetting PLPP tracksetting included Pocaterra from the Hut to Packers, Rolly Road, Come-Along, and Lynx. Saturday morning temperature at the Lower Lake is -7°C.  Bill Milne, Wedge, Evan-Thomas, and Ribbon Creek.  Confederation golf course: Blue and Green Loops.  Shaganappi golf course: Groomed and trackset.  West Bragg Creek:…

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Snowfall and Tracksetting update

Update Feb 17 at 1 pm: Tracksetting on Telephone Loop at West Bragg Creek was completed this morning.  West Bragg Creek: “2 to 4 cm of fresh snow overnight. New tracksetting underway with light snow falling. It should be a fantastic day of skiing out in the creek.” The temperature…

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A mystery trail

I was out enjoying family day, seeing lots of kids, dogs, and….families! I’ll be posting photos tomorrow.  While skiing today, I stumbled upon a groomed trail which I had never seen before. I was merrily skiing along a trackset trail when I crossed a snowshoe trail and something looked out…

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Earthquake settled snow conditions

Feb 15, 2021: Although it pertains mostly to backcountry skiers, I don’t imagine there will be many opportunities to post such a blog title. Thanks, MAAD. If you haven’t heard, there was an earthquake in Banff.  The coming week should be one of the best for xc skiing throughout the…

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