Beautiful conditions for April 4

The trails were trackset this morning. This is not in a provincial park or provincial recreation area. I wish I could tell you where it is, but I don’t want them to be overwhelmed during the pandemic.  For now, I will refer to them as the “Hayfield Trails.” I covered 7K…

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Thanks for the tracks

April 1, 2020 Where would we be without the guys and gals who spend hours on their snowmobiles and snowcats, grooming the trails for us, at ungodly hours, sometimes exposed to extreme cold? We’d be plowing through some pretty deep snow. It never fails to get me excited when I arrive…

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A picture postcard winter

The above painting was made from the photo below. I originally attributed the photo to Groomer Dave at West Bragg Creek, but I was subsequently informed it was actually taken by artist Anne Brown, Groomer Dave’s wife. 

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Don’t ski here!

Mar 28, 2020 Thanks for all the “pandemic” comments. We have a lot of thoughtful people following this blog.  My final ski trip of the season last evening was wonderful, but sad at the same time knowing it would be the last one of the season, and possibly forever.  My…

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Chuck deserves our support

This pandemic is bringing out the worst in a few people who are willing to throw around insults when they don’t have a clue. Decisions are made with the information that’s available at the time. It’s disengenuous to criticize anyone for breaking rules which are actually not in effect. I…

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Alberta Parks update

March 27 @ 10 pm I know this is already old news, but below is what was posted on the Live Grooming Reports and goes into effect at midnight tonight. “Vehicle access is temporarily suspended at access points to Alberta’s provincial parks and recreation areas for recreation purposes until further…

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The year of Winter Wonderland

With ski season drawing to a close, it’s time to start posting my favourite photos from this past winter. This year presents a challenge because I have so many great pictures. It’s been the best winter for conditions in the 12 years that I’ve been running this blog. 

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“Albertans can go outside”

“Going outside and being active should be encouraged.” – Dr Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health. “As long as they take proper precautions while around others, Albertans can go outside for some fresh air, even while self-isolating.” If you go skiing, remember the social distancing protocol of staying…

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More closures. Grooming updates

Update Mar 24 from Parks Canada:  “The Agency is temporarily suspending all motor vehicle access by visitors at all national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas effective 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, until further notice. All visitor services remain suspended and all visitor facilities remain…

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An outhouse that’s open!

March 22, 2020 Chuck took the above photo at the Cascade Valley trailhead today, better known as the Lake Minnewanka parking lot. Chuck remarked, “NB Line Ups at the trailhead outhouses, but they are open and hand sanitizer available.” See all Chuck’s photos.  Confederation golf course is now closed

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