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1 Glenna May 24, 2015 at 8:27 am

Greetings Skier Bob! Hubby and I think you should start up a hiking blog and then we would have a place to let people know we found a brand new pair of hiking poles on Saturday May 23 on the Moose Meadows trail. If the owner can discribe them we would love to return them!

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2 Jill February 2, 2015 at 2:21 pm

Hi there, I was told to put an inquiry out to you as you have many connections in the cross country ski world. I was at the Lake Louise Ice Festival on January 25 with my family. I did a quick ski loop on the lake early in the day. At the end of the day, we packed up all our gear and did one last stop at the public washroom in the main parking lot by the Chateau Lake Louise. I stuck my skis and poles in the snow bank out front. When I came out, I grabbed a pile of our gear (kids and dog require lots of gear!) and was completely oblivious to the fact that my poor skis were left behind in the snow bank! I have called Lost and Found and the chateau and Parks Canada who has also passed the info on to local RCMP. Still no sign of them. However, a colleague said to contact you in case someone out there sees this and has an idea where my skis may have ended up. They weren’t fancy, but they were functional and comfortable. They were cross country skate skis, royal blue color and the poles were white with neon colored pattern near the handles. Just passing it on to as many people as I can in case they turn up! Thanks for passing this along!

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3 Liz O December 10, 2014 at 7:22 am

Hi Bob, wondering if you can help with a CNC question. I’m trying to make sure I go to ski on quieter weekends as I’m now skiing mostly with a chariot/small passenger. Is there a definitive list anywhere of what events are on at CNC? Many thanks, Liz

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4 Bob Truman December 10, 2014 at 7:46 am

Their upcoming events are always listed on this page a week or two in advance: http://www.albertaparks.ca/canmore-nordic-centre/advisories-public-safety/trail-report.aspx

You could try contacting the CNC directly and ask if they have a more comprehensive list of upcoming events.

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5 Liz O December 10, 2014 at 8:28 am

Thanks Bob!

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6 Grant May 4, 2014 at 11:25 am

Elk Lake parking lot at 11 am on May 3 to top of Hydroline and back was pure heaven made of dry powder and temperatures just above freezing. Snow continually falling gently making a fantasy ski through pristine white virgin snow of 4-6″ depth. Beautiful.

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7 Glenn April 21, 2014 at 8:31 am

Had a good ski up Skogan Pass Sunday April 20 but lost my Volvo key about 30 meters from the pass. Would appreciate hearing from anyone who finds it. Cell: +1 403 604 8537.

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8 Henry March 13, 2014 at 8:45 am

Hey Bob, did you catch that amazing 1k sprint final by Brian McKeever and Graham Nishikawa?
Snow conditions looked tough to wax for, but the Canadian techs got it spot on.

Yes, I PVR’d it and watched it last night. Brian is sure giving us xc fans something to cheer about.

Being the cynic, do you think the Russian stepped on his pole on purpose to help his teamate? -Bob

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9 Liz February 16, 2014 at 6:23 pm

Hi Bob, do you have any insights you can share with your readers about how best to catch up with the cross country action from the Olympics? We have been watching lots of events using CBC On demand, but bizarrely there is no cross country or biathlon listed – every other sport but! Have we missed a trick here?

Here are a couple links which might help:

You can get a full replay of all the events here: http://olympics.cbc.ca/cross-country/index.html (Scroll down; under each event there’s a link “Full replay”)

This is a replay of the men’s relay: http://olympics.cbc.ca/videos/live/video/cross-country-skiing-men-4×10-classic-relay-finals-webcast.html -Bob

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10 doug belfry January 22, 2014 at 5:42 pm

There’s no info about West Brag Creek on this site. There’s just stuff that I can get anytime. If I new if West Brag Creek got some snow to day I would make the drive from out here near Strathmore and ski it all night. I won’t know anything unless the groomers report to Barier lake.

Is there anyone that I could call out there for info?

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11 Bob Truman January 22, 2014 at 5:55 pm

Hi Doug,

There’s information on the Trip Reports about West Bragg Creek that you can’t get anywhere else. Perhaps you should politely ask if any readers have been out there. While you’re at it, lose the attitude.

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12 Tom January 23, 2014 at 1:51 am

If you make a donation to the Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association Ski Committee they will E-mail you up-to-date ski grooming reports within 12 hours of any grooming that they do. For further info go to http://www.braggcreekski.org .

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13 Kat November 15, 2013 at 11:28 am

Hi!

Just wondering if anyone saw a young wolf on November 11th on the 1A coming out of Banff? A few people were stopped and we werent entirely sure if it was a dog or a wolf.

Thanks!

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14 Henry November 5, 2013 at 8:13 am

Bob, I’ve finished my compilation of screen snapshots from the PLPP Visitors Centre webcam. This shows how the water drained out of the meadow over the course of four months. I can’t believe that it took that long !

Perhaps your blog readers may find it interesting or entertaining.

I wish you and your followers a great ski season.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w60VatqtHz0

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15 Georgina January 22, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Henry-
That is super cool. Thanks for your efforts with such a intriguing project. Not sure if you have shared it with the PLPP Visitor Center staff, but I am sure they would find it amazing! Great work!

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16 Henry January 23, 2014 at 7:25 am

Thanks Georgina. I’m glad that you liked it.
Cheers.

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17 RichieRich September 25, 2013 at 10:24 am

Anyone know anything about Bearberry XC ski trails NW of Sundre?

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18 RichieRich September 19, 2013 at 2:03 pm
19 Henry March 5, 2013 at 5:25 pm

And I need to further commend you further Bob for your most recent photos of the CNC. I had a chance to see it from the parking lot in September, and your photos really bring it to life. I love how it is all set along the side of Mt. Rundle.
Calgary area xc skiers are lucky indeed !

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20 Michel March 4, 2013 at 7:22 am

I see someone already beat me to it! I really like the top banner photo. Good job!

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21 Henry March 5, 2013 at 5:23 pm

And I missed the part where Bob used the Swedish blue and yellow for his name. Well done.

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22 Henry March 4, 2013 at 7:17 am

That’s a superb photo you’ve got up as the banner today – Hydroline trail I assume. It makes me want to be there !

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23 GordN January 25, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Please “sticky” your favorite PLPP route. I can never find it when I want to!

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24 Dmitry January 20, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Hello Bob,
I am planning to come to Calgary 2 weeks from now and I’d like to do some X-contry skiing. It seems I can’t find a link with
a) map of trail locations (except for Canmore)
b) places where I can rent X-country skies for couple days (except the same Canmore)
I would very appreciate if you can point where I can find this information.
Thank you in advance,
Dmitry

I don’t know of any listing of rental shops, but here are are a few:
Banff Snowtips
Kananaskis Village: Kananaskis Outfitters
Lake Louise: Wilson’s

For maps and trail locations, look on the Main menu under “Resources-Maps” which gives links to various maps and trail locations. -Bob

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25 Rose January 30, 2013 at 10:58 am

In the city of Calgary, I know XC gear can be rented at Norseman and at the university’s Outdoor Centre, probably at Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC) as well.

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26 Jim December 29, 2012 at 10:14 am

Great outing on the Brewster trail yesterday (28th) – conditions were excellent, well groomed track, and we see from Bob’s blog that we just missed some excitement with a Cougar in the area. Thinking back, we did notice Cougar tracks on the Healy Creek trail when we first set out but they quickly trailed off into the woods. It was a pleasure meeting Bob on the trail – some good advice on other trails to explore.

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27 cka November 23, 2012 at 4:28 pm

The Cascade Fire Road was track set this morning and it is fantastic. Thank you to Don Gorrie from Parks Canada for a great start to the season!

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28 CKA November 20, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Nov. 21, 2012 – 4pm – The Moraine Lake Road has received at least 25 cm. One uphill track is set. Sticky snow coming downhill. As temperatures cool it should be fabulous. Parks was working on alternative tracks, keeping them packed and ready for more snow! Unless it gets really warm, we are set for the season.

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29 Martin November 17, 2012 at 9:05 am

Hi Bob, regarding charging for xc in Peter Loughheed pp, I often ski on Saturday and last season PLPP was not groomed on Saturdays I broke trail on many days through significant new snow. I would not be happy paying to ski on such days.

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30 Jan November 15, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Hi Bob,
Are trip reports from last winter available anywhere on your site?
Thanks for your continued great x-c ski resource!
Jan

They’re here: http://skierbob.ca/trip-reports-archive/ -Bob

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31 Jan November 16, 2012 at 10:14 pm

The link above or from the Trips Reports takes us to a ‘Page not found’ webpage with the heading ‘You 404’d it. Gnarly, dude’.
Any suggestions?

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32 Jennette November 14, 2012 at 9:14 am

Hey Bob,We met you last year in bragg creek. We were thinking of going to chester lake this weekend, We will be pulling a double chariot, could you recommend anywhere besides lake louise that would be good to go this weekend with little ones. Really want to get out in the snow.
Thanks
Jennette :)

The Chester Lake trail has a very steep hill which would be a challenge if you’re pulling a chariot. It sounds like the snow coverage is pretty good there. I haven’t seen Elk Pass since the recent grooming but it probably still has a few hazards. Lake Louise is probably still the best bet unless we get a big snowfall in the next two days. -Bob

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33 terri November 12, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Hi Bob,
I went to Chester Lake yesterday. It was my first bc ski trip. The trip was fine but the descent was narrow and icy. Do you know of a better – wider trailed gentle trail for someone that wants > exercise but < scare?
Terri

Check the suggestions on the backcountry page http://skierbob.ca/backcountry-2012-2013/ -Bob

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