Proposed Rockyview/Calgary XC Ski area

April 5, 2017

This was sent to me today by Greg Foord: HELP! I have Identified a plot of land owned by MD Rockyview on the western boundary of the city on 101 street west that would be most suitable for a XC ski area.  Administration from the MD has indicated enthusiasm for this project but approvals are […]

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The winter of 2016 – 2017; One million readers!

April 3, 2017
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Someone who logged in on March 31 was our one-millionth visitor!    Ray’s weather report motivated me to start working on a year-end review.

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Caption this photo of the Redearth Creek avalanche

April 2, 2017

Chuck took this photo today of Jeannette staring at the wall of snow which is blocking her path on Redearth Creek. My caption would be… ….and dinner is waiting for me at Shadow Lake Lodge!

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The year of the deep freeze

April 1, 2017

I don’t know about you but I like looking at statistics. One of our regular trip reporters, Ray Perrott, is a collector of data and puts it in an easily readable form for us. I started skiing in 1997, and I don’t remember a winter with so many cold days, and this report from Ray proves […]

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PLPP mixed results

March 30, 2017
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-Kim(L) and Brian at the top of the Elk Pass hill- Update Sat Apr 1: Trails groomed last night/yesterday: Whiskey Jack, Packers, and Upper Pocaterra in PLPP. Moraine Lake road at Lake Louise.

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Changes coming to West Bragg Creek

March 28, 2017

Alberta Parks is upgrading West Bragg Creek Provincial Recreation Area. The parking lot will be expanded and trailhead amenities will be enhanced to address site issues. These upgrades are intended to reduce parking lot congestion

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Good conditions before 1 pm

March 26, 2017
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It’s spring and we have to be bear aware, as evidenced by the bear tracks I saw a few years ago on Tyrwhitt and Whiskey Jack. Today, those bears wouldn’t have had a chance to catch me

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Skiing possibilities on Sunday

March 25, 2017

I didn’t ski today, but we have trip reports from most of the areas where there is still some reasonably good skiing to be had. BarbBanff was excited about seeing the wolverine tracks near the Packers – Pocaterra junction in PLPP.

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Fantastic spring skiing in PLPP

March 24, 2017
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In my log book, I use the term “Best Day” reservedly and only for exceptional experiences. Today’s ski trip earned that honour, one of only five this winter.

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Lower your expectations. Spring is here

March 23, 2017
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On the other hand, maybe Alf Skrastins has it right. Read his recent backcountry trip report to get a more positive attitude on spring skiing. Most digital cameras come with a

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Satisfaction survey

March 22, 2017

Foothills Nordic Ski Club would like your feedback: Click here to complete the Satisfaction Survey Less than a year ago, Nordic ski clubs in Calgary learned that WinSport would no longer be supporting cross country skiing at Canada Olympic Park. With the generous support of Calgarians and a vibrant cross country skiing community that stepped […]

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Emerald Lake avalanche update

March 21, 2017

This photo which I took on March 9 shows the avalanche path but not the recent avalanche. This update is from the Kicking Horse Ski Club: The slide path got dropped on Sunday! We have up to 30’ of snow & debris blocking the summer walking trail. It did reach out onto the lake ice […]

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A good (birth)day at Lake Louise

March 20, 2017
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I skied for an hour on the Pipestone trails with Tessa this afternoon. Waxable skis were still working but sun-exposed areas were getting wet. I expect there will be some icy sections in the morning.

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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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Lots of “blog people” sightings today in PLPP

March 19, 2017
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-Charlie and Janice on Upper Pocaterra(near Whiskey Jack junction)- Mike, Sheila and Ross, Janice and Charlie, Ian, Heather and Bob. Nice running into everyone

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Avalanche on Redearth Creek

March 17, 2017

No sooner were Hugh and Pete commenting about avalanche danger on Lake O’Hara fire road, and I received a photo and a report re Redearth Creek. It’s very unusual to experience an avalanche on a groomed xc ski trail, but Redearth Creek is one trail where they do occur,

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SkiNationals at Canmore Nordic Centre

March 16, 2017
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-Alec MacLean and Jessica Roach from Hardwood Hills ski club in Ontario were getting in some practice at Canmore Nordic Centre today-

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Snowing in Canmore, poor driving conditions

March 16, 2017

Update 9:55 a.m: The snow has stopped and the sun is shining in Canmore. The webcams show snow-covered roads. The trails at Canmore Nordic Centre are being groomed. Thursday Mar 16 @8:20 a.m: I woke up to a huge dump of snow

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Canmore Nordic Centre

March 14, 2017
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Update: The CNC’s trail report has the following information re: closures for the Ski Nationals March 18 – 25: Closures will include Olympic, Centennial, King of Sweden, Osprey and parts of Meadowview and Coyote. 

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Snow and rain on the way

March 14, 2017

Snowfall warning in effect for: Banff Banff Nat. Park near Lake Louise Banff Nat. Park near Saskatchewan River Crossing Snowfall, with total amounts of 10 to 20 cm is expected. Heavy snow will begin overnight tonight in mountain passes and along Highway 93 near Lake Louise. 

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