Don’t ski here!

Briony and Lyen at Tyrwhitt/Pocaterra/Lookout junction

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. Continue reading

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 received the following email from Chuck: Continue reading

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 notice. The restrictions are in place to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

If a car is required to access a park or recreation area, these areas will not be available so make other plans. Although, walking, hiking, biking, horseback riding and off-highway vehicle use are still permitted on designated trails, access points will be limited.”

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The year of Winter Wonderland

Bill Milne Dec 24

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.  Continue reading

“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 2 metres away from others. It’s easy to do in the great outdoors. I wish people at the grocery stores were as responsible as the skiers I’ve encountered lately. Continue reading

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 closed.

This means that all parking lots, vehicle services, trails, washrooms, day use facilities, showers, visitor centres, and all camping facilities, including oTENTiks, yurts and backcountry camping, are closed until further notice. Continue reading