Unusual to see this Jeff at Lake Louise

January 7, 2015

Most of you will recognize Kananaskis tracksetter Jeff. He’s at Lake Louise, grooming trails for the race on the 15th. Now there are three Jeffs doing tracksetting at Lake Louise! Thanks to Druh Farrell for the tweet. You can see her original

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Stormy day update; New contest

January 6, 2015

I’m pretty sure I know where I’ll be tomorrow. The Banff trail report indicates that Goat creek was trackset today. If memory serves me, we had about a one-week window where conditions were good in early December, then the meltdown / needlemania / ice storm came.

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Remarkable conditions on Pocaterra

January 5, 2015
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-Pocaterra trail near the hut- They’re gone! The pine needles and tree debris were nowhere in sight today, just untainted fresh snow and excellent tracks.

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Canmore Nordic Centre

January 4, 2015
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Paul Moore tweeted this today: “A frigid day on the ski trails is better than a warm session indoors on the bike or treadmill. Any day. Get bundled up and get outside.” For me, the most difficult exercise at a gym is opening the front door.

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Sunday morning update

January 4, 2015

For those who can’t access it, the temperature on the PLPP webcam says -19, which probably means -23. My thermometer in Canmore says -23. I don’t see any movement from the towering spruce trees around here, so hopefully

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Saturday morning update

January 3, 2015

Here in Canmore, it doesn’t look very pleasant outside. Temperature is -20°C but there’s also a wind to make it even colder. Environment Canada lists the wind chill at -28. We received 3 cm of snow overnight. Last night in PLPP, the entire

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Canmore Nordic Centre

January 2, 2015
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-Fiona and Charlotte had already skied 2.5K on Banff trail- Significant temperature drops were occurring  this afternoon. Martin J reports a drop from -1 to -10 at Ribbon creek. The storm blew in while I was skiing

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First ski trip of the year was a good (and cold) one

January 1, 2015
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-Mark and Haley on Tyrwhitt- Like a dream come true, my favourite loop, Whiskey Jack, Tyrwhitt, and Elk pass all had new tracksetting last night.

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Boulton creek trail is inaccessible

January 1, 2015

I thought we should remind skiers about the flood damaged Boulton creek trail which is reported to be inaccessible. I have talked to many skiers this winter who have skied on Boulton creek trail, starting at Boulton creek parking lot or Boulton Bridge day use and they all say the same thing: Nightmarish, horrible conditions.

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Emerald Lake Lodge contest photos

December 31, 2014
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-Emerald Lake Lodge Contest entry submitted by Jim Wiebe- I feel like I’m the winner of this contest every year because of the magnificent photos and comments

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First time on New Pocaterra, Meadow, Woolley

December 30, 2014
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I waited ’til 1:30 pm, but the temperature at the PLPP Visitor Centre was still -15°C. When I mentioned

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XC Darwin award

December 30, 2014
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The Darwin Awards salute the improvement of  the human genome by honoring those who accidentally remove themselves from it… Darwin Awards. There’s a warning

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Last chance

December 30, 2014

If you haven’t skied in December, you’ve only got two more days. You’ll have some freshly trackset trails on which to do it, and it’s going to warm up today. If you’re a beginner skier who just received new skis for Christmas, you may benefit from

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First time on Wheeler

December 28, 2014
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-Susan and Spencer at the Pocaterra / Lynx junction- I overcame my fixation with skiing the south trails in PLPP and enjoyed an 18K loop

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Something new at Pocaterra(besides new snow)

December 28, 2014
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-Conditions on Pocaterra trail are improving with new snow. This photo was taken at the trailhead by the hut-

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Redearth creek

December 27, 2014
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-Stewart and Tyler were at the Lost Horse creek bridge- I met up with two young men from Florida who were on foot,

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Photos from readers

December 27, 2014

We’ve had many reports from various skiers about the territorial grouse on Pocaterra, and this report came in yesterday from Simon:

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Boxing day bliss

December 26, 2014
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-Skiers had fast tracks and beautiful scenery on Elk pass today- Before I tell you about our outstanding ski trip in PLPP, let’s take a look at some other business.

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Christmas dinner on Terrace trail

December 25, 2014

Update Dec 26 @ 9:45 a.m.: Kananaskis Public Safety advised me this morning the carcass was moved and Terrace trail remains open to skiers.  I learned from my experiences many years ago with the Central Rockies Wolf Project that when you

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Tracksetting update

December 25, 2014

I was surprised to see that Pocaterra from the hut to Lynx was trackset last night. Two cm of snow must have been enough for the crews to work with. The base, previous to the snow, was bullet-proof. Check the Live Grooming Report for PLPP

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