Guess the trail

June 24, 2016
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Does anyone know which trail this picnic table is beside? I came across it while riding my bike in Banff National Park a couple days ago.

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Wild flowers on Pigeon Mountain

June 20, 2016
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Summer is officially here and today was the longest day of the year. Starting tomorrow, the days get shorter and in four-and-a-half months we get snow again! 🙂

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Wild flowers at Bow Valley Provincial Park

June 19, 2016
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Wildflower season is in full swing at Bow Valley Provincial park. Here are a few photos from the Many Springs trail which were taken on Friday June 17.

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Marble Canyon

June 14, 2016

We went to Marble Canyon in Kootenay National Park yesterday(June 13), which is an easy but extraordinarily beautiful hike. In addition to the usual sights, there was a “feature” which isn’t normally present. Can you spot it in the above photo?

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How much water is on this hike?

June 9, 2016

Question from Mike: I’m heading on out on a back country hike. We are starting at shark mountain trail head and heading to Bryant creek, from there I’m heading over the Allenby pass to Banff cave and basin. I’m wondering if there is enough water stops along the way

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Ghostly images at Johnson Lake

June 3, 2016
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Was it an apparition or my imagination? I’ve hiked around Johnson Lake many times but until today, I didn’t know about Billy Carver’s mysterious cabin. The Banff Squirrel tweeted a photo of the cabin with an apparition in the window.

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Moraine Lake Road…open for the summer

May 25, 2016

Chuck is usually the first one to ski Moraine Lake road in early November, so it’s only fitting that he is also the first to drive it in the summer. Not only that, but he hiked to Eiffel Lake and Sentinel pass. Still a fair bit of snow up there as you can see in his photos.

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Red Rock Coulee

May 5, 2016
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Nature photographer Robert Berdan states on his website that “It offers one of the most unusual landscapes you will see anywhere and if there wasn’t any grass you could just as well be visiting Mars.”

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Can you spot the rattlesnake?

May 5, 2016

Neither could I, and I almost stepped on it. It surprised me when I heard the distinctive warning rattle. It did not strike out. I’ll post some close-ups later, along with some interesting photos of wild

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Early season biking conditions on Goat creek, High Rockies

May 2, 2016
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Goat Creek is one of my all-time favourite trails, and May 1st is the earliest I’ve ever biked it.

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The wolf killers of Elk Pass

April 25, 2016
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Cowardly, insecure, inadequate men with expensive snowmobiles and weapons lookin’ to kill trophy wolves. Wow, they must be proud!

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First hike on the Highline trail at Canmore

April 19, 2016
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Amazing conditions for this time of year. Tessa and I were surprised at how dry the trail was.

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Chuck says Lake O’Hara is still a go

April 14, 2016

Trip Report from Chuck submitted on April 13: “With 3 cms of fresh velvety snow on top of a solid base, Lake O’Hara was a great choice today.” Chuck thought he saw a grizzly

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One last chance

April 10, 2016

Sunday Apr 10 @ 8:30 a.m: PLPP tracksetter Jody groomed a number of trails in the south end last night including Elk Pass, Tyrwhitt, Blueberry Hill, and Hydroline. Jody reports the temperature at Elk Pass this morning is -1, and there was a bit

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Spring skiing at its best

April 7, 2016
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I feel blessed to have been able to ski the Tyrwhitt loop one more time on surprisingly good conditions. After seeing this morning’s Live Grooming Report, I couldn’t resist.

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Do you believe in climate change?

April 6, 2016

“Predicting disaster can be a profitable business and a path to speech-making celebrity.” Despite getting off to a great start this winter, we’ve experienced two consecutive ski seasons where the snow has not been “what we could expect”

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Kevin is almost at 20,000K

April 3, 2016

(I was thrilled to get this email from Kevin. I remember the day well. It was cold and the snow and tracksetting were marvelous.) Skier Bob: We met on Sunday November 29 in the Ribbon Creek parking lot. I’m one of the “three amigos” from Downtown Nordic in Winnipeg. I’m the one with the mess […]

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Caption contest: You know it’s spring when…

April 1, 2016

What’s significant, as it pertains to spring skiing, about these photos? Add your caption in the comments. Some are obvious, like the girl skiing in a tank top,

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Elk Pass for the final time

March 30, 2016
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I thought 10:30 a.m. was early, but it wasn’t early enough. In fact, I don’t know if it even froze last night.

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PLPP north

March 29, 2016
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I hadn’t skied Lodgepole and Braille yet this winter, so when I saw they were groomed last night, I headed there today.

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