Birkie sneak peek

February 12, 2015

Thursday Feb 12 @ 8:16 pm: Update on Birkebeiner conditions from Tracksetter Jeff… “Hi Bob,  I am grooming up here at Cooking Lake the snow is actually pretty good. Today we had a bit of a melt but the forecast for Birkie day looks good. If anyone is skiing the race expect a bit of […]

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Don’t ski at West Bragg

February 12, 2015

Hi Bob Let people know that they shouldn’t even think about skiing at west bragg creek until the trails receive more snow. The trails are a combination of bullet proof ice, bare ground, and black snow. No tracks and I doubt a skate ski could bite into the ice even if the weather warms up. […]

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How steep is that trail, anyway?

February 9, 2015

This is a post which you might want to bookmark and use for future reference. It’s especially relevant and useful for new skiers, or when you’re considering skiing on one of these trails for the first time. You’ve read Ray Perrott’s trip reports

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The 1800-metre cut-off

February 8, 2015
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-Fiona and her brother Tadhg were skiing on the lower part of Elk Pass- There were dozens of skiers on Elk Pass today, many of them standing at the side of the trail scraping

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PLPP South trails

February 7, 2015
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These photos might tell you all you need to know. Unbelievable conditions for early February, a time when we should be enjoying the best conditions of the winter.

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Meltdown #3: Get out the waxless skis

February 6, 2015

With reference to the above Tweet, there are very few xc trails with an elevation above 2000 metres. Kananaskis Fire Lookout is about the only

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Dog-friendly Pipestone

February 4, 2015
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-Sadie the dog, Tara and Angela on the Pipestone trails- It was a good day to be at the Pipestone trails in Lake Louise

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Emerald Lake and Yoho

February 4, 2015

From all the reports I’m getting, it sounds like the trails are in great shape. This is the latest email I received from Jessica… Just a quick reminder that we will be doing a guided ski trip

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Picnic table mystery solved

February 3, 2015

I was happy to receive the official explanation by tracksetter Jody. You can read the original question, and some attempts at solving it, here: Picnic table puzzler Jody says: “There is no table lifter on this Pisten-Bully,

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Monday morning update

February 2, 2015

I’m happy to welcome Bruce Millar’s Grooming Reports for Lake O’Hara Fire Road to this blog. Bruce just sent this email: “Just back right now from grooming and tracksetting

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Without snow…where would you be now?

February 1, 2015
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Something possessed me to listen to this song recently Long Train Runnin’ and while skiing today,

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Picnic table puzzler

January 31, 2015

We have a winner I just received an email from Norm at Lifesport. The winner of the Home Wax Set-up is Willie Bridge from Exshaw. Congratulations, Willie! ****** Thanks for all the trip reports today, and for all 224 reports

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A mystical, magical land – with snow!

January 30, 2015
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After a week of wet, icy, and needlemania conditions as a result of the recent meltdown, I was certainly counting my blessings today.

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Snow on the way

January 30, 2015

Most of the weather forecasters are predicting 4 – 6 cm of snow tonight and Saturday. Additional snow is expected on Monday. Let’s hope it materializes, and covers most of the icy trails, and allows more grooming to occur.

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Canmore Nordic Centre

January 29, 2015
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Mary beat me to the punch(speaking of drinks), but I’ll add a few comments about conditions at the Canmore Nordic Centre, and a few photos.

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Icy conditions update

January 29, 2015

There’s snow in the forecast for Saturday and Monday. The cross-country ski trails are in dire need of some new snow to mitigate the icy conditions. The Live Grooming Report from PLPP shows abnormal grooming activity last

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Margarita Pipestone

January 28, 2015
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-Fresh tracks at the Pipestone trailhead- “We went for lunch in town and came back around 12:00 hoping for some tracks. No such luck.” – Hugh Burton

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Most popular photos

January 27, 2015

Have you ever wondered which photos are the most popular with readers? No? Well, I’m searching for topics, so indulge me with this one. Always at the top of the list are the PLPP maps, so I’m not including them

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January 1950 – a month when it was too cold to ski

January 26, 2015
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They started collecting weather data for Banff in 1892. Today was the warmest ever on this date at 8.5°C.

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Shirtsleeve skiing in January

January 25, 2015
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-It’s odd to see skiers in shirtsleeves in January- Thanks for all the trip reports today. Good to see there is still some skiing to be enjoyed in this freaky weather.

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