“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

An outhouse that’s open!

March 22, 2020

Chuck took the above photo at the Cascade Valley trailhead today, better known as the Lake Minnewanka parking lot. Chuck remarked, “NB Line Ups at the trailhead outhouses, but they are open and hand sanitizer available.” See all Chuck’s photos. 

Confederation golf course is now closed

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Sunday update


The photo from Chuck shows the unique three-print diagonal tracks of a wolverine. See all Chuck’s photos from his L’il Pipestone Cabin trip yesterday.

West Bragg Creek: “3 cm of snow overnight has been track set on core trails. Get out and get it while you can and remember to be thoughtful of others by keeping 2m of social distancing, and stay home if you are displaying symptoms of COVID -19.” Continue reading

A skier is born!

Thanks to Steve Riggs for the photo and this report from West Bragg Creek…

“We took our 4 year old granddaughter to WBC after lunch for her first time on real skis (not the strap onto snowboot kind). Good fun, she had a great time! We didn’t get far, but found that our waxless fishscales and skin skis worked pretty well. REALLY busy out there- just like before the new parking lot was built, with cars lined up along the road. After circling the main lot fruitlessly for a while, we ended up squeezing into the equestrian parking. So, if grooming really is done for in the Kananaskis Valley- maybe Alberta Parks will have to look at further expanding the parking at WBC. So much for saving money.” Continue reading

Who made these tracks?

Studying the animal tracks on Tyrwhitt

Update: Our expert tracker, Barb Banff, thinks they are wolverine. 

The animal tracks running for a couple kilometres along Tyrwhitt were causing a lot of consternation among the skiers today. We’ve heard on the trip reports that they could be bear tracks, but it would have to be an awfully small bear. Continue reading

Friday update

West Crystal Line on Mar 19. Photo by Alf Skrastins

Please check the Trip Reports for first-hand accounts of the trail conditions from skiers who were on the trails yesterday. Unusual for this time of year, Sheila found reasonably good snow at Sandy McNabb: snowmobile packed, skier-tracked, virus-free. 

The Kananaskis Live Grooming Reports are functioning again. Continue reading