Elk Pass

18K of cross-country ski heaven

January 21, 2018
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I started climbing Whiskey Jack on perfect new tracksetting at 11:15 a.m. The air temperature at Boulton Creek was -2°C and the snow was -6.

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Tree down on Elk Pass

January 19, 2018

Update Sat Jan 20 @ 9:05 a.m: Adam has informed us the tree has been cleared. MaSid took this photo of the deadfall on Elk Pass today and remarked,

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Heads up on Elk Pass/Hydroline and Mt Shark

January 18, 2018

If Chuck’s report and photos of Mt Shark have enticed you, along with tonight’s tracksetting, to head over there on Friday, be aware that Spray Lakes/Smith Dorrien road south of Canmore will be closed for avalanche control

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Tyrwhitt snow elves

December 27, 2017
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Your imagination can conjure up all sorts of things for the odd shapes which line the trail as you ski up Tyrwhitt from the Pocaterra/Lookout junction.

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A Blueberry best day

December 8, 2017
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For skiers willing to brave the first 1.3K of nasty, cold wind on Elk Pass, you were rewarded with new tracksetting and fantastic conditions on Elk Pass and Blueberry

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Magic carpet ride

December 6, 2017
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Today’s snow would qualify as “Steppenwolf” quality.  Wow! I don’t think I’ve ever experienced tracks so fast on Elk Pass. Even coming back on Tyrwhitt,

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South trails in PLPP

December 1, 2017
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I checked out Elk Pass, Tyrwhitt, Hydroline and Patterson in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park today. I didn’t go on the Kananaskis Fire Lookout trail, but if

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Hugs, everybody!

November 27, 2017
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-The hugging tree on Elk Pass- Elk Pass was in great shape today, and I made a point of getting a photo of Georgina’s hugging tree.

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Spectacular day on Elk Pass and Blueberry Hill

November 25, 2017
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-Mary at the top of the big hill. She had already been to the end of Elk Pass when I met her.- It was like Christmas morning

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To the top of Elk Pass on new tracksetting

November 18, 2017
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-Charlotte is enjoying the excellent conditions on Elk Pass- It was exciting to wake up and read on the PLPP Live Grooming report that Elk Pass was trackset.

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Elk Pass is groomed and trackset

November 17, 2017
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Hearing rumours of a big snowfall, I made an exploratory trip into PLPP(Peter Lougheed Provincial Park) this afternoon. At the first checkpoint there was 25 cm of snow at Pocaterra Hut.

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Typical spring skiing – 20% slower

April 6, 2017
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In mid-winter on cold snow, I can ski the Tyrwhitt loop at an average speed of 9 km/H on my waxable skis. Today, with waxless skis(zeros), on wet snow, I averaged 7.3

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PLPP mixed results

March 30, 2017
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-Kim(L) and Brian at the top of the Elk Pass hill- Update Sat Apr 1: Trails groomed last night/yesterday: Whiskey Jack, Packers, and Upper Pocaterra in PLPP. Moraine Lake road at Lake Louise.

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Lower your expectations. Spring is here

March 23, 2017
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On the other hand, maybe Alf Skrastins has it right. Read his recent backcountry trip report to get a more positive attitude on spring skiing. Most digital cameras come with a

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Skiing at its best!

March 2, 2017
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I can hardly stand all this winning! I thoroughly enjoyed the best ski trip of the winter today. Perfect conditions everywhere. I live for days like this! Keith Bagnall has submitted today’s update

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Found it!

January 28, 2017
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-Kelli and her crew from Edmonton on Tyrwhitt- I was tempted by all the great reports to head west to Emerald Lake, where I haven’t been this winter, but

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Ski Patrol to the rescue

January 8, 2017
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-Ski Patrollers Dave and Jessica on Whiskey Jack- Every time I climb Whiskey Jack I feel like I need rescuing. Fortunately today, the encounter with the Ski Patrollers

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Friday night potpourri

January 6, 2017

  We have lots to talk about and I barely even need to mention my ski trip because WillSki did the job for me with great photos, too. I will post a few more photos in the gallery at the end of this update. I used to call it the Tyrwhitt Loop,

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18K of Cross-country ski heaven

December 30, 2016

Fantastic and beautiful. I’m thrilled to say this day has finally arrived! I skied the Tyrwhitt loop for the first time this season on wonderful conditions, but wait! It will be even better tomorrow as Jody was grooming the 20 cm of fresh snow on Elk Pass.

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PLPP Grooming Update

December 30, 2016

Update Dec 30 @9:35 a.m: The Live Grooming Report has been fixed and now shows the trails which were groomed/trackset last night. Update from Tracksetter Jody on Friday, Dec 30 @ 2:04 a.m:

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