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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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Consequences: the rest of the story

November 27, 2017

I’ve accepted the apology(on behalf of all xc skiers who were affected by this incident) and expect behaviors to change, but why does it take such extreme situations to make people aware of

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Fat bikers causing mayhem on Blueberry Hill

November 25, 2017
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-How many rules are being broken in this photo of Blueberry Hill?- Considering I often ski alone, late in the day, and in extremely cold weather, I’ve always

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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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New tracksetting in PLPP

November 25, 2017

The Live Grooming Report indicates some new grooming in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park: Nov.25: Elk Pass, Blueberry Hill, Hydroline and Paterson all groomed and trackset with the exception of Elk Pass until you get to the Hydroline junction. The trails should be very fast over the next few days with new heavy snow packing down and […]

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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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Ending on a positive note

April 17, 2017
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What a lovely day it was as I set out one last time to ascend Whiskey Jack. Last night’s tracksetting looked fantastic and inviting. I enjoyed the climb with excellent grip

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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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Good conditions before 1 pm

March 26, 2017
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It’s spring and we have to be bear aware, as evidenced by the bear tracks I saw a few years ago on Tyrwhitt and Whiskey Jack. Today, those bears wouldn’t have had a chance to catch me

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Fantastic spring skiing in PLPP

March 24, 2017
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In my log book, I use the term “Best Day” reservedly and only for exceptional experiences. Today’s ski trip earned that honour, one of only five this winter.

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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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Lots of “blog people” sightings today in PLPP

March 19, 2017
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-Charlie and Janice on Upper Pocaterra(near Whiskey Jack junction)- Mike, Sheila and Ross, Janice and Charlie, Ian, Heather and Bob. Nice running into everyone

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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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Snowing at Pocaterra

February 22, 2017
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It’s almost the end of February and I had yet to ski the first 4K of Pocaterra this winter. I’ve been on Upper Pocaterra many times but had not started a ski trip from the hut.

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Something for everyone: heavy snow and bright sunshine

February 19, 2017
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-Nice conditions on Upper Pocaterra- 8 – 10 cm of new snow had accumulated on Tyrwhitt and it was still coming down. Later, when I skied down Pocaterra, the sky was blue

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