Whiskey Jack

Ski Heaven in PLPP

March 25, 2018
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Conditions on the new tracksetting were spectacular. Today’s skiing was as close to perfection as you’ll ever find, and everyone I met was echoing those

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Winter’s end

March 19, 2018
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Spring officially starts tomorrow(Tues Mar 20) at  10:15 a.m. but you wouldn’t know it if you were in PLPP today.  There was 5-10 cm of new snow

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PLPP south trails

February 1, 2018
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Thanks to Jean-Francois Richy(pictured above) for this report regarding trails in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park:

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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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Packers is safe to descend

January 5, 2018
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The four skiers in the above photo had just descended Packers and were still smiling.  I skied Packers and a few other trails in the middle of Peter Lougheed

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The best Christmas present…

December 24, 2017
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… is new tracksetting on Pocaterra! Excellent conditions on last night’s tracksetting between Lynx and Packers, good conditions between the hut and Lynx.

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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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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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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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PLPP middle and north

January 4, 2017
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When I read that MaSid was going to Elk Pass to work on his couch, I was thinking it would be a good day to do some exploring and tracking.

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First ski in PLPP

December 9, 2016
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-Upper Pocaterra. Just look at that fantastic grooming and tracksetting!- The lack of snow is quite evident while driving out, and upon reaching the trailhead at Boulton Creek.

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