Trip Reports – Sep, Oct 2017

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1 Chuck October 12, 2017 at 5:15 pm

GREAT DIVIDE – October 12

With 15 cms of new snow in our Banff backyard this morning, and knowing that it had snowed for two days in Lake Louise, I felt a certain responsibility to make a trip report for Skier Bob!
While the Moraine Lake Road is securely closed since the weekend, it appeared that Moraine Lake Lodge owners must have had to unlock the gate after having driven on the road leaving huge tracks in the fresh snow. Hikers also arrived, so I decided to avoid frustration by going on to the 1A / Great Divide.
Even on the Great Divide, there was a vehicle track past the gate, but it turned back within 100 metres. The early morning snow was cold, and temperatures stayed below zero all day. So I did get to the Great Divide. For the details, check out:!AhVZXBE7vMV7h03skx2HxkYCZbdo
And make sure to read the photo captions… for the real truth.
In summary:
“A poor day out cross country skiing… is still better than a good day in the gym”!


2 Diana Piggott October 12, 2017 at 6:40 pm

Beautiful photos!!
(they do make conditions look much better than they really were 😉 )
But yes, much better than the gym!


3 Barb Banff October 13, 2017 at 7:11 pm

So what’s the REAL SCOOP?
Snow depth ? Polling pavement! Rock Skis?



4 Chuck October 13, 2017 at 7:54 pm

Hey Barb,
As indicated in the photo album description, these were “first tracks” on the Great Divide, so I wouldn’t take skis bought last year!
Nevertheless, I did not get any gouges.
And as said, you had to be there early for adequate snow depth, and pavement was showing later.
In summary:
“A poor day out cross country skiing… is still better than a good day in the gym”!


5 Diana Piggott October 13, 2017 at 11:56 pm

We were pushing things a bit……….

Quite a lot of pavement was showing later, rock skis would have been good to have!


6 Barb banff October 14, 2017 at 8:37 am

Thanks all for ‘details’

7 MaSid October 8, 2017 at 9:17 am

Oct 7: Rockbound lake
Full on winter up there yesterday. Cold and windy at treeline. Snow started near the turn off to the silver city quartzite cliffs. About 4 inches of snow at the lakes. Tower lake is now frozen, rockbound not yet. Needles starting to fall off the larches.


8 Chuck September 22, 2017 at 8:01 pm


With the Sunshine Village Webcam showing deep snow, and realizing that the summer bus is still running, this was an opportunity not to be missed!
Staff were envious to see the first skier of the season out, and with the support of my lovely camera lady, you can see the opening conditions for yourself here:!AhVZXBE7vMV7h0Bzqg1WDM0AHgrz
Our Skier Bob Community can now be assured that current promises of a good snow year… are true!


9 Alf Skrastins September 22, 2017 at 10:55 pm

Way to go, Chuck!


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