PLPP update

For those who are new around here, PLPP = Peter Lougheed Provincial Park in Kananaskis Country.

There’s about 8-10 cm of snow on Elk Pass. As you can see in the photos, the trail is seeing some activity, with skier tracks, snowshoe tracks, and snowmobile tracks. 

Elk Pass trailhead

I’m surmising the snowmobile went on an exploratory trip to see how much snow is on the trail. It made an out-and-back, so only a narrow section in the middle of the trail is packed. I imagine the snow depth increases with elevation. 

Someone skied on Pocaterra today

The good news is that it was snowing at 4 pm and the various forecasts are predicting anywhere from 1 cm to 7 cm. I don’t know if 7 cm would be enough to do any grooming. 

I wasn’t about to take any risks, so I didn’t even take skis along with me today. 

Pocaterra trail at the hut has about 4 cm of snow. The tracks indicate a skier was doing some early-season rock skiing today. 

Nothing’s open yet. The Pocaterra Hut is closed, as is the PLPP Discovery Centre. 

Ski Coaches Wanted

XC Bragg Creek is looking for coaches. Practices are Tuesday and Friday evenings in West Bragg and Saturdays in West Bragg or Canmore (snow dependant). Contact Flora

Foothills Nordic Ski Club is currently recruiting coaches for the upcoming ski season!  All positions are based at Confederation Park Golf Course, Calgary. Click for details. 


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  1. Snow station at mud lake reads 39 cm this morning, so about 10 cm overnight from this windy storm.

    • I’m not sure if this is the right place for this post, but I’ve long suspected that you, MaSid, might actually be Sid Marty (hope I’m not blowing your cover!). Since I don’t know how else to get in touch with you, I’d like to share the following excerpt from an e-mail I received from someone I met recently:

      “During our chat, you mentioned Sid Marty’s book, The Black Grizzly of Whiskey Creek and this is why I write. I wish to thank you for that recommendation. I finished it a few days ago and wow it was a good read. I’m still digesting it. I don’t recall anything of its content although I first worked in Banff two years after these events. Nevertheless, it reminded me of home and my early days in Banff and it brought back memories of my own encounters.

      While I guessed the book would end badly; what a roller-coaster between the needs/well-being of man and that of the bear(s). I admit I was for the Grizzly as I read and I sobbed at the description of his tortured death. I thought I’d share my experience with you as one who had also read it and made the recommendation. And so I hope you don’t mind that I send you this note of thanks.”

      • No cover blown at all. A case of mistaken identity, and much lighter grizzly stories. (-:

        • OK. Sorry about that. Still, it’s a great book about the history and relationship between us and the bears here in Banff. Worth reading.

      • I actually lived in Banff at the time of the book. The last person attacked was living on my couch at the time . His story is probably the most harrowing of all as he described the sound of his skull cracking in the jaws of this powerful animal. The town of Banff was gripped in fear and the taxi companies made a fortune.

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