Thank you for all the comments on the previous post, I appreciate all the compliments. It tells me once again that xc skiers are kind and generous. It feels good to know the blog has been helpful to so many people. I’m truly overwhelmed with Janice Perry’s ability to create a poem for any occasion.
Accolades are in order for hard-core skiers Hugh and Helen for their trip reports on the third day of the Polar Vortex. I did a 45-minute urban ski tour at -23°C in Calgary and was amazed at how I could have such a similar experience as to being in the mountains.
I couldn’t ski out my back door like Steve Riggs, but had to drive a few kilometres to this dry storm pond where we used to walk our dog. Some skiers had already been out breaking trail in the main pond, which made for some nice and easy skiing, but I also ventured into the farmer’s barley field where I had to break my own trail in ankle-deep snow.
Not knowing what was lurking underneath the snow, I used an old pair of skis which I’ve had since the year I started skiing. I wasn’t going for speed today.
Photos which reminded me of being in the mountains:
- Double tracksetting with bootprints – similar to anyplace in the mountains
- The photo of the big hill – just like Elk Pass.
- The outdated and faded signage – just like Banff.
- Narrow trails through the forest – just like Fox Creek
- Open meadows with great views – just like Pipestone
- Friendly, happy dogs – just like West Bragg Creek
Who needs to go to the mountains when you can have the same experience so close to home!
Lake Louise: Bow River Loop; Campground Loop; Townsite; Upper & Lower Tramline.
Baker Creek to Castle Lookout.
Banff: Tunnel Mountain, Cascade Valley, Upper Bankhead.
PLPP: Amos, Meadow, Wheeler, Woolley.