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Helen Read replied to Karl B's post: Great Divide new snow

Delivered: Monday Jan 17, 2022 at 21:02


You wrote such a good report on Pipestone, many enjoyed it today and even arrived to a cleared parking lot. But the road up that little hill from the HWY was pretty mushy. Exercise caution everyone driving tomorrow if these mild temps freeze before the big cool down.
We had one on Madshus skins, me on Rossignol fish scales, and one on wax. Success went in same respective order.



Ulrikeski replied to Ulrikeski's post: Tree limbos in Paradise

Delivered: Monday Jan 17, 2022 at 19:49


Thanks, Helen. Yeah it's the "Gruyere" hat from a World Cup event at CNC. I doubt that Parks will be clearing all those fallen trees on the Paradise Trail soon. It's such a pretty destination.


Chuck replied to Greg Roy's post: Winter Wonderland in Pipestone

Delivered: Monday Jan 17, 2022 at 19:36


Great report Greg,
Obviously, you now have no excuse but to encourage and maybe show Helen Read how to attach photos to her reports!



SkierRoger replied to Greg Roy's post: Winter Wonderland in Pipestone

Delivered: Monday Jan 17, 2022 at 19:06


Thanks for your trip report, Greg.

Looking for many more to come!




Helen Read replied to Ulrikeski's post: Tree limbos in Paradise

Delivered: Monday Jan 17, 2022 at 16:37


Great photo of you Ulrike crawling under the big log. If I recall, that hat you are wearing is about Swiss cheese. You should send them the photo, with the caption, " I'd crawl on my knees in deep snow for some of that cheese. " Emmenthal perhaps?


Sara M replied to Sara M's post: Assiniboine Pass

Delivered: Monday Jan 17, 2022 at 10:59


Democracy- She definitely was not having fun on that section! But the trip was her idea, so she only has herself to blame :)
Good to hear about Brewster, I'll add it to the list. More places to ski than I have days off...



Chuck replied to Chuck's post: CASTLE JUNCTION Trail # 3 and East on the Loppet route

Delivered: Monday Jan 17, 2022 at 10:13


Yes Tanya, we skied EAST from the Hostel parking lot on the #3 trail.
I realize that many people are not aware of this location, so that is why I even included a map showing our route as my last photo.
And yes, this year the loppet has been further shortened to just Castle Junction due to issues with their sled. But you can still go east 3.2 km where the grooming stopped.
I am including a link for the updated loppet info. Interesting that their cover photo is of Trail #3 which is actually not part of this years loppet!

Lake Louise to somewhere loppet site



Tanya K replied to Chuck's post: CASTLE JUNCTION Trail # 3 and East on the Loppet route

Delivered: Monday Jan 17, 2022 at 09:11


Sorry Chuck, I'm totally confused. You started at the hostel and skied east from there? I didn't know there was a ski loop that went east from there. I only know of the trail going west from there heading towards the lookout. And then the small loop that goes through the campground there by the junction (but on the other side of the 1A from the hostel)

And they aren't grooming the loppet course from the junction towards Johnston Canyon are they? I just checked the website and it said the course was ending at the junction. Originally they were ending at Johnston overflow.

Thanks. I'm easily confused. ;)



coffeecup replied to Bob Truman's post: More retirements in the empire

Delivered: Monday Jan 17, 2022 at 09:08


You guys are the best!


Chuck replied to SkierRoger's post: Today’s Interview with Global News Television

Delivered: Monday Jan 17, 2022 at 07:16


...and how could I forget about the feature that I use most: Ability to Edit my own reports!



SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Today’s Interview with Global News Television

Delivered: Sunday Jan 16, 2022 at 21:15


Thanks for the very kind comments.

I’ll think about the hat suggestion, haha!



DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to Sara M's post: Assiniboine Pass

Delivered: Sunday Jan 16, 2022 at 20:42


Wow Sara,

I could not imagine your friend skiing down Assiniboine Pass on skinny race skis with skinny race boots! Last spring I blew out the screws on my one of my NNNBC bindings skiing down Assiniboine Pass on my old school Rossignol BC59 skis.

Hey, Brewster Creek has apparently been snowmobile packed. I will try to break some trail for you 2 so you can race up beyond the Sundance Warden cabin to Halfway Lodge below Allenby Pass. If my backpacking memory is any good, that should add about another 6 km or so for you to "M"aster.



Jean-Francois replied to SkierRoger's post: Today’s Interview with Global News Television

Delivered: Sunday Jan 16, 2022 at 19:54


Great Interview Roger, thanks Chuck for the photo as I don’t know Roger.
Roger you should get a specific hat such as Bob so that it’s easier to recognize you and say hello!
Many thanks for the blog.



Chuck replied to SkierRoger's post: Today’s Interview with Global News Television

Delivered: Sunday Jan 16, 2022 at 18:19


Hey Roger,
Great interview, and glad you were able to point out that your website allows pictures to be uploaded directly to your website. Other features I like is being able to Search by Area or User.
I would not have recognized you, so here is a photo that may be easier for fellow skiers to recognize you out on the trail!




Arie replied to SkierRoger's post: Today’s Interview with Global News Television

Delivered: Sunday Jan 16, 2022 at 17:09


Nice work Roger promoting our sport. You spoke with passion. Well done!


Jan replied to Chuck's post: EMERALD LAKE ALLUVIAL FAN - And... a Beer Run

Delivered: Sunday Jan 16, 2022 at 11:42


Many thanks, Chuck.


Ωman replied to SkierRoger's post: Today’s Interview with Global News Television

Delivered: Sunday Jan 16, 2022 at 09:34


Hey DaMockYourTies, skip all video ads by simply using the Brave browser



SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Today’s Interview with Global News Television

Delivered: Sunday Jan 16, 2022 at 09:04


Here is a link to the interview without the ads:
Interview without advertising


Eyesopen replied to SkierRoger's post: Today’s Interview with Global News Television

Delivered: Sunday Jan 16, 2022 at 08:33


I clicked the link and watched your interview. You're a natural! Thanks for all the work you put into the blog Roger.
It's nice to see the face behind skierroger.
Happy skiing.

Rhonda W



SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Today’s Interview with Global News Television

Delivered: Sunday Jan 16, 2022 at 08:01


The video is still up DEMOCRATIZE.
You do have to sit through a couple of advertisements first however.




Chuck replied to Chuck's post: EMERALD LAKE ALLUVIAL FAN - And... a Beer Run

Delivered: Sunday Jan 16, 2022 at 06:42


Hi Jan,
Glad to share...
I like to get my "Naramata Nut Brown Ale" in cans, which I think is only available in B.C. You can order it in at any B.C. Liquor Store, and certain ones keep it in stock. I usually get mine in Golden.
Try this link provided below, and after selecting "Where to Buy" maybe select Golden.
Stock up and it's worthwhile!

Click on "Where to Buy"


DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to SkierRoger's post: Today’s Interview with Global News Television

Delivered: Saturday Jan 15, 2022 at 22:54


I don't know if it is my computer with Windows 10 that gets worse every time it gets updated or if the gate keeper at Global TV has pulled down the video. All I get are crummy advertisements when I want to watch the video rather than the interview with Skier Roger. Time for Skier Roger to make his own videos that will be far superior to any big corporate media video. Skip the ads and use product placement instead.


aqua toque replied to Chuck's post: EMERALD LAKE ALLUVIAL FAN - And... a Beer Run

Delivered: Saturday Jan 15, 2022 at 20:56


Looks like he got it all!


Jan replied to Chuck's post: EMERALD LAKE ALLUVIAL FAN - And... a Beer Run

Delivered: Saturday Jan 15, 2022 at 20:09


Chuck, that's my favourite beer, but it's hard to find in Calgary. Are you willing to divulge your source? Thanks!


Sophie replied to Ωman's post: Elk Pass meadow tour

Delivered: Saturday Jan 15, 2022 at 18:00


The narration on the owl’s video link😂
Thanks for sharing, it’s hilarious!
Sophie




SkierRoger replied to Helen Read's post: Recon time for Full Moon Adventure tomorrow night....

Delivered: Friday Jan 14, 2022 at 21:31


This is very good news, Helen
Thanks!



Chuck replied to Karl B's post: Castle lookout to Baker Creek

Delivered: Friday Jan 14, 2022 at 21:05


Well Rhonda,
We always make it a return trip from either end… for a total of 19 km.
For instance, did you miss my report for January 9?



Eyesopen replied to Karl B's post: Castle lookout to Baker Creek

Delivered: Friday Jan 14, 2022 at 18:54


Thanks Henry and Chuck. Have either of you skied in the opposite direction from Castle Lookout?
Thx



aqua toque replied to Ulrikeski's post: Winter is not over in Lake Louise

Delivered: Friday Jan 14, 2022 at 16:53


Whew, that's great!

We we're worried there for a minute.




Diredale replied to 's post:

Delivered: Friday Jan 14, 2022 at 12:18


Give me a call at 403-993-6922. We can arrange a time.

Dave



Diredale replied to 's post:

Delivered: Friday Jan 14, 2022 at 12:14


Sure. 403-993-6922


SeanGW replied to 's post:

Delivered: Friday Jan 14, 2022 at 11:57


Any chance you’d be willing to let them go for $250? I’m able to pick up today (although admittedly, not sure how to exchange contact info on this website).



Diredale replied to 's post:

Delivered: Friday Jan 14, 2022 at 09:38


They are regular. Weight range is 176 to 209 pound according to Atomic. Would be willing to let them go at $275.00.


Chuck replied to Karl B's post: Castle lookout to Baker Creek

Delivered: Friday Jan 14, 2022 at 09:02


My GPS suggests that it is 9.5 km from Castle Lookout to Baker Creek.


HenryL replied to Karl B's post: Castle lookout to Baker Creek

Delivered: Friday Jan 14, 2022 at 08:44


Rhonda, I'm sure Karl will answer, but I was also curious and looked up approximate locations on Google Maps. It looks to be roughly 7km each way, but again, the skiers will chime in.



Eyesopen replied to Karl B's post: Castle lookout to Baker Creek

Delivered: Thursday Jan 13, 2022 at 21:50


Hi Karl,
Do you mind telling me where you parked and what the ski distance one way is? thx, Rhonda W



Helen Read replied to SkierRoger's post: Peyto, Telemark, Lake Louise Loop: Simply Divine

Delivered: Thursday Jan 13, 2022 at 21:35


Tried to post earlier but it did not work. So excite for Mary and I to meet Skier Roger and Jody on Lower Telemark Trail around 10:45 this morning. Great conditions, especially arriving later to someone else having skier tracked the new snow. -2 and maybe 0 at end. We too, found the snow at Chateau and Deer Lodge to be warmer/stickier from Upper Telemark but did not linger long up there before enjoying our descent back to GD. Skied the new grooming to west end of Lower Telemark then back to car. Saw a fat little vole both yesterday and today on two different trails. They must like these temperatures. Skate skiers, enjoy the perfect conditions to enjoy your talents, as it is all freshly groomed for you. Thanks for taking our photo Skier Roger and so nice to meet you.


SeanGW replied to 's post:

Delivered: Thursday Jan 13, 2022 at 21:24


Hi! Are these skis regular or x-stiff?


Jean-Francois replied to SkierRoger's post: Lake Louise Upper Trails Update

Delivered: Thursday Jan 13, 2022 at 21:09


Merci Roger, nice to see Nordic Pulse is being considered by Park Canada, we just have to wait and see now.

As a side note, thanks for all the work updating this very useful website. Hope you have a Skier Roger hat so that I can recognize you if we ever meet on a trail!




SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Lake Louise Upper Trails Update

Delivered: Thursday Jan 13, 2022 at 18:58


To Jean-francois, regarding your Nordic Pulse question:

Today, I received a reply from Jed Cochrane of Parks Canada, Lake Louise, Yoho, Kootenay Field Unit. Jed explained that they are aware of the Nordic Pulse system and believe it presents a great opportunity to improve the Nordic skier's experience.

They are committed to having their teams look into the feasibility of using the system. A timeline for making a decision was not provided.



SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Peyto, Telemark, Lake Louise Loop: Simply Divine

Delivered: Thursday Jan 13, 2022 at 18:04


We stayed the night in LL so had an early start to the day.

Opening temperature was about -2. About zero at noon.

Jody (fish scale skis) reports that it started to get sticky on the upper part of Peyto around noon.

For myself, I had blue wax which worked very nicely most of the day. Some minor sticking around noon also, but really quite good.

The lake trail had a bit of everything: ice, slush, water and some good sections.

Enjoy!



Donna B replied to SkierRoger's post: Peyto, Telemark, Lake Louise Loop: Simply Divine

Delivered: Thursday Jan 13, 2022 at 17:57


roger, was it sticky at LL today? Temp and waxing conditions please?



SkierRoger replied to Élaine's post: Ribbon Creek

Delivered: Thursday Jan 13, 2022 at 17:48


Ugh!


aqua toque replied to Élaine's post: Ribbon Creek

Delivered: Thursday Jan 13, 2022 at 17:04


Wibbon Windy Winter Woe!


Jean-Francois replied to SkierRoger's post: Lake Louise Upper Trails Update

Delivered: Thursday Jan 13, 2022 at 09:21


Many thanks Roger for the follow-up



Helen Read replied to Ray Yong's post: Fairview. Again. Plus a bit of Moraine Lake Road

Delivered: Thursday Jan 13, 2022 at 08:16


Next time, perhaps take a picture of the boys and the drone-totally illegal in the National Parks or Alberta Parks for that matter.


Alf Skrastins replied to Jean-Francois's post: PLPP - silky to sticky

Delivered: Wednesday Jan 12, 2022 at 21:26


Great to see Adam and Brett with those Silky pole saws! Pruning of branches that are too close to the trail corridor will greatly help with snow capture and will reduce the amount of tree drip damage to the grooming when the snow melts off of the trees.
Much appreciated!



DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to Bob Truman's post: The quest for cold snow and calm air

Delivered: Wednesday Jan 12, 2022 at 19:07


The snow does not get any cooler than at night.

Cool night shots.

The snow flakes that appear to be falling in the night shots look like twinkling stars in the ski heavens.

The night skiing shots are becoming more common on Skier Roger which is great to see.

The darkness and sensory perception in a night time skiing landscape require the skier's sensors to recalibrate which makes for a great and much different skiing experience along with an adrenaline rush if you are moving fast in a kaleidoscope snow sparkling night landscape.

What a treat to experience this when the snow flakes are twinkling in the headlamp light.



SteveR replied to SteveR's post: Powder Pandemic in Peter's Park

Delivered: Wednesday Jan 12, 2022 at 10:12


Well, at least I didn't trot out that old warhorse- Winter Wonderland :)


aqua toque replied to SteveR's post: Powder Pandemic in Peter's Park

Delivered: Wednesday Jan 12, 2022 at 08:46


It should also be mentioned that the Alliteration Hazard in the area is currently at HIGH (bad).



SteveR replied to Ray Perrott's post: PLPP - Slow and Sticky

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 11, 2022 at 20:20


Donna, we ran into a friend using skin skis on our Tyrwhitt loop, who said that the glide was bad, but he didn't mention sticking.


SteveR replied to Helen Read's post: Happiness is getting back into PLPP for first time all season!!!

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 11, 2022 at 20:11


Thanks for the trail breaking! I think we were going up as you were cruising sedately down the Elk Pass hill.


Sophie replied to SkierRoger's post: Current Conditions from Lake Louise, Upper Trails Fairmont Team

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 11, 2022 at 19:47


Thanks Roger,
Their website is confusing, it looked so good I was going to head up there tomorrow but I may reconsider.
Look what it says:

Recent tracksetting: Jan 11: Fairview; Lake Louise shorline & surface; Upper Tramline; Lower Tramline; Lower Telemark; Campground Loop; Bow River Loop; Townsite. Jan 8: Moraine Lake Road;Great Divide Road. Upper Telemark; Peyto (packed only). Jan. 7: Pipestone Loop; Hector; Drummond; Merlin.

I thought they had groomed a whole bunch today…
Sophie



Jan replied to SkierRoger's post: Current Conditions from Lake Louise, Upper Trails Fairmont Team

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 11, 2022 at 18:54


I skied Fairview CCW later this afternoon and trail was lovely...lots of fluffy powder on the downhill and trackset perfect for cruising. Saw 1 other skier going CW. Temp was -5 to start and -3 at 4:15 finish.



Sophie replied to SkierRoger's post: Current Conditions from Lake Louise, Upper Trails Fairmont Team

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 11, 2022 at 18:40


Thanks Roger,
Their website is confusing, it looked so good I was going to head up there tomorrow but I may reconsider.
Look what it says:

Recent tracksetting: Jan 11: Fairview; Lake Louise shorline & surface; Upper Tramline; Lower Tramline; Lower Telemark; Campground Loop; Bow River Loop; Townsite. Jan 8: Moraine Lake Road;Great Divide Road. Upper Telemark; Peyto (packed only). Jan. 7: Pipestone Loop; Hector; Drummond; Merlin.

I thought they had groomed a whole bunch today…
Sophie



aqua toque replied to Crusty bun boys's post: West Bragg on a blustery day

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 11, 2022 at 18:23


The CBBs in WBC! Dang, you fellas sure get around.

A crusty bun would have been perfect with the pot of Creeker Soup I found today at a random camp whilst touring around in the boonies.

CREEKER SOUP

Mode d'Emploi:

Dislodge (kick) pot and frozen contents from snow bank. (Plastic ski touring boots recommended)

Brush tree/organic debris accumulation from pot. (Optional)

Thaw.

Heat.

Serve.



Donna B replied to Ray Perrott's post: PLPP - Slow and Sticky

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 11, 2022 at 17:40


Ray, I thought fish scales were great in wet snow at temperatures like you experienced. Looking for education on this. Would skin skis have been any better?




SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Lake Louise Upper Trails Update

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 11, 2022 at 17:10


To Jean-francois Regarding your Nordic Pulse question:

I received a reply from the Lake Louise Fairmont group on this. As of recently they are taking a strong look at implementing the Nordic Pulse system. Probably fair to say that it’s still in the evaluation phase, so no promises.

No response yet from the other organizations.
I’ll let you know as I hear something more.



SkierDad replied to SkierDad's post: Kids and youth ski bindings

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 11, 2022 at 10:56


Hi jeremy. Please email me at rtjlnander@gmail.com and i can get you these two bindings. Thank you


Chuck replied to Chuck's post: SHADOW LAKE - Had to break trail to the Lake from the Lodge!

Delivered: Monday Jan 10, 2022 at 20:07


No new track setting Ulrike.
I used Jeannette's very light touring skis (59-49-55), nice and narrow but with valuable metal edges.
Glad you liked the photos, but it is the destination that is beautiful.
Enjoy another desination!



Ulrikeski replied to Chuck's post: SHADOW LAKE - Had to break trail to the Lake from the Lodge!

Delivered: Monday Jan 10, 2022 at 19:44


Hi Chuck: Beautiful photos! Was there any new tracksetting on the trail? Did you use light touring skis? Enjoy the warm weather.




JeremyN replied to SkierDad's post: Kids and youth ski bindings

Delivered: Monday Jan 10, 2022 at 19:25


Hi there. I got some broken bindings so i'll take the pilot skate and the profil classic (not the auto) bindings. Thanks


Chuck replied to Chuck's post: SHADOW LAKE - Had to break trail to the Lake from the Lodge!

Delivered: Monday Jan 10, 2022 at 19:08


Glad you asked Jean-Francois!
The Redearth Creek trail is only heavily used for the first part (4 km), by snowshoers and back country skiers... I would not recommend what they are doing...
see attached!
Looking forward to your next report.




Jean-francois replied to Chuck's post: SHADOW LAKE - Had to break trail to the Lake from the Lodge!

Delivered: Monday Jan 10, 2022 at 18:39


Thanks for the report, when you say the trail has been heavily used, folks just ski to the warden cabin? On my list for a next trip


aqua toque replied to The 13th Troll's post: Powder At West Elk Pass

Delivered: Monday Jan 10, 2022 at 14:05


Ma who? You mean somebody's mother is out there building couches?


Kris replied to gh's post: WBC Telephone CCW and outer west trails

Delivered: Monday Jan 10, 2022 at 10:18


Unfortunately GH we got to Telephone CCW later in the day Sunday. Some mountain bikers had managed to ruin the ski tracks all the way to the North intersection of Demi-Tel. They were struggling in the soft snow and also put many bootprints on the upslopes. A few kilometers further on we met walkers coming clockwise :(. Always great to ski the Telephone Loop but I fear conditions won't be great until we get another dump.



SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Lake Louise Upper Trails Update

Delivered: Sunday Jan 09, 2022 at 16:51


I think it's an excellent question Jean-francois. I too am sold on Nordic Pulse.

Allow me make some inquiries and we'll see what they say...



Jean-francois replied to SkierRoger's post: Lake Louise Upper Trails Update

Delivered: Sunday Jan 09, 2022 at 13:08


Thanks for the update Roger. Do you (or anyone else) know the reason for Chateau Lake Louise / Park canada for not using Nordic Pulse? I really like Nordic Pulse with real time information and now that Alberta Parks have added the icon on Nordic Pulse to redirect the skier to more detailed trail informations on their website, it’s just perfect.
I can hardly believe it would be a cost issue (hardware / software) to use Nordic Pulse. I was wondering if they even know that this tool exists and/or are a bit « stuck » in the way they do things….
Anyway, not a big deal, but thought it was worth knowing :)



Jean-Francois replied to Jean-Francois's post: SPRAY RIVER - GOAT CREEK

Delivered: Saturday Jan 08, 2022 at 18:19


Thanks Chuck, the temperature was -10C when I arrived at the parking lot. I was really surprised to see Park Canada grooming Goat Creek as it was groomed a couple of days ago.


Chuck replied to Jean-Francois's post: SPRAY RIVER - GOAT CREEK

Delivered: Saturday Jan 08, 2022 at 18:13


Good choice Jean-Francois,
While I might have got lucky with the temperature, you got the fresh tracksetting... Well done.



Arie replied to KenH's post: Holy heat wave

Delivered: Saturday Jan 08, 2022 at 13:49


It was crazy. While driving out to Canmore yesterday I hit the wall of warm at at Exshaw. The dashboard thermometer shot up from -21C to -9C over the span of less than a kilometre. My windows frosted up. I've encountered the same once before, a few years ago while driving into Kananaskis. Back then, right at mt. Baldy I hit the wall of warm air.


DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: ELK LAKE TRAIL

Delivered: Saturday Jan 08, 2022 at 12:33


Howdy Sara M (M for master of skiers I assume),

I was able to get a parking spot near the lodge in the afternoon. I hopped onto my skis at the car and proceed towards the lodge when I saw the mother of all COVID blockades at the edge of the parking lot near the lodge. I was shocked but immediately went "stage right" and skied around the blockade behind the lodge and by the patrol shack. Oddly ski patrols were not wearing masks upon entering or exiting the ski patrol shack.

No one has a right to stop a cross country skier to check for vaccine papers as long as the xc skier stays away from the main facilities. There is a designated trail for cross country/mountaineer skiers or backpackers to access Forty Mile Creek and no one can tell you otherwise.

I was told to drop down to the cross country trail/backpacking trail at Mystic chair by a lifty. I normally use the exit just past the Mystic Chair. That exit has orange fencing to permit safe access and to reduce crashes with downhill skiers. I used it coming back.

I did have an intention to go up Forty Mile Creek. The last time I did that years ago I accessed via a trail off of one of the Norquay downhill runs past Mystic Chair. The Norquay commandants have posted signs saying no skiing up runs so I skipped my proposed route hoping I could find the old alternative to ski up Forty Mile Creek down by the creek. No such luck- at least not a tantalizing broken trail.




CMS replied to Ulrikeski's post: Deep winter on Goat Creek Trail

Delivered: Saturday Jan 08, 2022 at 11:58


We were well behind you leaving Goat Creek, but were able to "catch" the first snowshoer, who was tromping along the ski track right out of the parking lot, and asked him to stay to the side, which he did after that. Of course, there are a few places between the TH and the park boundary where it is difficult to keep off the track.


Arie replied to Chuck's post: SPRAY RIVER & GOAT CREEK - 37 km including the return

Delivered: Saturday Jan 08, 2022 at 09:52


Hi Chuck, nice chatting with you. It sure was a winter-wonderland kinda day. With conditions like this it's bound to be busy this weekend. I do hope people get out to enjoy these fabulous conditions.


Chuck replied to Ulrikeski's post: Deep winter on Goat Creek Trail

Delivered: Saturday Jan 08, 2022 at 08:21


Great photo of you Ulrike, and the snow!



Sara M replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: ELK LAKE TRAIL

Delivered: Saturday Jan 08, 2022 at 07:34


No issues getting through Norquay? I've been avoiding that area because I thought there would be covid-related access issues similar to Nakiska.


Ulrikeski replied to Chuck's post: SPRAY RIVER & GOAT CREEK - 37 km including the return

Delivered: Friday Jan 07, 2022 at 19:59


Hey Chuck: nice to meet you and Jeannette on the trail today. Wow, you clocked 10 more km than we did. Impressive.


Johnswamp replied to CheersCP's post: Should’ve brought Gaters! Powder paradise in PLPP.

Delivered: Friday Jan 07, 2022 at 19:40


I always bring gaiters now - in 4 trrips to PLPP this season I haven’t seen an inch of set track. 4 trips to Banff have all had excellent grooming, but that’s another $145.


SteveR replied to Jean-Francois's post: KANANASKIS VILLAGE / SKOGAN

Delivered: Friday Jan 07, 2022 at 17:11


Yes, I used my metal edged light touring skis (68-55-62) with nnn-bc boots, in anticipation of laying down arcs on all that perfect corduroy. No telemarks though, Aqua- it was all parallel turns.




Jean-Francois replied to Jean-Francois's post: KANANASKIS VILLAGE / SKOGAN

Delivered: Friday Jan 07, 2022 at 15:21


Thanks Aqua Toque, at least it kept me entertained while going up!



aqua toque replied to Jean-Francois's post: KANANASKIS VILLAGE / SKOGAN

Delivered: Friday Jan 07, 2022 at 13:37


Countless multitudes have admired Steve's turns!

He's been around since the dawn of telemark.



Jean-Francois replied to Jean-Francois's post: KANANASKIS VILLAGE / SKOGAN

Delivered: Friday Jan 07, 2022 at 13:20


Hi SteveR, Yes it was me as you were the only person I met. Going up I was admiring your turns on the corduroy, do you have metal edge to be able to turn so nicely.





aqua toque replied to SkierRoger's post: West Bragg Creek Grooming Report

Delivered: Friday Jan 07, 2022 at 13:10


Love those night grooming shots!

Wonder if there's ghosts out there? Or headless skiers?




Tanya K replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: SUNDANCE LODGE STRUCTURE WARNING

Delivered: Friday Jan 07, 2022 at 10:17


Message passed on. Thanks.


SteveR replied to Jean-Francois's post: KANANASKIS VILLAGE / SKOGAN

Delivered: Thursday Jan 06, 2022 at 23:46


I'm thinking that was you going up Sunburst, as I was descending at about 1:30?


SkierRoger replied to Chuck's post: Happy Ukrainian Christmas Eve... Enjoy your Perogies!

Delivered: Thursday Jan 06, 2022 at 20:17


Merry Christmas!!


coffeecup replied to SkierRoger's post: Kananaskis Park Pass - Media Update

Delivered: Thursday Jan 06, 2022 at 15:06


Wanted to add to my comment. It is good that the volunteers groom Kananaskis parks and it looks like they are doing a wonderful job. Too bad though that Kananaskis is pay to play. What about single Mom's stretching a dollar or other less fortunate people that need to sit on a beach in the summer- for free. Its not humane. Life has enough stress & we don't live next to the ocean with lots of free beach access. We have mountain lakes and now everyone has to pay to play.



coffeecup replied to SkierRoger's post: Kananaskis Park Pass - Media Update

Delivered: Thursday Jan 06, 2022 at 14:49


I have a pass to the National Parks and that suits me fine. I don't want to contribute to the UCP either. Too bad, Kananaskis used to be close and fun and I enjoyed skiing there. Wonder what the Lougheed heirs think of what's become of their father's legacy?



Arie replied to SkierRoger's post: Kananaskis Park Pass - Media Update

Delivered: Thursday Jan 06, 2022 at 13:03


Either some of the surplus money should go towards grooming at WBC, or going to WBC should not require a K-pass. They can't have their cake and eat it too. My preference would be for the former.


DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to SkierRoger's post: Kananaskis Park Pass - Media Update

Delivered: Thursday Jan 06, 2022 at 12:55


A lot of money raised for the Kananaskis Pass is already being wasted on advertising, hiring people to check for passes and other, what I call, wasteful unnecessary spending areas. This is all being done undemocratically.

I was shocked to see at the Stoney Nation a redundant huge bill/board, that would have cost huge dollars, advertising the Kananaskis Pass. I can only imagine how the United Conservative Party (UCP) is contriving ways to spend, in unnecessary ways, the excessive amount of tax money raised with the implementation of the United Conservative Party Kananaskis entrance tax. A lot of the money will end up in the pockets of United Conservative Party supporters through your typical United Conservative Party fishy political means.

If there is any good journalists out there, perhaps they could pull up a Freedom of Information request to find out where and how the money is all being spent and report on it on a yearly basis. The amount of money raised is excessive and excessive wasteful spending will be required to get rid of it or the money will be shifted to other government areas clandestinely.

The UCP Kananaskis Pass tax sets a bad precedent in Alberta. Firstly look at the name of the pass. If the United Conservatives only "heists" tax money from locals that use Kananaskis, predominantly, then it will be a discriminatory tax. Why should predominantly Calgarians be tax penalized by the United Conservative Party to walk on crown lands in the Kananaskis when other parts of the Province are not heisted by the UCP tax for using local parks? Why should residents of Medicine Hat not be heisted by the United Conservative Party tax for walking on crown land in Cypress Hills Provincial Park? Why should the residents of Lethbridge not be heisted by the United Conservative Party tax for walking on crown land in Castle Provincial Park? Why should the residents of Edmonton not be heisted by the United Conservative Party tax for walking on crown land in Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park? And so on and so on across numerous communities and Provincial Parks across Alberta...
The Kananaskis UCP entrance tax is discriminatory. Period. The UCP are very discriminatory, particularly to the less wealthy who can not afford to pay for a UCP Kananskis tax entrance fee.

Last year the UCP wastefully put up new Provincial Park signs on highways across this province which cost millions. They built a pipeline to nowhere at the cost of billions of dollars. They have wasted many millions of dollars on useless subjective panels for their own ideological preferences only to pay out their supporters on the panels with tax dollars. They allow companies to walk away from abandoning oil and gas wells which costs Albertans tens of billions of dollars. Alberta has lowered oil royalty rates over by 43% since the Premier Klein days which has greatly affected our collective wealth- judging by government debts and the amount of money in the Heritage Trust Fund which is a joke compared to Norway's Fund. The Alberta government is subsidizing cheap oil to the Americans by shipping it to the Americans well below market value rather than adding value to it here to create more wealth for all Albertans. The UCP is subsidizing foreign oil companies by the tune of tens of billions with carbon capture. Now the United Conservative Party will be subsidizing the nuclear energy industry in Alberta with tax payers dollars and Albertans will clean up that mess as well at your expense. Yet, the United Corruption Party can not find a small fraction of wasted UCP tax revenues to fund Kananaskis Park. That is what undemocratic "political brown snow" looks like.

The Kananaskis Pass goes to support many wasteful spending sprees including buying and supporting excessively wasteful big grooming snow cats that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, guzzle huge amounts of fuel, are expensive to maintain and are very expensive to transport, when a $10,000 dollar snowmobile could provide the same trackset skiing service and be thrown in the back of a pickup truck for cheaper transport. For the capital cost of buying one $350,000 snowcat the UCP could have bought probably 35 snowmobiles. The smart thing to have done would have been to put a shipping container at various trail heads, like Watridge Lake parking lot, and keep a snowmobile and related trail gear there so that no transportation of equipment would be required in order to further "conserve" money. The trail crew member could then have just drive up to the trail head in an efficient hybrid or electric vehicle to save fuel costs, pull out some snowmobile fuel and trackset trails without wasting time loading and unloading snow cats or snowmobiles. This sort of thing is done in other jurisdictions. The United Conservative Party knows nothing about being conservative with tax dollars. They are conservative in name only. They should have been named the United Wasteful Party instead as that is what they are.

The government logs forest in Kananaskis Country and has gas developments in the region. The proceeds of the resource development revenues in the region should be directed, in part, for the use to provide universally free access to the Kananaskis as a continued part of the Alberta Advantage.

The prime reason not to keep the Kananaskis free for all is the wealthy Unitied Conservative Party supporters did not like the increased number of people using the region. The UCP devised a way to reduce the amount of people using the region by charging an entrance fee. This is keeping less wealthy Albertans out of the park for the benefit of the wealthier Albertans. This is a simple economics law. This Kananaskis UCP tax entrance fee could have been avoided in many ways but it was purposely put in to keep the the less wealthy out.

The Alberta Lottery Fund is made up of the government's share of net revenues from video lottery terminals, slot machines and ticket lotteries. These revenues total more than $1.5 billion each year, and are used to support thousands of volunteer, public and community-based initiatives annually. Without a doubt, the UCP could have utilized part of the increasing lottery fund to maintain Kananaskis as a free universal park for all Albertans. Some of the funds end up in the wrong hands as I have experienced and are wasted or stolen by private hands or private organizations.

The Government could also give every Albertan a free pass to Kananaskis and charge out of province tourists for the use of the park to generate funds, but I am not in favor of that as tourists are already spending plenty and it makes Alberta more attractive when parks are free. It is or was a part of the Alberta Advantage that the United Conservative Party is eliminating for the less wealthy.

In Norway, they have free education for anyone in the world (or at least they did a couple of years ago when I did some research). Surely we could have free entrance to the Kananaskis as Alberta is a much bigger oil and gas producer than Norway.

Nakiska ski resort, the Kananaskis Golf Course and other businesses could also be used to generate revenues in order to avoid a Kananaskis UCP tax. The government leases out Nakiska and revenues go into general revenues. They need to be redirected the revenues and perhaps the lease needs to be terminated to make way for even more revenues being directed to Kananaskis operations.

I can come up with numerous scenarios about how Kananaskis can be maintained as an Alberta Advantage universal free park for all. What we need is rule by the people in this province rather than rule by the UCP or NDP, which is a Non Democratic Party, so people like you can make the decisions. Rule by the people can easily be enacted by legalizing your right to introduce and vote on government bills (using a cell phone or other). A new Direct Democracy Party of Canada has just formed which will create great political change in the future and we need the same in Alberta so that the average Albertan can have a say on government decisions that affect your life, including taxes for walking on crown lands in the Kananaskis. This is what real democracy looks like, not the bogus fake democracy that we are sold at election time by our undemocratic government and the media.

Make Alberta A Democracy. This is the only way to reduce government corruption, lies, waste and taxes. Make way for bringing back the Alberta Advantage of free universal parks for all Albertans and so much more.




SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Kananaskis Park Pass - Media Update

Delivered: Thursday Jan 06, 2022 at 11:46


Yes, absolutely!

By the way, I’m replying via the free wifi system at Pocaterra hut right now.

The signal is very strong




HenryL replied to SkierRoger's post: Kananaskis Park Pass - Media Update

Delivered: Thursday Jan 06, 2022 at 10:41


Kudos go out to Ken and Duane and their fellow advocates for these forward looking efforts over the past 18 months.
Ken certainly doesn't need me giving him accolades, but he deserves them for not only this effort, but his life-long advocacy work in the mountains.



SkierRoger replied to Bob Truman's post: News story from CBC about last year's Kananaskis parking pass which raised $300,000

Delivered: Thursday Jan 06, 2022 at 07:52


Looks like we each clicked submit at the same time Bob.
Great minds think alike 😀



DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to valleyrambler 's post: Ribbon Creek Bliss

Delivered: Wednesday Jan 05, 2022 at 23:38


Very nice cloud picture. This is a semi rare cloud formation for Alberta.

I am glad you went out in the balmy weather to snap the pic.



aqua toque replied to valleyrambler 's post: Ribbon Creek Bliss

Delivered: Wednesday Jan 05, 2022 at 19:13


Yeah, -30 is the new -20.


DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to Sara M's post: Dawson to Pocaterra - a multiday Skiventure

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 04, 2022 at 22:15


Hey Sara,

Ya, I know about those Mountain House meals. Chili is the only one I can really deal with. A staple for every 3rd day on backpacking trips.

Your gut must be as tough as your skiing legs if you don't filter water in summer. Streams flowing off mountains in areas that are not busy are OK but I would not stick my lips in streams and suck out what I call "downstream water" which is found in valley bottoms anymore. I have known a number of people to get sick in recent years. Mind you I have seen people stick there lips to suck out water and not get sick.

I was suggesting to ski to Surprise shelter but apparently it is closed due to Covid which is strange when other cabins are open in Assiniboine. So much for a luxury trip. Kootenay National Park is much nicer to tour now that most of it has burned out. The views are great now.






Sara M replied to Sara M's post: Dawson to Pocaterra - a multiday Skiventure

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 04, 2022 at 20:37


Democracy -

Food: oatmeal(quick oats) with some nuts and hot chocolate powder for breakfast. Pepperoni, dried fruit, and candy for lunch. A Mountain House meal on the first night (always disappointing, I don't know why I bother), instant mashed potatoes with veggie flakes and salami chunks the second night.

Water: I melted snow on this trip because I had a fuel and time surplus. There were open creeks that I could have gotten water from, but not nearby my camp spots. I rarely/never filter water in the summer, although I would consider it in the lower Elbow area because of livestock. I haven't gotten sick yet...

Sleeping bag: A -9 Mountain Hardwear down bag, plus a thin sleeping bag liner and a down jacket. No moisture issues the first night, but starting to get a bit damp around the collar from my breath after the second night. The first night was warmer and breezier, which I think helped keep things dry.

Is the "KNP Simpson Surprise" the trail along the Simpson River to the Surprise Creek cabin/campground, or something more surprising?



Ulrikeski replied to Sara M's post: Dawson to Pocaterra - a multiday Skiventure

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 04, 2022 at 20:09


That's very impressive, solo winter camping when the days are so short and tough trail breaking. What an adventure! This might be the first winter camping ski trip reported on this blog.


DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to Sara M's post: Dawson to Pocaterra - a multiday Skiventure

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 04, 2022 at 19:25


Howdy Sara,

Now that we know what you did for entertainment on your long ski nights, what did you do for cuisine? Standard beef jerky, nuts and dried fruit to keep the pack light or did you cook up a storm on a stove? Alpen for breakfast by any chance with powdered milk or bacon and eggs?

Did you melt snow for water, or use a water filter at creeks or did you just eat snow which I can't see being possible (at least for a water guzzling sweating skiing pig like myself)?

Do you use an ultra light Western Mountaineering down sleeping bag or a heavy synthetic sleeping bag? Temperature rating you use?

I always found my -16 down bag would not dry enough to keep me warm for a second night unless I could hang it out in sun for hours on a warmer day.

Keep on blasting through the snow. Keep in mind "KNP Simpson Surprise".

Ski ya later.





Sara M replied to Sara M's post: Dawson to Pocaterra - a multiday Skiventure

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 04, 2022 at 18:05


Democracy - I bring an e-reader with me when I'm camping. It has an incredible battery life, so I never run out books. Pre e-reader, it was a challenge to find the right balance between a small/light book, and enough material that I woyldn't run out of stuff to read! Think pocket-sized Charles Dickens novels with dictionary-thin pages... Even in the summer, I tend to just hang out and read in the evenings. In the winter I spend the same amount of time reading, only I'm in my sleeping bag instead of sitting on a rock.

Aqua toque - I had to carry a portable eSki charger, it sure took up a lot of space in my backpack!



DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to Sara M's post: Dawson to Pocaterra - a multiday Skiventure

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 04, 2022 at 13:02


Howdy Sara,

How could anyone be disappointed with such a hard core mid winter ski story.

What blows me away is how tough people can spend so much time in a tent at the time of year when there is so little light to ski to. I have done it in the past and found it an extreme challenge dealing with the night cold and boredom when I was not moving about. I suppose with technology today people can now view stuff on phones to reduce boredom.

May I suggest a "KNP Simpson Surprise" for luxury at this time of year?



aqua toque replied to Sara M's post: Dawson to Pocaterra - a multiday Skiventure

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 04, 2022 at 12:48


Very impressive! Even in this day and age eSki charging stations must be few and far between back there in the sticks.



SkierRoger replied to Ray Yong's post: Cascade Valley to the Bridge

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 04, 2022 at 09:33


Hey Ray,

You're luckier then me - I've been up the Cascade Valley a couple of times this season but haven't sighted any wildlife.

Great photos!



Sara M replied to Sara M's post: Dawson to Pocaterra - a multiday Skiventure

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 04, 2022 at 06:24


Democracy - You're going to be so disappointed... I slept in a tent and I didn't do any night skiing!


DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to Sara M's post: Dawson to Pocaterra - a multiday Skiventure

Delivered: Monday Jan 03, 2022 at 21:23


Howdy Sara,

Did you sleep under the stars at night, dig a cave or tent it?

Did you do some night skiing in order not to hang out in a cold "camp" for so long?




Chuck replied to Sara M's post: Dawson to Pocaterra - a multiday Skiventure

Delivered: Monday Jan 03, 2022 at 21:12


Two nights out… Love that silhouette picture of you with your backpack… puts us all in our place, way behind.
Quite happy to just read your reports now!



Gord F replied to Sara M's post: Dawson to Pocaterra - a multiday Skiventure

Delivered: Monday Jan 03, 2022 at 20:39


Sounds like an amazing trip Sara. We skied past each other on the Pocaterra trail today, around 2:00pm or so. I saw your pack and wondered where you'll been camping.
I've been to all the places on your route, but not all in a row. And also not in the winter. Good for you for hitting the weather window and planning that route.



SkierRoger replied to Crusty bun boys's post: Nipika

Delivered: Monday Jan 03, 2022 at 13:53


Fantastic news CBB.

Nipika should be on everyone's list!

Nipika Website



Clae W replied to Clae W's post: NNN Boots Wanted

Delivered: Monday Jan 03, 2022 at 07:30


Thanks John I will give them a try.


SkierRoger replied to Chuck's post: CASCADE VALLEY - Skier Roger Sighting!

Delivered: Sunday Jan 02, 2022 at 16:20


Is he one of the cute ones in the middle?


John replied to Clae W's post: NNN Boots Wanted

Delivered: Saturday Jan 01, 2022 at 19:34


Try Trail Sports at the CanmoreNordic Centre. They still have a good stock of ski, boots and poles.



Bob Truman replied to Bob Truman's post: Smiling faces and happy dogs to start the year

Delivered: Saturday Jan 01, 2022 at 19:21


Thanks aqua toque. I should mention that for all the fat bikers at WBC, I seldom ever see one on the trails. I occasionally see one on the multi-use trails such as Mountain Road. In this case, they were crossing the Elbow ski trail at the same time as I was there. Nice friendly guys, and a very smart dog.


aqua toque replied to Bob Truman's post: Smiling faces and happy dogs to start the year

Delivered: Saturday Jan 01, 2022 at 18:13


Happy New Year and great shots Bob!

Also, thanks for drawing attention to the plight of fat biker dogs. Hopefully one day they will all be rescued and find a good home with kind-hearted skiers.



HenryL replied to Sara M's post: Cold and slow at PLPP!

Delivered: Saturday Jan 01, 2022 at 13:13


Full loop of the park, including BBhill at temperatures that would have made it feel like twice that. Well done!

Does this loop have a name?

If not, I recommend PocaBerry -)




SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Ice Flow on Bill Milne Trail - Update

Delivered: Saturday Jan 01, 2022 at 09:32


Another quick update on the ice flow at Kananaskis situation:

Alex, Acting Bow and Kananaskis Valley Trails Supervisor was on site at the ice flow yesterday afternoon. At that time the flow had receded and water was again flowing under the bridge.

With lower night time temperatures, the ice build up may reform, resulting in a return of the ice flow, but they will keep their eyes on it and see if a re-route can be created after the weekend.

There is not enough snow at this time to make a proper re-route with the snowcat.



SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Pictures of the Year (In my view): 7 to 12

Delivered: Friday Dec 31, 2021 at 11:47


Honorable mention goes to pictures found in the following trip reports:

See if you can find the ones I'm referring to.
Again, no particular order...


SkierRoger: Elk Pass, Hydroline, Fox Creek: Top Condition
(trip) Date: Thursday Dec 30, 2021

Jeff P: Beautiful day at Pipestone
(trip) Date: Thursday Dec 30, 2021

FrankL: Fairview Loop Wed. Dec. 29th
(trip) Date: Wednesday Dec 29, 2021

Ulrikeski: Bill Milne Trail - perfect on a sunny/cold day
(trip) Date: Wednesday Dec 29, 2021

SteveR: Keeping it local-Silver Springs to the Bow.
(trip) Date: Sunday Dec 26, 2021

Chuck: PHARAOH CREEK via REDEARTH - Trackset Filling Fast
(trip) Date: Thursday Dec 23, 2021

GMJ: PLPP yesterday
(trip) Date: Tuesday Dec 21, 2021

Shulamit: WBC - Winter Solstice Sunset Ski
(trip) Date: Tuesday Dec 21, 2021

Bob Truman: Hay Meadows, Troll Falls, Skogan Screamer
(trip) Date: Monday Dec 20, 2021

Ray Yong: Confirming Fairview is Trackset
(trip) Date: Wednesday Dec 15, 2021

Sara M: Sundance Pass
(trip) Date: Wednesday Dec 15, 2021

Bob Truman: A new feature on Evan-Thomas (for daredevils)
(trip) Date: Wednesday Dec 15, 2021

Bob truman: Bill Milne trail
(trip) Date: Wednesday Dec 15, 2021

Deb & Rory: Kicking Horse River Trail (Field)
(trip) Date: Monday Dec 13, 2021

Chuck: SUNDANCE LODGE via HEALY and BREWSTER CREEK
(trip) Date: Monday Dec 13, 2021

SteveR: WBC, again!
(trip) Date: Monday Dec 13, 2021

Pinomarion: Amazing Athletes at ParaNordic World Cup at CNC This Weekend
(trip) Date: Saturday Dec 11, 2021

Chuck: TUNNEL MOUNTAIN WINTER TRAILS - Skier Tracked
(trip) Date: Saturday Dec 11, 2021

Sara M: Cascade Fire Road to Cuthead Cabin
(trip) Date: Friday Dec 10, 2021

Jean-Francois: Cascade - Stoney creek
(trip) Date: Thursday Dec 09, 2021

Chuck: CASCADE VALLEY to STONEY CREEK CABINS - Trackset!
(trip) Date: Tuesday Dec 07, 2021

Mike W: Skogan Trifecta FKST
(trip) Date: Sunday Dec 05, 2021

SkierRoger: Enjoyable time at Hector, Merlin, Drummond Trails
(trip) Date: Sunday Dec 05, 2021

Crustybun boys: PLPP visit by the crusty bun boys
(trip) Date: Monday Nov 29, 2021

JeremyN: Snowmageddon with Raincrust.
(trip) Date: Monday Nov 29, 2021

KenH: MLR - Monday
(trip) Date: Monday Nov 22, 2021

Bob Truman: Hitting the Jackpot!
(trip) Date: Thursday Nov 18, 2021

Jenny: Mount Shark - Snowy and (mostly) open for business
(trip) Date: Thursday Nov 11, 2021

aqua toque: Chronicles of the Obscure
(trip) Date: Thursday May 27, 2021

BDski: Lake O'Hara
(trip) Date: Monday May 10, 2021







SkierRoger replied to Greg Burt's post: Sundance Canyon and Healy Creek

Delivered: Thursday Dec 30, 2021 at 20:51


Thanks Greg.

It's on my list. Checking it twice!



Chuck replied to Greg Burt's post: Sundance Canyon and Healy Creek

Delivered: Thursday Dec 30, 2021 at 16:03


Good choice Greg... you beat me to it!
Thanks for reporting.



aqua toque replied to Jeff P's post: Healy Creek

Delivered: Thursday Dec 30, 2021 at 15:52


Where's Loki?! We don't see Loki. You're not allowed to post a trip report without a picture of Loki!


valleyrambler replied to Sara M's post: Cold and slow at PLPP!

Delivered: Thursday Dec 30, 2021 at 08:14


Sorry, I should have said I saw tracksetting on the north side of PLPP. I tend to get my directions mixed up in there.



valleyrambler replied to Sara M's post: Cold and slow at PLPP!

Delivered: Thursday Dec 30, 2021 at 08:11


On Wednesday I looped around Whiskey Jack, Pocaterra, and Packers and have to say I pushed a lot of snow. Saw trackset ting on the south side though so I should have pivoted to there.


Bob Truman replied to FrankL's post: Fairview Loop Wed. Dec. 29th

Delivered: Wednesday Dec 29, 2021 at 22:21


Hi FrankL, your photo of the Fairview trail would make the "Top 10" for this year. Spectacular!


Chuck replied to Bob Truman's post: Confederation...with pics

Delivered: Wednesday Dec 29, 2021 at 07:51


Thanks Jane,
I was looking under Trail Reports in this image (which has not been updated). Obviously I should go directly to the Live Grooming Nordic Pulse link at the top.



Jane replied to Bob Truman's post: Confederation...with pics

Delivered: Tuesday Dec 28, 2021 at 23:42


Not sure how you are looking at Nordic Pulse Chuck but my view has up to date information. Lots of grooming and track setting has been done since 14 Dec including tonight 28 Dec.


Chuck replied to Bob Truman's post: Confederation...with pics

Delivered: Tuesday Dec 28, 2021 at 22:09


Wishing we could rely on Nordic Pulse!


Bob Truman replied to Bob Truman's post: Confederation...with pics

Delivered: Tuesday Dec 28, 2021 at 19:57


It is all trackset. The tracks are shallow and a bit washed out from heavy use but I was happy with them.


SkierRoger replied to Chip Scialfa's post: Confederation Park

Delivered: Tuesday Dec 28, 2021 at 19:25


torpor: love it!



Chuck replied to Bob Truman's post: Confederation...with pics

Delivered: Tuesday Dec 28, 2021 at 19:11


Not trackset yet! ?


GordN replied to Ulrikeski's post: Cascade Valley/Bankhead - return of the sun!

Delivered: Tuesday Dec 28, 2021 at 10:29


Much better Roger!

No truncated here lol!!



GordN replied to BonnyTasky's post: For Sale. Asnes Rago metal edged ski and Salomon SNS boots

Delivered: Tuesday Dec 28, 2021 at 10:26


I'll take more info too Bonnie!

wgfaej@hotmail.com





BonnyTasky replied to BonnyTasky's post: For Sale. Asnes Rago metal edged ski and Salomon SNS boots

Delivered: Tuesday Dec 28, 2021 at 07:36


Chip. I have emailed you with info. Im assuming you are in Calgary. I am hoping to be there Sat am if you would like to look at them.


SteveR replied to SteveR's post: Keeping it local-Silver Springs to the Bow.

Delivered: Monday Dec 27, 2021 at 20:33



"Great shot of the Bow Mr. Steve!

Stunning colour. Did you photoshop that?"

It was shot in RAW with white balance set as "cloudy", which gave it too "warm" a look to my eyes.
First step editing in ACR was to shift the color temperature towards the blue end to give a colder feel. Then "vivid" for a profile, finishing with small adjustments to Exposure and Shadows/Highlights.
Standard stuff. Anything else? ;)



SkierRoger replied to Ulrikeski's post: Cascade Valley/Bankhead - return of the sun!

Delivered: Monday Dec 27, 2021 at 19:48


I've placed your Alamy URL into the link provided below Mr. Democracy

Hopefully it will make it easier to access.

Alamy website


DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to Ulrikeski's post: Cascade Valley/Bankhead - return of the sun!

Delivered: Monday Dec 27, 2021 at 17:53


Very nice action shot picture with the snow blasting through the air. This is how the best skier shots are taken. Great blue sky.



If you have a camera with shutter speed control, practice some photos with accentuated motion where the shutter speed is slowed and the aperture reduced. Always take lots of pictures if you can and pick the best out of the lot. You will end up with the best pictures on Skier Roger that will be hard to beat. The above photo would have been ultimate with accentuated motion.

Have a look at picture 41 of the following website showing a low angle accentuated motion picture of a lady XC skiing- cut and paste:

https://www.alamy.com/search.html?ps=100&pn=2&cbstore=0&qt=blur-skiing#BHM=foo%3Dbar%26st%3D0%26sortby%3D2%26qt%3Dblur%2520skiing%26qt_raw%3Dblur%2520skiing%26qn%3D%26lic%3D3%26edrf%3D0%26mr%3D0%26pr%3D0%26aoa%3D1%26creative%3D%26videos%3D%26nu%3D%26ccc%3D%26bespoke%3D%26apalib%3D%26ag%3D0%26hc%3D0%26et%3D0x000000000000000000000%26vp%3D0%26loc%3D0%26ot%3D0%26imgt%3D0%26dtfr%3D%26dtto%3D%26size%3D0xFF%26blackwhite%3D%26cutout%3D%26archive%3D1%26name%3D%26groupid%3D%26pseudoid%3D%26userid%3D%26id%3D%26a%3D%26xstx%3D0%26cbstore%3D1%26resultview%3DsortbyPopular%26lightbox%3D%26gname%3D%26gtype%3D%26apalic%3D%26tbar%3D1%26pc%3D%26simid%3D%26cap%3D1%26customgeoip%3D%26vd%3D0%26cid%3D%26pe%3D%26so%3D%26lb%3D%26pl%3D0%26plno%3D%26fi%3D0%26langcode%3Den%26upl%3D0%26cufr%3D%26cuto%3D%26howler%3D%26cvrem%3D0%26cvtype%3D0%26cvloc%3D0%26cl%3D0%26upfr%3D%26upto%3D%26primcat%3D%26seccat%3D%26cvcategory%3D*%26restriction%3D%26random%3D%26ispremium%3D1%26flip%3D0%26contributorqt%3D%26plgalleryno%3D%26plpublic%3D0%26viewaspublic%3D0%26isplcurate%3D0%26imageurl%3D%26saveQry%3D%26editorial%3D1%26t%3D0%26filters%3D0%26ps%3D100%26pn%3D2%26cbstore%3D0

People call these blur pictures but that is technically not the appropriate name. It is accentuated motion according to my former photo journalist instructors. If you follow the skier with the camera and shoot, the background becomes blurred. If you shoot the scenery still, the skier becomes blurred.

A killer shot is where the background is clear and much of the skier is as well, with perhaps the exception of "blurred" arms and or legs. That is tough and requires experience.

Keep on shooting. Good skills there.



aqua toque replied to Ulrikeski's post: Cascade Valley/Bankhead - return of the sun!

Delivered: Monday Dec 27, 2021 at 16:50


Very heartwarming to see people having that much fun on skinny skis in this weather!



aqua toque replied to SteveR's post: Keeping it local-Silver Springs to the Bow.

Delivered: Monday Dec 27, 2021 at 16:28


Great shot of the Bow Mr. Steve!

Stunning colour. Did you photoshop that?

;)



SkierRoger replied to SteveR's post: Keeping it local-Silver Springs to the Bow.

Delivered: Monday Dec 27, 2021 at 11:48


What a great idea Steve.

We must be neighbors!



aqua toque replied to Bob Truman's post: No such thing as bad weather....

Delivered: Monday Dec 27, 2021 at 10:54


Yes, his faithful flock will follow him anywhere in any weather for fresh grooming and secret stashes!



Chip Scialfa replied to BonnyTasky's post: For Sale. Asnes Rago metal edged ski and Salomon SNS boots

Delivered: Monday Dec 27, 2021 at 08:36


Hey Bonny,

I'd be interested. How's the camber? I'm sure that I'm heavier than you at 175 lbs.

Chip Scialfa
chipscialfa@gmail.com



SteveR replied to Bob Truman's post: Scenic Photos from the SkierBob empire

Delivered: Monday Dec 27, 2021 at 08:21


Thanks Bob, for stoking the fire. Good news this morning is a bit of an inversion- at 7 am it was a balmy -21 at Burstall Pass, and -24 at Highwood. The bad news is the -35 at Mud Lake and PLPP, and -39 at WBC.


aqua toque replied to Bob Truman's post: Scenic Photos from the SkierBob empire

Delivered: Monday Dec 27, 2021 at 08:19


♫ ♫
Oh, the weather outside is frightful...
But the pictures on the computer are delightful...
♫ ♫

Everybody!...





DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: THE STREETS OF CALGARY- WEASELHEAD/ SOUTH GLEMORE PARK

Delivered: Sunday Dec 26, 2021 at 21:57


After looking at sign maps today in South Glenmore Park, I would probably revise my skiing distance to at least 15 km for this ski trip.

As for the the bike path being plowed to nowhere in South Glenmore Park which ruins a lot of skiing, I will have to send a letter to the City Councilor for the area to ask to stop plowing the trail beyond the Enmax/Atco gas facility buildings. This portion of South Glenmore Park should be designated a winter sports multi use area. The money saved on plowing and graveling this portion of the trail should be utilized elsewhere, perhaps tracksetting the ski trail in the park in a timely manner as what is done in Bowness Park. Anyone who agrees with this should also write the City Councilor for better action. Democracy is about participating in the political process- in part.



JimB replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: THE STREETS OF CALGARY- WEASELHEAD/ SOUTH GLEMORE PARK

Delivered: Sunday Dec 26, 2021 at 07:30


I so agree with your oath to nowhere remark. I grew up in Lakeview and got my start at cross country skiing by skiing down 37th Street and into Weaselhead and across to the south side. There needs to be more non golf course ski trails in the city.


Helen Read replied to Chuck's post: PHARAOH CREEK via REDEARTH - Trackset Filling Fast

Delivered: Friday Dec 24, 2021 at 22:11


You are right Chuck! In fact the thermometer that is hanging on the right of the door, I placed there a few years ago. You fooled me by the word Pharaoh.


Chuck replied to Ulrikeski's post: Frosty Spray River loop

Delivered: Friday Dec 24, 2021 at 22:07


Congrats on getting fresh track setting Ulrike… great choice for a Christmas time ski.


SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: West Bragg Creek Grooming Report

Delivered: Friday Dec 24, 2021 at 12:58


One very important addendum to this report from Groomer David:

I forgot one of our most unforgettable People in the Post - Dan Creaser .

Dan was out roller packing most of the night and looked like a snow flake at the end of it!



Chuck replied to Chuck's post: PHARAOH CREEK via REDEARTH - Trackset Filling Fast

Delivered: Friday Dec 24, 2021 at 09:56


Helen,
It's only 10.5 km to where Pharaoh Creek joins Redearth Creek... I'm sure you've been to the cabin many times, but just might not know that the wardens used to refer to it as the "Chapel in the Pines"... a most appropriate name I think.




Normand replied to Chuck's post: PHARAOH CREEK via REDEARTH - Trackset Filling Fast

Delivered: Friday Dec 24, 2021 at 09:54


Nice photos Chuck. That bent tree is now fully arched to the ground, as opposed to last Sunday when I skied by it.


SkierRoger replied to Chuck's post: PHARAOH CREEK via REDEARTH - Trackset Filling Fast

Delivered: Friday Dec 24, 2021 at 09:25


Chuck,

Your many pictures and trip reports bring inspiration and motivation to the skiing community.

Thanks very much for your hard work!



Helen Read replied to Chuck's post: PHARAOH CREEK via REDEARTH - Trackset Filling Fast

Delivered: Friday Dec 24, 2021 at 08:56


Wonderful photo but quite the LONG ski (how long?) to "Chapel in the Pines". We were hoping to attend Cathedral Church of the Redeemer tonight but rethinking that plan now. Merry Christmas to both of you!!!



SkierRoger replied to Shulamit's post: WBC - Winter Solstice Sunset Ski

Delivered: Wednesday Dec 22, 2021 at 19:58


Superb Shulamit

Thanks for the Post!



DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: SP-16- SPRAY RIVER

Delivered: Wednesday Dec 22, 2021 at 11:43


Hey Chuck,

So little has changed that I sat on the piece of firewood that is to the right of your picture and somewhat out of the picture in part. That dry piece of wood just felt great on the butt for some reason. Sitting on it reminded me of camping up there in the last century.

The campground is less open now as the trees are growing bigger. The trail is starting to get willows growing on it in a few places. There was one tree down on the trail that Sara M. made an easy route around through the forest. I had to go over 3 other trees that were easy to get over- doing the cross country ski side step shuffle.



aqua toque replied to Chuck's post: CASTLE LOOKOUT to PROTECTION MOUNTAIN CAMPGROUND

Delivered: Wednesday Dec 22, 2021 at 11:33


Some serious photochopping skills right there!


Chuck replied to Chuck's post: CASTLE LOOKOUT to PROTECTION MOUNTAIN CAMPGROUND

Delivered: Wednesday Dec 22, 2021 at 09:24


We have to share how Henry L. adapted one of our photos into a Christmas Greeting.
Merry Christmas to all




Chuck replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: SP-16- SPRAY RIVER

Delivered: Wednesday Dec 22, 2021 at 09:10


That campground is usually referred to as Rink's Camp. We were there January 16, 2019.


Chuck replied to Chuck's post: CASTLE LOOKOUT to PROTECTION MOUNTAIN CAMPGROUND

Delivered: Wednesday Dec 22, 2021 at 08:51


The tracks were in good shape. I believe it was trackset on the 18th.


Germsy replied to Chuck's post: CASTLE LOOKOUT to PROTECTION MOUNTAIN CAMPGROUND

Delivered: Tuesday Dec 21, 2021 at 21:48


How was the condition of the tracks? I can’t tell from the pictures if it was recently groomed.


SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: New Friends Met at Cascade Valley

Delivered: Tuesday Dec 21, 2021 at 17:23


That's right Chuck.

I didn't make it that far myself, but did wave at the groomer as he went past me.



Chuck replied to SkierRoger's post: New Friends Met at Cascade Valley

Delivered: Tuesday Dec 21, 2021 at 17:14


Seems like the Cascade Valley was a wise choice given that tracksetting also occurred today, all the way to Stoney Creek!
Link1


Normand replied to Normand's post: Red Earth Creek & Shadow Lake winter wonderland

Delivered: Monday Dec 20, 2021 at 16:47


Thanks Chuck. Unfortunately, I haven't had much chance to ski this year so far, but it's part of one of my annual steep trail-breaking pilgrimages.


Chuck replied to Normand's post: Red Earth Creek & Shadow Lake winter wonderland

Delivered: Monday Dec 20, 2021 at 16:13


Mr. Normand,
We are awaiting your traditional trail breaking continuing up to Gibbon Pass!

Mr. Democracy,
Actually, another real benefit of SkierRoger's site is that you can easily edit your own posts... no need to be haunted by past mistakes!



Normand replied to Normand's post: Red Earth Creek & Shadow Lake winter wonderland

Delivered: Monday Dec 20, 2021 at 13:08


Your broken ski trail along the shoreline of Shadow Lake enticed me to carry on past the bridge, in the hope to capture a better shot of Mt Ball, as this one I got before arriving at the bridge first. Thanks


Chip Scialfa replied to Shulamit's post: WBC Sunday - Encore

Delivered: Monday Dec 20, 2021 at 13:04


I'm quite interested in the owl, being a birder. However, because some people don't respect the distance requirements for owls, it's pretty common practice in the birding community to not post this sort of sighting widely. However, if you could give me more specific information on location, I'd appreciat it. Please email: chipscialfa@gmail.com

Thanks.




DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to Normand's post: Red Earth Creek & Shadow Lake winter wonderland

Delivered: Monday Dec 20, 2021 at 11:10


The beauty of Skier Roger's website appears to be the easy of loading up stunning pictures like what Normand and others have done.

So, that is what Mt.Ball looks like in the light eh!

As I was sitting on the deck "beach" of Shadow Lake Lodge, the night before these pictures were taken, I was entertained by numerous large rock falls and avalanches echoing through the valley. My night yodeling would not echo due to all the snow on the trees and perhaps the breeze direction, so I was happy to hear the numerous rock falls that went on for about 20 minutes. A rare sound in the dead of winter.

I was hoping to lure some one like you with my "skier track bait" to continue to break trail up Haiduk Creek which I mistakenly called Pharaoh Creek on my previous report. Maybe next time or the next skier.



AaronF replied to chuckley's post: Spray West, Spray East, with an Old Quarry finisher

Delivered: Monday Dec 20, 2021 at 08:31


Interesting! Is that down by the golf course? Did you ski back up to behind the Fairmont, or do you have to walk sections? I've done Spray East/West many times, but have never quite figured out how to complete a fully track set loop and so usually just make it a horseshoe shaped out-and-back!


SkierRoger replied to Chuck's post: 2021 ALBERTA CUP - at the Canmore Nordic Centre

Delivered: Sunday Dec 19, 2021 at 21:57


Great pictures Chuck

You’ve been doing so much skiing this winter you deserved a rest this weekend.



Helen Read replied to chuckley's post: Spray West, Spray East, with an Old Quarry finisher

Delivered: Sunday Dec 19, 2021 at 15:31


Good on you Chuckley and Karl for skiing down those hills; generally I take off my skis and walk down but perhaps you had super snow to slow the descent.


SkierRoger replied to Carole's post: Spray & Cascade

Delivered: Sunday Dec 19, 2021 at 10:42


Thanks for your trip report Carole and happy birthday!

I've not make it to that area yet this year, but thanks to you it's moved up my list...



ErinP replied to Sam's post: Bill Milne

Delivered: Saturday Dec 18, 2021 at 20:01


Thanks Sam the Record Man! ;)


SteveR replied to Jean-Francois's post: RIBBON CREEK - PERFECT

Delivered: Saturday Dec 18, 2021 at 16:59


We also skied all those same trails and agree about the excellent conditions. By the time we were underway at about 10:30- the shared trails had seen a bit of traffic by walkers, bikers and snowshoers, but generally they had followed "the rules" with little to no effect for the most part on the ski quality. Kudos! The only exception to that would be on Link, which had some pitting in the downhill lane from walkers and a struggling fat biker. The snow was soft though, so I think those may well be snowplowed out by now.


HenryL replied to Sara M's post: Sundance Pass

Delivered: Saturday Dec 18, 2021 at 08:40


Well done! A less courageous person would have crawled to Chuck and Jeannette's to beg for a ride to the Cave and Basin.


Followyourheart replied to Bob Truman's post: Tracksetting in PLPP has arrived!

Delivered: Friday Dec 17, 2021 at 00:18


Bob, thanks for posting updates on the conditions in PLPP! Conditions look great...so many places to ski woot woot!


Sara M replied to Sara M's post: Sundance Pass

Delivered: Thursday Dec 16, 2021 at 22:25


Democracy - yeah, I think "brutal" would be a good way to describe the trees! There were hundreds of them across the trail. 28km and 9 hours of skiing, but both of those numbers could have been a bit smaller if I had made better route choices at the beginning (when I went exploring near the creek instead of following the edge of the cutblock).


DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to Sara M's post: Sundance Pass

Delivered: Thursday Dec 16, 2021 at 18:00


Absolutely killer xc skiing!

Were the trees brutal to get over? How long was your trip in terms of hours and kilometers?

Nice to see the night shots. Night skiing is sweet as long as you don't have brutal trees to go over.

Good night club xc ski action! Keep on night shooting with the camera!

Once you ski in the black, there is no turning back.

Your best days and nights are ahead.




SkierRoger replied to Chuck's post: BANFF to GOAT CREEK trailhead and back - ALL TRACKSET

Delivered: Thursday Dec 16, 2021 at 16:42


Looks like great conditions!

Thanks Chuck



Niki replied to Niki's post: ISO skate ski boots

Delivered: Thursday Dec 16, 2021 at 15:42


Hi John, thanks for your input! Do they sell used gear too? I always thought they just sold new? I'm hoping to find used.



Sara M replied to Sara M's post: Sundance Pass

Delivered: Thursday Dec 16, 2021


Chuck - without the light touring skis, I would still be out there, stuck in a hole somewhere!


Chuck replied to Sara M's post: Sundance Pass

Delivered: Thursday Dec 16, 2021


Brings back memories of when I did that trip in the opposite direction on January 9, 2014.
Tell me Sara, that your light touring skis finally paid off!
Congratulations.



Diana Piggott replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: BOWNESS PARK TRACKSET

Delivered: Wednesday Dec 15, 2021


Mr. Democracy, you always make me smile, and especially this one! I can't imagine you skiing such tame terrain.
I do agree that some tracksetters are way too enthusiastic, and particularly here.



Diana Piggott replied to Sara M's post: Sundance Pass

Delivered: Wednesday Dec 15, 2021


Fantastic! You continue to amaze and inspire!



SteveR replied to Jean-Francois's post: WBC - AGAIN & AGAIN

Delivered: Wednesday Dec 15, 2021


We also skied many of those trails today. Two rock infested spots come to mind:
-The short downhill on Moose connector, immediately north of Mountain Road.
-The S-turn downhill (if going CW) on the south leg of Moose, where it drops down to the "meadows".
As we were going up both of those hills, I stopped and removed rocks from both, and at other random spots along the way, but there are more. Conditions are nonetheless very good overall. We had no regrets about using the good skis.



SkierRoger replied to Bob Truman's post: A new feature on Evan-Thomas (for daredevils)

Delivered: Wednesday Dec 15, 2021


Wow, just gorgeous!

Thanks Bob




Jean-Francois replied to Jean-Francois's post: WBC - AGAIN & AGAIN

Delivered: Wednesday Dec 15, 2021


Hi GMJ,
On the trails I skied today, I saw a few rocks but most of them are avoidable.



GMJ replied to Jean-Francois's post: WBC - AGAIN & AGAIN

Delivered: Wednesday Dec 15, 2021


Is it safe to take good skis yet?


John replied to Niki's post: ISO skate ski boots

Delivered: Wednesday Dec 15, 2021


Have you tried Trail Sports at the Canmore Nordic Centre. They have Alpina (which is narrow) and Rossignol (whose women boot is narrow).



Helen Read replied to Deb & Rory's post: Kicking Horse River Trail (Field)

Delivered: Tuesday Dec 14, 2021


Thanks Deb and Rory for posting this. Guess it will be quite a job for Joe to work on this challenging display of fallen trees. We are looking forward to a stay at Truffled Pigs Lodge mid January and hope all trails will be ready by then. Emerald Lake is another critical situation to freeze.


gh replied to Sara M's post: more fresh snow at Ribbon Creek!

Delivered: Tuesday Dec 14, 2021


I was out there today as well. I skied the entire network south of Ribbon Creek plus Ribbon trail (but not Coal Mine)so I likely bumped into you at some point. There were a fair number of walkers messing up the Ribbon trail coming out of the parking lot but otherwise conditions are pretty good.


SkierRoger replied to meadowdiana's post: Maple Ridge

Delivered: Tuesday Dec 14, 2021


You’re a good mom meadowdiana



aqua toque replied to SkierRoger's post: PLPP and Mount Shark Update

Delivered: Tuesday Dec 14, 2021


Big Tex?! Noooo! Please say it's not Big Tex!



Sophie replied to SkierRoger's post: PLPP and Mount Shark Update

Delivered: Tuesday Dec 14, 2021


Thank you for inquiring Roger,
A mechanical makes sense. A trailer of all things!
Poor staff, I hope they aren’t getting too much pressure.
Sophie



SkierRoger replied to Bob Truman's post: Grooming in progress at Kananaskis Village

Delivered: Tuesday Dec 14, 2021


Thanks for your message Sophie.
I will try to contact the groomers for an update.



Bob Truman replied to Bob Truman's post: Grooming in progress at Kananaskis Village

Delivered: Tuesday Dec 14, 2021


Sophie, I'm as surprised as you that no new grooming showed up on the Live Grooming Report. I don't know what the problem is. I'm hoping Roger will be able to get some answers.



Sophie replied to Bob Truman's post: Grooming in progress at Kananaskis Village

Delivered: Tuesday Dec 14, 2021


Good morning Bob,
Anyone know about PLPP? Are they short staffed, mechanical issue?
Like everyone, I am itching to ski there and was really thinking that they would be able to work with last weekend ‘s snowfall.



gh replied to gh's post: Castle Lookout to Baker Creek plus a bit towards Castle Junction

Delivered: Tuesday Dec 14, 2021


Thanks Bob.


Alf Skrastins replied to SteveR's post: WBC, again!

Delivered: Monday Dec 13, 2021


You do know that almost all of the single-track trails out of the Fullerton Trailhead (Highway 66) are still covered with hundreds of downed trees. I'd cut the hikers, bikers and other users a bit of slack until those trails get cleared.


Bob Truman replied to gh's post: Castle Lookout to Baker Creek plus a bit towards Castle Junction

Delivered: Monday Dec 13, 2021


Hi gh, Castle Junction to Castle Lookout is maintained by Castle Mountain Chalets. Their snowmobile was destroyed in a fire last summer while being stored. They are expecting a new sled to arrive this week, so we might see some grooming soon.


SteveR replied to SteveR's post: WBC, again!

Delivered: Monday Dec 13, 2021


Bluegrass? Aqua, have you been associating with telemarkers again?


KenH replied to JimB's post: Finally enough snow for Pocaterra?

Delivered: Monday Dec 13, 2021


From www.albertaparks.ca: “ Dec 13th: Over the weekend, between 10 and 20 cm's of snow fell in PLPP, depending on elevation and exposure, though less snow accumulated in many place due to strong winds, and overhanging trees. This new snow should allow some snowcat grooming at lower elevations this week, and likely some track setting on some of the south end trails. ”



aqua toque replied to SteveR's post: WBC, again!

Delivered: Monday Dec 13, 2021


Trampled by Hikers? Isn't that one of those alt-bluegrass bands?
Link1


Arie replied to JohnSwamp's post: Packers update

Delivered: Monday Dec 13, 2021


Karl, I skied through Elk Pass meadows on Friday, starting from Blueberry Hill trail. I'm sure my track has been snowed in by now. Off-trail travel was easy on Friday. I saw a few older snowed-in tracks and no sign of couch-building activity. Don't bother returning via the power line. BC Hydro is busy replacing the old wooden power poles with what looks like carbon-fiber ones. Instead, when you get to the end of the meadow, just return the way you came.


aqua toque replied to Ernie's post: MIA Report ????

Delivered: Monday Dec 13, 2021


Oh, he's out there no doubt...

...but he's an anti-loginner.




Karl B replied to JohnSwamp's post: Packers update

Delivered: Monday Dec 13, 2021


Thank you for the report. I was wondering if anyone has recently been over elk pass and if a ski trail has been made through elk meadow?


SteveR replied to Ernie's post: MIA Report ????

Delivered: Sunday Dec 12, 2021


Martin came to mind last week as we skied Fairview. At last year's couch site we noticed a large trampled down area. Maybe his doing? I'm guessing that his M.O. is to first pack down a site to consolidate the snow as a base, and to use later on to cut building blocks.


Mike W replied to SkierRoger's post: High Level Trail & Skogan Pass

Delivered: Sunday Dec 12, 2021


Now that the Troll Falls trailhead parking is open again, I think it's the best place to start for Skogan via either Hay Meadows and Ruthies, or the Troll Falls trail that switchbacks directly up to the Skogan Pass trail.


SkierRoger replied to SteveR's post: WBC!

Delivered: Sunday Dec 12, 2021


West Bragg Creek is Back
What great news!

Thanks SteveR




Helen Read replied to Ernie's post: MIA Report ????

Delivered: Sunday Dec 12, 2021


I have not seen Martin yet either but he does spend alot of time at West Bragg Creek and could be helping remove trees? A beautiful photo Ernie!



frances dances replied to SkierRoger's post: The Buddy System

Delivered: Sunday Dec 12, 2021


Skiers should have enough clothes with them to survive the conditions that they are in when they get hurt. One should be able to stay comfortable for at least one hour.


SkierRoger replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: RED EARTH CREEK TO SHADOW LAKE LODGE- Friday

Delivered: Sunday Dec 12, 2021


Hi DEMOCRATIZE AB

I appreciate your efforts to keep things less abrasive. However, you may notice I've elected to remove a few comments that didn't quite meet the bar.

Best,

SkierRoger




SkierRoger replied to bsaka's post: Lake Minnewanka / Cascade Valley - snowing all afternoon

Delivered: Saturday Dec 11, 2021


Great first post bsaka.

Welcome to the sport of cross country skiing!



DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to SkierRoger's post: Grooming Report From Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Team

Delivered: Saturday Dec 11, 2021


Hmmm. This article has seeded an idea to improve trails in Banff.

I like the idea that the Fairmont corporation team, as per the article, grooms and tracksets trails in Banff without charging people to use them. If this is really the case, this needs to be expanded in many ways.

There are a number of "public relations unfriendly" businesses in Banff that suck dollars from your wallet yet do not contribute to making the park better even though they are given the privilege of operating in the park. With a good public relations internet campaign, such businesses could be "encouraged" to contribute to making better ski and summer trails in Banff. A society of trail friendly businesses could be formed. This would then expand the Fairmont model. It would also take pressure off of the Banff superintendent who (won't) spend upgrading trails in summer or winter.

I personally would like a volunteer army to legally work on trials in Banff and elsewhere to reduce dependency on taxing Governments. Unfortunately the governments come up with excuses saying this can't be done which is a load of brown snow.



DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: RED EARTH CREEK TO SHADOW LAKE LODGE- Friday

Delivered: Saturday Dec 11, 2021


Howdy Peter,

The Banff Park Superintendent along with the sell-out Greenpeace Minister of Environment, who is responsible for our increasingly development in our National Parks, are not concerned about maintaining the environmental integrity of our National Parks. E-bikers will be sneaking into all sorts of areas like mountain bikers currently do since there is basically nearly no wardens to monitor things. There are a fraction of the wardens in the Parks as there once was under former Prime Minister PE Trudeau (the better Trudeau). Back in those days I could not backpack hardly anywhere without having my permit checked by some warden tracking me.

E-bikes should be considered motorized vehicles as that is exactly what they are. Peddles or no peddles. Some are being beefed up to go much faster with just the adjustment of a computer chip. Some of these bikes can do up to 58 kph. The Parks Canada website says they must be limited in power and speed, but that will not be enforced. Wardens are not trained nor do they have the equipment to test E-bikes for power and speed.

I can just imagine the day when somebody puts a front ski on one of those bikes along with a paddle wheel on the back similar to snowmobile paddle tracks. They already have those in the gas motor form. Just imagine what would happen to skier tracks like the one I just made to Shadow Lake Lodge with E-bikes chewing there way up. Obviously the Alpine Club of Canada "lobbied" or "other" the Park Superintended to get E-bikes permitted to Shadow Lake Lodge for their corporate profit objectives.

E-bikes will cause a lot more wildlife conflicts as compared to peddle bikes as they are further permitted. With E-bikes there will be a lot more people in the bush that would otherwise be too lazy to peddle a bike or hike to a location. This will lead to more bloody human maulings by predators which will lead to more animal deaths, like Grizzly bears. More accidents will occur with E-bikes which means the government will have to spend more money on rescues. E-bikes will also lead to more erosion of trails, like Brewster, which the government appears to refuse to maintain. This will lead to rougher trails requiring more snow cover in the winter to be ski-able.

Our Governments can not be trusted with our Parks. If Canadians lived in a real democracy, where you have the legalized right to introduce and vote on government bills (perhaps using a cell phone), I would bet big time that Canadians would protect our National Parks where the politicians refuse to do so. Only real democracy will greatly reduce corruption while better protecting our environment, social systems, health care and more.

Write to the sellout Greenpeace Minister of Environment or better yet put out a media release to embarrass the sell out in front of the environmental community. He will likely claim we need "environmental balance" but there is none as the environment is being raped faster than ever for greed purposes.



Mike W replied to Kathy Y's post: Wedge Connector

Delivered: Saturday Dec 11, 2021


PS Sticky snow is also a problem with waxed skis!



Mike W replied to Kathy Y's post: Wedge Connector

Delivered: Saturday Dec 11, 2021


Hi Kathy - I assume your waxless skis have a patterned grip zone, rather than skins. Whenever I use that type of ski, I always apply liquid glide wax to the entire ski, including the grip zone. For the grip zone, you have to be careful to only apply in tip-to-tail direction so you don't gobs of wax filling up the pattern. Wait for the wax to dry, and then brush it until the base is shiny. Instructions should come with the wax. It should be available at any ski store. You can get a "universal" wax for any temperature, or temperature-specific waxes.


SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Grooming Report From Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Team

Delivered: Saturday Dec 11, 2021


Thanks for the excellent feedback Pinomarion.
I just received this report today at 5:30 pm.



Pinomarion replied to SkierRoger's post: Grooming Report From Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Team

Delivered: Saturday Dec 11, 2021


That doesn’t seem accurate? I was there on Friday and Fairview looked very nicely trackset….



Ray Yong replied to Kathy Y's post: Wedge Connector

Delivered: Saturday Dec 11, 2021


I tend to ski with skin skis, and my wife likes her waxless skis. I always have a scraper (https://www.sail.ca/en/swix-scraper-for-wax-klister-508154) with me, as well as some liquid glide wax (https://www.amazon.ca/SWIX-Glide-Liquid-Stick-Color/dp/B00O4H6GRQ/ref=sr_1_7?keywords=swix+glide+box&qid=1639021797&sr=8-7).

When things get sticky I'll scrape off the snow/ice and apply the glide to the non-grip parts of the skis. That being said, I also apply regular glide wax to those areas throughout the season just as part of the regular ski mtce cycle.



SteveR replied to brewsdalton's post: Hidden trail- Nakiska traverse

Delivered: Saturday Dec 11, 2021


Troll Falls parking isn't an ideal solution, as it can be filled to overflowing (was it possibly expanded this summer?), and the trail trampled into a cobblestone-like surface.


SkierRoger replied to Pinomarion's post: Amazing Athletes at ParaNordic World Cup at CNC This Weekend

Delivered: Saturday Dec 11, 2021


This is fantastic Pinomarion.

Thanks for posting.




Mike W replied to brewsdalton's post: Hidden trail- Nakiska traverse

Delivered: Saturday Dec 11, 2021


Or park at the Troll Falls trailhead to avoid crossing the road.


Peter T replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: RED EARTH CREEK TO SHADOW LAKE LODGE- Friday

Delivered: Saturday Dec 11, 2021


Regarding Redearth Creek, here is a disturbing article from this week's Rocky Mountain Outlook on Parks Canada allowing e-bikes on Redearth Creek year round:

https://www.rmotoday.com/banff/expansion-of-e-bike-trails-in-banff-national-park-draws-controversy-4841239

Here is the key extract:-
"E-bikes are also now allowed on the Redearth Creek Trail year-round from the parking area off the Trans-Canada Highway to and back from the Redearth warden cabin. However, e-biking is only allowed on the trail beyond the Y-junction to and from Shadow Lake Lodge, operated by the Alpine Club of Canada, from Dec. 15-March 15 annually."

Here is a link to the Parks Canada website that confirms the story:
https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/bulletins/8942F86E-3565-4B9A-A424-7C86D7C97701

Who knows what this means for XC trail grooming.
Last year was Parks grooming Redearth or was it the Alpine Club?

E-bikes will also be allowed on the Healy/Brewster Creek trail from the base of the Sunchine access road to Sundance Lodge.




Sara M replied to Sara M's post: Cascade Fire Road to Cuthead Cabin

Delivered: Saturday Dec 11, 2021


Democracy - I don't know how far ahead of yourself you could see, but there was a big tree across the trail just ahead of where you turned around. That tree was right at the trail junction! You were so close. As for the elk bits, they seem to be multiplying. There were two legs above the snow, another unidentified chunk below the snow that had been dug down towards, and a skull with antlers leaning against a nearby tree.



DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to Sara M's post: Cascade Fire Road to Cuthead Cabin

Delivered: Saturday Dec 11, 2021


Howdy Sara,

Good trip eh! I am glad someone had the opportunity to enjoyed my tracks.

I am shocked I broke trail within 1 Km of the Cuthead Cabin. I could have swore I was 2km away at night. If I knew that I would have kept going. My night spidy senses are a little out of wack these days.

Did you see the elk leg somewhere around Elk Trap?

Ski ya later.



Helen Read replied to SkierRoger's post: The Buddy System

Delivered: Friday Dec 10, 2021


Fortunately this year, I am able to carry my husband's InReach that he uses for sailing in summer. For a few dollars more, we are continuing to keep it active during the winter. I am sorry I was not on this same trail to help this person.


SkierRoger replied to KenH's post: Update - Wifi at Pocaterra Hut

Delivered: Friday Dec 10, 2021


umm, no aqua toque
:)




aqua toque replied to KenH's post: Update - Wifi at Pocaterra Hut

Delivered: Friday Dec 10, 2021


Thanks Sara, that's really something! I'll have to track down the Western Regional District eSkis sales rep.

You know, with all the exciting advancements in this technology you'd think "eSkiing" would be found in the "Important Links" section of this webpage.



Tanya K replied to Chuck's post: BAKER CREEK to CASTLE LOOKOUT - Improved Conditions

Delivered: Friday Dec 10, 2021


Thanks Chuck. We’re staying at Baker Creek this weekend.



Alorgen70 replied to Jan's post: Clarification needed re funding BCT and K Country Parking Pass

Delivered: Friday Dec 10, 2021


One of the problems with the Kananaskis Pass has been that they didn't think through the process for disbursing the revenue.That needs to be worked on.It raised a lot of unrealistic expectations in the public because everybody thinks their pet project should be funded.

If you are concerned, contact your elected representative and detail your thoughts. Don't be rude, that isn't going to help.

I am hoping that in the next year they will figure out transparent and equitable means for spending the money.

In the mean time I am continuing to donate to Bragg Creek Trails as they do a great job.



Jan replied to Jan's post: Clarification needed re funding BCT and K Country Parking Pass

Delivered: Friday Dec 10, 2021


The important point is that BCT and the other volunteer organizations working in K Country still need our donations. Please consider donating.


SkierRoger replied to Jan's post: Clarification needed re funding BCT and K Country Parking Pass

Delivered: Friday Dec 10, 2021


All,

I’ve recently seen some unacceptable content within the comments section of this website. Some comments have carried an inappropriate tone or language.

We are all entitled to our opinions but, on this site, they must be expressed in a professional manner. There may be a need to discuss current governmental policies which relate to XC skiing, however those discussions must be respectful to both readers and leaders.





Sara M replied to KenH's post: Update - Wifi at Pocaterra Hut

Delivered: Thursday Dec 09, 2021


Aqua toque - I hear that if you're willing to pay extra, there's an option to add satellite wifi to the new eSkis. take them to the couch and surf the web to your heart's delight!


FollowYourHeart replied to Jan's post: Clarification needed re funding BCT and K Country Parking Pass

Delivered: Thursday Dec 09, 2021


Typical UCP bullshit, grant McLean Creek an exemption from a park pass for ATV’s tearing up the environment yet make the organizations jump through paperwork to get funds for all the wonderful work they do...I only purchased the park pass so I can ski at West Bragg on the understanding that they will receive proceeds from the money grabbing park pass...”Minions!”


Chuck replied to Chuck's post: BAKER CREEK to CASTLE LOOKOUT - Improved Conditions

Delivered: Thursday Dec 09, 2021


Hi Tanya,
Castle Lookout to Castle Junction is only skier tracked… not trackset yet.
Have a great ski season,
Chuck



KenH replied to KenH's post: Update - Wifi at Pocaterra Hut

Delivered: Thursday Dec 09, 2021


Regarding: “What is the range of this wifi?” …. the wifi is only good at the Pocaterra Hut or very close to it. I was able to get a decent signal near edge of parking lot — but it wasn’t consistent.



aqua toque replied to KenH's post: Update - Wifi at Pocaterra Hut

Delivered: Thursday Dec 09, 2021


What is the range of this system? For instance, if one were skiing on or near the trail network and happened to come upon a couch made out of snow in a sunny meadow would one be able to relax and submit a trip report or perhaps livestream oneself having a tea?


Tanya K replied to Chuck's post: BAKER CREEK to CASTLE LOOKOUT - Improved Conditions

Delivered: Thursday Dec 09, 2021


Chuck did you happen to see if it was also trackset from the Lookout to the junction? Thx!


Diana Piggott replied to KenH's post: Update - Wifi at Pocaterra Hut

Delivered: Thursday Dec 09, 2021


Thank you! I've been wondering about this since I tried weeks ago to get wifi there with no success.




SkierRoger replied to Jean-Francois's post: Cascade - Stoney creek

Delivered: Thursday Dec 09, 2021


Thanks for your report Jean-Francois.
Looks like a fantastic trip!



Jan replied to Jan's post: Clarification needed re funding BCT and K Country Parking Pass

Delivered: Thursday Dec 09, 2021


Thanks for this info.


Mike W replied to Mike W's post: WBC Part 2

Delivered: Wednesday Dec 08, 2021


Hi Aqua Toque - Yup, you've busted me as undercover head of eSki development! As for your prototype eSki charging station shelter, I think the photo is actually of eSki charging station megabatteries, for use in locations where it isn't feasible to connect the charging station to the electrical grid. The batteries apparently hold enough charge for an entire winter season.


DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to Chuck's post: CASCADE VALLEY to STONEY CREEK CABINS - Trackset!

Delivered: Wednesday Dec 08, 2021


Thanks for that information about Dave from the Tune Shop in Canmore. My skis will need 1.5 feet of new edge. That gives me hope that I will get several thousand or tens of thousands of more kilometers on these old skis from 1994. If I can recycle something I will, excluding politicians that don't believe in real democracy.


Thomason replied to Jan's post: Clarification needed re funding BCT and K Country Parking Pass

Delivered: Wednesday Dec 08, 2021


At the present time, all proceeds from the Kananaskis Pass go into general revenues. Organizations such as Bragg creek trails, CMBA, Friends of Kananaskis etc. have to present detailed spending plans to the government, and apply for funding. Funding may or may not be granted depending upon the circumstances and details of the plans. It is likely BCT will be granted some money for specific uses, but other spending will be dependent on other sources such as donation, fundraising, merch sales etc.


aqua toque replied to Mike W's post: WBC Part 2

Delivered: Wednesday Dec 08, 2021


Hi Mike, I'm guessing you are the head of eSki product development for N. America. I have a Bragg Creek operation working on a prototype for a eSki charging station shelter. You may want to have your people get in touch with my people.



SkierRoger replied to Jan's post: Clarification needed re funding BCT and K Country Parking Pass

Delivered: Wednesday Dec 08, 2021


Not that this provides a direct response to your good questions, but attached is a link to a very recent news article from CBC on wind-swept WBC.
Link1


DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to Jan's post: Clarification needed re funding BCT and K Country Parking Pass

Delivered: Wednesday Dec 08, 2021


The Kananaskis and Bow Valley multiple zones required for having a Kenney Kananaskis Country entrance tax pass is really confusing and was drawn up by some stupid UCP clown who probably never has stepped into K Country. It is very spotty and this adds confusion. The best thing that could occur is a new government comes along at the next election and gets rid of the Kenney Kananaskis entrance pass tax.

Universal parks for all in Alberta should be the Alberta Advantage norm and there is nothing worse than UCP clowns taking the Alberta Advantage away from poor Albertans who have to pay more for going to Post Secondary schools, K Country and much more.

The Kenney Kananskis tax grab is an over taxing tax grab. No provincial park needs tens of millions of dollars per year to function and Kenney is overtaxing people who go there. This is no different than a government that overtaxes people and then builds huge budget surpluses. This is politically stupid as it unnecessarily sucks your wallet dry. Why should people have to pay to walk in the park or ski off trails? The communists don't even do that sort of thing.

I went to Trail Sports yesterday and I was shocked that I needed a Kenney Kananaskis entrance tax pass to go to the store. What kind of moron would affect a business like that with a stupid tax? I won't be going to Trail Sports again because of the UCP.

Make way for a smarter new government, preferably one that will legalize real democracy.



DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: CASCADE RIVER TO WELL BEYOND ELK TRAP- Tuesday ski

Delivered: Wednesday Dec 08, 2021


Howdy Chuck,

I was able to ski across all the creeks beyond Stoney Creek. I did not have to take off my skis anywhere, including the Stoney Creek bridge. I packed around some of the creek shorelines. Parks Canada is foolishly allowing a couple of creeks to run down the road. I wish Parks Canada would get off their high horses and fix these erosion problem sights.

I was thinking it would take several more nights of good cold before Stoney Creek could be crossed on skis. It looked do-able in one spot but I would have had to scrape the slush off my skis which I hate doing.

Somewhere around Elk Trap last night I saw a freshly dug up elk leg buried about 1.5 feet in the snow. I was surprised I did not see it on the way in. It was likely buried on the ski in. There were a few scavengers around and a lot of rabbits using my ski trail.

I did see a lot of ungulate tracks on the Cascade trail along with some hiker tracks. It was an ungulate highway for the most part on the Minnewanka Road. I was kind of surprised how chewed up it got as I did not notice that when I skated down the road on my trip in. Luckily the tracks were not on the ski tracksets coming out.





Chuck replied to Chuck's post: CASCADE VALLEY to STONEY CREEK CABINS - Trackset!

Delivered: Wednesday Dec 08, 2021


Hey Mr. Democracy,
Dave at The Tune Shop in Banff recently did an amazing job repairing the cracked edges and a huge hole in my metal edge skis… for a very good price.
Looking forward to the next sighting.



Chuck replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: CASCADE RIVER TO WELL BEYOND ELK TRAP- Tuesday ski

Delivered: Wednesday Dec 08, 2021


Well done… looking forward to using your track some day.
How were those three little creek crossings before the Elk Trap?
By the way, what looked liked hiker tracks were actually ungulate (Elk or Moose) tracks.



DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to Chuck's post: CASCADE VALLEY to STONEY CREEK CABINS - Trackset!

Delivered: Wednesday Dec 08, 2021


Howdy Chuck,

Sorry I did not stop to chat I needed to maintain speed to stay ahead of some young 20 something ladies and I was on a mission to break trail beyond Stoney. I was working hard with my old skis with a broken edge which was slowing me down by about 20%
Catch you next time.
Ski Cheers





Alf Skrastins replied to Mike W's post: WBC Part 2

Delivered: Tuesday Dec 07, 2021


Yes, the Bragg Creek Trails volunteers have done an amazing job of clearing hundreds of trees from the trails and roller packing the snow on the ski trails. But you also need to thank Matteo and the Alberta Environment and Parks crew who have also been out at WBC clearing trails. You will have noticed their white trucks and trailers in the parking lot. The AEP crew has put in long days, removing trees large and hazardous trees, that are beyond the capability of volunteers.
The support of AEP in dealing with this catastrophe is greatly appreciated.



gh replied to Chuck's post: SPRAY RIVER and GOAT CREEK - Trackset and Packed

Delivered: Tuesday Dec 07, 2021


Today I skied out as far as the Goat Creek bridge (from Banff). Conditions were still reasonably good to the "bus shelter". Walkers have messed up the trail between the track setting but only a couple made it as far as the "bus shelter". After that conditions were quite good.


SkierRoger replied to Chuck's post: CASCADE VALLEY to STONEY CREEK CABINS - Trackset!

Delivered: Tuesday Dec 07, 2021


I don’t think I’m alone when I say Chuck has way too much energy! We never get to see his face, but I don’t think he’s 25.

Good man Chuck. Keep em coming!



Jean-Francois replied to Mike W's post: WBC Part 2

Delivered: Tuesday Dec 07, 2021


I noticed as well all the boot prints on East Crystal and I was impressed by the number of trees that had been cleared by the volunteers!



Jean-Francois replied to Chuck's post: CASCADE VALLEY to STONEY CREEK CABINS - Trackset!

Delivered: Tuesday Dec 07, 2021


Thanks for the heads up


SkierRoger replied to Bob Truman's post: Grooming at Kananaskis Village

Delivered: Tuesday Dec 07, 2021


Thanks Bob this is fantastic information!


Ray Yong replied to Ray Yong's post: Cascade Beyond the Bridge

Delivered: Monday Dec 06, 2021


Oooh, good pun!

Ya, I've always got a couple of headlamps with me, plus batteries, emergency food, med kit, and insulated blanket just in case... I work on the assumption that I might have to weather a night out if something happens. I recently had a partial knee replacement, so I'm still trying to get it used to cross country skiing, and heading down the big hill with only a headlamp to light the way was still enough to make me cut the ski run short. I'm hoping I can beat the knee into submission...




DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to Ray Yong's post: Cascade Beyond the Bridge

Delivered: Monday Dec 06, 2021


Howdy Ray,

Thanks for your Cascade adventure. You likely will have created a Cascade dashing rush of skiers who have been waiting for tracksetting beyond Bridge 1 and skier tracking beyond Bridge 2.

It is a good idea for all skiers to carry a safety/ fun extension headlamp to extend your day skiing into night skiing if needed.

Live long and ski.



Helen Read replied to ErinP's post: Cascade just past the bridge

Delivered: Monday Dec 06, 2021


Great to see you again Erin and I skied to kms 8.5 where the stand of big trees often tempts people to stop. Your track made it easier for my return. Guess we should have waited for Ray and the track-setter. I left him some broken cookies that were in my pocket all ready to meet up with him but never did. Left them at the gate marked with good old orange flagging tape!


FollowYourHeart replied to SkierRoger's post: Grooming Report: West Bragg Creek

Delivered: Monday Dec 06, 2021


Seriously, the government needs to get their act together. They require the Kpass for West Bragg so they need to disburse funds to West Bragg for track-setting ASAP.

Big shoutout to all the volunteers and folks that did the massive tree clearing so that all of us ski enthusiasts can get out to enjoy the West Bragg trails. Thank you!




SteveR replied to SkierRoger's post: Grooming Report: West Bragg Creek

Delivered: Monday Dec 06, 2021


Thanks Jeremy, and to all the hard working trail crew! Remember that Bragg Creek Trails still needs your donations. This wind event will have put an extra strain on their resources, and as far as I know-monies raised by the Kananaskis pass have not filtered down to Bragg yet.


SkierRoger replied to Mike W's post: Skogan Trifecta FKST

Delivered: Monday Dec 06, 2021


Yes, it looks a diamond in the rough!


SteveR replied to Eatsleepgoskiin's post: West Bragg Creek

Delivered: Sunday Dec 05, 2021


Had good grip on the waxables using blue, but I agree- the snow felt slow today.


SteveR replied to Mike W's post: Skogan Trifecta FKST

Delivered: Sunday Dec 05, 2021


Looks ripe for grooming! I had been considering going there on my old tele skis. Thanks for the report.


Chuck replied to Chuck's post: REDEARTH - Snowmobile Packed and Skier Tracked

Delivered: Sunday Dec 05, 2021


Hey James,
Not seen... not wanted to be seen!



SkierRoger replied to SkiGirl30's post: Evan-Thomas Wedge Connector

Delivered: Sunday Dec 05, 2021


Thanks very much SkiGirl30.

The Evan Thomas was on my short-list today, so I sure appreciate your report!




EyesOpen replied to freeheeltrails's post: LOST

Delivered: Saturday Dec 04, 2021


Lost my silver earring my sister gave me on the Great Divide Trail or the parking lot on Dec 4, 2021.


Mike W replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: JOHNSTON CREEK CABIN- Friday/ Night ski

Delivered: Saturday Dec 04, 2021


Hi aqua toque. I was going to change the salutation from MAAD to MAARD, but thanks for pointing out it should be DAB!


DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to Chuck's post: REDEARTH - Snowmobile Packed and Skier Tracked

Delivered: Saturday Dec 04, 2021


Howdy Chuck,

Was the double headed snowman still in the middle of the trail or did it get knocked down?

If the trail groomer turned it into a chainsaw massacre, he would have gotten rid of it quicker than using a shovel or an axe as I had previously suggested on my Skier Bob report a couple of weeks back.



aqua toque replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: JOHNSTON CREEK CABIN- Friday/ Night ski

Delivered: Saturday Dec 04, 2021


Mike, looks like he now goes by DAB.

New name, same great reports.




CMS replied to Space Dog Dasha's post: Cascade Valley Dec 3

Delivered: Saturday Dec 04, 2021


Let's have a little more patience for the grooming. Yes, there was a snowfall the day before you went skiing, but the groomer can't be on every trail at once. Perhaps many people don't realize that it is only one person who grooms and tracksets the Cascade Valley, Bankhead, Spray East and West up to Goat Creek junction, Healy Creek and Redearth Creek trails. There is no "team." And grooming can't be completed until the trees have been removed, and there have been plenty of downed trees. There aren't enough days in the week to get it all done after a snowfall, even when he works on his days off, which he has done. So, please, be patient and appreciate the work that is getting done.


DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to Bob Truman's post: The big cat is out

Delivered: Saturday Dec 04, 2021


The big cat is out sucking up our taxes unnecessarily. This is luxury want not a necessity which has lead to the $90 Kenney tax for entering Kananaskis Country which is preventing poorer people from enjoying this region. I look forward to the provincial election and seeing which party I will vote for that will get rid of the $90 Kenney Kananaskis tax. Our parks should be universal like our health care system, not places for the wealthier people only.

Make Kenney Go Away next election.



Mike W replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: JOHNSTON CREEK CABIN- Friday/ Night ski

Delivered: Saturday Dec 04, 2021


Hi MAAD - Thanks for your detailed report, and glad to see that you're now able to post on SkierRoger!



Sophie replied to Bob Truman's post: The big cat is out

Delivered: Friday Dec 03, 2021


That’s a fine looking machine!
Thank you Bob for the report. Fingers crossed for snow.



Chuck replied to RichW's post: Wedge Connector and Bill Milne

Delivered: Friday Dec 03, 2021


Thank you Rich.
That is a very important and informative report about PLPP.



Helen Read replied to RichW's post: Wedge Connector and Bill Milne

Delivered: Friday Dec 03, 2021


WOW! with photos of Jeff and compliments like yours, this gives us opportunity to applaud all our groomers. Today on GD, conditions were fabulous and what I especially appreciated: both the parking lots at GD and MLR were perfectly cleared of snow. Agree to Jeff's comment that Upper and Lower Telemark and Peyto will be perfect soon and to remain patient.


Diana Piggott replied to Chuck's post: CASCADE VALLEY - Snow Snow Snow

Delivered: Friday Dec 03, 2021


Well, we missed the powder, but have news for you: the Cascade and Bankhead trails were groomed today. It is a winter wonderland up there! Bit rough in the middle, but pleasant skiing :-)




SkierRoger replied to Chip Scialfa's post: Bragg Creek Bad News

Delivered: Friday Dec 03, 2021


Many thanks to you Jeremy and the other high energy volunteers!


Helen Read replied to John Moreland's post: Pipestone

Delivered: Friday Dec 03, 2021


Thank you so much John M for this report on Pipestone. It provided just what I needed to hear.


JeremyN replied to Chip Scialfa's post: Bragg Creek Bad News

Delivered: Thursday Dec 02, 2021


Bragg Creek GOOD News!
There is an group of amazing volunteers that will have put in dozens of man-hours by this weekend to clear many high priority ski trails of wind-throw trees prior to resuming grooming operations ASAP. Be advised that visiting WBC is not recommended right now due to hazards and work in-progress on ALL trails until further notice.

Link1


DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: Please Check Redearth Creek

Delivered: Thursday Dec 02, 2021


For Helen et al

I can let you know how the parking lot was on Monday if no one else reports for you.

The parking lot was mostly compact snow with about 12 cm of loose snow off the tracks. My old school car had no problem going through the snow but I have studded tires. The road intersection to the parking lot had some snow plow snow pushed at the road entrance, up to 45 cm in height, which my low riding econo box Toyota car bottomed out on. Expect up to 15 cm new snow on top of what snow was there if Parks did not plow the parking lot.

If the Pipestone trails have not been trackset since Monday, expect filled or worn out tracks. My guess is that Parks will groom the trails on Friday afternoon as they did last Friday (50-50 chance anyways). Expect no less than 6 trees down on the Blue 20 trail going clockwise up to the Pipestone River horse/backpacking trail exit. I would expect more fallen trees by now as there were significant widow makers hanging over the trail in some places. On Monday, trees were loaded with snow bombs. Any wind will likely make the bombs reign down on the trail which could pound your head 2 feet into the snowpack if you get hit. I had to stop in safe tree overhang free locations on Monday when light winds and the sun hit the trees and bombs reigned down. My neck was a little sore from looking straight up as I skied. The pine trees had the biggest and most dangerous bombs.

I did a number of tree bomb tests on spruce and pine trees by kicking trees that were leaning with my skis. They snow bombs fell out easily. I chose leaning trees so the bombs would not hit me like a Nazi WW II air raid.

Ski safe with your head up especially if you see any trees tops swaying in any wind.



Ray Yong replied to Crusty bun boys's post: Great Divide traverse

Delivered: Thursday Dec 02, 2021


Thanks for your reports - I've really enjoyed reading them! Have a safe trip home.


SkierRoger replied to Chuck's post: CASCADE VALLEY - Snow Snow Snow

Delivered: Thursday Dec 02, 2021


Wow, looks fantastic!

Thanks Chuck




Helen Read replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: Please Check Redearth Creek

Delivered: Thursday Dec 02, 2021


Like Democratize AB, I would love to know about Pipestone: both the parking lot condition and if anyone was there today. I refresh Parks reports but see no change all day. Thanks as wanting to head there tomorrow. Thanks Democratize for posting on skierroger.ca


Helen Read replied to Crusty bun boys's post: Fairview drizzle

Delivered: Wednesday Dec 01, 2021


Crusty buns must be a bit soggy by now. you did not get the best of conditions but your personalities made up for it, making the most of what was available to you. Keep up the fun-loving spirits and hope weatherman produces better conditions for you next time. Maybe Soggy Buns is your new non de plume? Thanks, love all your posts!!!



Sophie replied to Bob Truman's post: Are avalanches possible on groomed ski trails?

Delivered: Wednesday Dec 01, 2021


Such important information Bob.
Keep sharing!



Chip Scialfa replied to Bob Truman's post: Are avalanches possible on groomed ski trails?

Delivered: Wednesday Dec 01, 2021


Thanks for posting this, Bob. I think it important for all skiers to know that avalanches can occur in places they might not expect, particularly when the risk level is high, as it is currently. There are slide paths in PLPP, for example. Risk increases greatly with significant snow (>20 cm/24 hrs), in heavy snow and when strong winds have moved the snow around. So, it makes sense to learn a little about avalanche safety. Perhaps at a minimum, look at the avalanch.ca website. There are several good on-line resources there


SkierRoger replied to Sophie's post: Still tons of snow in rainy Lake Louise

Delivered: Wednesday Dec 01, 2021


Thanks for the excellent information Sophie!



frances dances replied to freeheeltrails's post: LOST

Delivered: Wednesday Dec 01, 2021


Be sure to check the Info Centre at Samson Mall.


freeheeltrails replied to MCarr's post: Oops

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 30, 2021


Lost Arc'teryx Blue goretex jacket Mens Medium
at Moraine Lake Parking Lot
Sun. Nov 21st around 2 -3pm





aqua toque replied to Crusty bun boys's post: Pipestone visit

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 30, 2021


Lock up your butter pats!
The Crusty bun boys are back in town!



ErinP replied to Ray Yong's post: Doing Something Right - Fairview

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 30, 2021


Fairview was the place to be this morning, that’s for sure! You can’t get smoother skiing, prettier surroundings, and more comfortable temps than that. SkierPoppa and I ventured out for a few minutes onto MLR, but we turned around at the bridge because the conditions on Fairview were just too good (and my skins were threatening to ice up in the deep snow). Good luck to the groomers once this week’s big snowfall ends, and let’s hope we don’t have to venture all the way out to LL for skiing next week!


DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: PIPESTONE- POINT MEADOWS SKI BOGY

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 30, 2021


A comment to Chuck's comment

Chuck, it was good of you not to show the most spectacular side of the valley in your photo in order to give people something to be amazed at when they first arrive there.

Just before dark 30, the area shown in your photo had a fog developing and rising off the river (I assume) which was really cool to see.

I could not cross the Pipestone River to ski the meadow due to thin and slushy ice. The recent snowfall seemed to help build slushy ice along the banks of the river.

On Friday there was one section of the river where the river flowed over ice, it was a beautiful green/turquoise color which I had never seen before. When I skied by again on Monday, it turned to a brownish green. The pineapple express snow included billions of snow flees(?)and other bugs along with 1 moth on the ski trail. Perhaps they changed the color of the ice on the river. They sure made a mess of my skis.




Ray Yong replied to Ray Yong's post: Doing Something Right - Fairview

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 30, 2021


I was skiing on skin skis with relatively fresh glide wax. I ended up adding some liquid glide wax I keep with me, and that made a big difference. It was definitely stickier the lower you got, which makes sense.

I was only the third person or so on the trail when I started, so it was sticky even higher up, but about 30 people had skied on it by the time I did my second round, and conditions were better.



Gord F replied to Ray Yong's post: Doing Something Right - Fairview

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 30, 2021


Are you guys on waxless skis? Sounds like the snow has a lot of moisture right now.


frances dances replied to frances dances's post: Great Divide to BC border, return, Tramline, Bow River Loop Righthand side to Village

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 30, 2021


to Chuck: not much detective work will be required by you for this one, Chuck



aqua toque replied to Crustybun boys's post: PLPP visit by the crusty bun boys

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 30, 2021


MAKE ALBERTA A CRUSTY BUNOCRACY!


Chuck replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: PIPESTONE- POINT MEADOWS SKI BOGY

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 30, 2021


Always an interesting read.
Glad you figured out how to report, and even more glad that you have broken a trail to the Meadow along the horse trail.
Attaching a photo so others know where you got to... before dark!
Stay safe.



Chuck replied to frances dances's post: Great Divide to BC border, return, Tramline, Bow River Loop Righthand side to Village

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 30, 2021


Intriguing!
Which one were you?
Hope you introduce yourself next time, Frances.
Ski you out there.




frances dances replied to Chuck's post: GREAT DIVIDE - Magical

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 30, 2021


Thanks for the Frank & Jim photo, Chuck!


coffeecup replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: PIPESTONE- POINT MEADOWS SKI BOGY

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 30, 2021


Sounds like a fun trip ;)


SkierRoger replied to Crustybun boys's post: PLPP visit by the crusty bun boys

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 30, 2021


Fantastic!

Welcome to Alberta Crustybun boys




Cassaym replied to Helen Read's post: Great Divide was well worth the drive today: Friday 10 am Minus 3

Delivered: Monday Nov 29, 2021


It was so nice to meet you all!! Hope to see you again on the trails. 😊


Sara M replied to Sara M's post: Lots of skiing at Louise and O'Hara!

Delivered: Sunday Nov 28, 2021


Chuck - it was the tales of your adventures that inspired me!
Roger - Fortunately for my body, today is a work-on-homework day



Gord F replied to 's post:

Delivered: Sunday Nov 28, 2021


Sounds great Steve. Text me at 587 2eight4 2 eight46


Chuck replied to Sara M's post: Lots of skiing at Louise and O'Hara!

Delivered: Saturday Nov 27, 2021


Sara,
You accomplished more with your track skis last year than many of us were proud to do with our light touring skis, so we’re looking forward reading of your next adventures.



SkierRoger replied to Sara M's post: Lots of skiing at Louise and O'Hara!

Delivered: Saturday Nov 27, 2021


Wow Sarah!

What an incredible day!
😳

Will you do all over it again tomorrow?

Sleep well



SteveR replied to 's post:

Delivered: Saturday Nov 27, 2021


Gord, I'll take them as backups. Still running Riva's on my 1995 Kazama Headwalls, which usually see snow a couple of times a season, paired with "root beer" T3's for "rugged xc touring" in deeper snow or steeper terrain, logging roads etc. A great setup for Healy-Redearth, for instance. These skis also once had those same lifts installed, which were removed after one broke. I believe they were sold as "Harold's High Heels". Attached picture is from a deep snow day at Skogan, last spring after grooming was done.


Mcarr replied to MCarr's post: Oops

Delivered: Saturday Nov 27, 2021


Found!



SkierRoger replied to Pinomarion's post: Cascade Fire Road: Perseverance Paid Off!

Delivered: Saturday Nov 27, 2021


Glad to see you made the best of the day Pinomarion!

I planned to go to Lake Louise this morning but the road conditions in Calgary were incredibly icy. Darn near killed myself walking the dogs.



Mike W replied to Mike W's post: Skogan Pass FKSA

Delivered: Saturday Nov 27, 2021


Reply to HenryL "Did you end up paying them for access that day?"

No I didn't. I don't even think they had the "access tickets" available yet.



aqua toque replied to Mike W's post: Banff National Park Pilot eSki Program

Delivered: Saturday Nov 27, 2021


Thanks for looking into this MikeW.
Can we then expect to see eGrooming? Or will that even be necessary?




HenryL replied to Mike W's post: Skogan Pass FKSA

Delivered: Saturday Nov 27, 2021


It's unclear to me.
Did you end up paying them for access that day?



Chuck replied to Mike W's post: Banff National Park Pilot eSki Program

Delivered: Saturday Nov 27, 2021


But the real question remains:
Why did Fortis take a Truck?
How about using a snowmobile?
I feel for the Banff Park Tracksetter.



Ken Farley replied to Mike W's post: Banff National Park Pilot eSki Program

Delivered: Friday Nov 26, 2021


Check the date of the YouTube video: April 1 2018 - It appears to be an April Fool's joke.



Chuck replied to Chuck's post: UPPER BANKHEAD - Great for Skate skis (or a truck)!

Delivered: Friday Nov 26, 2021


THANKS... I was wondering what electrical outlet they were servicing!


meandmybikes replied to FrankL's post: Pipestone Friday Nov26th

Delivered: Friday Nov 26, 2021


👍


MCarr replied to MCarr's post: Oops

Delivered: Friday Nov 26, 2021


Excel.



MCarr replied to MCarr's post: Oops

Delivered: Friday Nov 26, 2021


Many thanks


SkierRoger replied to MCarr's post: Oops

Delivered: Friday Nov 26, 2021


I sure hope someone is able to find those ski poles for you MCarr.

I’m adding the tag of Lost and Found to your post so it shows up under Lost & Found Button.



SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Version 2.0 for Trial

Delivered: Friday Nov 26, 2021


In response to BA’s question, there are other ways to find trip reports for an area without having to sort through everything.

Please consider the Search by Area feature (see screen shot below). This will allow you to quickly identify all trip reports related to your area of interest.




aqua toque replied to Chuck's post: UPPER BANKHEAD - Great for Skate skis (or a truck)!

Delivered: Friday Nov 26, 2021


Wow, you mean eSkis may be coming to our shores? That's great news Mike W! Can't happen soon enough.

People don't realize the sheer volume of CO2 a heavy-breathing skier exhales on the up. Not to mention the methane emitted from exertion-induced flatulence!



Mike W replied to Chuck's post: UPPER BANKHEAD - Great for Skate skis (or a truck)!

Delivered: Friday Nov 26, 2021


The person I spoke with at Parks this morning said that they're extending their pilot eBike program to include eSkis. Fortis was in to install an eSki charging station. It's a big thing in Europe now, especially for backcountry touring. See the guy on the right in the photo below. Check out the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJWkM531Keg.


aqua toque replied to Chuck's post: UPPER BANKHEAD - Great for Skate skis (or a truck)!

Delivered: Friday Nov 26, 2021


Oh good. Now folks can bring along small appliances.



BA replied to SkierRoger's post: Version 2.0 for Trial

Delivered: Friday Nov 26, 2021


Thanks Roger, Is there a way to view the list of trip reports without the pictures? I find that with the pictures it's a lot of scrolling to find out if anyone has recently been on the trial that I want to ski.


JimB replied to SkierRoger's post: Version 2.0 for Trial

Delivered: Friday Nov 26, 2021


Hey Roger - Thanks for your efforts on this page! It always seems easier to complain rather than compliment so I just wanted to pass along kudos!



SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Version 2.0 for Trial

Delivered: Friday Nov 26, 2021


Hi Steve.
Yes I can make that very sensible change.

As always, thanks for the input.




SteveR replied to SkierRoger's post: Version 2.0 for Trial

Delivered: Friday Nov 26, 2021


It makes sense to me to have priority for trip reports on the home page, with comments accessed separately so that they don't crowd out the reports. One further enhancement might be to have the number of comments on a particular trip (if any) shown along with the brief description that appears under each trips "cover photo". Not a priority, and I've no idea about how to make that work.
I'll use Mike's post as an example:

Skogan Pass FKSA
Submitted by Mike W
Area(s): Kananaskis - Skogan Pass -
(trip) Date: Wednesday Nov 24, 2021
Comments- 8



Mnorton replied to Chuck's post: CASCADE VALLEY - Very different conditions today!

Delivered: Thursday Nov 25, 2021


I skied Cascade this afternoon around 4pm, better than I thought, better than Moraine or 1A. The classic track looked pretty good, the skating was not groomed. They did a classic track up one side and down the other, but not the middle. There was a staggering amount of Wolf activity, made me a bit nervous. Just past the bridge was a kill site, looked like a scene from Dexter.



Mike W replied to Mike W's post: Skogan Pass FKSA

Delivered: Thursday Nov 25, 2021


Re Tanya "For parking, I always choose the furthest parking lot away from the lodge (parking lot 4 or 5), walk further up the road to the maintenance shed, and then pop out right at the bronze chair."

From the N end of the maintenance area it looks like you can go 25m to the east and get onto the Skogan Pass trail without going by the Gold Chair. Then you only have to worry about getting stopped for walking on the maintenance road!



Jeff replied to Mike W's post: Skogan Pass FKSA

Delivered: Thursday Nov 25, 2021


As mentioned Hidden Trail to Ruthies goes right in front of the day lodge to connect to Skogan Pass. For years we battled with Nakiska to keep this open and to keep our way finding signage up. There has been issues with people xcountry skiing up the trail to mid mountain lodge and getting some turns in. Nakiska has always turned a blind eye to this perhaps due to Covid something has changed. As Bob mentioned parking at lot 4 and skiing from where Hidden hits Nakiska is the easiest access. (Do you need a parking Pass if you park there?)
There is also a trail that leads from #1 north parking that hits Skogan just below the old seasonal ice floe.
Skogan is multi use until Dec 1 then it becomes skier only from Ruthies Junction up. The signs go up but there is no enforcement behind the signs it’s there to encourage non skiers to go elsewhere.



Tanya K replied to Mike W's post: Skogan Pass FKSA

Delivered: Thursday Nov 25, 2021


Alright, very long winded email sent to Nakiska. Will let you know when I get a response.

Even if we start at Ribbon Creek, the Hidden Trail goes straight through the Nakiska property and the lower Skogan Pass trail is often unskiable from Troll Falls hiker traffic.




Tanya K replied to Mike W's post: Skogan Pass FKSA

Delivered: Thursday Nov 25, 2021


I always start from Nakiska. When you ski with kids every metre of climbing counts! Then again, we've always had Nakiska season passes too in previous years so I felt I had the right to park there and be on the property.

I remember the one time I tried to ski the Skogan Pass Trail when Nakiska was closed to skiing and I got called out on social media the next day by the resort when they reminded everybody that skiers were not allowed to be on their property when the resort was closed. They probably assumed I was skiing on their actual runs.

For parking, I always choose the furthest parking lot away from the lodge (parking lot 4 or 5), walk further up the road to the maintenance shed, and then pop out right at the bronze chair. Of course who knows how this will go this year if the lifties at the bronze chair will come yell at me.

I will message Nakiska. I have a good relationship with management there.



Mike W replied to Mike W's post: Skogan Pass FKSA

Delivered: Thursday Nov 25, 2021


Per SteveR's comment, the back of the main lodge route won't always work because they've put up fencing there. But yesterday there was an open gate. Bob's route from the NW corner of P4 sounds like the best bet.


JonW replied to Mike W's post: Skogan Pass FKSA

Delivered: Thursday Nov 25, 2021


Please be understanding to the ski hills. They are having to operate under the Province's restriction exemption program and each one has had to develop a detailed plan for how they are going to do this. For Sunshine and it sounds like Nakiska, this involves checking the vaccination status, test result, exemption or other, for each person entering their lease area. Given that they have to pay staff to do this, it isn't something they want to do, but it is something that they are required to do in order to operate. For Skogan I would suggest accessing it without entering the ski area (at least until they have worked out how to deal with XC skiers). For Sunshine, I would imagine that if you simply show your vaccine record to the guys at the base station, you would be fine, although as of yesterday the 'ski out' is closed to skiers.




Bob Truman replied to Mike W's post: Skogan Pass FKSA

Delivered: Thursday Nov 25, 2021


Further to SteveR's comment, there is a path through the trees from the west end of P4 that will avoid the hassles. The path starts where the car is parked in the photo.


SteveR replied to Mike W's post: Skogan Pass FKSA

Delivered: Thursday Nov 25, 2021


Thanks for the heads up about being (unreasonably!) harassed by Nakiska staff. There have been reports of similar encounters with skiers ascending the Sunshine ski out. Like you did, we typically "cheat" and access the Skogan area from one of the lower Nakiska lots. The often crowded area at the entrance can be avoided by cutting around the back of the main lodge on foot before putting skis on and descending to pick up the xc trail system.


Gord F replied to Chip Scialfa's post: Highwood Pass

Delivered: Wednesday Nov 24, 2021


Good to hear you found some turns. I was at Arethusa a few days ago and everything in the alpine was wind-hammered so I assumed Highwood would still be the same. Today we skied Tryst Lake and found great (early season) conditions. A bit testy getting in there with plenty of alder-bashing, but better than expected.


Karl B replied to chuckley's post: Moraine Lake Road perfection

Delivered: Wednesday Nov 24, 2021


Near perfect conditions, there was a little snow last night which made for a great ski day. Parking lot had space when we arrived at 9:30 am and when we left at 1:30 pm.
Karl & Chris



SkierRoger replied to JeremyN's post: West Bragg Creek Notice

Delivered: Wednesday Nov 24, 2021


Hi Jeremy,
Thanks very much for the update on the trail conditions at WBC.

I'm tagging your report so it also comes up under "Grooming Reports"



Bob Truman replied to Bob Truman's post: Re: my concern about Parks Canada\'s grooming cutbacks

Delivered: Wednesday Nov 24, 2021


coffeecup: send your concerns to ll.info@pc.gc.ca I spoke to Kurt Devlin yesterday and he said it's important to "go through the proper channels." In other words, let government bureaucracy run its course. I have no other contact.



SteveR replied to Chuck's post: BAKER CREEK to PROTECTION MTN. CAMPGROUND - Fake News

Delivered: Wednesday Nov 24, 2021


Parks Canada trail reports back online this morning. Guessing that they were down for site maintenance.


coffeecup replied to Bob Truman's post: Re: my concern about Parks Canada\'s grooming cutbacks

Delivered: Wednesday Nov 24, 2021


who do we address the funding cuts for the 4rth groomer situation to? i.e. next up the ladder?


Diana Piggott replied to Chuck's post: BAKER CREEK to PROTECTION MTN. CAMPGROUND - Fake News

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 23, 2021


I am also unable to access either Banff or Yoho trail reports, from the usual links :-(



SteveR replied to Chuck's post: BAKER CREEK to PROTECTION MTN. CAMPGROUND - Fake News

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 23, 2021


Desktop and 2 mobile devices all say "Safari cannot open the page because the server cannot be found". Only for Parks Canada.


SkierRoger replied to Chuck's post: BAKER CREEK to PROTECTION MTN. CAMPGROUND - Fake News

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 23, 2021


Steve,

Below is a link to the trail reports. You may also access by going to Trail Reports in this website.

Link1


SteveR replied to Chuck's post: BAKER CREEK to PROTECTION MTN. CAMPGROUND - Fake News

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 23, 2021


Is anyone else unable to access the Banff trail reports?



ODA replied to Bob Truman's post: Re: my concern about Parks Canada\'s grooming cutbacks

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 23, 2021


It should be noted that crews do more than track the trails. I met the groomer at Cascade yesterday and he was on snowmobile cutting all the trees on the trail. When I asked when the trails might be tracked he mumbled under his breath that he had 100-150 trees to cut in the next few days! All the wet snow/rain took its toll on the trees.
Perhaps we all need a little patience : )

Besides cutting trees, to clear the trail he did a couple of runs from the trail head to the bridge and a loop around the camp area. So that section is now skidoo packed. I assume he will be back today to continue cutting trees to the end of the trail.
Hopefully it will be tracked soon.
Happy skiing all.



JeremyN replied to Bob Truman's post: Re: my concern about Parks Canada\'s grooming cutbacks

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 23, 2021


All efforts are indeed appreciated by xc skiers -who, sometimes are overly enthusiastic about grooming even though at times is substandard understanding that challenges abound early season. Best feedback is direct to parks, both provincial and federal. Do let them know your expectations.


Ski junkie replied to Chuck's post: PIPESTONE & HECTOR - First Tracks on First Tracksetting!

Delivered: Monday Nov 22, 2021


You got first tracks on the second tracksetting if that's from today :) we had first tracks on fresh tracksetting at Pipestone yesterday. Pretty good conditions overall. The ski doo was heading out for another lap as we were leaving. We did the Pipestone loop finishing on Hector.


SkierRoger replied to Chip Scialfa's post: Black Prince Fan (Mostly a Sk Walk)

Delivered: Monday Nov 22, 2021


Spotwx.com eh,
Got it!



aqua toque replied to SkierRoger's post: Large Photos can now be uploaded

Delivered: Sunday Nov 21, 2021


Thanks Roger.

That Daniel guy looks like a heckuva skier but he talks funny.


Test video:


Link1


DarrenKH replied to ErinP's post: Upper Tramline and MLR

Delivered: Sunday Nov 21, 2021


Moraine Lake Road was beautiful Saturday, I found conditions great for classic. There were many classic and skate skiers and they seemed happy. Parking lot at MLR turnoff was packed at 9:30. I parked at Lake Louise and skied down Tramline. As I left I saw that some people were parking on the road, we should raise awareness about Tramline option to reduce temptation to break the rules.


SkierRoger replied to Mike W's post: PLPP Elk Pass Area

Delivered: Saturday Nov 20, 2021


Thanks Mike for the very informative and detailed report.


aqua toque replied to sgeorg's post: Resources for Backcountry Ski Conditions

Delivered: Saturday Nov 20, 2021


Hi GordF,

Yeah, I don't particularly concern myself with the numbers, preferring the weekly and monthly graphical representations. Basically I find the graphs are helpful in determining if there has been a good dump recently or how long it's been since the last one in the various areas. I also find the relationship between the blue line, red line and grey area of interest. I won't disclose which pillow(s) I track as it could jeopardize my secret stashes.

A side note... I count myself among the fortunate few who have actually stumbled upon a dormant snow pillow. And by that I mean during the summer months and to be clear I stumbled "upon" it not "on to" it. Nevertheless, they're very freaky!



SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Large Photos can now be uploaded

Delivered: Saturday Nov 20, 2021


Yes you can include video clips, but not as a picture. Here is the correct process:

1: Upload the video to a webpage such as Youtube, etc.

2: Paste the resulting URL into the "Photos page or Website URL" box within your report.

A video cannot be uploaded as a picture. The formats are way different.

See the example below:

Link1


Chuck replied to SkierRoger's post: Large Photos can now be uploaded

Delivered: Saturday Nov 20, 2021


Does that mean we can include short video clips now?



Gary B replied to sgeorg's post: Resources for Backcountry Ski Conditions

Delivered: Saturday Nov 20, 2021


My interpretation is that the rivers.alberta.ca is weighing the snow while the value from the avalanche.ca weather stations is a measured depth.

Also the skibanff.com/conditions (sunshine webcams) site reports 196 cm of snow and a settled base of 97 cm (970 mm).

As fresh snow is roughly 1/10th the density of water the 196 cm is fairly close to the approx 180 mm water equivalent from the rivers.ca site. Over time snow settles and becomes more dense so the 97 cm depth from the skibanff site is close to the 87 cm at the avalanche.ca site. Over time I'd expect the density of the snow to increase and the settled base will decrease unless new snow is added.

I would guess that when the rivers.ca value declines it is because snow is either melting or blowing off the pillow.





SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Lake O’Hara and a Blue Sky

Delivered: Saturday Nov 20, 2021


Oh yes, the Lake O’Hara parking lot is in fine shape.


Gord F replied to sgeorg's post: Resources for Backcountry Ski Conditions

Delivered: Saturday Nov 20, 2021


Aqua Toque, how do you interpret the Snow Pillow data on rivers.alberta.ca? At Sunshine for example, it reads 179.8mm and the weather station on Avalanche.ca lists the height of snow at 87cm.



chuckley replied to SkierRoger's post: Lake O’Hara and a Blue Sky

Delivered: Saturday Nov 20, 2021


Thanks Roger,
Has the parking lot been plowed out yet? On Wednesday it was just a single plow strip.



Gates replied to ErinP's post: Upper Tramline and MLR

Delivered: Friday Nov 19, 2021


MLR skate ski. 5-10cm of fresh ungroomed snow on old extremely lumpy grooming from earlier this weak.Skied to avalanche zone. Poling soft but no more ashphalt! Trail condition poor to fair at best for skating.With some grooming would be good.Tracks and classic was good.
Cheers.



aqua toque replied to sgeorg's post: Resources for Backcountry Ski Conditions

Delivered: Friday Nov 19, 2021


C'mon sgeorg, admit it, this is nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to get us to divulge our secret stashes!

OK, OK, try checking the snow pillow data on https://rivers.alberta.ca/



Diana Piggott replied to sgeorg's post: Resources for Backcountry Ski Conditions

Delivered: Friday Nov 19, 2021


There is a Facebook group, called Backcountry YYC, if that helps. They are a pretty rad group!



Eliza replied to Bob Truman's post: Grooming will take longer

Delivered: Friday Nov 19, 2021


Just spoke to someone from Parks and the most effective method for advocating for more budget for track-setting is to email:

ll.info@pc.gc.ca

Happy skiing!

(first 2 letters are LL for Lake Louise)





ODA replied to ODA's post: website errors

Delivered: Thursday Nov 18, 2021


Thanks Roger.


SkierRoger replied to JohnFB's post: Peter Lougheed - Lookout

Delivered: Thursday Nov 18, 2021


My goodness John, did you paint that picture?!


Mary-Ann replied to Mary-Ann's post: Great Divide

Delivered: Thursday Nov 18, 2021


Thank you Ray


Ray Yong replied to Mary-Ann's post: Great Divide

Delivered: Thursday Nov 18, 2021


I was there yesterday, as was Chuck, starting from the Lake O'Hara end. Trail is groomed and double trackset all the way through. Trail was a little soft from the top of the hill through to the Lake Louise end, but condition was still excellent.



SkierRoger replied to ODA's post: website errors

Delivered: Thursday Nov 18, 2021


It's fixed now ODA.
Two of my links were old and had to be updated.

It will work now. Thanks for the heads-up!



SkierRoger replied to ODA's post: website errors

Delivered: Thursday Nov 18, 2021


Thanks ODA.

I see that for a couple of Live Grooming links.

It doesn't have anything to do with this particular site (this is a secure site - see the little lock icon in the URL).

Instead, it seems that the administrator of those particular sites has an issue. They may be making some changes on their end...

I will continue to monitor.



SkierRoger replied to Bob Truman's post: Redearth Creek

Delivered: Thursday Nov 18, 2021


I would love to get MAAD back as a user of this website. I do love his reports!



SkierRoger replied to Bob Truman's post: Redearth Creek

Delivered: Thursday Nov 18, 2021


Haha, thanks for trip report Bob.
Quite an experience.

Regarding the internet server connection, we are now 100% up and running on a new lickedy-split fast Mercury server.




Chuck replied to Chuck's post: GREAT DIVIDE - Cold, but we found some Sun

Delivered: Wednesday Nov 17, 2021


Yes Chuckley, here is one to keep that memory alive!


SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Upgrading website

Delivered: Wednesday Nov 17, 2021


Thanks everyone for your patience today. We had some downtime as me migrated to a new, more efficient server.

I think we’re good to go now but please let me know if you experience any sluggishness or problems with the website.



chuckley replied to Chuck's post: GREAT DIVIDE - Cold, but we found some Sun

Delivered: Wednesday Nov 17, 2021


Thanks for the great pics.
One picture I did not take today was the over 60 cm of snow on the picnic table at the Great Divide. A great start to the season.



Hugh replied to Chuck's post: GREAT DIVIDE - Cold, but we found some Sun

Delivered: Wednesday Nov 17, 2021


We went up to the CD parking lot and saw the lack of grooming this AM and ended up at MLR.



Ray replied to Pattier's post: Moraine Lake Road

Delivered: Wednesday Nov 17, 2021


We also skied MLR, starting from the Chateau parking and skiing down Upper Tramline, which was freshly trackset, and very good. We had no trouble going up MLR, though it did have a bit of an icy feel until we got above the steep hills (about 4km up) - after that it was quite good with the occasional soft section. Coming down the steepest sections was a bit tricky, as the tracks were very fast, but it was challenging to snow plow with one ski on the rough middle section. A later start (-14C at 10:30am), then warmed up to -7C.


Helene replied to Pattier's post: Moraine Lake Road

Delivered: Wednesday Nov 17, 2021


Thanks Pattie, your info is much appreciated! Cheers!



aqua toque replied to Alf Skrastins's post: Kananaskis Lookout

Delivered: Wednesday Nov 17, 2021


Oh boy. By the looks of that secret stashes could be coming into shape!



SkierRoger replied to Chip Scialfa's post: Chester Lake

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 16, 2021


Absolutely gorgeous Chip!!


fallsalot replied to SkierRoger's post: Grooming Update: Mt. Shark, Peter Lougheed Park & Ribbon Creek trails

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 16, 2021


moraine lake road was indeed trackset today and is in pretty good condition.tracksetter was done about 1PM ,just in time for my return trip .firmed up fast but tracks too wobbly for any speed on the fun parts.nice that parks posted a quick update !



Bob Truman replied to SkierRoger's post: Grooming Update: Mt. Shark, Peter Lougheed Park & Ribbon Creek trails

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 16, 2021


It looks like Lake Louise was spared. The trail report indicates that Moraine Lake road was trackset today, so it appears the rain didn't do any damage to the trails there.

The Banff trail report indicates "crusty snow" on the Banff xc ski trails so they obviously were hit with rain.



KenH replied to KenH's post: Parking passes needed for PLPP???

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 16, 2021


2021-11-16 - comment by coffeecup

sort of an aside to this question but do you need this pass to ski and park at the Canmore Nordic Centre? (on top of their fee to ski?)

ANSWER: Yes. $15/day to park + $15/day to ski. Pretty expensive I’d say - although I suppose many skiers already have the annual $90 parking pass.





coffeecup replied to KenH's post: Parking passes needed for PLPP???

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 16, 2021


sort of an aside to this question but do you need this pass to ski and park at the Canmore Nordic Centre? (on top of their fee to ski?)


KenH replied to KenH's post: Parking passes needed for PLPP???

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 16, 2021


Alf… seems like a no-brainer. If skiers need to have a Conservation Pass to park at WBC, then revenue from that pass should go to support WBC grooming. Is there any on-going discussion with AEP on this?


Alf Skrastins replied to KenH's post: Parking passes needed for PLPP???

Delivered: Monday Nov 15, 2021


...Except that the Alberta Government has not provided Bragg Creek Trails with a single cent from the Kananaskis Conservation Pass to support snow grooming or trail maintenance.
Thanks for nothing!



SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Great Divide Revisited

Delivered: Monday Nov 15, 2021


Thanks fallsalot


fallsalot replied to SkierRoger's post: Great Divide Revisited

Delivered: Monday Nov 15, 2021


emailed parks canada to ask when tracksetting will be done .was thanked for my interest and provided with the trail report link.In past seasons tracksetting started a day after a snow event ,was informed parks needs a personal for snow clearing first then they can start tracksetting



VanitaH replied to Normand's post: North Lookout, PLPP

Delivered: Monday Nov 15, 2021


thanks for your post.




SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Great Divide Revisited

Delivered: Sunday Nov 14, 2021


There is no fixed grooming schedule CoffeeCup.
Grooming depends on snow conditions.



coffeecup replied to SkierRoger's post: Great Divide Revisited

Delivered: Sunday Nov 14, 2021


what day is grooming day? :) on the great divide..


Arie replied to SkierRoger's post: Perfect Day on the Great Divide

Delivered: Saturday Nov 13, 2021


Big snow event on the way ... Windy.com predicts 50 cm of snow on the divide in Banff and similar amounts at PLPP.


Jenny replied to Jenny's post: Mount Shark - Snowy and (mostly) open for business

Delivered: Saturday Nov 13, 2021


So I hear :( Happily that rain fell as snow on the upper Pocaterra trails though...


Diana Piggott replied to Jenny's post: Mount Shark - Snowy and (mostly) open for business

Delivered: Saturday Nov 13, 2021


That looks beautiful! But I hear it was raining there yesterday :-(



SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Perfect Day on the Great Divide

Delivered: Thursday Nov 11, 2021


That’s true.
I was mad that you beat me to the top, haha!



Chuck replied to SkierRoger's post: Perfect Day on the Great Divide

Delivered: Thursday Nov 11, 2021


Now I know who stomped around on my ski tracks at the trailhead!
Sorry to have missed you Roger.



JeremyN replied to Gord F's post: Burstall Pass Tuesday Nov 9

Delivered: Wednesday Nov 10, 2021


Informed report Gord. And good to have met at the pass last week —your recommendation lures! Btw, after our parting I zipped up lookout which was well covered albeit a bit spicy on the return dh!


SkierRoger replied to Bob Truman's post: Moraine Lake road at Lake Louise

Delivered: Wednesday Nov 10, 2021


I wonder who is going to put in the most skiing days this year:
Bob Truman or Chuck?



Bob Truman replied to Bob Truman's post: Wolves at the Door(the Back Door, that is)

Delivered: Wednesday Nov 10, 2021


Arie, the parking lot is open. They roped it off last winter only on occasions when they needed to park the truck and trailer which hauls the snowcat. It's a small lot and the truck and trailer need all the space.


SkierRoger replied to Lane1's post: Fairview via Paradise?

Delivered: Wednesday Nov 10, 2021


Hi Lane1

I combined a couple of maps that hopefully clear things up on how these various trails interconnect.

Not sure if this helps...




Arie replied to Bob Truman's post: Wolves at the Door(the Back Door, that is)

Delivered: Wednesday Nov 10, 2021


Bob, what is the parking situation at Back Door? Last year, when it became popular, the lot was roped off.


Chuck replied to Chuck's post: GREAT DIVIDE - Roller Packed while we ski!

Delivered: Wednesday Nov 10, 2021


Hi Diana,
It was no mistake to follow your tracks!
We must have gone further... the Shelter has been cleaned up. There is now only one table, but also a stack of 12 by 12 beams, so Parks must have some changes planned... maybe an outhouse?!



Diana Piggott replied to Chuck's post: GREAT DIVIDE - Roller Packed while we ski!

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 09, 2021


Hello Chuck! Usually my mistake is to follow your tracks the next day......
Is that picnic shelter in good shape? I remember it being rather a mess a few years ago.



Diana Piggott replied to Bob Truman's post: Wolves at the Door(the Back Door, that is)

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 09, 2021


Lovely! Your communion with nature gives us paws......
(Sorry! Lovely to see your report :-) )



SkierRoger replied to Chuck's post: GREAT DIVIDE - Roller Packed while we ski!

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 09, 2021


I received a recent update from Jeff of the Chateau grooming team regarding the Lake Louise upper trails (Fairview, Lakeshore, Peyto, Upper Telemark, and Upper Tramline).

Not enough snow yet to start on anything yet. As soon as there is he will inform me and I’ll post a report.




Diana Piggott replied to Sara M's post: MLR and a bit of Tramline

Delivered: Monday Nov 08, 2021


Hello Sara! I'm glad you got to enjoy the new snow on MLR this morning. Too bad about the skate skiing on thin snow, and they probably tried that on the Great Divide too :-(



Diana Piggott replied to Alaric's post: Death, taxes, and the Moraine Lake Road; three things you can count on

Delivered: Monday Nov 08, 2021


I think there were 90 cars this morning!! Okay not that many, but too many for us, and that, as they say, is another story........



aqua toque replied to Alaric's post: Death, taxes, and the Moraine Lake Road; three things you can count on

Delivered: Monday Nov 08, 2021


Well that's just great but not everyone can afford Ginsu-tipped ski poles!


SkierRoger replied to Chuck's post: SPRAY WEST - Not Groomed Yet

Delivered: Monday Nov 08, 2021


Thanks for your Spray West trip report Chuck. As always you are providing great information to the XC skiing community.



SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: PLPP Trail Conditions Update

Delivered: Sunday Nov 07, 2021


Some time ago, SkierBob wrote a report on the process of grooming ski trails.

If you’re interested to see that information go to the Resources section of this website or simply click on the following link:

Link1


HenryL replied to Ski junkie's post: Face plant expert

Delivered: Saturday Nov 06, 2021


Gee, I knew a guy named Bob who had skis like that...-)


Ski junkie replied to Ski junkie's post: Face plant expert

Delivered: Friday Nov 05, 2021


Yeah the smoke got thicker the closer I got to Elk Pass.


Gord F replied to Ski junkie's post: Face plant expert

Delivered: Thursday Nov 04, 2021


Looks like conditions have deteriorated a bit since Monday when I was there. It should make for a good base though. Did you notice any smoke near Elk Pass?


SkierRoger replied to Ski junkie's post: Face plant expert

Delivered: Thursday Nov 04, 2021


Thanks for the post Ski junkie!
Yes, it certainly does feel good to get the body moving. What I learned yesterday was that my summer habit of drink beer & eating peanuts was sub-optimal for XC skiing.

Sorry about the face.




Tanya K replied to Gord F's post: Backdoor - Tyrwhitt - Elk Pass - Nov 1

Delivered: Wednesday Nov 03, 2021


I'll solve at least part of the mystery of the ski tracks ending on Tyrwhitt.

I went out with my family on Saturday, the 30th. We got first tracks from the back door to the top of Whisky Jack. We broke trail through about 15-20 cm of fresh snow.
So it was my husband that created the lovely ski trail everybody followed Sunday and Monday.

We were joined by two other men at the top of Whisky Jack and we let them go ahead to continue breaking trail along Tyrwhitt. They stopped when they reached the meadows because it was getting wet and the snow was thin. They were planning on going to Elk Pass but turned around there.

We went perhaps 5 metres further, took a photo, and turned around.

Maybe somebody else headed out after us on Sunday and went further across Tyrwhitt. The snow was definitely trampled down where we turned around because we were taking photos there. No kick turn.

Third photo is where we turned around.



Normand replied to Gord F's post: Backdoor - Tyrwhitt - Elk Pass - Nov 1

Delivered: Monday Nov 01, 2021


Nice report Gord and intel data. I wish I would have been hauled by helicopter to end up in a Canmore pub! But I turned around yesterday before the track’s end you saw.


Chuck replied to Normand's post: Fire Lookout and Tyrwhitt

Delivered: Monday Nov 01, 2021


Nice selection of photos Normand, with a very informative report... Thanks


frances dances replied to Chuck's post: FIRST TRACKS of the season on the MLR!

Delivered: Sunday Oct 31, 2021


I had an idea that someone would be on Moraine Lake Road after the forecast of snow after Friday for Lake Louise and it figured that it would be Chuck (lol). What is always interesting about ski reports is that while there will be reports of grooming here and there, there will always be somebody breaking trail on ALL the trails and it is good to see that it is an activity that has not been forgotten.


SkierRoger replied to aqua toque's post: Good read if you can find it.

Delivered: Sunday Oct 31, 2021


Looks “Spoooktacular” !


SkierRoger replied to Chuck's post: FIRST TRACKS of the season on the MLR!

Delivered: Saturday Oct 30, 2021


Thanks for this Chuck. I spoke too fast.
You and Pattier are tied for the honour of posting this year’s first trip report.



SkierRoger replied to Pattier's post: Skiing on the Burstall Road (Trail)!

Delivered: Saturday Oct 30, 2021


Congratulations Pattier. You have the distinct honour of posting the first trip report of the year!

I’m sure those who follow in your tracks will appreciate today’s hard work. Great pictures too.



SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Grooming Update: Lake Louise Area

Delivered: Saturday Oct 30, 2021


Here is a current map showing snow cover of about 10 cm in the Lake Louise area.

I attached a live link to the Ventusky map website so you can follow it. This can be found under the Weather Reports link in this site.

There are also numerous webcam links available under Webcams.

Link1


xcdave replied to SkierRoger's post: Grooming Update: Lake Louise Area

Delivered: Saturday Oct 30, 2021


Ski Louise reports 16cm of snow at the ski hill base the last 48 hr. I would think similar amounts fell on MLR. Based on the LL groomer comments they probably want one more good snowfall before they pack MLR or Great Divide, assuming they don't lose any snow to warm weather in between.



SaskSkier replied to SkierRoger's post: Grooming Update: Lake Louise Area

Delivered: Saturday Oct 30, 2021


How much snow has fallen in the area so far? It sounded like quite a bit was supposed to fall in the past few days.


Norbert replied to KenH's post: UPDATE on 2020/21 Parking Pass funds use

Delivered: Friday Oct 29, 2021


Great work by this committee! I particularly like the wifi at Pocaterra. Weather updates, emergency emails, trail reports... 👍


SteveR replied to KenH's post: UPDATE on 2020/21 Parking Pass funds use

Delivered: Friday Oct 29, 2021


I was wondering recently about the surplus. Good to hear that it is being spread throughout the Kananaskis area. Although I'm not sure if wi-fi at Pocaterra does anything to enhance the skiing experience, other than maybe getting at the minute reports from the crack of dawn skiers.


SkierRoger replied to KenH's post: UPDATE on 2020/21 Parking Pass funds use

Delivered: Friday Oct 29, 2021


Thanks for this update Ken.

The XC skiing community will greatly benefit from the projects you describe.

I made your report accessible through the News button above.



Bob Truman replied to Chuck's post: TODAY... Skiing on Frozen Thunder

Delivered: Tuesday Oct 26, 2021


To SteveR..."Slurpee"...that's another excellent descriptor for the snow conditions on Frozen Thunder.

Link1


SteveR replied to Chuck's post: TODAY... Skiing on Frozen Thunder

Delivered: Tuesday Oct 26, 2021


Made me want to head down to the neighbourhood 7-11 for a slurpee!


SkierRoger replied to SteveR's post: Remember October 23, 2020?

Delivered: Monday Oct 25, 2021


Winter is arriving late compared to last year Steve.
We will make up for it though…



aqua toque replied to Chuck's post: TODAY... Skiing on Frozen Thunder

Delivered: Monday Oct 25, 2021


Oh, that reminds me, I was supposed to pick up some fresh salmon.


coffeecup replied to Chuck's post: Remembering October 24, 2020

Delivered: Monday Oct 25, 2021


wishing that was today.



frances dances replied to Bob Truman's post: Pocaterra Hut is open

Delivered: Friday Oct 22, 2021


The wood fireplace has been replaced by a gas insert on a timer and probably a thermostat.


frances dances replied to Chuck's post: Parks Canada prepares for ski track setting

Delivered: Friday Oct 22, 2021


Always nice to see rocks being removed.


SkierRoger replied to Helen Read's post: Time to save 10% on your Canmore Nordic Centre Ski Season Pass

Delivered: Tuesday Oct 19, 2021


Thanks for the heads up Helen.
Attached is a link to their website for online purchases

Link1


Chuck replied to Chuck's post: Remember... How ecstatic we were on this date last year!

Delivered: Monday Oct 18, 2021


Okay Roger...
This year (today), I cycled the MLR, for the record!
Enjoy it any which way,
Chuck



SkierRoger replied to Chuck's post: Remember... How ecstatic we were on this date last year!

Delivered: Sunday Oct 17, 2021


Haha,
And we’re all waiting to see some more of your fantastic pictures and trip reports from this year!



Bob Truman replied to Bob Truman's post: Pocaterra Hut is open

Delivered: Sunday Oct 17, 2021


The fireplace is still there.


coffeecup replied to Bob Truman's post: Pocaterra Hut is open

Delivered: Saturday Oct 16, 2021


is there still a place to sit by the fireplace?


SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Seasonal Road Closure at Moraine Lake Begins

Delivered: Thursday Oct 14, 2021


Thanks Arie. Music to my ears:
"Abundant snowfall is expected throughout much of ski country from the Coastal Range of British Columbia through the Rockies of western Alberta."

😀



Arie replied to SkierRoger's post: Seasonal Road Closure at Moraine Lake Begins

Delivered: Thursday Oct 14, 2021


The countdown begins!
Accuweather predicts a cold and snowy winter:
https://www.accuweather.com/en/winter-weather/accuweather-2021-2022-canada-winter-forecast/1031228
Let's hope they're right....

Link1


tammynic replied to SkierRoger's post: Who is Roger Anyway?

Delivered: Wednesday Oct 13, 2021


Hi Roger,

So glad someone is taking over SkierBob's amazing XC Ski site! I have your page bookmarked in order to stay in the loop with respect to conditions. PS. I'm not very good either, but XC skiing sure is a great way to stay in shape and have fun in the winter months :-D

Looking forward to ski season, YAHOO!!!



The 13th Troll replied to SkierRoger's post: Oct 2019 trip to Arethusa Cirque, Highwood Pass

Delivered: Sunday Oct 10, 2021


Needles still on the larch trees and enough snow to ski - magic! Looking forward to see what Chuck get's up to this season.


Diana Piggott replied to SkierRoger's post: Oct 2019 trip to Arethusa Cirque, Highwood Pass

Delivered: Friday Oct 08, 2021


Wow, that is achingly beautiful!



SkierRoger replied to Erika H's post: Frozen Thunder: Opening Oct 18

Delivered: Thursday Oct 07, 2021


Exciting news Erika!

I see we have Nordiq Canada, Biathlon Canada, Alberta World Cup Academy, Alberta Biathlon, Nordiq Alberta, and WinSport to thank for putting this together.

BTW, I made a programming adjustment so long web addresses can be now handled. A link to this website now exists in your post.



HenryL replied to Chuck's post: Parker Ridge

Delivered: Thursday Jul 22, 2021


Only a silly, nutty, crazy ski fanatic would call July 13, with flowers in full bloom, "late in the season". OMG LOL


aqua toque replied to Chuck's post: Parker Ridge

Delivered: Monday Jul 19, 2021


Pass the tanning butter!
Link1


SkierRoger replied to Chuck's post: Parker Ridge

Delivered: Thursday Jul 15, 2021


Glad your search for summer snow was successful Chuck.

I was curious to know where Parker Ridge is.
Found it:



Diana Piggott replied to SkierRoger's post: Off season training

Delivered: Sunday Jul 11, 2021


The skybox has been sold!
I hope it enjoys its new home :-)



Diana Piggott replied to SkierRoger's post: Off season training

Delivered: Wednesday Jul 07, 2021


I should, but I tend to turn into a tub of lard.....

Wrong season and maybe wrong place, but I have a Yakima Skybox 18 I would like to sell, if anyone is interested!



sillybunt replied to aqua toque's post: Chronicles of the Obscure

Delivered: Thursday Jun 03, 2021


Nice spring outing mr toque. I'm sorry the big prize was not attained due to thin snow but the adventure looks worthwhile.


SkierRoger replied to aqua toque's post: Chronicles of the Obscure

Delivered: Sunday May 30, 2021


Fantastic aqua toque!
And I love your weekend warrior dashboard dudes



SkierRoger replied to Chuck's post: Moraine Lake

Delivered: Tuesday May 25, 2021


It sure looks like Spring has sprung


aqua toque replied to Chuck's post: Moraine Lake

Delivered: Monday May 24, 2021


Chuck! Don't go posting pix of heavy equipment. The groomers at WBC might start getting ideas.


SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Report Editing feature

Delivered: Monday May 17, 2021


Thanks for the feedback Chuck


Chuck replied to SkierRoger's post: Report Editing feature

Delivered: Sunday May 16, 2021


Editing works great... Thanks Roger.
Users are going to love this feature.



ODA replied to SkierRoger's post: Update on Website

Delivered: Wednesday May 12, 2021


Hi Roger,
This looks fantastic and much easier to view at a glance. Thanks for making the change.
It looks like there are a few more skiers still going - how exciting!
cheers,



Gord F replied to Diana Piggott's post: Robertson Glacier valley (easy tour)

Delivered: Tuesday May 11, 2021


Good idea for a low hazard solo adventure. I often ski this route when things are busy elsewhere.


SkierRoger replied to Diana Piggott's post: Robertson Glacier valley (easy tour)

Delivered: Tuesday May 11, 2021


Thanks for the trip report Diana. Yes indeed, your photo site link was put in properly.

Those are some majestic looking mountains!



Diana Piggott replied to Chuck's post: MONARCH RAMPARTS via HEALY PASS

Delivered: Tuesday May 11, 2021


That looks glorious, and goats too!
I hope the avalanche danger was minimal?!
I also saw no one else all day.



SkierRoger replied to Chuck's post: BOW SUMMIT

Delivered: Sunday May 09, 2021


Fantastic Chuck!

Thanks for the great pictures.



SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Update on Website

Delivered: Saturday May 08, 2021


Thanks very much for your reply ODA. Your prompted me to make a change...

Now when you click the Home button, you will see a COMPLETE listing of all trip reports AND follow-up comments. I've colored the reports blue and the comments red so they are easy to differentiate. The list is sorted by post date (latest first). Click the trip report title and you will see the full report and associated comments.

I continue to show the "Post Summary" button. This is shorter and summarizes just the trip reports. The number of comments associated with each report is provided.

I think this is much more useful. thanks for your question.




ODA replied to SkierRoger's post: Update on Website

Delivered: Friday May 07, 2021


Hi,
Any chance we can see all posts for a given day or week? Or is that available now? Seems like I can only see the comments that I click on.
Thanks for taking this over Roger.
cheers,



KenH replied to SkierRoger's post: Update on Website

Delivered: Thursday May 06, 2021


The ability to edit (or delete) your own posts will be very helpful.... I'm always mis-spelling words that need correction.


Terry L replied to SkierRoger's post: Farewell Interview with Skier Bob

Delivered: Thursday May 06, 2021


I have had the immense pleasure of meeting Bob on the trails on a number of occasions and most recently while skiing with the Shell and Esso retiree groups. Like some many others who have followed your blog over the years, Bob, you can’t be thanked enough for your tireless dedication in promoting the sport, fostering goodwill amongst those who share the trails and your efforts to encourage all levels to get out and enjoy what winter has to offer. You have been a wonderful ambassador that will be missed


SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Update on Website

Delivered: Thursday May 06, 2021


Also, I still have to add a link to Bob's ski video's!

Anything else?



Diana Piggott replied to Sara M's post: Fossil Mountain loop counterclockwise

Delivered: Thursday May 06, 2021


These are wonderful reports, Sara, you are really living the dream!




Sara M replied to Sara M's post: Fossil Mountain loop counterclockwise

Delivered: Wednesday May 05, 2021


Chuck - I nearly broke an ankle on that little hill last spring when the crust failed suddenly, so I was determined to redeem myself and get some good turns this time.

Roger - The mountains do all the work, I just point my phone at them and let them work their magic!



SkierRoger replied to Sara M's post: Fossil Mountain loop counterclockwise

Delivered: Wednesday May 05, 2021


I have to compliment you on your photography Sara.

Those are some incredible pictures!



Chuck replied to Sara M's post: Fossil Mountain loop counterclockwise

Delivered: Wednesday May 05, 2021


Wow Sara... Thanks for the great trip report, and those are pretty awesome turns for a skate skier on crust!

I'm sure Roger appreciates this type of report while he develops his blog during the end of a season.



Chuck replied to Chuck's post: LAKE O'HARA

Delivered: Tuesday May 04, 2021


Glad to hear from you Henry, and that you enjoyed the details!


HenryL replied to Chuck's post: LAKE O'HARA

Delivered: Monday May 03, 2021


You two know how to live.
Ski to one of the most beautiful spots in the world on a beautiful spring day, and then treat yourselves to a cosmopolitan lunch of New York Cheddar chips and Naramata Nut Brown Ale.

Love it!



SkierRoger replied to KenH's post: Kudos to Roger

Delivered: Monday May 03, 2021


Thanks for the kind words Ken.

I’ve always wanted to give back to the community. This seemed like a good way. So far, its been fun and challenging. And yes, a little stressful haha!

Plenty of things to add and improve.



KenH replied to SkierRoger's post: Who is Roger Anyway?

Delivered: Monday May 03, 2021


OK ... not a trip report.... but a huge congratulations, and, to be honest, a sign of relief. So many of us fretted about how/if a replacement for SkierBob would ever happen. And, for sure Roger is off to a terrific start.


Chuck replied to Chuck's post: LAKE O'HARA

Delivered: Monday May 03, 2021


Roger,
We need the link highlighted and clickable!
Can this be done?




SkierRoger replied to Chuck's post: LAKE O'HARA

Delivered: Monday May 03, 2021


Thanks for the great post Chuck! Those animals look hungry.

The Elizabeth Parker hut looks inviting.

BTW I placed a link to your website within the post above. You should see that as an option while posting.



aqua toque replied to SteveR's post: Sheep River ride, no cars and no skis.

Delivered: Sunday May 02, 2021


Fabulous outing. Funny, there was also a guy on the old site named Steve who was always posting crocuses. What a coincidence.

Hey Tim.Coombs, Hwy 66 (Elbow Falls Trail) has the same dealio. Closed til May 15 beyond the falls.

Photo within comment functionality test...




Tim.Coombs replied to SteveR's post: Sheep River ride, no cars and no skis.

Delivered: Sunday May 02, 2021


I am definitely in favour of these reports when the skiing ends. Great to see which roads are still closed where road rides can happen. Highwood Pass and 1A were the only ones I was aware of this far. Thanks!


SkierRoger replied to Chuck's post: Lake Louise to Surprise Pass

Delivered: Friday Apr 30, 2021


Thanks for the awesome pictures Chuck and congratulations on being the first to post on the website. Not sure if there is a prize for that :)


aqua toque replied to Chuck's post: Lake Louise to Surprise Pass

Delivered: Friday Apr 30, 2021


If you squint you can kinda see a goat.


SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Beautiful Day in Kananskis Country

Delivered: Tuesday Apr 27, 2021


I forgot to add this picture...


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