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SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Much better Day at Lake Louise!

Delivered: Sunday Nov 27, 2022 at 08:30


Thanks for not taking offence to my honest mistake Frances. One day we will meet on the trail and I’ll apologize again and again, offer to buy you a beer and that will be it.

You obviously have many years of skiing experience and a great eye for detail!





Frances Dances replied to SkierRoger's post: Much better Day at Lake Louise!

Delivered: Sunday Nov 27, 2022 at 06:05


Re: Chuck, I did not realize until after I had set my "handle" that I had used the female "Frances" rather than the male "Francis" but then thought " what the heck it is just a handle. I challenged Chuck to do some detective work last year and I see that he has "got the goods"! Re: Skier Rogers "mistake", I have not come across it yet, but I am willing to cut him the utmost slack for all the work he does here. As far as "negative" reports go, I urge readers not to use reports for not going but instead as a guide for doing the trip themselves. Remember, the reporter has had the adventure.




Frances Dances replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: BREWSTER CREEK BEYOND FATIGUE PASS JUNCTION- snow reconnaissance ski mission

Delivered: Sunday Nov 27, 2022 at 05:45


Re: gap. It probably would not hurt for the shop to review their work. Water can do most damage when it is fully contained: it will expand to the easiest route. If it gets into the binding screws this could be problematic. The screw threads are sealed with epoxy glue. Note: I have not done a binding in many years and I will pay the binding fee, always but the water expansion theory should hold true.




MaSid replied to MaSid's post: Elk passes (west, middle, east)

Delivered: Saturday Nov 26, 2022 at 20:03


Hi Chuck, just a copy from an animal/encyclopedia web site. No credit provided on the web site for the photo. The show lasted about 2 minutes. You would have been able to get a good shot for sure.




Chuck replied to MaSid's post: Elk passes (west, middle, east)

Delivered: Saturday Nov 26, 2022 at 19:54


Hey MaSid,
That final photo of the weasel is the winner... who gets the photo credit?





MaSid replied to MaSid's post: Elk passes (west, middle, east)

Delivered: Saturday Nov 26, 2022 at 19:09







SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Much better Day at Lake Louise!

Delivered: Saturday Nov 26, 2022 at 17:49


Thanks for the education, Chuck. I'm always learning things from you!

And my heartfelt apologies to Frances Dances for my mistake. I'll fix it right up...






Chuck replied to ulrikeski's post: Fresh snow at Boom Lake

Delivered: Saturday Nov 26, 2022 at 17:48


Thanks for the factual ski report Ulrike.
Hope Gary didn't damage those $10 skis on any rocks hidden under all that fresh snow.





Chuck replied to SkierRoger's post: Much better Day at Lake Louise!

Delivered: Saturday Nov 26, 2022 at 17:43


That first machine is 'Flat Packing'.
Thanks to Frances Dances for HIS very factual report yesterday!





tmalaher replied to Frances Dances's post: Chateau Lake Louise-Fairview-Moraine Lake Road-Upper Tramline-Peyto-Great Divide-Tramline-Village.

Delivered: Saturday Nov 26, 2022 at 10:11


As mentioned elsewhere, I called the Banff Park info centre and they explained the process: the groomers email their reports to the info center. If the email arrives after the office closes at 5pm they don't update the web site until the office opens the next day at 9am, and maybe not right away if things are busy.

This is why everyone needs to email Parks Canada and push for them to get hooked up with https://nordic-pulse.com

Here are some addresses to try (addresses are scattered across many different web sites, and are inconsistent):
banff.vrc@pc.gc.ca
pc.banff-vrc.pc@canada.ca
pc.lakelouiseinfo-infolakelouise.pc@canada.ca
lakelouiseinfo-infolakelouise@pc.gc.ca
yoho.info@pc.gc.ca
information@pc.gc.ca


Nordic Pulse Live Grooming Reports





RainerA replied to Frances Dances's post: Chateau Lake Louise-Fairview-Moraine Lake Road-Upper Tramline-Peyto-Great Divide-Tramline-Village.

Delivered: Saturday Nov 26, 2022 at 08:35


Curious that the grooming you saw Friday on Great Divide hasn't been reported on the Parks trail report as of 8:30 AM on Saturday




Helen Read replied to Frances Dances's post: Chateau Lake Louise-Fairview-Moraine Lake Road-Upper Tramline-Peyto-Great Divide-Tramline-Village.

Delivered: Saturday Nov 26, 2022 at 07:46


Thank you Frances Dances, I like your style-tell it like it is. A bit too early for Fairview. Too bad the big dump of snow did not materialize. but hopefully the grooming finally happened on MLR and GD to refresh those two gems.




DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to Little Bs's post: The Little B's face PowderFace!

Delivered: Saturday Nov 26, 2022 at 00:33


Those Little B's must have faced some serious base scare face on the Powderface. That is some serious eastern slope hard ski hike trippin' reminiscent of Yaha Tinda region in my younger years of the last century.

The Little B's might need some fluffy southern vacation time in the Akamina region after the cold weather goes away in about 10 days or so. Nice quiet place, burned out 3 years ago, offering joyous terrain west of the Prince of Wales. Once they check that place out they may never want to return north. Such easy access for the B's they might get too lazy to ski anywhere else, although they might find the exceptional scenic drive at sunrise, where the prairie meets the mountains, a tad lengthy.

Ski on Little B's.







Little Bs replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: PIPESTONE RIVER TO POINT CAMP MEADOWS- Wednesday afternoon/ night ski

Delivered: Friday Nov 25, 2022 at 22:42


DAB - We'll let you know about the glade skiing after our trip tomorrow.




Little Bs replied to Little Bs's post: The Little B's face PowderFace!

Delivered: Friday Nov 25, 2022 at 22:34


MaSid - Thanks for your suggestion. Any chance of you building a snofa up there? If so, please make it wide enough for us - 140cm!




Arie replied to SkierRoger's post: PLPP: Whiskey Jack, Tyrwhitt, Elk Pass

Delivered: Friday Nov 25, 2022 at 21:38


Sure!




Chuck replied to JoLynn's post: Ski Day at Lake Louise

Delivered: Friday Nov 25, 2022 at 21:26


Hey JoLynn,
Now there's an honest report... but who in their right mind would bother going out.
Suggest you read SkierRoger's website before heading out next time!






JoLynn replied to JoLynn's post: Ski Day at Lake Louise

Delivered: Friday Nov 25, 2022 at 20:33







MtnGoat replied to Little Bs's post: The Little B's face PowderFace!

Delivered: Friday Nov 25, 2022 at 19:39


One crazy adventure but much appreciated to live this vicariously!




MaSid replied to Little Bs's post: The Little B's face PowderFace!

Delivered: Friday Nov 25, 2022 at 18:31


Another option, especially after road closes: powderface creek route, out and back. Was in there monday (but hiking vents ridge traverse). Good walker packed base in the shadowy valley bottom, at least before the warm temps anyway. But it holds snow back there. A good one after a melt freeze followed by an upslope dump. Perfect for a little B slalom run.





Little Bs replied to Little Bs's post: The Little B's face PowderFace!

Delivered: Friday Nov 25, 2022 at 18:11


MORE PHOTOS!




SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: PLPP: Whiskey Jack, Tyrwhitt, Elk Pass

Delivered: Friday Nov 25, 2022 at 17:23


Hi Arie

Too bad we missed each other on the trails. Hopefully next time!

Lucky you: I didn't spot any wildlife at all.
Looks like you may have tried to send a picture that didn't upload quite right. Feel free to try again.





DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: PIPESTONE RIVER TO POINT CAMP MEADOWS- Wednesday afternoon/ night ski

Delivered: Friday Nov 25, 2022 at 17:18


The Little B's are slacking off on reporting are they? Perhaps they need a psychedelic wax job to motivate them.

Is there much for glade skiing up in the Rummel Lake area? I have noticed the forest up in that area has thinned over the decades.






Mike W replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: PIPESTONE RIVER TO POINT CAMP MEADOWS- Wednesday afternoon/ night ski

Delivered: Friday Nov 25, 2022 at 16:45


Hi DAB - I'm definitely skiing, but the Little B's are doing most of the trip reporting. We're heading to Rummel Lake tomorrow. And I need to encourage the Little B's to post our trip report from Monday.
- Mike





DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: PIPESTONE RIVER TO POINT CAMP MEADOWS- Wednesday afternoon/ night ski

Delivered: Friday Nov 25, 2022 at 12:14


Howdy Mike,

I think you are right about skiing with the planet Jupiter shining in the late day sky. After Jupiter came out there were a couple of other bright stars that also came out before it got dark. I believe one was Saturn and the other Mars. I hung out up in the meadows until well after dark for the star show and to catch the lighting on the spectacular mountains to the north.

Are you skiing these days Mike?





Chuck replied to Chuck's post: BOOM LAKE - Enjoying the cold snow up high

Delivered: Friday Nov 25, 2022 at 08:48


Yes Ulrikeski,
I was able to transfer these bindings from my old skis to my new skis!






Arie replied to SkierRoger's post: PLPP: Whiskey Jack, Tyrwhitt, Elk Pass

Delivered: Friday Nov 25, 2022 at 08:23


Hi Roger I skied PLPP as well, Tyrwhitt and Lookout starting from Back Door. Unfortunately I didn't run into you on the trail. I did see several spruce grouse and lots of boreal chickadees, though.




SteveR replied to Chuck's post: BOOM LAKE - Enjoying the cold snow up high

Delivered: Thursday Nov 24, 2022 at 22:04


Good looking skis, Chuck! I expect that we will see those tips in many future reports. In response to other comments- the Asnes "x-skin" and the Madshus kicker skin system as well, are not permanently attached, but are simply an extra tool in the kit to use when wax isn't enough. The skis themselves are normal waxable skis, and function perfectly as such without the skins. Pricey when new though, but FWIW I paid $80 last spring for a lightly used pair including the skins.




Helen Read replied to Chuck's post: BOOM LAKE - Enjoying the cold snow up high

Delivered: Thursday Nov 24, 2022 at 22:02


Have the pink Little B's got a new friend in your Baby Blue's? Glad you found some new skis to enjoy the back country with.




Sara M replied to Chuck's post: BOOM LAKE - Enjoying the cold snow up high

Delivered: Thursday Nov 24, 2022 at 21:31


The new skis look great!




ulrikeski replied to Chuck's post: BOOM LAKE - Enjoying the cold snow up high

Delivered: Thursday Nov 24, 2022 at 21:16


Hey Chuck: very inspiring trip report! Congrats on the new light touring skis. It seems to be difficult to find waxable ones, unless you're willing to pay $500 at a local ski shop. Do you have BCNNN bindings on them? I'm looking to find a new pair as my binding is old and not working well anymore. Definitely will look at Switching Gear again.





Chuck replied to Chuck's post: BOOM LAKE - Enjoying the cold snow up high

Delivered: Thursday Nov 24, 2022 at 20:38


Hey Brother D,
Surprisingly, I managed to score a pair at 190 cms!
I am so glad to have found a traditional waxable ski without skin attachments.
Hopefully, the ski industry is monitoring SkierRoger and we will get what we want!
BTW, wait for more snow... for the Cascade.
Ski ya later, my bobski twin,
Chuck






DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to Chuck's post: BOOM LAKE - Enjoying the cold snow up high

Delivered: Thursday Nov 24, 2022 at 19:40


Howdy Chuck,

I scored the same skis as well last spring. Mine are a little short though, probably 180 cm. I prefer 205's or 210's. I skied on 210 cm Madshus Viddas last season for the first time and I really liked how I could "reach" further for contours in the snow to get better grip and glide. It was a rush skiing on big boards that marketers would say are not the appropriate size for me.

You could have bought new metal edge Madshus skis but they have skins. But what experienced skier wants slow skins stuck on the bottom of skis permanently? The manufacturers don't seem to have the smarts to provide super narrow metal edge skis free of skins for the experienced skiers. It is like the old Ford motto: "you can have any car you want as long as it is black." The ski industry is not into real freedom of choice markets. You get what they want to sell not what you want to ski on.

I guess we will be ski bobbsie twins again having the same skis.

Could you tell me what you thought of the conditions up Cascade River when you skied it a while back? Lots of unavoidable rock? How much snow was at the confounded bridge? Any base to that snow?

Ski ya later.





SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: PLPP: Whiskey Jack, Tyrwhitt, Elk Pass

Delivered: Thursday Nov 24, 2022 at 19:12


The pleasure was all mine Colemania!

sincerely,






Colemania replied to SkierRoger's post: PLPP: Whiskey Jack, Tyrwhitt, Elk Pass

Delivered: Thursday Nov 24, 2022 at 19:05


Nice meeting you on Whiskeyjack Roger! Hope you had a great rest of your day!




SkierRoger replied to Chuck's post: BOOM LAKE - Enjoying the cold snow up high

Delivered: Thursday Nov 24, 2022 at 18:38


Congrats on the new skis Chuck. I know you've been looking for quite some time.

May you use them for many years!





SkierRoger replied to Karl B's post: Moraine lake road is excellent skiing

Delivered: Thursday Nov 24, 2022 at 17:53


Thanks for the report, Karl.

It sounds like Lake Louise is a great choice right now.






SteveR replied to SteveR's post: Lookout!

Delivered: Thursday Nov 24, 2022 at 15:03


Mr D: my 3/4 edged skis are waxable Asnes Vikafjell, dimensions 60-51-55. Compared to my other metal edged light touring skis, the Madshus Glittertind which are 68-55-62, waxable with a full edge, the Asnes offer a nice compromise, with far better performance in set tracks than the draggy wider skis, while still behaving nicely in ungroomed or icy conditions. I bought the Asnes lightly used last spring and am very happy with them, but I only have about 10 days on them thus far. During this time I have used them for some very icy groomed trails, and several days knocking around off-trail at Bragg and in the east and west Elk Passes area, with excellent results including some wide sweeping tele turns coming down the logging cut on the circuit of the two Elk passes (that was in ideal conditions). Having said that-the Glittertinds are a much better turning ski. They also came with the slick Asnes kicker skin setup which fastens to the ski using a low profile metal clip that engages with two slots in the ski. Some kick and glide is still there with the kicker skin in place but, nowhere near as good glide as an xc "skin ski". Right now I have them setup with bindings to go with my track skiing "slippers", which works very well, but I may change bindings so I that can use my NNN-BC boots for better control in more rugged terrain. Finally- this ski is no longer in the Asnes lineup, but they do have a very similar newer model.




Mike W replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: PIPESTONE RIVER TO POINT CAMP MEADOWS- Wednesday afternoon/ night ski

Delivered: Thursday Nov 24, 2022 at 12:31


Probably Jupiter. Definitely not a satellite, which would have been noticeably moving.

"From November 14 to 28, 2022 ... Jupiter appears during evening twilight above the east-southeast horizon, culminates around 8 p.m. some 40 degrees above the southern horizon and vanishes in the west around 1:30 a.m."

https://espacepourlavie.ca/en/planets-visible-naked-eye





DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to SteveR's post: Lookout!

Delivered: Thursday Nov 24, 2022 at 11:54


Hello Muffin Man,

What kind of 3/4 metal edge skis are you skiing on and how wide are they?

Ski Cheers






SteveR replied to SteveR's post: Lookout!

Delivered: Wednesday Nov 23, 2022 at 23:26







MaSid replied to bob truman's post: Hello, old friends

Delivered: Wednesday Nov 23, 2022 at 21:48


Well put. I was thinking the same thing, skiing through west elk, like meeting an old friend after 7 months apart. A good reunion. And then the first person I saw all day was Bob. A good end to the day, although perhaps I should have done fox creek.




MaSid replied to MaSid's post: West elk pass (spring touring)

Delivered: Wednesday Nov 23, 2022 at 19:58


No, not me steve. I didn’t venture down thyrwitt from elk pass at all. The initial meadow section probably travels fine, until the narrowing. Some folk just go in part way for a sunny lunch stop. Usually needs more snow to fill in the deeper drainages through there. I usually wait until late December to get into east elk.




SteveR replied to MaSid's post: West elk pass (spring touring)

Delivered: Wednesday Nov 23, 2022 at 19:46


I noticed a track leading south from the usual jumping off point for East Elk, on my way by on Tyrwhitt this afternoon. Not you?





Normand replied to MaSid's post: West elk pass (spring touring)

Delivered: Wednesday Nov 23, 2022 at 17:31


Nice report MaSid and great photos.




Zosia replied to Alf Skrastins's post: WBC: Tom Snow-North

Delivered: Wednesday Nov 23, 2022 at 16:04


Thanks MaSid! I wonder if the trees are cleared on this trail?




Chuck replied to Chuck's post: MORAINE LAKE ROAD - Original tracksetting holding up well

Delivered: Wednesday Nov 23, 2022 at 06:41


Thank you Sara for that additional very valuable information.





Ray Yong replied to gh's post: WBC

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 22, 2022 at 21:07


Just a couple of minor comments to add - Tracks are generally really good and deep, even in the sun-exposed areas like Mountain View West, but there is debris (i.e., needles, pine cones, twigs, etc.) in the treed trails.

I found the trails in the open were much easier to ski (I was using skin skis), e.g. Mountain Rd, Mountain View West, but the snow was hard and fast.





Sara M replied to Chuck's post: MORAINE LAKE ROAD - Original tracksetting holding up well

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 22, 2022 at 21:05


I don't think Madshus' kicker skins would be worth it for you since you already have a full-length set. The kickers seem more prone to failure, anyway. I suppose the hole in the ski could be a potential weak point, but it's reinforced with plastic and I've never felt like it was a thing to worry about. It doesn't affect the waxability of the ski at all, they could be used the same way as your old skis.




Chuck replied to Chuck's post: MORAINE LAKE ROAD - Original tracksetting holding up well

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 22, 2022 at 19:07


THANK YOU so much, Sara and Helen,
Sara, it is really interesting to learn of the Madshus options. I have been looking for a pure waxable ski, and have been turned off by any suggestion of an optional kicker skin which seems to just complicate matters (with holes in skis and and added cost). I have full length 50 mm skins that I can carry if I am going far and high into the backcountry. I wonder if I am being overly concerned.
Helen, I will respond by email... as I have your email address!





Helen Read replied to Chuck's post: MORAINE LAKE ROAD - Original tracksetting holding up well

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 22, 2022 at 17:45


Chuck, I'm thinking of O'Hara end of Great Divide tomorrow, or LL end, and my Asnes are already in the car. You and Jeannette can join me (meet up at Norquay Rd) 8:30.) I need to be back for bridge classes at 3 so intend to leave there by 12:30/45. I can bring my other Rossy's to ski on as it will be deluxe powder I hope, sunshine and -8.....maybe even some grooming!!!!





Sara M replied to Chuck's post: MORAINE LAKE ROAD - Original tracksetting holding up well

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 22, 2022 at 13:46


Chuck, my LT skis are waxable. They also have the option to use them with a custom kicker skin that integrates with the ski base. Madshus Panorama M55, which this year got replaced by the T55 which Madshus says is lighter but performs similarly. Neither option seems to be available in any local stores but both are available in Quebec stores that ship. Mine are the 180cm, which I believe is the same as the skis you're hoping to replace. You're welcome to borrow them for a spin if you want to try them out.
https://www.demersbicycles.com/us/ski-madshus-panorama-m55-intelligrip.html
https://lecoureurnordique.ca/en/collections/ski-1/products/madshus-panorama-t55-intelligrip-transition-fw22





Quixote replied to Grant's post: Fischer ARC CROWN waxless fischscale skis

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 22, 2022 at 10:01


What length and for approx. what weight?




Frances Dances replied to Chuck's post: MORAINE LAKE ROAD - Original tracksetting holding up well

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 22, 2022 at 08:38


Frank Howard reports that it was not he, but James Lawson (in orange) who was leading the MnM A's. He would also like to report that aside from a couple of rocks, the Lower Tramline was very good. They crossed the bridge to go to the Village.






DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to Normand's post: Shadow Lake

Delivered: Monday Nov 21, 2022 at 20:11


Glad to read Normand is up in the "Shadow The Lake" country again. I was going to say it would take big snowballs to ski the lower 1.5km of the trail but the amount of new snow likely helped cover some of the rocks. The pictures make it tempting to ski back up there with that nice skiff of new snow.

It is always nice to see wolverine tracks on the trail. When I was up there just over a week ago, there were plenty of wolf tracks going up to near Shadow Lake Lodge. They followed the trail from the parking lot. There must be some good eats up there with all the carnivores tracking their way up there.





DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: PIPESTONE RIVER- back on one ski

Delivered: Monday Nov 21, 2022 at 19:47


Hola Mike,

Thanks for the Lee Valley tip. This is where I buy my grape vine pruners from. The glues look good to fix up the old Rossignol TMS Mountain Series skis. A flexible glue is exactly what is needed for the side wall.

These skis will live to ski another day.

Recycling ski equipment is important in this era of "skinflation". Now I won't have to hang them on the wall or trash them.

Thanks for your help, Mike.

Keep your ski tips up.








SkierRoger replied to Chuck's post: MORAINE LAKE ROAD - Original tracksetting holding up well

Delivered: Monday Nov 21, 2022 at 18:50


Pity the poor woman giving birth to that.

Great news that Moraine Lake Road is still looking good! It was one of the options that I suggested on Paul Karchut's Real Ski Report show this weekend https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-95-daybreak-alberta/clip/15949846-the-real-ski-report





CMS replied to Normand's post: Shadow Lake

Delivered: Monday Nov 21, 2022 at 18:27


It looks to me like there could be 5 toe prints? if so, it would be a Wolverine track.





MaSid replied to Alf Skrastins's post: WBC: Tom Snow-North

Delivered: Monday Nov 21, 2022 at 14:17


Hi Zosia,
Alf has reported in previous years that snow tends to be thinner north of kestral than south of. That means waiting for more snow to accommodate sonny on LT gear. (-:





JimB replied to JimB's post: Back door to Tyrwhitt Meadows and back

Delivered: Monday Nov 21, 2022 at 08:24


Bob - When Kim and I started into x-country skiing a few years ago, your web page was a wealth of information for us so you're a bit of a celebrity ;)




Mike W replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: PIPESTONE RIVER- back on one ski

Delivered: Sunday Nov 20, 2022 at 21:50


DAB - You should be able to repair the sidewall with a low viscosity glue such as Hot Stuff - https://www.leevalley.com/en-ca/shop/tools/supplies/adhesives/glue/20022-low-viscosity-glue-hot-stuff - that will penetrate the exposed wood and seal it. Then optionally follow up with a slow-cure epoxy such as G2 - https://www.leevalley.com/en-ca/shop/tools/supplies/adhesives/glue/20011-g2-epoxy - to cover and protect the wood from abrasion. You're welcome to bring your skis over to my place and we can fix them.




Eyesopen replied to Bob Truman's post: Back Door Score

Delivered: Sunday Nov 20, 2022 at 21:13


Looks lovely Bob. Thanks for sharing.
RhondaW





DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: PIPESTONE RIVER- back on one ski

Delivered: Sunday Nov 20, 2022 at 20:53


Aloha Mike,

Unfortunately I do not have the technology to post a picture of my old 1994 Rossignol TMS Mountain Series metal edge xc skis with the original bindings on them. There must be COVID-19 supply chain issues as I can't buy film for my SLR camera! I blew out a sidewall on these skis last spring and a metal edge previously so I think I have finally retired them, unless I can fix the sidewall. I don't like skiing with exposed wood. It might ruin the wood!!! I have a lot of great memories night skiing with owls and wolves on muskegs up north with these skis.

The budget does not allow me to buy new 75 mm bindings and boots as I just bought new Alpina Montana boots last week. I was just thinking how bad my new Montana's felt compared to my old ones when my ski binding broke on the Pipestone River trail.

You pulled an old Skier Bob report up about me skiing Assiniboine Pass where I pulled screws partly out of my automatic Rottefella bindings which are mounted to Rossignol BC59 skis. I was lucky I could still ski out that day. Last spring I had a shop remount the bindings and that was the ski I was skiing on when the binding broke. I believe I skied on the remounted skis 4 days. I noticed the toe of the binding had a little toe screw movement after the binding broke. I don't know what role, if any, that played in the binding breaking. I noticed no binding movement before skiing. I am considering getting new bindings for these skis but I am concerned about the ability of the skis to hold bindings.

I was just viewing my 205cm Madshus Voss skis with manual Rossignol bindings on them, thinking these 60 mm metal edge skis will be my choice to ski the next ski day out until the snow gets good 'n deep. I got these used so I have no idea how many kilometers are on the bindings. Judging by the wear, I would guess at least 3000km. That is almost like new!














Bob Truman replied to JimB's post: Back door to Tyrwhitt Meadows and back

Delivered: Sunday Nov 20, 2022 at 19:42


Nice meeting you and Kim today on Pocaterra. It always makes me feel important when skiers will come to a stop while they're enjoying a fast downhill to talk!





range replied to SkierRoger's post: Gloves found at WBC

Delivered: Sunday Nov 20, 2022 at 16:10


The gloves that were found Friday Nov 18 on the road leaving the West Bragg Creek parking lot are in the Lost and Found Box at Trail Centre. The gloves are a well used pair made by Black Diamond, men's large or extra large. They look like an over glove and they are black and rust coloured.




Mike W replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: PIPESTONE RIVER- back on one ski

Delivered: Sunday Nov 20, 2022 at 13:53


DAB - I remember you first brought up your concerns about the Rottefella NNN-BC binding in your 2021-Apr-28 Assiniboine trip report - http://skierbob.ca/trip-reports-april-2021/#comment-798277 . I think the most dependable touring binding would be something like the 75mm Riva cable binding - https://thumbs.worthpoint.com/zoom/images1/1/1110/11/riva-black-diamond-telemark-ski_1_681a7fdfc72e95cf82cb3cd46ebae823.jpg. But you'd have to switch to 75mm boots and then the system failure point would probably just change from the binding to the boot sole! The replies to your 2021-Apr-28 post reported ski failures, binding failures, and boot failures as well. I think the take-away is that eventually the weakest point in the system will fail: the skis, the bindings, the boots, or your legs! Be thankful you've got 25,000km on your Rossignol bindings (and same skis and boots?). I expect most ski touring equipment isn't designed to last beyond at most a couple of thousand kilometres over simple terrain, because the vast majority of skiers never ski anywhere near that distance or on challenging terrain.

P.S. It would be great if you could provide a photo of your 1994 Rossignol NNN-BC bindings!





DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: PIPESTONE RIVER- back on one ski

Delivered: Sunday Nov 20, 2022 at 12:19


Howdy Mike,

My automatic Rottefella bindings are from about 2012. I bought them at the old Lifesport store. I was suppose to get Rossignol bindings but they slipped on the Rottefella's instead. I remember being choked but figured that they could not be that bad. My mistake.

My Rossignol manual bindings were bought in 1994. There is a clear difference in terms of materials used. The Rossignol bindings have more metal parts than the Rottefella's.

I bought new manual Rottefella's last season to put on my Vidda's. They are mostly plastic and I do not expect they will be as durable as the Rossignol manual bindings from 1994. If I live long enough and survive all my ski trips, time will tell.

I am now in search of old lightly used Rossignol manual nnnbc bindings from the mid 1990's as I don't want to risk my life with the new crap bindings on the market.

I looked at the Rottefella Magnum bindings but they were a little too wide for my new used metal edge 48mm Madshus Viddas I bought last season. The Magnum stick out way to far on the skis. I could see these being a problem in tracks and just breaking trail. They would slow me down and be more susceptible to hitting rocks or stumps. Bigger is not better. I thought they were just a lousy marketing gimmick when I saw them. If my narrow Rossignol manual bindings have survived tens of thousands of kilometers, why would I need a big fat wide Magnum binding? It just does not make sense to me. This is just bad engineering by the manufacturer in my mind.

Time for a "Rott"efella binding burning ceremony.






ErinP replied to ErinP's post: WBC heaven

Delivered: Saturday Nov 19, 2022 at 22:45


Wow that sounds intense!! Stay safe out there!




Mike W replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: PIPESTONE RIVER- back on one ski

Delivered: Saturday Nov 19, 2022 at 22:22


Glad to hear you made it out safely. Incredible that a binding would break at under 7,000km of use; barely the distance from Calgary to Costa Rica! I prefer the manual NNN and NNN-BC bindings as well. I've never broken an automatic binding, but have found that they occasionally freeze in the open or closed position until they get thawed out. And as far as I know, the Rossignol NNN-BC bindings are just rebranded Rottefellas. If you're going to replace them with manual NNN-BC, I'd recommend the Rottefella "BC Magnum" over the "BC Manual". The Magnum's are a beefier version that should take you to at least Tierra del Fuego!




Little Bs replied to SkierRoger's post: Ability to embed website links directly inside text is here!

Delivered: Saturday Nov 19, 2022 at 20:02


Hi Chuck - I think you've got us confused with Mike W. We love to post lots of photos, but Dad usually just posts a few, except when he was doing it on our behalf before we got our own account.




Carl V M replied to SkierRoger's post: Gloves found at WBC

Delivered: Saturday Nov 19, 2022 at 19:21


I lost a pair of mitts (not gloves) early last week. Please let me know if that's what was found. I'm assuming NOT.





SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Ability to embed website links directly inside text is here!

Delivered: Saturday Nov 19, 2022 at 18:03


As expected you end up with a cryptic looking link but it is indeed embedded within the text.

If you want to place a link with a clean name, you can still use the previous link features.


Like this




Chuck replied to SkierRoger's post: Ability to embed website links directly inside text is here!

Delivered: Saturday Nov 19, 2022 at 17:54


Okay, it got highlighted after I posted it!
So glad Roger keeps developing this website.
Thanks





Chuck replied to SkierRoger's post: Ability to embed website links directly inside text is here!

Delivered: Saturday Nov 19, 2022 at 17:49


Oh, Mike W. is going to love this new feature... An opportunity to post more than six pictures (and never losing access to them)!
Now how do I paste my link... I'll try a simple paste:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/4eiPAqeXPkmXiMxn7
It does not highlight... does it work??






Arie replied to SkierRoger's post: Snowy View from the Lookout

Delivered: Saturday Nov 19, 2022 at 10:38


I skied PLPP yesterday (Friday Nov 18th), starting from Back Door, then Tyrwhitt and Elk Pass. Grooming is underway. I encountered both rollerpacked and trackset sections. Tyrwhitt beyond the Lookout turnoff is still snowmobile packed with new snow on top. I met the grooming crew between Elk Pass and Blueberry Junction. I broke trail into west Elk Pass from near Blueberry Junction. Off-trail travel is heavy going with only the basal refrozen snow providing support. I only went as far as the first meadow. Nice and sunny lunch spot. A chilly -17C to start and -13C at the end. I returned the same way.




HenryL replied to Bob Truman's post: Suzie's first ski trip

Delivered: Saturday Nov 19, 2022 at 08:57


Congratulations Bob.

She's a cutie and a sure keeper.





SkierRoger replied to Bob Truman's post: Suzie's first ski trip

Delivered: Saturday Nov 19, 2022 at 07:56


Following up on SteveR’s message, I was (yesterday) able to chat with James, the Team Lead for Kananaskis. The guys at PLPP were having some problems getting their data into Nordic Pulse but as you can see that seems to be resolved now.

Recent snow pack measurements showed 50-70 cm at Blueberry & Lookout.

James also gave a heads-up that they should be out grooming Mount Shark some time this week.






Diana Piggott replied to Bob Truman's post: Suzie's first ski trip

Delivered: Friday Nov 18, 2022 at 21:29


Suzie!!
How delightful! I'm so happy for you both :-)





Sophie replied to Bob Truman's post: Suzie's first ski trip

Delivered: Friday Nov 18, 2022 at 20:31


Oh Bob!
I am so happy for you both that you can ski again with a dog companion.
Suzie is gorgeous!
Sophie





Bob Truman replied to Bob Truman's post: Suzie's first ski trip

Delivered: Friday Nov 18, 2022 at 19:51


Yes, SteveR, that's our Suzie. We couldn't have found a more beautiful dog.

Thanks for the heads-up about PLPP.





SteveR replied to Bob Truman's post: Suzie's first ski trip

Delivered: Friday Nov 18, 2022 at 19:32


Nice looking dog, Bob! Yours?
Just checked and Nordic Pulse is showing Elk Pass and environs is largely trackset!






Chuck replied to Karl B's post: Lake O'Hara road

Delivered: Friday Nov 18, 2022 at 19:13


Wow.. what a special sighting...and photo!
Thanks for sharing





MaSid replied to ErinP's post: WBC heaven

Delivered: Friday Nov 18, 2022 at 16:56


Crazy cats! About mid-morning today I was sitting on a log at the wooded edge of a meadow near tom snow north, 100 m from moose loop, enjoying some tea. There was a sudden clattering in the bush and a deer came rushing out into the meadow at warp speed 50 ft to my left. I was expecting a cougar to be chasing it, but nothing came out after the deer, thankfully. Doesn’t mean there wasn’t one there (now that you mention it!). No wonder I spilled my tea.




Zosia replied to Alf Skrastins's post: WBC: Tom Snow-North

Delivered: Friday Nov 18, 2022 at 07:43


Hi!
Any data on how are the conditions on Tom Snow north (from Pine Woods to Kestrel)?
Thanks!






aqua toque replied to Little Bs's post: The Little B's Try Out Fat Biking...

Delivered: Thursday Nov 17, 2022 at 22:55


haha

Oh, by the way, did you hear about the backcountry skier who took up pottery?

Now when he's not earning his turns he's turning his urns.





Mike W replied to Bob Truman's post: Evan-Thomas Triangle

Delivered: Thursday Nov 17, 2022 at 20:49


Bob - Congrats on getting around the 6-photo limit!




Little Bs replied to MaSid's post: WBC: chasing the sun

Delivered: Thursday Nov 17, 2022 at 20:48


Thanks MaSid, we'll add Tom Snow North to the list!




Little Bs replied to Little Bs's post: The Little B's Try Out Fat Biking...

Delivered: Thursday Nov 17, 2022 at 20:39


Hi Aqua Toque! Dad said he had a good toque joke but wouldn't tell us because he was afraid it would go over your head.





SkierRoger replied to Septuagenarians's post: WBC Perfection

Delivered: Thursday Nov 17, 2022 at 19:01


Wow,
I know where I’m going tomorrow!





aqua toque replied to Little Bs's post: The Little B's Try Out Fat Biking...

Delivered: Thursday Nov 17, 2022 at 11:48


Hey Little B's, did he have any good Dad jokes? I need some new ones.




SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Great Start to the Year!

Delivered: Thursday Nov 17, 2022 at 11:02


Yes, readership stats would be nice to have.

A lot of that information may be accessible through Google Analytics. Problem is I don’t know the the first thing about it…






Little Bs replied to Little Bs's post: The Little B's Try Out Fat Biking...

Delivered: Wednesday Nov 16, 2022 at 23:13


Great idea Alf. We'll give those trails a try!




Alf Skrastins replied to Little Bs's post: The Little B's Try Out Fat Biking...

Delivered: Wednesday Nov 16, 2022 at 22:49


Excellent! Those trails are fun on skis and you help to flatten and pack the snow, which is great for fat bikers and snowshoers. I did Snagmore on Sunday, as part of a loop with Iron Springs and Elbow.
You should really try Kestrel, Tom Snow and Moose Singletrack. And when we get another good snowfall, check out Boundary Ridge and Boundary Horse... some nice turn can be found up there.





Chuck replied to SkierRoger's post: Great Start to the Year!

Delivered: Wednesday Nov 16, 2022 at 20:51


Hey Roger,
Even more interesting would be the increase in readership... I meet so many people out skiing that read your website but don't report!
Any stats on that?
Chuck
ps Please... any readers out there, who think your trip has been covered... actually, we need your perspective and feedback.





SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Snowy View from the Lookout

Delivered: Wednesday Nov 16, 2022 at 20:27


As a point of clarification, I’m not certain what the grooming schedule is for this area.





Diana Piggott replied to Chuck's post: LAKE O'HARA - What could be better than skiing?

Delivered: Wednesday Nov 16, 2022 at 08:52


Wow!! So spectacular, and brilliant to take skates along!





SteveR replied to KathyH's post: Fresh Tracksetting on Moose Loop

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 15, 2022 at 17:51


The fresh tracksetting on Moose sure was a treat! Our afternoon Moose-Mountainview West-Mountain View-West Crystal-etc loop started and finished in plus 3. Breezes kept the snow cool though, with no melting, and VR30 (purple) grip wax worked perfectly. No new grooming on MV West but it's still in great shape, (as was everything else) although the big hill down to Mountain Road is hardpacked and slick.




ErinP replied to KathyH's post: Fresh Tracksetting on Moose Loop

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 15, 2022 at 14:06


I always do Moose Loop but today was the day I decided to try something new and head out to Iron Springs…doh! Oh well…I didn’t get fresh tracks but lots of fresh air. :)




GordN replied to Frances Dances's post: Kananaskis Village-Terrace-Ribbon Ck Parking Lot-Hidden Trail-Winter Ribbon Ck-Connector-Kovach-Village

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 15, 2022 at 12:19


Good update...
I've learned my lesson on that trail after going through a whole package of P-Tex from that area facing the sun on the hill that rips the bottoms of my skis every fall!





Mike W replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: REDEARTH CREEK- double snowmobile packed

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 15, 2022 at 11:41


As usual, thanks for your detailed and informative report!





MaSid replied to MaSid's post: WBC side country

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 15, 2022 at 08:41


Indeed Steve! Perhaps you remember this day last season. Missed each other by about an hour (based on the weather that rolled in). Glad I wasn’t there any earlier!




Gord F replied to JackB's post: Healy Pass

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 15, 2022 at 08:21


Thanks for the report on Healy Pass. Great to hear the trail is in good shape.




Mike W replied to SteveR's post: WBC South Trails

Delivered: Monday Nov 14, 2022 at 23:42


Bob, I was there on Nov 10 and saw 8 other skiers in 3 groups!




Bob Truman replied to SteveR's post: WBC South Trails

Delivered: Monday Nov 14, 2022 at 23:14


All the "hidden gems" have been discovered by the masses except for Iron Creek. I've never seen another person on it, so I think you and I are the only ones who ski it.




SteveR replied to MaSid's post: WBC side country

Delivered: Monday Nov 14, 2022 at 20:58


As someone who also likes to wander around off trail on xc skis, it's great to see another of your reports!




DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: REDEARTH CREEK- double snowmobile packed

Delivered: Monday Nov 14, 2022 at 18:13


I skied the trail on Sunday rather than Monday.





aqua toque replied to MaSid's post: WBC side country

Delivered: Monday Nov 14, 2022 at 12:26


Great report Mr. Sid.

Welcome to the internet!





SkierRoger replied to Bob Truman's post: Wonderful tracksetting at West Bragg Creek

Delivered: Monday Nov 14, 2022 at 08:59


This morning I received a quick reply from Parks Canada’s Visitor Experience Manager, Lake Louise, Yoho, Kootenay Field Unit:

…………………….
Hi Roger,

Thanks for connecting again. We are still working away on integrating Nordic Pulse into our operations. We should have a decision on our plans for this season within 4 weeks.





Helen Read replied to Karl B's post: Great ski @ Great Divide

Delivered: Monday Nov 14, 2022 at 07:28


Great to see your smiling faces on Great Divide, Chris and Karl and to obtain such good reports on MLR and GD.





Chuck replied to Chuck's post: SKOGAN PASS from Troll Falls -

Delivered: Sunday Nov 13, 2022 at 20:18


Hi Ulrike,
The answer is "Ski with Alaric"... he dug out almost every rock that would have thrown me out, especially on those critical bends down the Screamer. Now, all you have to do is watch out for dark spots, and turn on a dime with your metal edges in time!
Ski Safe.





ulrikeski replied to Chuck's post: SKOGAN PASS from Troll Falls -

Delivered: Sunday Nov 13, 2022 at 19:41


Hi Chuck: How do you avoid the rocks on the fast descent? bring metal edged or rocks skis or wait for another snowfall?
Ulrike





SkierRoger replied to Bob Truman's post: Wonderful tracksetting at West Bragg Creek

Delivered: Sunday Nov 13, 2022 at 15:52


On the subject of Parks Canada potentially adopting the Nordic Pulse system, I actually received an email from them last January 13th. Below is a copy for your review…

I will respond to that e-mail thread today and see if I can get an update on Parks Canada’s plans.

………………………………………..
Dear Mr. Sakatch,

Thank-you for your email and for bringing your excellent suggestion to us regarding Nordic Pulse.

As an avid cross-country skier myself, I am very aware of the good work that Nordic Pulse has done to put real-time trail conditions into the hands of nordic skiers. Last year, we had some preliminary discussions with Julien from Nordic Pulse however at that time, we were not quite ready to start using Nordic Pulse with our trails.

Parks Canada does think that Nordic Pulse presents some great opportunities for improving the visitor experience of our Nordic skiers however there several technical issues that we need to fully understand before we can commit to implementing it’s use. We are planning on assigning members of our team to look at whether or not we can now incorporate Nordic Pulse into our operations.

At this time, I do not have a timeline for when we will have decision on the future of Nordic Pulse for Parks Canada. I can however commit to having our teams look into the application of Nordic Pulse and the feasibility of using it. Please feel free to connect with me again in the coming months for an update on how this is progressing.

I hope to see you on the trails this winter.





tmalaher replied to chuckley's post: Moraine Lake Road - Groomers Delight!

Delivered: Sunday Nov 13, 2022 at 15:06


See comment on https://skierroger.ca/index.php?content=showski_basic&id=1230 about getting Parks Canada onboard with Nordic Pulse to improve the tracksetting update situation.





tmalaher replied to Bob Truman's post: Wonderful tracksetting at West Bragg Creek

Delivered: Sunday Nov 13, 2022 at 15:05


I called the Banff Info Centre last week and talked to a nice person there. They were aware of Nordic Pulse and the benefits of it, but she didn't know if there was any move afoot to add the Banff or Yoho parks to it.

Apparently the current system is that the tracksetters email the info centre when they are done for the day and the info centre staff update the web page when they have time *during business hours*.

She stated explictly that if the email doesn't arrive until 5:04 pm, they won't even start thinking about updating the web site until after 9am the next day, and if they are busy then not even then. Which explains a lot about why the updates are so out-of-date.

It was suggested that I email info@pc.gc.ca and then they would forward this email to their management. So I've done that.

However, it seems that there are a multitude of different addresses on the web for the various info centers, and that address doesn't show up. So I'm going to forward the email to all the addresses I can find. [Update: information@pc.gc.ca has at least given me an auto-response]

I also emailed info@nordic-pulse.com. Julien at Nordic Pulse says:

"We’d love to have the National Parks onboard as well. We’re already working with Parks Canada in other provinces and it would be great work with Banff/Yoyo as well. We’re doing what we can, but I also hear emails from skiers might make a difference!"





Chuck replied to Chuck's post: GREAT DIVIDE - Not trackset yet, but well packed, and away from the crowds

Delivered: Sunday Nov 13, 2022 at 11:59


As the photo of the old family car seems of interest, allow me to share some memories.
I remember Dad making a big celebration when the odometer clicked over 99,999 miles to just zeros... a new beginning!





Bob Truman replied to Chuck's post: GREAT DIVIDE - Not trackset yet, but well packed, and away from the crowds

Delivered: Sunday Nov 13, 2022 at 11:20


Hi Chuck, that's a remarkable photo of your family at the Great Divide. Your family car looks like a 1959(or thereabouts) Mercedes-Benz, a rare vehicle to see in Canada in the early sixties. The other car looks like a 1962 Pontiac.





Chuck replied to Chuck's post: GREAT DIVIDE - Not trackset yet, but well packed, and away from the crowds

Delivered: Saturday Nov 12, 2022 at 16:54


Yes Diana, that is me waving to my Mum behind the camera




Arie replied to Diana Piggott's post: Little Elbow revisited

Delivered: Saturday Nov 12, 2022 at 10:02


Nice!




Diana Piggott replied to Chuck's post: GREAT DIVIDE - Not trackset yet, but well packed, and away from the crowds

Delivered: Saturday Nov 12, 2022 at 09:46


I love that old picture! Are you the kid waving?





HenryL replied to Chuck's post: GREAT DIVIDE - Not trackset yet, but well packed, and away from the crowds

Delivered: Saturday Nov 12, 2022 at 08:32


Great photos of both present and past.





aqua toque replied to SkierRoger's post: Busy Day at WBC

Delivered: Saturday Nov 12, 2022 at 07:16


Yeah, that's right. We go waaaaay back. I knew him before he turned into a couch potato.




SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Busy Day at WBC

Delivered: Friday Nov 11, 2022 at 18:17


He mentioned that he used to ski with a certain Blue Toqued fellow.




aqua toque replied to SkierRoger's post: Busy Day at WBC

Delivered: Friday Nov 11, 2022 at 17:50


Ma who?




SkierRoger replied to Chuck's post: GREAT DIVIDE - Not trackset yet, but well packed, and away from the crowds

Delivered: Friday Nov 11, 2022 at 16:36


Awesome report and pictures Chuck!




SkierRoger replied to Mike W's post: Snowcat grooming started at PLPP!

Delivered: Thursday Nov 10, 2022 at 20:20


Thanks for the heads-up Mike.
This is great news!





aqua toque replied to SteveR's post: Happy in the Highwood

Delivered: Thursday Nov 10, 2022 at 09:35


Well, it's a winter wonderland wherever it is!




Gord F replied to Gord F's post: Burstall Pass Nov 9

Delivered: Thursday Nov 10, 2022 at 07:34


Yes, I skied back down the climb trail. There's more snow in the trees than I expected, but didn't want to get in that gully this early in the season.




Gord F replied to SteveR's post: Happy in the Highwood

Delivered: Thursday Nov 10, 2022 at 07:33


Looks like Arethusa. Good to hear there's some skiing to be had.





SteveR replied to Gord F's post: Burstall Pass Nov 9

Delivered: Thursday Nov 10, 2022 at 07:07


Did you ski the trail back down the headwall? I'm guessing that the gully exit is still not filled in enough yet.




Ray Yong replied to Bob Truman's post: Wonderful tracksetting at West Bragg Creek

Delivered: Wednesday Nov 09, 2022 at 20:45


I wonder what it would take to get Parks Canada to use Nordic Pulse? Love that web site. It's made deciding where to ski both easier (lots of choices shown) and harder (lots of choices shown)...




Sundance replied to SkierRoger's post: Confederation Golf Course Open for Skiing

Delivered: Wednesday Nov 09, 2022 at 19:01


Looks great. Has anyone been to Maple Ridge Golf Course this week. Is it going to get trackset this year?

Sundance





aqua toque replied to SteveR's post: The neighbourhood loop

Delivered: Wednesday Nov 09, 2022 at 06:27


Another fine entry in your age-old tradition of neighbourhood ski reports!

But why no pictures of the alley? We love the pictures of the alley. With all the colourful bins and whatnot.





Clive Cordery replied to SkierRoger's post: Confederation Golf Course Open for Skiing

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 08, 2022 at 16:44


Good to meet you today Roger. I have nothing really to add to your post, plus your photos have the fresh tracksetting!




SkierRoger replied to SteveR's post: Do you see what I see?

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 08, 2022 at 15:19


Oh yes. Alex is the best!






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

Delivered: Monday Nov 07, 2022 at 17:43


No issues on the headwall! Enough snow to cover rocks and branches, and enough to control the speed as well.




SkierRoger replied to Mike W's post: Grooming in Progress at Ribbon Creek!

Delivered: Monday Nov 07, 2022 at 17:22


This is fantastic news Mike

Thanks!





Arie replied to Sara M's post: Burstall Pass

Delivered: Monday Nov 07, 2022 at 09:18


Well done, and nice pictures! How was the headwall coming down? This is often problematic in the early season.




aqua toque replied to Arie's post: Little Elbow

Delivered: Saturday Nov 05, 2022 at 08:41


Man, that's really getting out there in the boonies!

Beautiful pic. Thanks for adding it.





Chuck replied to Chuck's post: WEST BRAGG CREEK - Not Trackset yet, but still well worthwhile

Delivered: Friday Nov 04, 2022 at 09:47


Maybe WBC could use some of those funds from the Kananaskis Pass to harden the surface of, at least parts of those trails, so that rock issues don't continue to emerge!




Gord F replied to Alf Skrastins's post: Telephone Loop First Tracks

Delivered: Friday Nov 04, 2022 at 08:55


When we completed Moose Loop yesterday, I stopped to look at all the deep powder on the Telephone Trail and wondered how long it would take for someone to break trail all the way through. Now I know.




SteveR replied to SteveR's post: Moose Loop November 3

Delivered: Thursday Nov 03, 2022 at 21:32


More people out then yesterday, but not crowded at all.




SteveR replied to Chuck's post: WEST BRAGG CREEK - Not Trackset yet, but still well worthwhile

Delivered: Thursday Nov 03, 2022 at 21:26


So Chuck, you've finally seen the light!
Ditto on the rocks. I removed about 12 along our route today. You'd think that over the years, they would all eventually get tossed off, but they must breed underground and pop out over the summer.





SkierRoger replied to @kananashtanga's post: Premature Pocaterra

Delivered: Thursday Nov 03, 2022 at 21:24


Thanks very much @kananashtanga.
A report showing poor conditions is still very valuable.





SkierRoger replied to SteveR's post: Moose Loop November 3

Delivered: Thursday Nov 03, 2022 at 19:35


What a great looking day Steve. Sorry I had to miss it!

Did you have the place to yourself again or was there a crowd?






The Ern replied to Bob Truman's post: Packing starts today at West Bragg Creek

Delivered: Thursday Nov 03, 2022 at 16:40


Some got duped! (despite suspicions) It was still pretty great on the rollerpacked surface this morning: Logger's ccw, East Crystal, etc...
Spectacular am!!!





SteveR replied to SkierRoger's post: West Bragg Creek: Nothing but White

Delivered: Wednesday Nov 02, 2022 at 21:44


Building on Roger's report:
After clearing a lot of snow, then prepping and waxing 6 pairs of skis, the itch to ski got the better of me after lunch. The roads from NW Calgary out to Bragg were in fair winter condition, calling for alert but not horribly slow or slippery driving. After looping West Crystal and most of it's variants, I continued out on Moose Connector-Mountain Road-Mountain View-Loggers-Sundog East Crystal for a most enjoyable first ski of the season. At first-most of the trails were sno-mo packed only-a bit rugged at times, but as I progressed along my route I caught up with the roller packing, and then the grooming crew with me, making for even better skiing. With skis unscathed despite some visible rocks (toss them off if you can) and thin spots, and a generally smooth soft packed base after rolling- I would rate it as fair to good EARLY season conditions.





Bob Truman replied to Bob Truman's post: Packing starts today at West Bragg Creek

Delivered: Wednesday Nov 02, 2022 at 18:38


Update: I was prudent to be suspicious. The trail report no longer shows any tracksetting.

If the trail report is accurate, tracksetting is in progress as I write this on Wednesday evening(see photo). Check the Nordic Pulse trail report later tonight or tomorrow morning for more updates. If tracksetting is indeed occurring, I am surprised.





SkierAlan replied to Bob Truman's post: Packing starts today at West Bragg Creek

Delivered: Wednesday Nov 02, 2022 at 14:59


With 20cm or more, plus more on the way, do you guys think there will be tracks set soon or do we still need more snow for that?

Looking forward to some early skiing at Bragg!





Alf Skrastins replied to Bob Truman's post: Packing starts today at West Bragg Creek

Delivered: Wednesday Nov 02, 2022 at 10:34


The 25 cm of new snow at West Bragg Creek is sitting on the remnants of snow that fell a week ago. Roller packing begins today. The ski season us underway!






Gord F replied to Gord F's post: Waxless to Waxable

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 01, 2022 at 13:59


Thanks guys. That's sort of what I suspected.





aqua toque replied to Gord F's post: Waxless to Waxable

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 01, 2022 at 12:40


...and nobody likes a thin base!




John replied to Gord F's post: Waxless to Waxable

Delivered: Tuesday Nov 01, 2022 at 09:43


We used to do a lot of stone grinding at Trail Sports and experimented with taking off waxless patterns without much success. The base ends up very thin.




SteveR replied to Chuck's post: MORAINE LAKE ROAD - My first ski of the season

Delivered: Saturday Oct 29, 2022 at 17:08


Looking forward to more of your prolific reports, Chuck.
So, it seems like your "specially aged" wax was the key to good, clump free skiing. Sometimes it pays to procrastinate!





Chuck replied to SkierRoger's post: New Feature: Show All Trip Reports within a Selected Date Range

Delivered: Saturday Oct 29, 2022 at 15:07


When planning to go skiing, I often wonder what was being done about this time last year.
Well now, Roger has made it easy for anyone to do this research!
For instance, Select ALLSKIERS and then select a date range like Oct 25, 2021 to Nov 10, 2021.
Try it... it works beautifully.
Thanks Roger for developing this feature, while the rest of us are out skiing!





MtnGoat replied to MtnGoat's post: Wanted

Delivered: Saturday Oct 29, 2022 at 10:42








Nepal replied to MtnGoat's post: Wanted

Delivered: Friday Oct 28, 2022 at 09:20


I have Fischer fishscale skiis
179 NNN
62 52 60 cut
Not sure if for back country use.





SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: West Bragg Creek Trails Master Plan Engagement: Invitation to Participate in Phase 2

Delivered: Thursday Oct 27, 2022 at 11:25


Note that the deadline for public response to the West Bragg Creek Trails Master Plan has been extended to November 16, 2022.


An email I received today said the following:

" We are extending the deadline for feedback on the trails plan. We have received over 300 survey responses, which is great, but we felt an extension was fair given we have had a social media pause during the transition to a new Premier and have not been able to send out our regular social media posts. We are extending the deadline for public comment to Nov. 16, 2022. Please let your networks know. "






Mike W replied to SkierRoger's post: Welcome to the the 2022/23 XC Ski Season

Delivered: Monday Oct 24, 2022 at 20:22


I endorse the reports-first, followed by comments in downward chronological order as well!

At some point in the future, it would be nice to be able to embed photos within a report, rather than having them all appear below the report. I expect this change would be a significant amount of work, and I wouldn't want Roger to miss out on any skiing because of it!





Mike W replied to SkierRoger's post: West Bragg Creek Trails Master Plan Engagement: Invitation to Participate in Phase 2

Delivered: Monday Oct 24, 2022 at 20:09


To add to Roger's comment, the plan says "Loggers, Middle Crystal Line, Mountain View, Moose Connector and Moose Loop will be authorized for skate ski grooming once the trails are upgraded to 6m width." This should reduce the impact of skate skiers unable or unwilling to avoid damaging the classic tracks. It will also create longer skating loops such as East Crystal - Loggers - Mountain View - Mountain Road - Mountain View West - Moose Loop - Moose Connector - West Crystal.

The other notable change is a proposed trail just to the west of and alongside East Telephone, between the Disconnect and Long Distance junctions. It will separate skier traffic from other (primarily fatbike) traffic that often trashed the tracksetting within a couple of hours. The situation was getting so bad that BCT was considering abandoning tracksetting Telephone Loop altogether. So this is great news not only for skiers, but also for the fatbikers, other users, and last but not least the grooming crew who would see their hard work destroyed in hours.

I highly recommend everyone review the plan and fill out the survey. It even includes the opportunity to drop pins on an interactive map where you can add location-specific comments!


West Bragg Creek Trails Master Plan Engagement
Interactive Map




SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: West Bragg Creek Trails Master Plan Engagement: Invitation to Participate in Phase 2

Delivered: Monday Oct 24, 2022 at 18:22


I’ve had a chance to review the West Bragg Creek Trails Master Plan information. It’s clear that a fair amount of of thought has gone into the plan. However, from what I see, you should not expect a significant expansion to the XC ski system. A total of 18 Km’s of new trails are planned, but most of that is geared towards Hiking, Biking, Snowshoe & equestrian.

Any new trails are designed with the following in mind:
• Existing density of trails network
• Potential impact to ecosystems
• Desire to maintain safety and quality of recreation

For cross country skiing, the idea seems to be to work with the existing trail system. Some trails are to be upgraded to 6m wide to accommodate skate and classic ski tracks.

Public feedback will be accepted to Nov 2nd only on this plan.





SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Welcome to the the 2022/23 XC Ski Season

Delivered: Monday Oct 24, 2022 at 13:11


Thanks for the feedback Donna. I agree

The focus should be on quality reporting and providing of information for others. Plus I love the pictures!

Distance is far from the main goal (at least that's what my old bones say).






Donna B replied to SkierRoger's post: Welcome to the the 2022/23 XC Ski Season

Delivered: Monday Oct 24, 2022 at 10:49


Comparison can be the thief of joy so my ask is that reporters focus on conditions and waxing help rather than distances they can accomplish.




aqua toque replied to SkierRoger's post: Welcome to the the 2022/23 XC Ski Season

Delivered: Monday Oct 24, 2022 at 08:03


DCO--best thing to happen here since eSkis!

Yay Chuck!





SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Welcome to the the 2022/23 XC Ski Season

Delivered: Sunday Oct 23, 2022 at 19:58


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Chuck replied to SkierRoger's post: Welcome to the the 2022/23 XC Ski Season

Delivered: Sunday Oct 23, 2022 at 17:05


While giving it a try, could you please put the comments below the report in downward chronological order. It would again provide proper flow.
As you say, the Comments page with most recent comments at the top allows readers to quickly stay engaged!
Thanks again.





SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Welcome to the the 2022/23 XC Ski Season

Delivered: Sunday Oct 23, 2022 at 13:36


As always, thanks for the feedback Chuck!

I think your idea of placing the comments default position below the trip report is a valid idea. Let's try it and see how it works...

My motivation for placing the comments on top was to engage our readers to participate in the discussion. However, the comments page will provide that information just as easily.





Chuck replied to SkierRoger's post: Welcome to the the 2022/23 XC Ski Season

Delivered: Sunday Oct 23, 2022 at 10:06


Thank you Roger for all your work.
I do wonder if users would agree with me that Comments should appear below Reports?
I find it difficult to follow the thread of a discussion if the original topic is down below.
If users want to ensure that they see the most recent comments, they can always select the Comments tab.






SkierRoger replied to Ericdl's post: First Ski of the season

Delivered: Saturday Oct 22, 2022 at 17:43


Good to hear that you managed to get some skiing in today Ericdl !
Did your skis perform well on all that heavy snow?

Feel free to upload some pictures of your adventures. We’d love to see them.

I noticed a couple of tracks at Bowness Park this morning.





The 13th Troll replied to Gisele s's post: Buy

Delivered: Wednesday Oct 19, 2022 at 19:48


Try the Norseman XC Ski, Hike, Climb (see link on Skier Roger). I know that they now have lots of waxing irons, forms, scrapers, brushes & waxes. Plus they are going to have in store waxing clinics starting in early November.




Mike Keller replied to Mike Keller's post: Winter Sleeping Bag - Western Mountaineering Puma MF

Delivered: Wednesday Oct 05, 2022 at 16:18


Yes - it is still available. I also have a Cypress - long - almost new - that is also available.




brandon replied to Mike Keller's post: Winter Sleeping Bag - Western Mountaineering Puma MF

Delivered: Tuesday Oct 04, 2022 at 09:27


hi Mike,
is the WM sleeping bag still available?



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