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Arie replied to SkierRoger's post: Kananaskis Conservation Pass Update

Delivered: Friday Sep 09, 2022 at 07:59


Here is some info about where the money is spent:
https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/alberta-has-spent-833k-to-enforce-kananaskis-conservation-pass-so-far-this-year-1.6060975


Link to Website


Arie replied to SkierRoger's post: Kananaskis Conservation Pass Update

Delivered: Wednesday Aug 31, 2022 at 09:18


I think September 22 should be a national stat holiday. I might cook a turkey with all the trimmings for Kananaskis day.


Chuck replied to Chuck's post: SUNSHINE - Skiing in July!

Delivered: Saturday Jul 23, 2022 at 01:13





aqua toque replied to Chuck's post: SUNSHINE - Skiing in July!

Delivered: Friday Jul 22, 2022 at 03:28





aqua toque replied to Chuck's post: PARKER RIDGE - So many options this year

Delivered: Friday Jul 01, 2022 at 22:39


Nice summer turns and impeccable summer ski fashion sense.


SkierRoger replied to Chuck's post: PARKER RIDGE - So many options this year

Delivered: Thursday Jun 30, 2022 at 19:28


Fantastic trip report Chuck!

I think you're right: this season is far from over...



aqua toque replied to Chuck's post: HIGHWOOD PASS - Road now open for driving access!

Delivered: Friday Jun 17, 2022 at 15:51


Congrats Chuck! Well done!

You must have been in line at the gate because didn't they delay the opening?

Wonder if we'll get any melt/freeze action in the near future to improve turns...



DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to DEMOCRATIZE Ab's post: TRUDEAU WILL SLASH NATIONAL PARKS AND HISTORIC SITES BUDGET BY 2/3 NEXT YEAR- FEES COMING FOR SKI TRAILS LIKELY?

Delivered: Wednesday Jun 15, 2022 at 17:52


What really chokes me about the Canadian Press article is that it outlines the fact that a New Zealand consulting company did asset analysis for Parks Canada. Why on earth would the Federal Government hire a foreign consulting company to examine the Parks Canada assets when there are all sorts of Canadian companies eligible to do the same work? Our globalist government is just to stupid to keep Canadian dollars, particularly tax dollars, circulating in our own economy. Hiring foreign companies just sends wealth abroad rather than keeping it in Canada. If we lived in a real democracy where people have the legalized right to introduce and vote on government bills, this sort of stupidity would not occur as Canadians would prefer to employ Canadians rather than foreign corporations.

I would be willing to bet the New Zealand consulting company did not look at the cross country and backpacking trails in Banff to determine what condition those assets are in.

The cross country ski/backpacking trail assets in Banff have been in decline for nearly 3 decades now. Trails are becoming overgrown and are becoming highly rutted which requires more snow to make them skiable. Some backpacking trails are so highly rutted that when hiking down them the ground level can be at waist height or even higher on the body. Tourists do not like highly eroded trails as it makes hiking harder and eroding trails harm fish habitat. But our government does not care. Only Trudeau PM Senior cared. He invested heavily in out trail systems, which is the exact opposite of the current Trudeau PM who has jacked up backpacking fees hundreds of percent for those who go on longer trips. The better older PM Trudeau did not charge people to backpack in our National Parks and we can expect the lousy PM Trudeau to charge for XC skiing or parking in the near future, particularly if people do not voice opposition against such fees.



GordN replied to aqua toque's post: Checking out teh Elbow during rain event.

Delivered: Wednesday Jun 15, 2022 at 16:27


Interesting! I think the Inglewood "stuff" worked as well, meant to ask my bro


Mike W replied to aqua toque's post: Checking out teh Elbow during rain event.

Delivered: Wednesday Jun 15, 2022 at 04:40


Are you sure it's a sock monkey? To me, it looks like a Sasquatch wearing a toque!


aqua toque replied to aqua toque's post: Checking out teh Elbow during rain event.

Delivered: Tuesday Jun 14, 2022 at 23:30


About 24 hrs later. I may need to have a word with that monkey.


DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to mike w's post: Famous SkierRoger trip reporter spotted in Toronto!

Delivered: Tuesday Jun 14, 2022 at 21:57


It was not this skier!

I have had talks with Fair Vote Canada and they are only interested in electoral reform whereas I am interested in political reform. Fair Vote Canada suggests citizens should have a say in upgrading our democracy but first we have to bring in real democracy or rule by the people including those on skis. You can't upgrade democracy if it does not exist.

Some people suggest we have a democratic deficit but to suggest that is like saying there is an oxygen deficit on the moon. There is no oxygen on the moon therefore there is no oxygen deficit. The same goes with democracy on the 3rd rock from the sun. Democracy does not exist on earth and therefore we must create it before we can upgrade it. Make way for real democracy so skiing will get better and remain universally free in our National Parks. If not, the oligarchy will charge fees for skiing and or parking in our National Parks



mike w replied to aqua toque's post: Return to Glasgow

Delivered: Wednesday Jun 08, 2022 at 00:14


A.T. - What's even more strange is that my Mom said I had a long-lost twin brother who was abducted by a Sasquatch wearing wolverine shoes!


aqua toque replied to aqua toque's post: Return to Glasgow

Delivered: Tuesday Jun 07, 2022 at 01:59


Henry... well her mother's side of the family is French-Canadian but it wouldn't surprise me if they talk funny like that in Portugal too.

Mike.... the same birthday! What a bizarre coincidence! Are you in fact the long-lost twin brother that Mom claimed had been abducted by sasquatch on eSkis? I never believed her because at the time eSkis had yet to be invented.



HenryL replied to aqua toque's post: Return to Glasgow

Delivered: Monday Jun 06, 2022 at 22:18


José (pronounced "joe-zay)

The Portugese pronunciation?



mike w replied to aqua toque's post: Return to Glasgow

Delivered: Sunday Jun 05, 2022 at 23:52


A Toque - Thanks for finding that film. The Ides of July it is, especially since it's my birthday too!


aqua toque replied to aqua toque's post: Return to Glasgow

Delivered: Sunday Jun 05, 2022 at 21:31


Mike, OK, I'd settle for The Ides of July...it's my birthday!

Thanks for the link to the Helen Rennie story. Did some more googlesing and found a great film.

She's quite a gal but sure talks funny.


Helen Rennie


aqua toque replied to Chuck's post: YOHO VALLEY ROAD to TAKAKKAW FALLS - Half Cycle, Half Ski

Delivered: Sunday Jun 05, 2022 at 00:46


Ride on Little B's. Ride on!


mike w replied to Chuck's post: YOHO VALLEY ROAD to TAKAKKAW FALLS - Half Cycle, Half Ski

Delivered: Saturday Jun 04, 2022 at 22:30


The Little B's fit into my handlebar basket!


Chuck replied to Chuck's post: YOHO VALLEY ROAD to TAKAKKAW FALLS - Half Cycle, Half Ski

Delivered: Saturday Jun 04, 2022 at 12:55


Thanks AT, but I prefer this style, not wanting to pedal in ski boots.


HenryL replied to Chuck's post: YOHO VALLEY ROAD to TAKAKKAW FALLS - Half Cycle, Half Ski

Delivered: Saturday Jun 04, 2022 at 12:55


Chuck, bravo on a trip with a real sense of adventure and challenge.

It's amazing too how much snow there is, and that it would delay opening up there.



aqua toque replied to Chuck's post: YOHO VALLEY ROAD to TAKAKKAW FALLS - Half Cycle, Half Ski

Delivered: Friday Jun 03, 2022 at 23:24


As a veteran of the bike/hike/ski thing I feel qualified to comment. As a matter of fact I am somewhat of a legend in my own mind around these parts on the topic.

I dug up a couple "selfies" from the archives ('04). As you can see my go to technique was to strap the skis to the top tube. Those in the know will recognize the pavement as that of Alberta Hwy 40.



SteveR replied to aqua toque's post: Return to Glasgow

Delivered: Friday Jun 03, 2022 at 00:21


Aqua, I never had that Saints album, but loved the song from the moment I first heard it (1977?) and still do, but I hadn't heard it for years until it popped into mind when reading your report. Thanks-that's what I call "classic rock"! I do have their mid 80's album- All Fools Day, which contained the song Just Like Fire Would- covered by Bruce Springsteen of all people in 2014, which is quite the compliment to the Saints. RIP Chris Bailey.


aqua toque replied to mike w's post: Famous SkierRoger trip reporter spotted in Toronto!

Delivered: Friday Jun 03, 2022 at 00:13


Whatever you do don't scan that QR code!

I did and it turned me into a hippy!



mike w replied to aqua toque's post: Return to Glasgow

Delivered: Thursday Jun 02, 2022 at 19:07


...and I had to include a report on Scottish skiing to rectify A Toque's non-Scottish reference to Glasgow.


mike w replied to aqua toque's post: Return to Glasgow

Delivered: Thursday Jun 02, 2022 at 19:00


My comment was click-bait to start a discussion on when the 2022/23 season begins. A Toque suggests September 15. How about the first skiable snowfall after the end of July? Maybe we could even have a contest!

Skier Completes 10 Years of Skiing Every Month of the Year on Scottish Snow


aqua toque replied to aqua toque's post: Return to Glasgow

Delivered: Thursday Jun 02, 2022 at 18:11


Thanks Steve. Yeah, I had that album. Coincidentally, whilst researching the background info for this report I came across the news that the front man from The Saints had passed away in April of this year at the age of 65.

Mike...first report of 22/23?!!...no, no, no...as Chuck points out above there is still lots left of 21/22. The change of season doesn't happen until The Ides of September.



SkierRoger replied to Chuck's post: YOHO VALLEY ROAD to TAKAKKAW FALLS - Half Cycle, Half Ski

Delivered: Thursday Jun 02, 2022 at 13:27


What a great idea Chuck: a bike and ski trip.
I guess you're right, the season is far from over for some.




SteveR replied to aqua toque's post: Return to Glasgow

Delivered: Thursday Jun 02, 2022 at 03:43


Good work Toque. Got in some turns, and you didn't get stranded, far from home!

Stranded


mike w replied to aqua toque's post: Return to Glasgow

Delivered: Wednesday Jun 01, 2022 at 14:00


Based on the title, I was expecting a ski report from the Scottish Highlands! Is this the last report of the 2021/2 season or the first report of the 2022/3 season!?


SkierRoger replied to aqua toque's post: Return to Glasgow

Delivered: Tuesday May 31, 2022 at 04:26


Ah yes, I recall your first post on this website - Chronicles of the Obscure. Not enough snow at this time last year, but still a lovely bit of story telling. Technically, a much more successful trip this time around.

It seems that you transform into Aqua Hat in the off-season.

Never heard the Saint's before. Awesome!
Still, smoking is bad for you.




Diana Piggott replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: SKOKI LAKES SKIING- mid afternoon evening ski

Delivered: Thursday May 26, 2022 at 02:37


Mr. Democracy, you continue to amaze and delight!
I hope you are wrong about the federal government plans. They sound quite out of character for this government??



Diana Piggott replied to Chuck's post: BOW SUMMIT - May Long Weekend Special

Delivered: Thursday May 26, 2022 at 02:31


Spectacular! I noticed the overnight freeze, and looked longingly to the west before taking up my duties once more.....
It looks like wide skis are the way to go up there now.



Mike W replied to Mike W's post: The Little B's "Takin' Care of (unfinished) Business"

Delivered: Sunday May 22, 2022 at 20:33


Thanks for the info, aqua toque. That explains all the strange tracks we saw up there!


aqua toque replied to Mike W's post: The Little B's "Takin' Care of (unfinished) Business"

Delivered: Sunday May 22, 2022 at 15:29


Thanks for the report!

I've heard about this Frozen place. People say you need to have skis with a certain style of graphics to get there and matching pyjamas to dream about it.



Mike W replied to SkierRoger's post: Website Optionally Tracks Skied Distances

Delivered: Friday May 20, 2022 at 23:26


Great work Roger. Thanks!


Mike W replied to Mike W's post: The Little B's "Takin' Care of (unfinished) Business"

Delivered: Friday May 20, 2022 at 23:18


Photos 1-6 from my report


SkierRoger replied to DEMOCRATIZE Ab's post: TRUDEAU WILL SLASH NATIONAL PARKS AND HISTORIC SITES BUDGET BY 2/3 NEXT YEAR- FEES COMING FOR SKI TRAILS LIKELY?

Delivered: Thursday May 19, 2022 at 18:52


Thanks for providing the link Mr. Democracy.

This news release does send a chill down my spine since the difference in year to year spending is projected to drop very significantly.

The release states "The government's main estimates published this spring allocate a capital budget of $138 million, down from $448 million spent last year and $556 million in 2020-21."

I do however struggle with your characterization of the "corrupt government supported media". I'd suggest we take a look around at what's happening in other countries before we go there...

Respectfully,


The Canadian Press News Release


DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to DEMOCRATIZE Ab's post: TRUDEAU WILL SLASH NATIONAL PARKS AND HISTORIC SITES BUDGET BY 2/3 NEXT YEAR- FEES COMING FOR SKI TRAILS LIKELY?

Delivered: Thursday May 19, 2022 at 17:39


REFERENCE FOR PARKS CANADA 2/3 BUDGET CUT:
https://www.cp24.com/news/parks-canada-capital-budget-falls-as-agency-works-on-new-plan-for-crumbling-assets-1.5901457.

I am politically shocked this is not a major discussion in the corrupt government supported media. The government is looking to the markets to support our National Parks which is foolish. The last thing we need is corporate advertising along the roadways or trails or at campsites to support our national parks financially.

A absence of democracy will allow the government to allow corporations to finance the parks. Will Banff be called Royal Bank National Park in the future? It possibly will if you don't speak up and try to stop it.

If we lived in a real democracy, the citizens of Canada would determine how our parks are financed, not the anti environmental oligarchy Liberal Conservative NDP Majority Anti-democratic Government.

Speak out or your cross country skiing will be highly inflated sooner rather than later. You will pay to park in our National Parks and pay to cross country ski if you are politically silent or cowardly.

Politics is war without bloodshed where war is politics with bloodshed. You don't need to shed blood to keep your National Parks skiing universally free.



ulrikeski replied to Chuck's post: MORAINE LAKE ROAD - Skate Skiing in May!

Delivered: Monday May 02, 2022 at 22:00


Hi Chuck: I'd imagine it would be beneficial to have metal edged light touring skis for the downhill on Moraine Lake Road when its total crust? You could be going quite fast without edges. I enjoy crust skiing with skate skis on more flat terrain like Mud Lake, Engadine Meadows and Bow Lake. Very scenic. Agree, you need a sunny warm day, then a good freeze overnight. See crust skiing on Bow Lake on April 30.


Chuck replied to Chuck's post: MORAINE LAKE ROAD - Skate Skiing in May!

Delivered: Monday May 02, 2022 at 09:03


I don't know when they will start ploughing, but they always get it done for the May long weekend.
Skiing while they work has never been an issue, as they push the snow down to the left and leave the higher right side untouched. The main issue is to pick a day after a good deep freeze, so that everything is solid.
Pick a clear blue sky day and ENJOY!



Diana Piggott replied to Chuck's post: MORAINE LAKE ROAD - Skate Skiing in May!

Delivered: Sunday May 01, 2022 at 21:34


Enticing! Any idea when they will start plowing?



aqua toque replied to Chuck's post: MORAINE LAKE ROAD - Skate Skiing in May!

Delivered: Sunday May 01, 2022 at 18:59


Love the avalanche warning sign! By the size of that pole basket looks like an oldtimer. Wonder if it's the same guy the tree fell on.


Arie replied to Arie's post: Birdwood traverse

Delivered: Friday Apr 29, 2022 at 21:44


Hi Aquatoque,

Yes the last bit was a slog. Dehydration was indeed a factor. Sadly no kokanees were swimming upstream in Smuts Creek... I was looking for them in my delirium.
- Arie (snotsicle from TTips)



aqua toque replied to Arie's post: Birdwood traverse

Delivered: Friday Apr 29, 2022 at 15:38


Well done! Thanks for sharing.

I can just picture the final leg but kudos for doing it no-shuttle style. Hope you had beverages cooling in the berms at Burstall TH!



SkierRoger replied to Chuck's post: HEALY PASS - Staying high for good snow

Delivered: Friday Apr 29, 2022 at 13:40


Glad to see your still at it Chuck.
No surprises there!



ulrikeski replied to SkierRoger's post: 2021, 2022 XC Ski Season Remembered

Delivered: Friday Apr 22, 2022 at 21:18


Thank you, Roger for taking up the torch from skierbob. Your website is awesome! Very entertaining trip reports, and tons of valuable information.
Enjoy the rest of the snowy spring.



aqua toque replied to SkierRoger's post: 2021, 2022 XC Ski Season Remembered

Delivered: Friday Apr 22, 2022 at 18:32


Yes, many thanks for your work Roger. Sharing information on a platform such as yours is so much more enjoyable and satisfying than facebook/instagram/twitter/yada/yada/yada...

A couple of my favourite old school forums met their demise in recent years for various reasons and then Bob hung up the blades voluntarily so it was good of you to come along and provide an outlet for skiers such as myself.

For my sake I wish you much continued success!



gh replied to SkierRoger's post: 2021, 2022 XC Ski Season Remembered

Delivered: Friday Apr 22, 2022 at 17:48


Thanks for running this site Roger. It was good to get some winter conditions again last week at PLPP. I am hoping to get out on my bike now.


SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: 2021, 2022 XC Ski Season Remembered

Delivered: Friday Apr 22, 2022 at 16:43


I see I also missed gh - another integral piece of our ski community: The graph is now updated...

My favorite trip of his was on Feb 5th when he skied the ENTIRE Mount Shark network.

Wow!




Dana replied to SkierRoger's post: 2021, 2022 XC Ski Season Remembered

Delivered: Friday Apr 22, 2022 at 06:45


Thank you so much Rodger, this website is so useful and enjoyable. Dana


SteveR replied to SkierRoger's post: 2021, 2022 XC Ski Season Remembered

Delivered: Thursday Apr 21, 2022 at 22:18


Thanks Roger, for all that you have done! While in a way- Nordic Pulse in particular has fulfilled the original purpose of Ski Here as Bob conceived it, nothing beats an actual boots on the ground ski report. And- the official reports only cover the groomed trails. What would winter be without MAAD's entertaining reports? And lets not forget our resident humorist- Mr. A. Toque. While mountain biking has begun to take over my priorities, I think you can expect a few more ski reports from myself and others. It ain't over yet!


SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: 2021, 2022 XC Ski Season Remembered

Delivered: Thursday Apr 21, 2022 at 19:51


Oh rats!

My apologies Jean-Francois. I hope to automate that query so I may look less foolish in the future.😖

We all enjoyed the french twist you placed into your reports.




Jean-Francois replied to SkierRoger's post: 2021, 2022 XC Ski Season Remembered

Delivered: Thursday Apr 21, 2022 at 19:32


Many thanks Roger for your time and effort to keep Skier Bob legacy alive.

As you already apologized in advance, I am not mad at you for missing me on the chart with 29 reports ha ha

Anyway I hope to be able to meet in person next winter, please do make and wear a Skier Roger hat so that we can recognize you!



Gord F replied to SteveR's post: A morning ski in Silver Springs

Delivered: Thursday Apr 21, 2022 at 07:50


Pretty cool Steve. We skied PLPP on Wednesday and although we broke trail to the top of Elk Pass and Blueberry Hill, it was nothing like what you had to slog through. Almost no snow at all west of the city, and only a few cms on the Kananaskis Highway. We found about 5cm fresh at the trailhead and about 12cm higher up. Temps hovering around 0º. Stated out sunny but we were happy to see clouds roll in to keep the snow a bit cooler.



aqua toque replied to SteveR's post: A morning ski in Silver Springs

Delivered: Wednesday Apr 20, 2022 at 15:30


Thanks for the report Steve! Not many skiers would be aware that the finest grooming is found on garbage day. I guess that's why you're one of the most respected contributors on this forum.


Jean-Francois replied to Jean-Francois's post: Found one mitten at PLPP

Delivered: Monday Apr 18, 2022 at 12:21


Hi Emma,
I sent you a text message this morning with my address so that you can pick up your mitten.
Cheers
Jean-Francois



ERMB replied to Jean-Francois's post: Found one mitten at PLPP

Delivered: Sunday Apr 17, 2022 at 20:12


Hi Jean-Francois, that mit belong to me! Thanks so much for posting :)
I live in Canmore, but am in Calgary until tomorrow (18th) around 3pm, so I may be able to pick it up before I leave. I can be reached by call or text at 587-224-1012. Thanks!
-Emma



Jean-Francois replied to Ulrikeski's post: Kananaskis Lookout - Easter treat

Delivered: Sunday Apr 17, 2022 at 17:54


Hi Ulrikeski,
On the way down on the south side, I was admiring your turns and it kept me entertained for a while.
Cheers
Jean-Francois



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

Delivered: Sunday Apr 17, 2022 at 17:18


Democracy - That area is definitely on my list for this spring! Unfortunately it wasn't in the cards this weekend but hopefully later this spring.


DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to Normand's post: Moraine Lake after a few km's on Red Earth Creek Trail

Delivered: Sunday Apr 17, 2022 at 12:45


Howdy Normand,

If you would have gone up Redearth above the big hills conditions would have improved particularly before the first avalanche path. When I went up last Monday a little groppel fell on the icy section of the trail which gave me some grip skiing up the ice. Coming down required all the power in my legs to snowplow down and control my speed so I would not crash and burn. It was a ski or die situation on my metal edge skis. Stopping was extremely difficult and required more distance to stop a car from 100 kph.

In my report I did recommend at least 3 cm of wet new snow on the trail before travelling in order to make for respectable skiing coming down. If it does snow on the trail this week at least 3 cm, it would be worthy of skiing up Redearth into the high country as conditions were superb further up.

Currently I would recommend skiing up to the Baker Lake Skoki region as the snow on Friday was great from the parking lot all the way up into the Red Deer Valley. With all the snow up there along with the firm base under the new snow you can tour where ever you point your skis without sinking more than a few cms.




Normand replied to Normand's post: Moraine Lake after a few km's on Red Earth Creek Trail

Delivered: Sunday Apr 17, 2022 at 09:19


Nice suggestion and certainly possible this time of the year.


ulrikeski replied to Normand's post: Moraine Lake after a few km's on Red Earth Creek Trail

Delivered: Saturday Apr 16, 2022 at 22:13


Beautiful picture of Moraine Lake in the sunshine. It looks like it might be possible to skate ski on the lake?


ulrikeski replied to Sara M's post: Citadel Pass

Delivered: Saturday Apr 16, 2022 at 22:05


Great trip report, Sara. You also picked a great day to see Assiniboine. Sounds like you had a fast trip and returned on the ski out before the lifts closed.


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

Delivered: Saturday Apr 16, 2022 at 21:39


Hi Sara,

This has been a trip I have been meaning to do this season but that dang ski out is a little scary to ski up with all the downhillers coming down. It looks like you picked a fine day to hit the boundaries of Assiniboine Park. Thanks for the pics of this fabulous backpacking and skiing area.

If you are looking for a little less powder on top of the crust to perhaps do some skate skiing, I would recommend the Red Deer Valley- perhaps through Merlin Meadows. If you are trigger happy with your camera, perhaps do some shooting of the Natural Bridge. It was nice fast skiing the other day and blasting through the meadows is highly recommended. Plenty of options out there with at least 5 feet of firm base with a few cms of new snow on top. If you have not been to Cyclone Warden Cabin, then I would suggest bringing a really big memory card for your camera to capture the views.

Ski it all up.




Helen Read replied to Ray Perrott's post: PLPP: Hwy40 - BackDoor - Pocaterra

Delivered: Saturday Apr 16, 2022 at 19:06


Way to go Ray, Mary and Keith. It must have been somewhat of a brisk wind. Next time you are on Hwy 40 will likely be on our bikes. I hung up my skis today and went for a chilly bike ride instead on Trans Canada. Wonder who will get the prize for The Last Post?



Helen Read replied to Dana's post: Very easy backcountry - Robertson Glacier

Delivered: Friday Apr 15, 2022 at 17:00


Dana, loved your post and photos, but especially loved that picture of Paul. Yes, it is one of my favourite annual skis.


DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: NATURAL BRIDGE AREA/ RED DEER RIVER- near mid afternoon/ night ski

Delivered: Friday Apr 15, 2022 at 13:02


Howdy Chuck,

Although somewhat obscured, it was the scenery that was truly astounding. This was a mega mountain ski tour. The ski tracks out there were just too fast and alluring not ski. I just wished the scenery up Drummond Creek/ glacier way was not obscured by snow fall. If I had a few more hours I probably would have blasted down towards Douglas Lake if it was ski tracked. I love this area as I have a lot of backpacking and fishing history out there going back many decades. I just wished I could afford to stay at Skoki Lodge for a week so I could ski to places like Skeleton Lake, my favorite fishing hole.



Chuck replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: NATURAL BRIDGE AREA/ RED DEER RIVER- near mid afternoon/ night ski

Delivered: Friday Apr 15, 2022 at 09:00


Astounding... Looking forward to seeing what you do with tonight'so full moon


SkierRoger replied to chuckley's post: PLPP Thank You Groomers

Delivered: Thursday Apr 14, 2022 at 20:18


CHUNKY: I think that's a new snow description. Am I right?


Snow Types


SteveR replied to Mike W's post: The Little B's Make a New Friend!

Delivered: Wednesday Apr 13, 2022 at 21:25


Mike, Jo is well aware that I already have a harem of skis! In fact, it was her that recently introduced me to a new mistress- a lightly used pair of Asnes 3/4 metal edged beauties.


SteveR replied to Bob Truman's post: Ready for take-off

Delivered: Wednesday Apr 13, 2022 at 21:17


Bob, it's good to see your recent reports! I had been thinking that maybe you had hung up the boards for the season.
Looks like I jumped the gun by skiing yesterday. The skiing was excellent, but today's weather was obviously much better than Tuesday's solid overcast.



Mike W replied to Mike W's post: The Little B's Make a New Friend!

Delivered: Tuesday Apr 12, 2022 at 22:37


SteveR - Does Jo know about this!?


SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Checking out Moraine Lake Highland Trail

Delivered: Tuesday Apr 12, 2022 at 21:52


Yes Alf, my Elan's are pretty old.
Kind of like me!

They proudly advertise a wood core.




SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Checking out Moraine Lake Highland Trail

Delivered: Tuesday Apr 12, 2022 at 21:48


The trail I took connects MLR to the Lake Louise parking lot. I've highlighted it on this map.

Nope, I didn't ski back on MLR.



Alf Skrastins replied to SkierRoger's post: Checking out Moraine Lake Highland Trail

Delivered: Tuesday Apr 12, 2022 at 21:45


Wow. I used to ski on a pair of Elan Spitfires, but I haven't seen those for a few decades.



Helen Read replied to SkierRoger's post: Checking out Moraine Lake Highland Trail

Delivered: Tuesday Apr 12, 2022 at 21:36


Assume you mean the popular biker's Highline Trail? Did you ski back on MLR? I think this was a rather epic outing all by yourself, especially when bears are starting to come out?


SteveR replied to Mike W's post: The Little B's Make a New Friend!

Delivered: Tuesday Apr 12, 2022 at 20:44


Who knew that a chance meeting would inspire you to such journalistic heights!
Does Little B have a sister? Asking for a friend.



SteveR replied to Helen Read's post: Return to winter ski conditions in PLPP and lots of happy people!!!

Delivered: Tuesday Apr 12, 2022 at 20:37


So Helen, that was your track through West Elk. I was thinking that you were likely out and about. I skied down the powerline from Elk Pass and took the West Elk meadow route back north, after enjoying the fine grooming with a dusting of new on Elk-Hydroline-Lookout and Tyrwhitt. As Alf mentioned a few days ago- off trail travel on skinny skis is excellent in the area right now, and I (and others) took advantage today by looping around the various meadows of the upper bench towards Blueberry trail as well. Seems like the master builder has been absent lately, from the decrepit look of couch HQ which is rapidly disappearing.



Mike W replied to Mike W's post: The Little B's Make a New Friend!

Delivered: Tuesday Apr 12, 2022 at 20:34


Hi Mr. A. Toque - You're absolutely right. The Little B's are empowering in many ways beyond skiing. Just as Aladdin was empowered by a magic lamp that was lost in a cave for 10,000 years, I found a pair of magic skis that had been gathering dust in Switching Gear for 10 years. (FYI, 1 ski year is equivalent to 1,000 lamp years.) In addition to skiing, the Little B's have endowed me with superpowers of story-telling, photography, and website hacking. You were indeed prescient when you replied to my first Little B post saying "You have a BRIGHT future on those skis"!

There may not be any more Little B adventures this season, as I'll be at Campbell Icefield Chalet next week and the Little B's have flown to Norway with Cecilie Skog to visit her friends.



SkierRoger replied to Mike W's post: The Little B's Make a New Friend!

Delivered: Tuesday Apr 12, 2022 at 20:02


I think you're right, Aqua.
He has me taking notes for sure!



aqua toque replied to Mike W's post: The Little B's Make a New Friend!

Delivered: Tuesday Apr 12, 2022 at 15:50


Dang Mike W! Your trip reporting skills are teh slap!

You have even circumvented the shortcomings of the website by cleverly using self-comments to create a chronologically accurate presentation of your many fine photos.

Would you say the Little B's have given you these powers?




ODA replied to Dave Neame's post: Monday was like winter at PLPP

Delivered: Tuesday Apr 12, 2022 at 13:52


Hi gh, I think that was me who you ran into. Hope u enjoyed your ski down WJ.
Yes, those are cougar tracks. I was concerned he might have been stocking a skier for about 2 km -yikes! Those paws looked like a big boy!
Conditions were definitely winter-like with snow showers cropping up while the sun shone. The tracks on hydro disappeared in the snow drifts by the time I got there but the tracks on tyrwhitt were great.
All-in-all a good day on the trails!



Mike W replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: REDEARTH CREEK TO HAIDUK LAKE Sunday

Delivered: Tuesday Apr 12, 2022 at 11:58


Hi DAB - The beauty of the 140cm Little B's is they're short enough to do a wide snowplow on a narrow trail. In addition, they are much more torsionally rigid than my 180cm Salomon XADV 89 skis. In combination, they bite much better into crust and ice for speed control. That said, we also had sections on the Twin Lakes trail where we would have needed crampons to walk down, but it was too steep and narrow to snowplow, even for the Little B's. Off the trail was breakable crust with postholing up to the knees. The solution was to walk down along the edge of the trail with half of each foot in the breakable crust to get traction, and half on the trail to keep from sinking in!

Hope you recover soon from your bruising!



DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: REDEARTH CREEK TO HAIDUK LAKE Sunday

Delivered: Monday Apr 11, 2022 at 23:13


Howdy Mike,

The Little B's will greatly appreciate some sunglasses as the icy glacial scenery up the Haiduk way is so bright they will need to wear shades, but they will need some big B's to deal with the ice on the first 1.5 km of the Redearth Trail. It took all of my strength to control my speed and slowly snowplow the lower icy hills so I would not kill my self. As I was just approaching the parking lot gate and thinking how lucky I was to survive the icy hills to ski another day, I fell and slammed my right hip into the icy trail. I now have the biggest bruise I have ever had to remind myself ice acts as a meat pounder or meat tenderizer. I would wait for a few cm's of new snow to cushion the lower Redearth Creek trail and allow for much more ski control before terrorizing the Little B's. There would be no way to walk down the hills without crampons.

The snow may come later this week. Keep up the killer ski trips without killing yourself on ice.



gh replied to Dave Neame's post: Monday was like winter at PLPP

Delivered: Monday Apr 11, 2022 at 20:47


I skied most of this route as well and stopped to talk to a skier on Trywhitt near Elk Pass. That may have been you. I thought about those tracks. At first I thought Grizzly but there were no claw marks. I don't think that cats have their claws out when they are walking so perhaps a cougar?

In addition, I skied west Elk Pass to the couches which are now more like benches now. The track was wiped out by the wind in open areas but travel was pretty easy. I returned to the groomed network via the hydroline. A large group was headed downhill to Elk Lakes.

Conditions were certainly amazing today.



Mike W replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: REDEARTH CREEK TO HAIDUK LAKE Sunday

Delivered: Monday Apr 11, 2022 at 19:08


Great trip! The Little B's have added it to their wish list!


Mike W replied to Mike W's post: The Little B's Make a New Friend!

Delivered: Monday Apr 11, 2022 at 18:58


Photos 1-6



Mike W replied to Mike W's post: The Little B's Make a New Friend!

Delivered: Monday Apr 11, 2022 at 18:55


Photos 7-12


Chuck replied to Dave's post: Moraine Lake Road

Delivered: Monday Apr 11, 2022 at 08:10


Now that's a useful report... Thanks


Chuck replied to Ulrikeski's post: Friday morning crust and rain ski

Delivered: Sunday Apr 10, 2022 at 21:29


Love that Raven, calling for snow!


Alf Skrastins replied to Bob Truman's post: The Special

Delivered: Sunday Apr 10, 2022 at 21:07


I think they must have groomed that loop just for you, Bob. I'm pretty sure that this is outside of the usual weekly schedule. Based on the forecasts from earlier in the week, I had been anticipating 15-30cm of fresh snowfall by mid-day Sunday. That never happened, but the excellent grooming made up for that. My first thought was to ski the SkierBob loop, but opted to go tour around the West Elk Pass meadows instead. Conditions were absolutely ideal for off-track skinny ski touring, with a solid base and 2-3cm of dry, fast snow on top. What a beautiful day!


aqua toque replied to SteveR's post: Sheep River Road- Alert!

Delivered: Friday Apr 08, 2022 at 14:47


A representative from Alberta Transportation tells me that the work is being done to accomodate eBike users as they require a smoother surface.





(sorry, still in apr 1 mode)



Arie replied to Chuck's post: STANLEY GLACIER - With conditions like this, we are far from done!

Delivered: Thursday Apr 07, 2022 at 10:33


Nice turns, Chuck!
It looks like you had better weather than I did on Burstall Pass yesterday (6th). I dealt with fast-moving clouds, snow squalls, high winds at times, and brief pulses of sunshine. But the snow was really good. 4-6 inches of wind-affected but dry powder. Heavy trailbreaking in places. Despite some slabbiness it seemed to bond well and nothing was moving yesterday, avalanche-wise. Driving conditions on Smith-Dorrien were terrible.



Chuck replied to Chuck's post: STANLEY GLACIER - With conditions like this, we are far from done!

Delivered: Wednesday Apr 06, 2022 at 20:50


The high bridge was no problem, but we did take the snow bridge instead on the way back… for peace of mind!


Ulrikeski replied to Chuck's post: STANLEY GLACIER - With conditions like this, we are far from done!

Delivered: Wednesday Apr 06, 2022 at 20:38


Wow, a great day to be up there! How adventurous was the ski out on the trail? How was crossing the high bridge?


Helen Read replied to Chuck's post: STANLEY GLACIER - With conditions like this, we are far from done!

Delivered: Wednesday Apr 06, 2022 at 19:05


Jeannette, you go girl!!! Those turns are incredible on your LT skis; or do Chuck's Hot Red AT's get all the credit? Stunningly beautiful especially the sun topping that one photo. Ditto to Roger's comment: you just keep enticing us. And also enjoyed all the "epic" Ranier, Normand, and Sara's ski trips/reports.


aqua toque replied to Chuck's post: STANLEY GLACIER - With conditions like this, we are far from done!

Delivered: Wednesday Apr 06, 2022 at 18:36


Looks like great turns -- both types -- left and right!



SkierRoger replied to Chuck's post: STANLEY GLACIER - With conditions like this, we are far from done!

Delivered: Wednesday Apr 06, 2022 at 18:13


Looks like a great trip Chuck. Thanks to you, my list of places to go continues to grow.

The turns look wonderful !



RainerA replied to Chuck's post: STANLEY GLACIER - With conditions like this, we are far from done!

Delivered: Wednesday Apr 06, 2022 at 18:02


Great turns Chuck. Snow looks awesome.



Chuck replied to Ray Yong's post: Thanks, Roger!!!

Delivered: Wednesday Apr 06, 2022 at 09:39


Yes Ray... Well said.
And I would like to also add appreciation for the continuing improvements to the site.
Thank you Roger.




SkierRoger replied to Ray Yong's post: Thanks, Roger!!!

Delivered: Wednesday Apr 06, 2022 at 08:19


The pleasure is all mine Ray. Big boots to fill, but the reward is getting to know such a great group of people!


Mike W replied to Mike W's post: B is for Bushwhacker, not Butterfly!

Delivered: Sunday Apr 03, 2022 at 22:33


Type B Fun: The sort of fun you had as a kid, when you were totally carefree and even the concept that something could go wrong never entered your mind, firm in the belief that no matter what, your parents (or in this case the Little B's) will protect you!


SteveR replied to Mike W's post: B is for Bushwhacker, not Butterfly!

Delivered: Sunday Apr 03, 2022 at 21:41


Type "B" fun!


Chuck replied to RainerA's post: Mystic Pass Tour

Delivered: Sunday Apr 03, 2022 at 19:38


Thanks Rainer, GaryM & Anders... I didn't dare take my phone, as I was alone!


Mike W replied to Mike W's post: B is for Bushwhacker, not Butterfly!

Delivered: Sunday Apr 03, 2022 at 18:52






Mike W replied to RainerA's post: Mystic Pass Tour

Delivered: Saturday Apr 02, 2022 at 22:06


Great route! I was one of those who did it in the 80's. I scouted out the first part of the route earlier this year, but never got around to doing the whole trip. If I'd known you were going I would have joined you. The Little B's would have loved it! I suppose there's still a couple of weeks to have a go at it. Anyone else interested?


aqua toque replied to aqua toque's post: Alien Sponsored Bigfoot eSki Conspiracy in Western Canada!!!

Delivered: Saturday Apr 02, 2022 at 22:00


Yes, I believe you're right. Hijacking a known and loved iconic ski for this evil scheme does fit their profile. I wouldn't be surprised to see them try to market their product as "Little E's".


Mike W replied to aqua toque's post: Alien Sponsored Bigfoot eSki Conspiracy in Western Canada!!!

Delivered: Saturday Apr 02, 2022 at 21:26


Aqua Toque - About the night-vision security camera photo: I see a pair of skis that have been doctored up to look like the Little B's. This is a "false flag" operation orchestrated by the World Economic Forum to confuse and divide us. I can assure that the Little B's are fiercely loyal to our cause!


Helene replied to RainerA's post: Mystic Pass Tour

Delivered: Saturday Apr 02, 2022 at 21:11


Gorgeous shots! Thanks for sharing your epic day, epic in all respects!




aqua toque replied to RainerA's post: Mystic Pass Tour

Delivered: Saturday Apr 02, 2022 at 19:38


Impeccable!



Chuck replied to Ulrikeski's post: Boom Lake the scenic way

Delivered: Saturday Apr 02, 2022 at 15:09


Hey Uli,
What an amazing picture of you skate skiing down Boom Lake!
Congrats to the photographer.



SteveR replied to SteveR's post: World Cup Coming to WBC!

Delivered: Friday Apr 01, 2022 at 18:15


2022-04-01 at 13:47 - comment by aqua toque

Steve, I'm not particularly familiar with the sport. Is there an equestrian component?

Absolutely! Incorporating a bit of local flavour is encouraged by the TGXC, and dodging pooh piles is a long-standing foothills tradition.



Ulrikeski replied to Mike W's post: Little B's on the hunt!

Delivered: Friday Apr 01, 2022 at 16:07


What a fun trip report and adventure! The little B's got pretty high up! Wow! Those skis are magical.


GMJ replied to SteveR's post: World Cup Coming to WBC!

Delivered: Friday Apr 01, 2022 at 15:51


Hi there,,,
Due to frequent wet conditions it is requested you don't use the west half of Telephone.
Besides, ski bounding needs an uphill.
Thank you,,,
(((((((Annoying Parks Employee))))))))))

**Stay informed about the Sasquatch eSki Conspiracy. The above post may have been made by a Sasquatch wearing a parks employee suit and a pilfered GBCTA hat with the old logo.



aqua toque replied to aqua toque's post: Alien Sponsored Bigfoot eSki Conspiracy in Western Canada!!!

Delivered: Friday Apr 01, 2022 at 13:56


Mike, I find this new information you have uncovered truly stunning -- and I'm an expert in the field. The tentacles of this are more convoluted and far-reaching than any of us imagined -- especially the political angle! Speaking of which, we haven't heard from MAAD lately...coincidence?



aqua toque replied to SteveR's post: World Cup Coming to WBC!

Delivered: Friday Apr 01, 2022 at 13:47


Steve, I'm not particularly familiar with the sport. Is there an equestrian component?


Mike W replied to aqua toque's post: Alien Sponsored Bigfoot eSki Conspiracy in Western Canada!!!

Delivered: Friday Apr 01, 2022 at 11:33


Just as I predicted last week (https://www.skierroger.ca/index.php?content=showski&id=1042), there was an eSkiing Sasquatch sighting today. But the conspiracy is even more nefarious than Aqua Toque suspected! Why are April 1 Sasquatch sightings so prevalent? The federal government's fiscal year starts on that date. Coincidence? I think not! Sasquatch are out and about lobbying for increases to their basic income payments and caps on eSki electricity rates, at the expense of hardworking Canadian conspiracy theorists' EI, OAS, and CPP benefits. (https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/senate-basic-income-conspiracy-theories-1.6403777). This is an international conspiracy with Loch Ness Monsters, Yeti, Satori, and other freeloading residents of countries associated with the World Economic Forum (WEF).

But it gets worse. I submitted my wolverine track photos from two days ago (below and https://www.skierroger.ca/index.php?content=showski&id=1068) to Wolverine Watch (https://www.wolverinewatch.org/). They determined that the tracks were not from a wolverine, but from a Sasquatch wearing wolverine shoes! They directed me to a photo their wolverine camera trap had picked up (below and https://www.facebook.com/wolverinewatch/photos/2911007012559171). Note the photo date - only a few days before April 1! That explains why we lost the track when it reached the Blueberry Hill trail: The Sasquatch, sensing that the Little B's were hot on its heels, removed the wolverine shoes and escaped down the hard-surfaced trail. But why was the Sasquatch there in the first place? Don't be surprised if you see an eSki charging station at the top of Blueberry Hill next winter!


CBC article on the Sasquatch basic income conspiracy
Little B's on the hunt for wolverine (or Sasquatch?)
Wolverine Watch
Wolverine Watch camera trap captures a Sasquatch just before April 1


Mike W replied to Mike W's post: Little B's on the hunt!

Delivered: Thursday Mar 31, 2022 at 21:11


Photos 7-12 from my report


RainerA replied to Chuck's post: SHADOW LAKE - Dark Matter and other matters

Delivered: Thursday Mar 31, 2022 at 18:19


Amazing experience to know that you were being followed. Probably just curious, or taking advantage of your broken trail or looking for some Dark Matter!



SteveR replied to Chuck's post: SHADOW LAKE - Dark Matter and other matters

Delivered: Thursday Mar 31, 2022 at 09:51


Now that's a lunch! We crossed a set of fresh wolf tracks in the overnight snow on our way across the Burstall flats on Tuesday, and coming back in the afternoon there were another set of fresher larger ones that had crossed over our ski track while we were at the pass. Great that you actually spotted one!


Diana Piggott replied to Diana Piggott's post: Boom Lake: good but challenging

Delivered: Wednesday Mar 30, 2022 at 22:15


Sadly not this time, Chuck. I might have with an earlier start, but having an old diabetic cat makes getting an early start a rare treat these days :-/



Diana Piggott replied to Mike W's post: Don't sink, think pink!

Delivered: Wednesday Mar 30, 2022 at 22:11


Well, well! I must have seen your tracks turning off at the infamous junction yesterday, and shook my head at the "crazy backcountry skier", wondering what had become of them!


Diana Piggott replied to Chuck's post: CHICKADEE VALLEY - Tua Heaven

Delivered: Wednesday Mar 30, 2022 at 21:58


Too funny you are :D



Mike W replied to RainerA's post: Great morning conditions at PLPP

Delivered: Wednesday Mar 30, 2022 at 21:33


Yup Rainer, you spotted me. I guess pink isn't the best colour for camouflage! I'll be posting a report tomorrow.



SkierRoger replied to RainerA's post: Great morning conditions at PLPP

Delivered: Wednesday Mar 30, 2022 at 19:26


Wow!
Looks like a trip to PLPP is on my list...



SkierRoger replied to SteveR's post: Bikinis At Burstall

Delivered: Wednesday Mar 30, 2022 at 19:23


Great trip report Steve.
Fantastic panorama shot!



Chuck replied to Chuck's post: CHICKADEE VALLEY - Tua Heaven

Delivered: Wednesday Mar 30, 2022 at 08:43


Yes, if only we had known, we could have culminated it with a Chick-a-Boom traverse!



SteveR replied to SteveR's post: Bikinis At Burstall

Delivered: Wednesday Mar 30, 2022 at 08:08


A great day for a classic tour!

Panorama from South Burstall.


Diana Piggott replied to Chuck's post: CHICKADEE VALLEY - Tua Heaven

Delivered: Wednesday Mar 30, 2022 at 07:17


Spectacular!
We were almost within hailing distance :-)



Chuck replied to Diana Piggott's post: Boom Lake: good but challenging

Delivered: Wednesday Mar 30, 2022 at 07:17


Thanks Diana for your detailed report... hope you explored down the lake?



Ulrikeski replied to Mike W's post: Don't sink, think pink!

Delivered: Tuesday Mar 29, 2022 at 21:34


Quite an interesting exploration. In the old Telemark ski days I remember Boom Lake to Taylor Lake being on the trip agenda of the HOG's (Hostel Outdoor Group). Route finding and broken cable bindings made the trip more challenging. I bet not that many folks take this route these days. A destination to find solitude.


Mike W replied to Mike W's post: Tickled pink on Marmot Creek

Delivered: Monday Mar 28, 2022 at 23:24


I'm using Black Diamond kicker skins that I got from MEC about 10 years ago for my 180cm skis. BD still sells them (with some design changes), but it looks like they're out of stock at the moment - https://www.blackdiamondequipment.com/en_CA/product/glidelite-mix-kicker-50mm/. You get them at the width you want, and then cut them to the desired length. I find they stick better if you round the trailing ends and add an extra thin layer of glue for the trailing 5cm or so.

I find they work really well in most conditions (see my Mar 28 report). Because I cut them for my 180cm skis, they're pretty long on the 140cm Little B's and I can climb at a steeper angle than if use them on my 180cm skis. But they have great glide and I like to keep them on for narrow and/or steep descents to better control my speed, or if I'll be climbing again within an hour or so. So I left them on descending upper Marmot Creek because of the steep descent, and Lower Marmot Creek because I was going to head back up to Hummingbird Plume. I then took them off for the descent back to the parking lot. To prevent contaminating the skin glue, I would never use grip wax if I might be using skins later on. For my trip yesterday to O'Brien Lake, I kept them on the entire day. I could have taken them off for the last 2.3 km on the Boom Lake trail, but the trail was icy and the glide was great, so I just left them on.

I've found three problems with the skins: (1) You have to have a feel for how steep you can climb without backsliding. After you backslide a few times, the tails peel off, get covered with snow, and are very difficult to stick back on. You'll have to tape them on until you can dry them. (2) In sticky and/or crusty snow conditions, snow can work its way under the leading edge of the metal plate which lifts it off the ski, causing more snow to pack in. You are now plowing through the snow instead of gliding. The new design has a plastic plate, but I don't know if that fixes the problem. (3) Sticky snow also sticks to the metal plate, but rubbing skin wax on the plate usually stops that from happening. Ditto for snow sticking to the skins.

If you want further info, ask SkierRoger for my email address.



Mike W replied to Mike W's post: Don't sink, think pink!

Delivered: Monday Mar 28, 2022 at 22:21


Photos 7-12 from my report


Jeff replied to Mike W's post: Tickled pink on Marmot Creek

Delivered: Monday Mar 28, 2022 at 16:56


Hey Mike, Quebec is great where I live is considered the xcountry ski capital of Canada. Hundreds of KMs of groomed and touring trails right out our back door. The ski season is pretty short compared to Alberta but it's still great. I'm curious about your Kicker skins I haven't been able to find any other than the G3's. What kind are you using and how are they working so far.


Mike W replied to Mike W's post: Tickled pink on Marmot Creek

Delivered: Sunday Mar 27, 2022 at 23:09


Sorry Helen, that's not the trailhead. But I'll give you another clue. Thor's Folly can be found in the index of a guidebook, but it's an old guidebook. In fact it predates the main Internet era, which is probably why not even Google can find it!


Helen Read replied to Mike W's post: Tickled pink on Marmot Creek

Delivered: Sunday Mar 27, 2022 at 22:04


Looks like Emerald Lake bathroom by the boathouse? Not sure I will be able to sleep awaiting Thor's Folly report!


Mike W replied to Mike W's post: Tickled pink on Marmot Creek

Delivered: Sunday Mar 27, 2022 at 21:41


Hi Jeff! I remember you. How are you enjoying Quebec? Thanks for the beta on how to connect between Marmot and Skogan! I'll check it out the next time I'm there. The Little B's and I just came back from another adventure today, but we're too tired and hungry to post a report tonight. It should be up tomorrow. In the meantime, here's a photo of the trailhead, and the name of the route we did is Thor's Folly. Can anyone figure out where we went? Chuck is disqualified because he already knows!


Jeff replied to Mike W's post: Tickled pink on Marmot Creek

Delivered: Sunday Mar 27, 2022 at 19:54


Great report and I echo everyone's comments on the skis. I live in Quebec now and short fat skin skis are the go to boards for exploring the woods. I worked for parks and groomed the Ribbon trails for forty years. I even submitted a plan to connect Marmot to Skogan Loop. The route you wanted to do was more or less what I wanted to connect. As you mentioned the steep ravine at the end of the NE road is problematic. I have done it on skis but I had to come down the ravine toward Skogan quite a bit. There is a traversing ledge on both sides of the ravine that is doable for the brave. The easiest way to find it is start on the Skogan Pass side about 400 m below the first Skogan Loop junction. Basically it's at the start of the short steep climb before it levels off at the junction . If you head towards Nakiska you will find wider gentler canyon walls, as you pick your way across you can connect to the old road and down onto Marmot. It's been years since I've been in there but it's lots of fun to explore.



Helen Read replied to Helen Read's post: Time to ski up Hwy 40 to the BACK DOOR

Delivered: Saturday Mar 26, 2022 at 21:45


Hi Diana, I remember when I first met you skiing up Pocaterra/Tyrwhitt via the Back Door. If temps stay cool, I think you could make it. We started at 10am and it softened but we were relieved it only maybe got to +3/4, and there was a bit of a breeze with sun only peeking out behind clouds. I got lazy and left my kicker skins on from Lynx junction back to hut.


Mike W replied to Sara M's post: Petain Falls

Delivered: Saturday Mar 26, 2022 at 21:44


Pink rules!!!


Diana Piggott replied to Helen Read's post: Time to ski up Hwy 40 to the BACK DOOR

Delivered: Saturday Mar 26, 2022 at 21:34


That sounds fantastic, Helen! Is the snow deep enough on the highway to last a few more days? How did you handle the return from Pocaterra Hut to the gate?
Thank you!
Diana



Ulrikeski replied to Sara M's post: Petain Falls

Delivered: Saturday Mar 26, 2022 at 20:51


Awesome report, Sara. I enjoyed my recent trip to Elk Lakes cabin and Lower Elk Lake. But this is a real inspiration to explore beyond!



Sara M replied to Sara M's post: Petain Falls

Delivered: Saturday Mar 26, 2022 at 20:42


Chuck-
Not pink, just blue and white. They're Madshus Panorama M55. The bases have a little recessed spot for the front of the skin, so they don't drag as much as a normal kicker skin. Much slower than a track skin ski though. The system works pretty well.



Chuck replied to Sara M's post: Petain Falls

Delivered: Saturday Mar 26, 2022 at 19:10


Thank you Sara,for such an interesting and well documented report.
I do wonder what skis you have... hopefully not pink!
Great to learn of all these new options we have in spring.



aqua toque replied to Mike W's post: Tickled pink on Marmot Creek

Delivered: Saturday Mar 26, 2022 at 18:28


Wonderful report!

You have a BRIGHT future on those skis.




Sara M replied to Mike W's post: Tickled pink on Marmot Creek

Delivered: Saturday Mar 26, 2022 at 18:04


neat trip, VERY cool skis!


Helen Read replied to Mike W's post: Tickled pink on Marmot Creek

Delivered: Saturday Mar 26, 2022 at 18:01


Thoroughly enjoyed your post Mike W, especially since we reckoned Marmot Creek last summer ending up at eventually at the upper mid mountain Lodge. Wish I'd seen those pink beauties at Switching Gears, and glad you delighted us with this report. You also made up for all the photos I have never posted....maybe Chuck will teach me before next season!


ErinP replied to ErinP's post: The Whiskey Jack PLPP ski

Delivered: Saturday Mar 26, 2022 at 17:32


You too ODA! That wasn't Laurel and me who made the snow angels though…it was two ladies with whom we braved the Hydroline hill climb (I saw their post on the YYC Xc Ski Facebook page). You're right, super touching. Glad to hear you made it up and down Blueberry Hill in one piece!



Mike W replied to Mike W's post: Tickled pink on Marmot Creek

Delivered: Saturday Mar 26, 2022 at 15:34


Photos 7-12 from my trip report


Mike W replied to Mike W's post: Tickled pink on Marmot Creek

Delivered: Saturday Mar 26, 2022 at 15:28





ODA replied to ErinP's post: The Whiskey Jack PLPP ski

Delivered: Saturday Mar 26, 2022 at 12:31


Nice meeting u on Tyrwhitt, Erin. Was that u who did those 2 angels in the snow for Ukraine? Very touching. Didn't get a good shot of the Ukraine writing. Let's all pray for peace!

I also skied up BB Hill and it had a great view but was not groomed - 1 skier track. A little sketchy coming down with fast & sticky spots coming in & out of the shade. Caution is advised.




Mike W replied to aqua toque's post: Local eSki Tracks Discovered

Delivered: Friday Mar 25, 2022 at 23:19


I predict an eSkiing Sasquatch sighting on the first day of next month!


aqua toque replied to ErinP's post: The Whiskey Jack PLPP ski

Delivered: Friday Mar 25, 2022 at 20:00


Love the streaming sunlight shot!

Yeah, those darn whiskeyjacks...vulgar little bounders!

Hope your pompom's OK.



aqua toque replied to Chuck's post: UP THE CASCADE VALLEY TO STONEY CREEK - Stay On Track!

Delivered: Friday Mar 25, 2022 at 19:54


Mother always said...stay away from the isothermal ones.


Jolynn replied to Chuck's post: UP THE CASCADE VALLEY TO STONEY CREEK - Stay On Track!

Delivered: Friday Mar 25, 2022 at 19:27


I'll have to remember the "one foot forward, one foot back" technique with these spring conditions...my tailbone is still sore from my experience with "catch and release" on Elk Pass a week ago!



Dana replied to Dana's post: Pipestone

Delivered: Friday Mar 25, 2022 at 18:58


Thank you so much Chuck. Good we were reading it incorrectly today, otherwise we would not go there and it was actually very good. Great to know this for next time.


Chuck replied to Dana's post: Pipestone

Delivered: Friday Mar 25, 2022 at 18:54


Dana,
You and Helen are reading the Parks Canada Trail Condition Report INCORRECTLY.
For dates of actual tracksetting, you have to refer to the paragraph at the top. The dates below only reflect when they have updated their condition report (not the tracksetting).
To be clear, Pipestone Loops were last trackset on March 17.



Dana replied to Chuck's post: UP THE CASCADE VALLEY TO STONEY CREEK - Stay On Track!

Delivered: Friday Mar 25, 2022 at 18:47


Here is the tree on the cabin - about three weeks ago



SkierRoger replied to JoLynn's post: Blueberry Views- Worth the Blisters!

Delivered: Friday Mar 25, 2022 at 18:44


Hi Germsy.

I must apologize for not introducing myself on Blueberry that afternoon. I was feeling a bit under the weather that day.



aqua toque replied to aqua toque's post: Local eSki Tracks Discovered

Delivered: Friday Mar 25, 2022 at 18:32


MikeW! Good to hear from you on this. Being the one who broke the story way back in November we were worried you had come to some misfortune. That being said, I feel the kites are a colourful distraction, a red herring or smokescreen if you will.

However, SkiRoger's bigfoot suggestion may be barking up the right tree and not as crazy as it sounds.

Looking closely at the tracks we see a rather wide stance. As would be created by a large individual...like a sasquatch...on eSkis. But where would a sasquatch get eSkis?

Again, thinking analytically -- Where do sasquatch live? The backcountry. Who would have developed eSkis? An advanced civilization. Where do advanced civilizations come from? They're extraterrestrial. How do they get here? UFOs. Where are you most likely to be abducted by aliens? THE BACKCOUNTRY!

All the dots connect.



Chuck replied to Chuck's post: GIANT STEPS - And PARADISE all to myself

Delivered: Friday Mar 25, 2022 at 17:57


It was only warm when I got back to the MLR, and it was hard packed, so no problems.



Mike W replied to aqua toque's post: Local eSki Tracks Discovered

Delivered: Friday Mar 25, 2022 at 16:33


I happened to be in that high alpine meadow at the time. NotDeadYet and Aqua Toque are both right. The eSkiers were using a kite-mounted wind-generator to recharge their batteries.


Ulrikeski replied to Chuck's post: GIANT STEPS - And PARADISE all to myself

Delivered: Friday Mar 25, 2022 at 16:20


Beautiful photos! How was the descent on the downhill section of the trail in that warm weather? All corn snow or slush?


Chuck replied to Helen Read's post: This was intended to be a poem for Chuck and Jeannette

Delivered: Friday Mar 25, 2022 at 07:31


Thanks Helen,
But actually, you are the inspiration.




Germsy replied to JoLynn's post: Blueberry Views- Worth the Blisters!

Delivered: Thursday Mar 24, 2022 at 21:08


We met you up at the top and took your picture for you! I had no idea SkierRodger was in our midst or I would have thanked him for his work on the blog. It was a lovely warm day and we had fabulous views all throughout the ski!


NotDeadYet replied to aqua toque's post: Local eSki Tracks Discovered

Delivered: Thursday Mar 24, 2022 at 09:23


I think that these tracks are from the the wind-powered version of skiing: commonly call kite-skiing. Last winter, I saw some similarly weird tracks on Nose Hill in Calgary and then saw the skiers. Actually looked rather neat. Similar to kite-surfing but on snow using a kite/para sail with harness.


SkierRoger replied to aqua toque's post: Local eSki Tracks Discovered

Delivered: Thursday Mar 24, 2022 at 08:08


Have you considered that those may be Bigfoot tracks, Aqua?


Helen Read replied to JoLynn's post: Blueberry Views- Worth the Blisters!

Delivered: Wednesday Mar 23, 2022 at 22:01


Well done JoLynn on reaching the top on Blueberry-looks like a stellar day! Love the black and white photo of Hydroline! It will get lots of use in coming days; don't recall ever seeing that section closed for avalanches but read about it this morning on Nordic-Pulse. That is such a gorgeous photo of the two of you!


Dana replied to Dana's post: Lookout at PLPP

Delivered: Wednesday Mar 23, 2022 at 21:39


Yes, there was a celebratory drink at the car, but I forgot to take a photo.



Chuck replied to JoLynn's post: Blueberry Views- Worth the Blisters!

Delivered: Wednesday Mar 23, 2022 at 20:57


Hey JoLynn,
Glad to see you moving west...
You won't even care about blisters when you get to Paradise!



KeithB replied to OldGuy's post: Best Day Ever! PLPP

Delivered: Wednesday Mar 23, 2022 at 13:32


Way to go Greg and Chris keeping the faith while I went hiking



Chuck replied to Chuck's post: BOOM LAKE - Boom Boom

Delivered: Wednesday Mar 23, 2022 at 07:06


Hi Diana,
The trail is not at all damaged by hikers because it is hard packed and there is so much snow.
Try it, and report back!



Diana Piggott replied to Chuck's post: BOOM LAKE - Boom Boom

Delivered: Tuesday Mar 22, 2022 at 22:06


That looks amazing! How is it not destroyed by hikers, etc??



Normand replied to Dana's post: Lookout at PLPP

Delivered: Tuesday Mar 22, 2022 at 19:47


Nice photos and report Dana. And congratulations to Helen, for her inspirational passion to ski and reach such milestone, year after years.


Chuck replied to Chuck's post: SKOKI - 30 km in under 5 hours with over 1,000 metre elevation gain

Delivered: Tuesday Mar 22, 2022 at 19:29


Yes, I started up the ski out from Fish Creek parking lot, but I brought my own Tea and Goodies to my destination… otherwise I would not have broken my record!
Thanks for your supportive comments.



Bob Truman replied to Dana's post: Lookout at PLPP

Delivered: Tuesday Mar 22, 2022 at 19:14


Excellent report, Dana. Congratulations, Helen, on reaching 1000K. I was hoping you'd post a photo holding a celebratory bottle of beer(like in the past).



SkierRoger replied to Chuck's post: BOOM LAKE - Boom Boom

Delivered: Tuesday Mar 22, 2022 at 18:45


Fantastic trip and pictures Chuck.
You're a true inspiration!



aqua toque replied to Chuck's post: SKOKI - 30 km in under 5 hours with over 1,000 metre elevation gain

Delivered: Saturday Mar 19, 2022 at 11:50


Now that's what ya call "tea & goodies the hard way". Well done!


Ulrikeski replied to Normand's post: Elk Lakes

Delivered: Saturday Mar 19, 2022 at 11:08


Indeed, it was a fantastic day. You passed our group of 4 Ramblers at the Elk Lakes cabin at our lunch stop. We had great views at Lower Elk Lake. Next time I'll have to try the Upper Elk Lake extension. Very inspiring trip report.


Ulrikeski replied to Chuck's post: SKOKI - 30 km in under 5 hours with over 1,000 metre elevation gain

Delivered: Saturday Mar 19, 2022 at 09:25


Sounds incredible, 5 hrs. with trailbreaking. And you started up the skiout? You must have been flying with a kite. I remember taking about 8 hrs. to Skoki and return. You're getting more and more speedy, Chuck, keep it going!


Helen Read replied to Chuck's post: ELK PASS - St. Patrick's Day Edition - Green Wax did not work - Look elsewhere for the Luck of the Irish!

Delivered: Friday Mar 18, 2022 at 10:28


YaDaGo, TooTall (Sean?) The name of the awesome liquor is Sortilege and Carol Poland gets total credit for introducing me to it. I look forward to reading more of your reports as the season is not yet over!!! Planning to return there this Monday, hoping the 6 cms listed on snow forecast fall there. Thoroughly enjoyed sharing the Tyrwhitt picnic table with you and John.


TooTall replied to Chuck's post: ELK PASS - St. Patrick's Day Edition - Green Wax did not work - Look elsewhere for the Luck of the Irish!

Delivered: Friday Mar 18, 2022 at 09:59


Luck of the Irish yesterday as we not only met Roger (thanks Roger for all your work!) . . . but we also met the incredible Helen Read! Go girl!!


Ray Yong replied to Chuck's post: ELK PASS - St. Patrick's Day Edition - Green Wax did not work - Look elsewhere for the Luck of the Irish!

Delivered: Friday Mar 18, 2022 at 07:37


Ha! I passed your group on my way up Elk. I thought there were a bunch of people I recognized! I found the conditions just perfect on my skin skis. No grip problems at all going up or down, so I'm thinking of heading back again today, just because.

Elk Pass, Blueberry, Hydroline, Paterson were all spectacular. I parked at Elk Pass and headed up the big hill for the first time, instead of taking Fox. Returned the same way. I have to admit that as I was standing at the top of the hill looking down on the return trip, I was contemplating my life's choices...



SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Glorious Day at PLPP

Delivered: Thursday Mar 17, 2022 at 22:46


Sorry to have missed you Steve. It was a heck of a party, minus the green beer!


Helen Read replied to Chuck's post: ELK PASS - St. Patrick's Day Edition - Green Wax did not work - Look elsewhere for the Luck of the Irish!

Delivered: Thursday Mar 17, 2022 at 22:23


Thank you Dylan for your AMAZING TRACKS as seen in Chuck's excellent photo below. Seeing the report you wrote at 4 am was greatly appreciated, as so many people enjoyed your efforts on these "green St Patrick Day highlighted runs" on Nordic Pulse today. And Thank you Chuck and Jeannette for re-freshing the trail out to East Elk Meadows and the couch which is looking in Spring-like condition.
It was a social day not soon to be forgotten.



SteveR replied to SkierRoger's post: Glorious Day at PLPP

Delivered: Thursday Mar 17, 2022 at 20:09


Sounds like we were late to the party! Blueberry was perfect today as well. Fox Creek on the way home later on had a few minor icy bits, but the well defined tracks had just the right amount of glazing to make them nicely fast.


Cascade replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: BREWSTER CREEK TO SUNADANCE WARDEN CABIN GRAZING AREA

Delivered: Wednesday Mar 16, 2022 at 15:09


Back in “76” all the Banff locals had “red rockets”
Kastle trails ..fastest ski by miles
All over 200cc ...lol





Helen Read replied to Helen Yuen's post: Fox Creek Winter Magic!

Delivered: Wednesday Mar 16, 2022 at 07:38


Thank you Helen Y. for posting such a delicious photo of Fox Creek and Moraine for our morning breakfast. Reading that Sunshine got 7 cms overnight and Lk Louise Resort 5 cms is also very encouraging.


aqua toque replied to aqua toque's post: In Search of Big Blue Beanie

Delivered: Tuesday Mar 15, 2022 at 15:13


Hi Alf, yeah, it's very out of character for me to divulge that much information. Chuck must have a knack for inspiring human kindness.

Yes, I have dabbled on the other side of the highway. In times when there is faint hope of enough snow I will seek out the elusive "turns close to town" all along route 66.

I've attached a link to photos of an outing the kid and I did in 2020. We followed a big old skid track that headed off the north side of the highway and took us up through horse country. We were then able to get up onto Powderface Ridge and some turns were had off the top.

Interestingly, the first photo in the set is rather prophetic.


Powderface Ridge 2020


Marilyn replied to Dana's post: Beauty in Canmore

Delivered: Monday Mar 14, 2022 at 21:49


Agree - CNC conditions were surprisingly good in 5 degree temps using waxless skis for the first time this season.


Alf Skrastins replied to aqua toque's post: In Search of Big Blue Beanie

Delivered: Monday Mar 14, 2022 at 21:33


With lots of great hints and a location pin, you've made this way too easy. One of the best views of this slope is from the Feral Horses Hills. Have you checked out the options on the north side of 66?


Chuck replied to Helen Read's post: SNOW GLOBE falling snow in PARADISE

Delivered: Monday Mar 14, 2022 at 20:57


Hey Helen,
Glad you took the opportunity to check out this full route... and that you were well rewarded.



Bob Truman replied to Helen Read's post: SNOW GLOBE falling snow in PARADISE

Delivered: Monday Mar 14, 2022 at 20:28


Hi Helen, it was Mary Perrott who first used the "Catch and Release" phrase that so aptly describes the unique spring skiing conditions.

While on the subject, I would like to acknowledge your contributions to the xc skiing lingo:
"The Back Door" was the perfect way to describe the early season access to Pocaterra. You also coined my favourite loop, the "SkierBob Special." There might even be some that I've forgotten about.




Chuck replied to aqua toque's post: In Search of Big Blue Beanie

Delivered: Sunday Mar 13, 2022 at 18:50


Thanks, and now I have learned another great feature of Google Earth.


aqua toque replied to aqua toque's post: In Search of Big Blue Beanie

Delivered: Sunday Mar 13, 2022 at 17:31


Hey Chuck. Plug these coords into teh google earths and it'll plunck ya right at the top of the run:

50.831723N,114.761434W



Chuck replied to aqua toque's post: In Search of Big Blue Beanie

Delivered: Saturday Mar 12, 2022 at 16:25


Not bad for a Welshman!
In fact, very impressive, and with great pictures.
Any map?



Helen Read replied to Ray Perrott's post: Super Skogan

Delivered: Friday Mar 11, 2022 at 21:40


Tanya, you won't believe it but we had the privilege of meeting "fallsalot" while we were sitting in the snow, on his second up/down on the last stretch to Skogan Pass. It was he who took our photos!!! It was such a fun day and a memorable one in so many ways!!


Helen Read replied to Dougb's post: South End of PLPP - superb

Delivered: Friday Mar 11, 2022 at 21:24


Thank you Doug B for a superb report. Especially in the Spring-type weather, we depend on each and every report. Yours was great! Sometimes we include temps and waxes used but in spring like weather, each day can pose its own unique challenges.


SkierRoger replied to Deb & Rory's post: Elk Valley, Fernie

Delivered: Friday Mar 11, 2022 at 17:46


For those intrigued with Deb and Rory's Elk Valley Fernie report, click on the attached link for updated conditions.

Thanks Deb and Rory for keeping us on our toes!


Elk Valley, Fernie


Silver replied to FrankL's post: PLPP Heaven

Delivered: Friday Mar 11, 2022 at 07:43


Yes, Frank, we are truly lucky to have such a beautiful place to ski! Grateful!



gh replied to Ray Perrott's post: Super Skogan

Delivered: Friday Mar 11, 2022 at 07:36


Good for you Tanya. I was passed going up the hill towards lower Skogan loop by that single hiker. I had just had a heated discussion with him lower down. I saw that he stopped at the junction to talk to someone coming down so perhaps that was you. I noticed on my way down that he had turned around at that point. If enough people express their displeasure perhaps some of these rule breakers might find their hiking adventures sufficiently unpleasant that they stick to multiuser trails. A better solution would be fines issued by conservation officers. On weekends they could make a real killing.


Chuck replied to Chuck's post: PARADISE VALLEY - Best Spring Skiing

Delivered: Friday Mar 11, 2022 at 06:51


Hi Ulrike,
No trees down, at least to the third bridge.
Anyone ahead of us must have had a long day, and had taken the wrong route on the north side of the creek which is very challenging. They will be glad to see our track for their return.



Ulrikeski replied to Chuck's post: PARADISE VALLEY - Best Spring Skiing

Delivered: Thursday Mar 10, 2022 at 22:15


Hi Chuck:
Nice photos as always. Is the trail into Paradise Valley all cleared of fallen trees? I'm surprised you didn't see anyone. There was supposed to be a large group of Ramblers heading to the Giant Steps today.



Tanya K replied to Ray Perrott's post: Super Skogan

Delivered: Thursday Mar 10, 2022 at 21:37


I was there today too. We parked in the uppermost parking lot by Bronze and snuck on to the ski trail near the maintenance sheds. Nobody saw us. I had my Nakiska ski pass with me though to prove I'd already paid for my access!!

Delightful to run in to Helen climbing up and we got to chat a bit as we leap frogged our way to up the trail.

I'm a bit ashamed to say I screamed at one poor hiker. I'm just so sick of the hikers ignoring the sign at the Hidden junction that quite clearly says the trail is for skiers only! I've had fights with a local seniors group by email too, trying to convince their coordinator that they can't hike this trail. (I was ignored.) If official groups won't listen, I'd say we have zero hope of keeping hikers off the trail.
Bright side, the hike on All Trails app has been updated to say that there is no access to Hummingbird Plume in winter without skis. (You can thank me for that update.)



gh replied to Ray Perrott's post: Super Skogan

Delivered: Thursday Mar 10, 2022 at 18:47


Yes that $5 fee is ridiculous. I was able to avoid it by walking behind the lodge and popping out by the ski patrol (not today, last week). I would not think that there are that many people that want to cut through there so I am not sure what "problem" they are trying to solve. In any case some people who might have wanted to park and start from there might also have wanted to spend money at the lodge for food and/or beverages. That likely is not going to happen much now. I certainly am no longer interested.

I also did Skogan plus the 2 upper loops. There were certainly a few skiers about but sadly, a lot of walkers. One made it all the way up to the lower Skogan loop junction. I encountered about a dozen of them as they slogged their way up Sunburst to the old fire outlook. They totally trashed that trail. It would be okay to go up but down would be too dangerous for me now. Otherwise conditions are pretty good. At least that walker party kept pretty much to one side below the Sunburst / Skogan junction.

Today I started from Ribbon and skied up Skogan. The lower part of that route (to the Ruthies junction) is pretty beat up from all the walkers that routinely ignore the Skier only signs.



DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to Ray Perrott's post: Super Skogan

Delivered: Thursday Mar 10, 2022 at 18:39


I second SteveR's comment.

Nakiska is owned by the people of Alberta and is leased to the ski hill operator by our bad government. Albertans should not have to pay fees on top of fess (Kananaskis UCP entrance tax fee plus the Nakiska ski hill fee for xc skiing to access Skogan trails). If we lived in a real democracy, where the people have the legalized right to introduce and vote on government bills, all the fees would be extinguished most likely as Albertans would not tolerate fees for accessing the lands they own.

I will never downhill ski Nakiska again as long as they charge xc skiers to cut through to access trails out of the ski area boundaries. I encourage a boycott of Nakiska for their bad public relations.




SteveR replied to Ray Perrott's post: Super Skogan

Delivered: Thursday Mar 10, 2022 at 17:46


$5 access fee to cross over Nakiska base are on what is an official public trail/route? Ridiculous! I know where I would have told them to shove it.


SkierRoger replied to Bob Truman's post: Not one freakin' herringbone to Skogan Pass summit

Delivered: Thursday Mar 10, 2022 at 06:37


Great report Bob!

Very nice to see good snow conditions still exist so close to Calgary.



geng replied to JeffG's post: Cascade pretty good

Delivered: Wednesday Mar 09, 2022 at 19:57


I concur with your comments Jeff - I had an earlier start (9:30 a.m.) and went to Stoney warden cabin for a quick snack. It was pretty chilly at the start (-22C) but the sun and no wind made it quite nice. Being the first one this morning, the tracks were better than I expected with a dust of fresh snow. The trail would definitely benefit from a fresh grooming to make the return faster :-) I didn't see anyone until my way back to the bridge. Finished just a bit after 1 p.m. with a balmy -12C.


ErinP replied to ErinP's post: PLPP workout

Delivered: Wednesday Mar 09, 2022 at 19:15


The only thing missing was you Poppa Jeff!


JeffG replied to ErinP's post: PLPP workout

Delivered: Wednesday Mar 09, 2022 at 18:40


Wow, climbing up the south side of Lookout seems tough. Way to go Erin P.


aqua toque replied to SteveR's post: Elk Passes Loop-AKA Le Tour De Couch

Delivered: Wednesday Mar 09, 2022 at 12:36


aha, now we see the real reason he puts his couch there...free pillows.



JoLynn replied to Crusty bun boys's post: West Bragg Brilliance

Delivered: Wednesday Mar 09, 2022 at 12:31


Thanks for the great details on conditions! I might head that way before the warmer weekend weather.


SteveR replied to SteveR's post: Elk Passes Loop-AKA Le Tour De Couch

Delivered: Wednesday Mar 09, 2022 at 09:04


Thank you, Helen, for re-setting the East Elk and Patterson Meadow routes! I would suggest that the Elk Passes loop is somewhat easier going in the west to east direction, especially once we get into spring conditions where the logged area may be crusty. It's simple to set a line up the wide open logging cut (conversely, long gentle traverses and kick turns will get you down it). Beyond that- a couple of short forested rises are tackled in the uphill direction, and then the boundary cutline is easily followed more or less gently downhill to East Elk.


Helen Read replied to SteveR's post: Elk Passes Loop-AKA Le Tour De Couch

Delivered: Wednesday Mar 09, 2022 at 07:02


Thanks Steve for your terrific photo coverage of "AKA Meadows Tour." I have never done the more challenging part between East Elk couch towards the Hydroline. Likely out of my comfort zone.......but you have tempted me to want to do this again!! Bravo on doing it alone but someone missed a unique and beautiful backcountry tour!!



SteveR replied to SteveR's post: Elk Passes Loop-AKA Le Tour De Couch

Delivered: Tuesday Mar 08, 2022 at 22:13


Tour De Couch Continued...


Hugh replied to Hugh's post: Video of Sundays Action World Masters CNCPP

Delivered: Tuesday Mar 08, 2022 at 06:14


Here is a link to Day one action CNC World Masters

Link 1


Ulrikeski replied to Hugh's post: Video of Sundays Action World Masters CNCPP

Delivered: Monday Mar 07, 2022 at 18:43


Hi Hugh:
Is there a video for the March 5th freestyle race too?
Thanks



SkierRoger replied to Hugh's post: Video of Sundays Action World Masters CNCPP

Delivered: Monday Mar 07, 2022 at 10:15


Really a great video Hugh.
It sheds a bright light on this competition!



Helen Read replied to Chuck's post: LAKE LOUISE LOPPET 2022 - what a way to celebrate the 50th Anniversary

Delivered: Sunday Mar 06, 2022 at 21:33


Chuck, your coverage of yesterday's Opening Day at World Master's complete with links of results and information was incredible, but the photos you took today at the Lake Louise Loppet are exceptional. The Classic 50th anniversary dress on Jeremy and the story of Jacob racing with his father 50 years prior was extremely touching.


aqua toque replied to Chip Scialfa's post: Chickadee Laps

Delivered: Sunday Mar 06, 2022 at 19:52


Well done. Very refreshing to see "untouched" used in a Backcountry TR. That has become an endangered word in ski vocabulary around these parts.


HenryL replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: BREWSTER CREEK TO SUNADANCE WARDEN CABIN GRAZING AREA

Delivered: Sunday Mar 06, 2022 at 18:02


Gee Dem, it had to be the Adidas 38mm system.

Regarding those lovely red Kastle Trail LWs, Pat Morrow has a great action photo of non other than Alf flying over a snow wall in these skis.



HenryL replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: BREWSTER CREEK TO SUNADANCE WARDEN CABIN GRAZING AREA

Delivered: Sunday Mar 06, 2022 at 17:15


Heck Dem, now I'm doubting myself. I could have sworn that It was the Adidas 50mm 3-pin system I used, yet I can only find images of the 38mm system.
I know that it was 3-pins. It was a racing boot, just like used with the 38mm system.
Oh well.




HenryL replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: BREWSTER CREEK TO SUNADANCE WARDEN CABIN GRAZING AREA

Delivered: Sunday Mar 06, 2022 at 17:03


Dem, I'll attach a link to a page that shows the Adidas 50mm 3-pin system. The 38mm didn't use pins, but a tab.
We were experimenting with how light we could go with equipment, but it was stupid to take such a ski boot and binding on an icefields traverse. We exited the Yoho glacier in a whiteout and walked out from Twin Falls (May24). The boots were toast after that.
I'm just lucky they didn't break during the trip.


Old equipment


DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: BREWSTER CREEK TO SUNADANCE WARDEN CABIN GRAZING AREA

Delivered: Saturday Mar 05, 2022 at 23:15


Howdy Henryl,

You brought up 2 pieces of XC equipment I never heard of. I had no idea Kastle made a narrow metal edge double camber XC ski or that Adidas made bindings and boots. If Kastle seemed to be a good ski they probably were although they were not ideal for thin crust glacier snow or crud. No double camber xc skinny skis are. Thick solid late spring crust is another story where skinny skis are fine and fast for travel.

I take it that the Adidas bindings were not very good judging by your survival comment. What was the problem with them?

Funny thing about Adidas. When I first started XC skiing, I would use a regular pair of Adidas running shoes in my 3 pin bindings. Surprisingly that worked for me. I would not be able to do that with my NNNBC bindings, but I would not want to go back to using them either. They were cold.



Kinga replied to Bob Truman's post: Sandy McNabb

Delivered: Saturday Mar 05, 2022 at 22:14


Bob, your trip report summarizes things well! I, too, really enjoy the trails and scenery in this area; it's a nice contrast to others and good to take advantage when conditions are good. I started out close to 1pm and did most of the south and north trails. South trails definitely in better shape snow- and foot traffic-wise. I was disappointed to see a lot of the north tracks so quickly obliterated, which also made for challenging braking on some downhill sections. Otherwise, really beautiful throughout.


HenryL replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: BREWSTER CREEK TO SUNADANCE WARDEN CABIN GRAZING AREA

Delivered: Saturday Mar 05, 2022 at 17:39


Dem, I should have said that I used the Trail LWs with the 50mm Adidas bindings, not the 38mm.


HenryL replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: BREWSTER CREEK TO SUNADANCE WARDEN CABIN GRAZING AREA

Delivered: Saturday Mar 05, 2022 at 17:19


Hey Dem, I wonder how the vintage Kastle Trail LW skis compare to the Madshus? I don't recall the profile dimensions of the LW, but the width was about 54mm. They were double camber. I don't recall if the edge was just a 2/3 or full.

Photo shows my pair on the Wapta Icefields. I was stupid enough to use them with Adidas 38mm bindings, if you can believe it, but survived the trip.




DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: BREWSTER CREEK TO SUNADANCE WARDEN CABIN GRAZING AREA

Delivered: Saturday Mar 05, 2022 at 14:01


Howdy Cascade,

I actually meant to say which skis I was on in my report but I was too tired to remember and I could not read my screen as I was typing. That is what happens when one old skier gets home from skiing at 3:20 in the morning.

I am skiing on old Madshus Vidda 662 CAP Mountain Series 2/3 metal edge skis. Width 56-48-52, waxable double camber skis. They are basically similar to typical xc skis but have a metal edge. That makes them really special. This is no dud Rossignol BC59 ski.

I heard these skis were made in Canada under the Madshus name. They are somewhat rare and were sold at the old church Lifesport. This year I stumbled upon 2 used pairs after spending years looking for them. They are the narrowest metal edge xc ski I have found without a skin. They are not super durable but these double camber skis are very fast and light. They are perfect for Alberta trackset trails.

I had bought a new pair earlier in the century but made the mistake of getting rid of them when the base at the back of one of the skis de-laminated. These skis have to be handled carefully. They can not be slammed into hard snow at the lodge or in the parking lot to make them stand up or the base at the tails may de-laminate. I learned the hard way.

I have tried to get ski manufacturers to make similar skis but no manufacturer has the marketing intelligence to do so. Unfortunately Madshus made a newer similar ski but it has a skin on the base and I don't want a skin dragging on the bottom of my skis slowing me down, particularly in hard spring conditions that I enjoy when I rarely even use wax.

Madshus and other ski manufacturers really need to get smart and make narrower double high camber 2/3 metal edge skis with out skins. That is the best wax ski for Alberta spring crust skiers and it is an excellent all around ski for the tracksets.



SkierRoger replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: BREWSTER CREEK TO SUNADANCE WARDEN CABIN GRAZING AREA

Delivered: Saturday Mar 05, 2022 at 09:13


Thanks Mr. D

Hoping we can get some pictures sometime. Maybe with a flash since your trips usually occur at night.



Cascade replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: BREWSTER CREEK TO SUNADANCE WARDEN CABIN GRAZING AREA

Delivered: Saturday Mar 05, 2022 at 08:10


Great reports love your adventures
Quick question
What brand/model of 54mm metal edged skis are you on
Cheers




SteveR replied to SkierRoger's post: WBC Conditions Update

Delivered: Friday Mar 04, 2022 at 20:17


I skied a quick "core trail figure 8" (Sundog W-Crystal E-Sundog E-Loggers-Crystal W) after dropping off my granddaughter at her Bragg Creek Jackrabbits program at WBC late this afternoon. Conditions were generally excellent, with underlying icy spots felt at times, but they were few and far between. Tracksets were well defined and nicely fast, downhills smooth and easygoing, and grip waxing trouble-free using Swix VR45. Awesome- It's amazing what the groomers did with only 5-6 cm of new snow! I finished up just as Groomer Bill got back to the barn after grooming Elbow and Iron Springs. He cautioned to beware of especially thin snow on the sunny meadow section of Iron Springs.


Jean-Francois replied to Chuck's post: Mt. SHARK to BRYANT CREEK CABIN - What happened to the Head Carving?

Delivered: Thursday Mar 03, 2022 at 21:36


Bonsoir notre démocrate préféré,
Bravo de parler français, ce n'est pas très courant en Alberta !
On pourrait donner comme nom, la cabane à la tête coupée.
Bonne soirée




DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to Chuck's post: Mt. SHARK to BRYANT CREEK CABIN - What happened to the Head Carving?

Delivered: Thursday Mar 03, 2022 at 21:23


En tant que skieur qui se remet encore d'avoir skié à Cuthead Cabin récemment, il m'a fallu un moment pour comprendre la blague de Monsierur Jean-François. Ha Ha!


Chuck replied to Chuck's post: Mt. SHARK to BRYANT CREEK CABIN - What happened to the Head Carving?

Delivered: Thursday Mar 03, 2022 at 20:26


Yes Jean-Francois,
Maybe “Cut Head” cabin, to avoid confusion!



DougB replied to Ray Perrott's post: PLPP - the good, the bad, and the ugly

Delivered: Thursday Mar 03, 2022 at 20:21


We started at Elk Pass lot and skied up Elk Pass and Hydroline trails which were freshly track set and in great shape. Our mistake was heading up Lookout which has had a lot of snow since the last track setting. Climbing the steep hills through fairly deep powder was a really tough workout. Pocaterra and Whiskey Jack also had lots of fresh snow but going downhill was a lot easier. Moraine was okay but is getting a little worn in places.



Gord F replied to Ray Perrott's post: PLPP - the good, the bad, and the ugly

Delivered: Thursday Mar 03, 2022 at 19:46


Interesting to hear about north PLPP conditions. We also parked at Boulton but skied south, Moraine to Elk Pass. Where the trail was narrow and in the trees, the track was a bit icy. Once we were on the Elk Pass trail, (wider) the track was in fantastic shape, also freshly groomed. We considered Tyrwhitt, but turned back and retraced our trail after we saw how deep the new snow was. I thought I was paying attention to snowfalls but was surprised to see how much had accumulated since Monday. Looked like about 20cm on Trywhitt.


Normand replied to Chuck's post: Mt. SHARK to BRYANT CREEK CABIN - What happened to the Head Carving?

Delivered: Thursday Mar 03, 2022 at 13:52


Classic choice!


Jean-Francois replied to Chuck's post: Mt. SHARK to BRYANT CREEK CABIN - What happened to the Head Carving?

Delivered: Thursday Mar 03, 2022 at 12:55


Thanks for the report Chuck, the cabin should be renamed as the Cuthead cabin :)



DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to Chuck's post: Mt. SHARK to BRYANT CREEK CABIN - What happened to the Head Carving?

Delivered: Wednesday Mar 02, 2022 at 20:45


The head carving removal at Bryant Creek Warden Cabin was may be related to Federal Government reconciliation process.

Perhaps you could put a carving of your head up in place!



DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to Chuck's post: YOHO ROAD - Plenty of Options!

Delivered: Wednesday Mar 02, 2022 at 00:16


Hey Chuck,

You can expect Parks Canada to cut back on tracksetting. The Liberal Government seems to have plans to start charging for xc skiing in 2023 as per Parks Canada website information. The website is a little vague but that is the signal I am getting. The Liberals will likely follow the lead of the UCP in the Kananaskis. If there are not xc skiing fees, the government may go for parking fees.

Tax grabs are everywhere these days along with a loss of government services.



DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to SkierRoger's post: Canmore Nordic Centre to Receive Upgrades Through Provincial Cash Infusion

Delivered: Tuesday Mar 01, 2022 at 11:12


Hello Steve R.,

Re: Your comment about Bragg Creek not getting UCP funding

Be patient as the funding will likely come sometime before the election. Kenney will use government surpluses resulting from extreme high energy prices to bolster his election chances to keep his Conservative base supporters happy. This is a typical political strategy used in undemocratic societies where the people do not rule or control the government.

I would expect funding to be announced no later than next October but it could be later.



SteveR replied to SkierRoger's post: Canmore Nordic Centre to Receive Upgrades Through Provincial Cash Infusion

Delivered: Tuesday Mar 01, 2022 at 07:43


I get that CNC is a well used facility and that we should be supporting our elite athletes (to a degree), but what comes to mind is: whatever happened with funding for the incredibly popular all-season area at West Bragg? Maybe I missed something as I was in the backcountry for a couple of weeks in January and February?


DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to SkierRoger's post: Canmore Nordic Centre to Receive Upgrades Through Provincial Cash Infusion

Delivered: Tuesday Mar 01, 2022 at 03:13


Sorry about the odd spelling errors in my previous comment. My eyes don't work so well late at night and neither to my typing fingers, particularly after skiing 50k the day/night before with a good sized pack.

Read it anyways and imagine how the words should be spelled.



DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to SkierRoger's post: Canmore Nordic Centre to Receive Upgrades Through Provincial Cash Infusion

Delivered: Tuesday Mar 01, 2022 at 03:07


The CBC interview about the Canmore Nordic Centre raises a lot of questions for anyone with an investigative mind. Obviously the CBC talking head, Angela Knight, that did the interview does not have much of one, otherwise she would have asked some tough questions about money/ tax dollars.

The government rep being interviewed by CBC is Michael Roycroft and is the UCP Government's Regional Director for the Kananaskis Region and he once was the Manger of the Canmore Nordic Centre. There is a big link to the Nordic xc ski racing community that wanted a Kananaskis fee charged and now I can understand why. Part of the hidden plan included subsidizing the Canmore Nordic Centre to provide elite athletes more man made snow to ski. We have a significant conflict of interest situation the way I see it where the xc ski race community encouraged the government to tax Kananaskis Park users. Some people may just call that politics, if so it is bad politics.

Roycroft said the Canmore Nordic Centre has not been renovated since about 20 years ago. It was renovated less than 14 years ago. His memory must have problems or other. The Conservative's gave the Canmore Nordic Centre $25,000,000 in July 2008 to host international events (see: https://www.canmorenordic.com/about/ paragraph 3). If Roycroft was the manager of the Canmore Nordic Centre back then, I would like to ask him if the money was spent poorly or if it was just misspent. For the facility to get another $17,000,000 less than 14 years later seems monetarily crazy. Roycroft said that the World Cup every 2 years generates about up to $6,000,000. If races are held every 2 years as he suggested, then that is roughly $24,000,000 (-Covid revenue losses) since 2008 I assume (rough math: 12 years /2=6 races- 2 covid races lost = 4 races x $6,000,000= $24,000,000 roughly). This would suggest the $25,000,000 the government invested in 2008 was not a great return on investment and resulted in a $1,000,000 negative investment. Where did that money go from the money generated by the racing?


In 2019 the UCP Government rejected a $13,000,000 financing upgrade for the Canmore Nordic Centre for good reason. It was not a good investment. Now the Canmore Nordic Centre is going to get $17 million dollars- a year before an election call. Coincidence? Not likely. The budget money has been greatly increased over the 2019 Canmore Nordic Centre wish list of $13,000,000 and Albertans are subsidizing elite race organizations with the UCP Kananaskis Park entrance fee tax to upgrade the Canmore Nordic Centre which should be self supporting as it charges fees and gets subsidizes and other revenues. The less wealthy Albertans that can't afford the UCP Kananaskis Park entrance fee tax can't drive to the Park now, but at least the elite XC ski racing community will have nicer wax buildings at the Canmore Nordic Centre thanks to the subsidies.

Roycroft mentioned the Canmore Nordic receives about 1,000,000 visitors. At $15 for a daily ski pass that means the Canmore Nordic Centre is bringing in many millions of dollars per year. Where is that money going? I would like to know for accountability purposes. This is a Provincial government nordic centre facility that is getting too much tax subsidy money and that money is ending up in the wrong hands. Something just smells fishy.


Roycroft said it(Nordic Centre) was the only direct major lever to promote tourism in the Bow Valley but I would suggest that is UCP BS. What is Banff? It is far more world famous than the Canmore Nordic Centre. The Kananaskis and Banff are being overrun with tourists and there is no need to subsidize any elite biathlon ski race facility in the Bow Valley to draw more tourists.

Roycroft said that for 2024 there was a major event booked for the facility so if that is the case, it does not seem like there is a problem with the Canmore Nordic Cente facility or at least no need of further subsidies by Albertans.

The UCP has upped a lot of user fees and taxes to pay off its supporters. The losers are average Albertans who have to pay more for things like post secondary tuition fees or pay to walk on land in the Kananaskis. For the Canmore Nordic Centre to be subsidized further is a waste of money. The Nordic Centre should never have been built in an area that does not receive significant snow.Snow making at the Nordic Centre is ridiculously expensive. Mount Shark was a duplicate facility built where the snow actually falls consistently and does not require wasteful expensive subsidized snow making. The Canmore Nordic Centre should never have been built from a financial perspective if it requires ongoing subsidizes by the tax payer while providing low returns on investment.

If the town of Canmore requires or depends on the Canmore Nordic Centre for generating revenues and it is the primary economic beneficiary of the centre, then the town of Canmore should pay to operate it without any subsidies from the UCP Kananaskis entrance fee tax or other. There is huge wealth in Canmore and the town can afford more wealth squeezed from it if the xc ski race community wants more man made snow at the Canmore Nordic Centre to ski on. Leave the rest of us alone that like to ski on natural snow the way God intended.

Cross country skiing on man made snow in no way has anything to do with Conservative values when the real snow stuff is available up the road form Canmore at Mt Shark where many ski races have been held.

I will state my above numbers above are calculated by extrapolated numbers from the interview comments that sparked this thread and may not be totally accurate. They are calculated and extrapolated from the information given in the CBC interview with Roycroft in the best manner possible with the information given. If better numbers can be given, please lay them out.

Written by Mr. Legalize Real Democracy who is a graduate of Ski Resort Operations and Management and holds a business diploma as well. I would love to debate anyone on this subject and learn more so please comment in a courteous way.

Ski Cheers







Jean-Francois replied to AnnePren's post: Goat Creek conditions

Delivered: Sunday Feb 27, 2022 at 19:21


Hello Anne,
There was a trip report yesterday on the Facebook group Xcountry ski YYC by Sergey Adamov: « Banff to Canmore and back again
In the morning Spray River trail was a bit firm, but in the afternoon it became really nice. The Goat Creek trail was skier set and trampled by hikers, runners, and fat bikers, especially between the Death Bridge and the Goat Creek parking. All in all it was a nice ski. Very few skiers. Blue wax in the morning and the purple one in the afternoon worked well »



Jean-Francois replied to Chuck's post: LAKE O'HARA - Great conditions despite lack of tracksetting

Delivered: Saturday Feb 26, 2022 at 13:21


Tout simplement magique!


DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to Chuck's post: LAKE O'HARA - Great conditions despite lack of tracksetting

Delivered: Saturday Feb 26, 2022 at 11:45


What brand of binding failed on Marcus' ski?

I have been hearing of a few binding failures this year and skiers need public information on what brands not to buy as binding failures could potentially put people's lives at risk, particularly if it is cold.




SkierRoger replied to Chuck's post: LAKE O'HARA - Great conditions despite lack of tracksetting

Delivered: Saturday Feb 26, 2022 at 07:57


What fantastic pictures, Chuck.

Thanks for sharing!



SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Fun in the Sun at West Bragg Creek

Delivered: Friday Feb 25, 2022 at 23:45


That's a fantastic suggestion Alf.
I'll be sure to try those ones.

Thanks



Alf Skrastins replied to SkierRoger's post: Fun in the Sun at West Bragg Creek

Delivered: Friday Feb 25, 2022 at 22:44


I'm glad you got out on West Meadow and Tom Snow today. They are such nice trails with a backcountry character, but actually quite close to the main WBC parking lot. I also suggest that you try Moose Singletrack (adjacent to the north-east half of Moose Loop) and Tom Snow all the way north to Kestrel junction.





Alf Skrastins replied to haywire's post: telephone loop ccw traffic jams

Delivered: Friday Feb 25, 2022 at 22:34


... and Telephone Loop got another grooming pass this evening, thanks to Geoff and Seth. It should be really good for the weekend!


HenryL replied to HenryL's post: Off topic - Banff history - Cascade River

Delivered: Friday Feb 25, 2022 at 16:17


Most of these archive videos and interviews I have viewed so far describe historic skiing in the Parks, in one form or other.



chuckley replied to ErinP's post: Heaven in pre-race PLPP

Delivered: Friday Feb 25, 2022 at 16:04


Blueberry Hill was BEST CONDITIONS EVER!
Fresh Grooming 2 nights ago with 2 cm new snow on top made for easy climbing on Blue wax at -13C and a perfect downhill run.
Foothills Nordic Volunteers were hard at work installing signage for the Great Cookie Race tomorrow along Elk Pass Trail - thank you!



HenryL replied to HenryL's post: Off topic - Banff history - Cascade River

Delivered: Friday Feb 25, 2022 at 15:15


Chuck that is a beautiful, iconic photo.
I can imagine the stories that were shared that day.



Mike W replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: REDEARTH CREEK- BEYOND BALL PASS CAMPGROUND

Delivered: Friday Feb 25, 2022 at 10:57


Thanks for update, informative and entertaining as always.



Chuck replied to HenryL's post: Off topic - Banff history - Cascade River

Delivered: Friday Feb 25, 2022 at 09:08


Hi Henry,
Very glad that you have highlighted the incredible digital archives at the Whyte Museum.
I have to share a picture of our own Fireside Chat with Scott Ward and Don Mickle at the Elk Trap (Circa June 2006).



Jean-Francois replied to Jean-Francois's post: WBC Telephone Loop Status

Delivered: Friday Feb 25, 2022 at 08:02


Hello Haywire / Bruce,
Many thanks for your comment, always very useful to get some context.
Many thanks also for all these years volunteering. I know a few groomers and always stop to say hello, that being said It would be nice to have an « appreciation / recognition day » where skiers could meet the groomers, summer BBQ?
Take care
Jean-Francois



Jean-Francois replied to Jean-Francois's post: WBC - Telephone & Southern trails

Delivered: Thursday Feb 24, 2022 at 21:44


Hi Mike,
When I finished Telephone loop I was also tempted to do it again CCW but at bottom of Hostel, I became suddenly lazy of opted for something easier, hence going south.....
Cheers
JF



Helen Read replied to Jean-Francois's post: WBC - Telephone & Southern trails

Delivered: Thursday Feb 24, 2022 at 20:45


I totally agree with your assessment, Mike W and sorry to not acknowledge your luring me to ski Telephone loop, although I watched Nordic Pulse flashing red all around the loop last evening. I really enjoyed hitting the "Homestead" sign and it was such an enjoyable ski for me to end on CCW. I should have added on Moose Loop, but was not sure of my energy level. I hope the groomers will continue to trackset this Loop when it is perfect (even if only once a year). It was awesome although I worried at time what I'd gotten myself into. Appreciated all the rock warnings.


Mike W replied to Jean-Francois's post: WBC - Telephone & Southern trails

Delivered: Thursday Feb 24, 2022 at 19:07


Hi JF - Funny you should ask about the sign. In view of the potential demise of Telephone tracksetting, I decided to ski it twice today: CCW, then Moose Loop CCW, then Telephone CW. And I took mental notes on today's differences between CW and CCW:

For advanced skiers, I don't see much difference.

For "novices" I think CW is significantly harder: There are more steep uphills CW vs. CCW. The majority of people go CCW, which means those uphills get "dished out" by all the people who are snowplowing down them. It's much harder to herringbone up a "dished out" hill. I had to sidestep up several of them. Another problem is there are numerous uphills, some of them steep, near the end of the CW direction, which could cause "heartbreak" for novices. In the CCW direction, the last third of the loop has mainly gentle uphills and a long easy downhill at the end.

Finally, going CCW gives you the option to extend your ski by including Moose Loop, Mountain View West, etc. Going CW, you have to overcome the temptation of calling it quits at the parking lot!



SteveR replied to Jean-Francois's post: WBC Telephone Loop Status

Delivered: Thursday Feb 24, 2022 at 18:00


I posted elsewhere about being ok with groomed only on Telephone, but my observation today has made me re-think that. I addition to providing for better skiing, having a single trackset to one side appeared to serve as a guideline for non-ski traffic, keeping them to the other side and preserving a lane of good ski conditions.



SteveR replied to SteveR's post: Telephone!

Delivered: Thursday Feb 24, 2022 at 17:52


I thought the 4 bikers might well turn around, as there was some audible grumbling about the slog amongst the ranks as I skied by, and I could still hear them discussing things when I stopped briefly at the junction with Long Distance.
It would be interesting to know the skier count on Telephone today. I bookended my CW ski with Moose Loop( thus missing the early birds such as JFR) and Hostel Loop, encountering 24 skiers coming the other way, and passing 6 others going the same way as I. Thank you groomers!



Mike W replied to Helen Read's post: Empty-Handed Cookie Lady meets Jeremy, the Telephone Loop groomer skiing CCW

Delivered: Thursday Feb 24, 2022 at 17:11


PS I was the one who posted yesterday about Telephone grooming. ;-)


Mike W replied to Helen Read's post: Empty-Handed Cookie Lady meets Jeremy, the Telephone Loop groomer skiing CCW

Delivered: Thursday Feb 24, 2022 at 17:09


Hi Helen - I thought it was you that I blasted past as I was going down a steep downhill on the W side, going clockwise. Sorry I was going too fast to stop!



Mike W replied to SteveR's post: Telephone!

Delivered: Thursday Feb 24, 2022 at 17:02


The "struggling rut-creating fat bikers who were pushing their bikes CCW just north of Long Distance North" indeed turned around after about 100m. They did a good job of keeping out of the trackset all the way back to the parking lot.


haywire replied to Jean-Francois's post: WBC Telephone Loop Status

Delivered: Thursday Feb 24, 2022 at 16:54


I'll add some context to Telephone loop. I started and ran the volunteer track setting at WBC for 7 years. At that time, Telephone east was turned into winter multi-use, since walkers and snowshoers would access it from snowshoe hare. Subsequently, fat biking access was included as they would ride east telephone up to Disconnect. However, the intent was that the winter multi-use would be temporary, and that an all season trail would be built alongside the winter ski trail, so that Telephone could revert back to ski trail, only. Obviously, this did not happen, and that plan fell off the table. Which brings us to where we are today, with many walkers on the ski trail - no doubt many more because of Covid.

Which then brings us to Trails 2.0 plan. I don't agree that Telephone should be converted over to a backcountry trail for ski touring. In my 7 years, I only ever had 1 person request that we do not trackset Telephone. Additionally, in the consultation period for 2.0, there was only 1 person request it as a backcountry trail. Finally, without packing and grooming, the snow would rarely be deep enough, or remain deep enough, to be skiable. 2.0 plan should implement what was orginally agreed between BCT and Parks -- to make a multi-use trail aligning alongside Telephone, to at least the junction of Tom Snow north.

Respectfully, Bruce Barker



Gord F replied to Mike W's post: Grooming in Progress on West Bragg Creek Telephone Loop

Delivered: Thursday Feb 24, 2022 at 14:37


Tried to talk my wife into doing Telephone Loop today but no deal. Instead we skied Moose Loop and noted that the west end of Telephone Loop was roller packed, as I expected. Trail conditions are excellent throughout WBC but warm temperatures are coming soon.



SteveR replied to Mike W's post: Grooming in Progress on West Bragg Creek Telephone Loop

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 23, 2022 at 21:27


Heard from one of the trail crew this afternoon: "Telephone has been groomed". Maybe you missed this quote from an earlier report:

<B>"This from Groomer David at BCT:
Our approach to Telephone has changed.
Because Tele is multi-use, the east in particular receives heavy traffic from walkers, snowshoers and bikers - all with a significant negative impact on ski grooming.
With the development of the WBC trail plan 2.0, we are looking at making Telephone a backcountry ski route with minimal or possibly no grooming.
For this year, we have been trialing this approach. We have been roller packing the larger snowfalls but haven't been setting track. The idea is that Telephone might be a destination for experienced skiers interested in a longer ski on touring or light AT gear.
Any suggestions on Telephone Loop are very welcome! "</B>

I'm fine with treating it as more of a backcountry trail, but it would be nice to see the occasional groom between snowfalls to flatten out the surface to take better advantage of future snowfalls. This would benefit all user groups and make it safer for skiers.



Gord F replied to Mike W's post: Grooming in Progress on West Bragg Creek Telephone Loop

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 23, 2022 at 19:10


I also noticed the groomer on Telephone Loop. It seems you can't tell from the Nordic Pulse website if they're just roller packing or tracksetting. I assume it's just roller packing.


Jean-Francois replied to Jean-Francois's post: WBC - pleasant afternoon

Delivered: Tuesday Feb 22, 2022 at 20:38


Hi Chuck,
Cognac is definitely better than wine to keep you warm on a cold day!



Jean-Francois replied to SkierRoger's post: West Bragg Creek Groomers Update

Delivered: Tuesday Feb 22, 2022 at 20:35


Hi Roger and King David,
Many thanks for the answer regarding Telephone loop.

Personally I don't mind no tracks on telephone to keep the « backcountry feel », roller packing helps smoothing out the fat bike ruts and walkers footprints, making skiing easier with my skinny skis.

I have no idea how many skiers do ski Telephone loop and it might be interesting to know how big is the crowd.

As far as I am concerned I ski it as many times / as soon as it's roller packed before it's « trashed » by non skiers.

Not sure if it's viable or possible, but I would love to see telephone as a « skier only » for one or two days when it's roller packed and then leave it as a multi user trails.

Encore merci!



Eyesopen replied to SkierRoger's post: West Bragg Creek Groomers Update

Delivered: Tuesday Feb 22, 2022 at 20:22


Hi David at WBC,
Can you tell me if Iron Springs and Elbow will be trackset by this Thurs?

Thanks so much for all your work,
Rhonda W



SkierRoger replied to Jean-Francois's post: WBC Telephone Loop Status

Delivered: Tuesday Feb 22, 2022 at 20:12


This from Groomer David at BCT:

Our approach to Telephone has changed.

Because Tele is multi-use, the east in particular receives heavy traffic from walkers, snowshoers and bikers - all with a significant negative impact on ski grooming.

With the development of the WBC trail plan 2.0, we are looking at making Telephone a backcountry ski route with minimal or possibly no grooming.

For this year, we have been trialing this approach. We have been roller packing the larger snowfalls but haven't been setting track. The idea is that Telephone might be a destination for experienced skiers interested in a longer ski on touring or light AT gear.

Any suggestions on Telephone Loop are very welcome!




SkierRoger replied to Jean-Francois's post: WBC Telephone Loop Status

Delivered: Tuesday Feb 22, 2022 at 20:08


Telephone will get some love before the weekend - keep an eye on Nordic Pulse.


Chuck replied to Jean-Francois's post: WBC - pleasant afternoon

Delivered: Tuesday Feb 22, 2022 at 19:17


Hey Jean-Francois,
The gift was not wine!
If memory serves me right, it was a Christmas gift of quality liquor, probably your favorite Cognac.



Jean-Francois replied to Jean-Francois's post: WBC - pleasant afternoon

Delivered: Tuesday Feb 22, 2022 at 18:36


Howdy Chuck,
Ha ha no wine for me, unless it was grenadine? Last time I saw Don was on Sundance lodge trip back in 2018 I believe.
Bonne fin de journee




Chuck replied to Jean-Francois's post: WBC - pleasant afternoon

Delivered: Tuesday Feb 22, 2022 at 17:52


Reminds me of meeting Don and the gang from the Esso Ski Club back on December 19, 2019.
Hope your trip will be as memorable!



Chuck replied to Mary's post: Cascade Lookout to Baker Creek

Delivered: Tuesday Feb 22, 2022 at 09:38


Hi Mary,
You mean “Castle” Lookout (not Cascade)!



Helen Read replied to Bob Truman's post: Helen's favourite conditions on Elk Pass

Delivered: Monday Feb 21, 2022 at 17:30


Bob, Thanks for reminding me what I looked like 11 years ago: still have those poles and skis, but now two new joints! I absolutely love that video of Chip on Fox Creek. For those who have not seen it, it is well worth the 6 minutes. On the video at minute 1, you will see a bench that is no longer there since the flood, if my memory serves me right, took it away.


JeffG replied to Ray Yong's post: Kicking Horse Trail - Happiness is fresh track setting...

Delivered: Saturday Feb 19, 2022 at 18:57


Yes, Helen, skins can really help in most warm conditions. On dry icy conditions, they are super. I only use my wax skis for blue wax days and colder. Today we used our fish scales on Pocaterra to Whisky Jack. They worked perfectly. Sorry we missed you. See Sam's report.
Jeff




DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: CASCADE TO ELK TRAP

Delivered: Saturday Feb 19, 2022 at 15:51


These Frenchmen came from the great land of Rossignol Skis and they were on snowshoes- this is blasphemy!

I can only imagine they wished they knew how to ski rather than painfully dragging snowshoes through the snow burning up huge amounts of energy going hardly anywhere. In some places they left some pretty good holes- falling through the skier tracked trail.

When will the snowshoers learn that skis rule?




Chuck replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: CASCADE TO ELK TRAP

Delivered: Saturday Feb 19, 2022 at 09:18


I met those snowshoers during my trip to the Horse Camp. They were returning from FIVE days out camping!
No wonder they were able to get that far, beyond Stoney Creek. I turned west towards our Elk Pass.
They were a very happy pair from France.
FORMIDABLE!



Helen Read replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: CASCADE TO ELK TRAP

Delivered: Saturday Feb 19, 2022 at 08:19


I cannot imagine anyone snowshoeing that distance from Minnewanka. Am guessing they skied to the Stoney Cabin and put on SS's there. That would be one very long snowshoe. Or they had access to the cabin for an overnight?



Jean-Francois replied to Lane1's post: Mt Shark again

Delivered: Friday Feb 18, 2022 at 22:18


Hello Chuck,
Latin and/or Greek was part of grade 6 to grade 9 curriculum in the 60's in France.



Helen Read replied to Ray Yong's post: Kicking Horse Trail - Happiness is fresh track setting...

Delivered: Friday Feb 18, 2022 at 22:05


Ray, I love your expression, "with just the occasional stickiness that threatened to pull you out of your boots." I was struggling at PLPP lower trails today, waxing with VR 50. Got to find some skin skis, because think these temps are the new norm. Doubt Yoho Valley Road will get tracked this season, because it was not a part of the Yoho Challenge.


Chuck replied to Lane1's post: Mt Shark again

Delivered: Friday Feb 18, 2022 at 20:44


Merci, and thank you, Jean-Francois.
Good clarification.



Jean-Francois replied to Lane1's post: Mt Shark again

Delivered: Friday Feb 18, 2022 at 19:49


The trail names are constellations and are in Latin not Greek :)



Arie replied to Ray Yong's post: West Bragg Creek - Fair to ok

Delivered: Thursday Feb 17, 2022 at 21:29


Encouraged by Ray's report I decided to try WBC today (Thursday). Already +4C at 7:30 am, and +7C to finish. I waxed violet, which worked quite well although I had some sticking issues when the sun came out.
Some notes:
Underneath the new snow is old hardpack, glazed snow, refrozen slush, grass, roots, and rocks, depending on where you are. Most of the main loops are in good shape with a few thin spots here and there.
Moose Loop is thin for a few hundred m near Telephone junction.
There is a bare patch on Mountain View which requires a 100 m hike.
There is a small ice flow on Mountain View West that is easily navigated.
There is a bigger iceflow on Iron Springs just past Dead End junction, near the bridge. I managed to ski around it without taking my skis off.
Loggers is in really nice shape, as is Elbow. In all the skiing was surprisingly good given the heat.



Jean-Francois replied to Chuck's post: BANKHEAD - Groomed and Trackset (as well as the Cascade Valley) Today

Delivered: Thursday Feb 17, 2022 at 19:30


Merci beaucoup Chuck, the website was updated mid-day, I tried to remove my comment so that you did not bother replying but could not find a way to do it....


DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to Chuck's post: STONEY CREEK HORSE CAMP - and exploring possibility of crossing the Cascade River to create a loop through Mount Norquay via Elk Pass

Delivered: Thursday Feb 17, 2022 at 19:04


Thy who dare travel the Elk Lake trail to Stoney Creek had better carry a chain saw! At least a hand saw anyways. When I went up the Elk Lake trail several weeks ago, I had to knock snow out of many trees to pass. More snow came down afterwards and that could have resulted in trees breaking. But with the warm windy weather recently, the snow may have fallen off the trees which may result in the trees springing back into their upright place.

To get around the Mt. Norquay COVID Pass check stop blockade at the end of the parking lot before the lodge (if it still exists), go stage right hard around the lodge and around the ski patrol hut. No one has a right to block xc skiers from passing through as it is a designated backcountry trail that is free of restrictions of any sort.




Chuck replied to Chuck's post: BANKHEAD - Groomed and Trackset (as well as the Cascade Valley) Today

Delivered: Thursday Feb 17, 2022 at 18:01


Hi Jean-Francois,
Yes, they groomed and trackset all the way to Stoney Creek yesterday. It's true that they were slow in updating the trail condition report.
Interesting that they have gone back to tracksetting on the right hand side as one ascends on single tracksetting beyond the Cascade River bridge!
Unfortunately, a skate skier has already damaged that track by allowing his skis to glide into the tracksetting!




Jean-Francois replied to Chuck's post: BANKHEAD - Groomed and Trackset (as well as the Cascade Valley) Today

Delivered: Thursday Feb 17, 2022 at 08:42


Bonjour Chuck,
Do you know if they groomed to the Stoney Creek /warden cabin? So far the Banff Canada Park website has not been updated...
Merci beaucoup
Jean-Francois



chuckley replied to Jean-Francois's post: PLPP - Cookie Race Course

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 16, 2022 at 19:03


Thanks Jean-Francois,
Pocaterra deteriorated as more skiers used it and exposed the needles. Very little (<2cm) new snow on the Packers to Lynx section we skied.
Downhills are very fast and some Green downhills will be a challenge for beginner skiers.



Chuck replied to Chuck's post: Anybody got ONE of these for sale?

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 16, 2022 at 10:17


Actually Rainer, it happened over a year ago and I was not immediately aware of it!
One of the metal edges broke and it catches in hard packed conditions. It does not bother me in powder conditions, but alas I can't wait!
Several attempts at repair have been in vain.
It is hard to find a similar pair of skis these days.



RainerA replied to Chuck's post: Anybody got ONE of these for sale?

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 16, 2022 at 08:08


I have a 200cm pair of the same skis. They are a tough ski. Curious on how it happened? I know conditions are treacherous out there with icy trails, snow bombs, debris and fallen trees.


Helen Read replied to Chuck's post: Anybody got ONE of these for sale?

Delivered: Tuesday Feb 15, 2022 at 20:39


Chuck: you are welcome to use my blue Rossignol BC 65's (185 cms) and full metal edge-likely came out year or two prior to these. They are a great ski but they have NNN BC binding. If you want to borrow them until Feb 26th, then I will take them to Sovereign Lake.


Helen Read replied to Carl P's post: East Elk Pass - glasses found

Delivered: Tuesday Feb 15, 2022 at 20:34


Thank you so much Carl for bringing my reading glasses back to CNC. Gwen called me today and I picked them up tonight, 15th. Had a short ski testing out some demo Madshus M 50 skin skis 187 cms c metal edges. "Almost" full moon popped out a few times. Cookie reward awaits you.


SkierRoger replied to Chuck's post: Anybody got ONE of these for sale?

Delivered: Tuesday Feb 15, 2022 at 16:51


Maybe a Banff yard sale, Chuck
Good luck!



SkierRoger replied to Mary's post: The Dreaded Collembola at Mt. Shark

Delivered: Tuesday Feb 15, 2022 at 16:49


Great Report Mary.
Yes, snow, snow!!!





Tanya K replied to Chuck's post: MOSQUITO CREEK - The good part... No Mosquitos!

Delivered: Sunday Feb 13, 2022 at 19:53


Sorry conditions weren't great. I was worried about having to hike our skis both up and down the first part and was nervous about the potential sun crust so we stuck with our plan to ski at Emerald Lake. Tracks were icy but skiable, the trail was freshly groomed, and it was a bluebird day so we were happy.


Chuck replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: DECEPTION PASS TO NEAR SKOKI LAKES

Delivered: Sunday Feb 13, 2022 at 12:51


Here are a couple of photos taken yesterday, compliments of Helen Read and the Meanderthals!


DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: DECEPTION PASS TO NEAR SKOKI LAKES

Delivered: Sunday Feb 13, 2022 at 12:16


If the skiing from Fish Creek Parking lot to the top of Deception Pass was not so grip lacking slick, I would have likely skied to at least Skoki Lodge. I was hoping for Red Deer Lakes so I fell well short. This trip required my greatest effort herringbone skiing in my life but I actually enjoyed the challenge. Then I also screwed up my timing to watch Olympic XC skiing- by a week.

I used to take a lot of pictures in the film days, particularly when I was in photojournalism courses and had access to a photo lab, but I just have not gotten into the digital world of photography. I was also chocked when all my old SLR lenses would not fit digital cameras. Also, taking photos interferes with my speed on the snow and my skiing buzz.

I do own a cheap Canon digital camera that does not allow for interchangeable lens, and it has some bad and complicated operating issues. It also sucks back too many batteries for my liking. Also, it does not work in the cold. Maybe one warm spring May day I will bring the camera skiing after I am forced to go shopping for a new memory chip. The old SLR cameras ruled. The best ones did not require a battery and would work in any weather.



DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to Chuck's post: MOSQUITO CREEK - The good part... No Mosquitos!

Delivered: Sunday Feb 13, 2022 at 11:27


Howdy Chuck,

I had a good laugh at your ski report.

I was waiting for Skier Roger to load up on my old computer when I decided to check out the Mosquito (Alarm) which is used to get rid of younger people at protests or in other situations due to sound frequencies they put out. Then I switched pages to Skier Roger and found your ski report from "Mosquito Creek - the good part no mosquitos". Get it? I got a good laugh!





Diana Piggott replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: DECEPTION PASS TO NEAR SKOKI LAKES

Delivered: Sunday Feb 13, 2022 at 11:21


Fantastic Epic, Mr. Democracy! With your colourful descriptions, pictures are unnecessary, but would still be most welcome :-)


SugarDog replied to SugarDog's post: Taming the Shark

Delivered: Sunday Feb 13, 2022 at 07:32


Thanks for the great idea Mr. D, but at my age I'd be just an appetizer for those howling wolves.

I'll stick to chasing bunnies in the park!



DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to SugarDog's post: Taming the Shark

Delivered: Saturday Feb 12, 2022 at 21:54


Sugardog,

If you would have gone a little further past the Spray River Bridge and take the trail to the left, you could go visit some of your free roaming wolf relatives further up the Spray River. You could have a howling good time with them. I know I have. They may even share a fresh moose meal with you. What a doggy treat that would be! There is always next time little dooggy. Maybe bring a dog sled to haul the skier with you back home in case he/she gets too tired after some good howling skiing fun. Best to go late in spring when the snow is hard. That way you won't get so much snow in your paws and you will use far less energy. Don't forget the dog photos.



DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: MENS 50 KM XC SKI RACE 10 PM FRIDAY ON CBC WILL BE A POLLUTED HUMAN RACE

Delivered: Friday Feb 11, 2022 at 23:23


The ski races are next week-end not this weeke-end. Men's 50 km xc ski race 10 pm Feb. 18
Women;s 30 km xc ski race 10:30pm Feb. 19

Hello Cindi,

Envoironment Canada use to do air quality monitoring in Calgary until the Liberal Prime Minister Chretien cut the monitoring budget completely. Calgary in 1995 had the worst air quality out of all cities in Canada, according to Statistics Canada. Now the records are not kept by the feds. The pollution can make the snow we ski on rather dirty, not to mention the lungs.

I like your idea of citizen air quality monitoring. A fair number of years ago there was a controversy over the height of the Provincial air quality monitors being about 14 feet above the ground. I don't know if it was reduced. There also is not enough air quality monitors. Only 3 in Calgary and they apparently are not close to major roads.

Getting rid of gas and diesel vehicles in the city is important for all to breathe safe air. Clean air is needed for to build good strong ski lungs in kids.

The further east you go in Calgary, the worse the air pollution when the winds blow from the west. I see how ugly it is on some days. When the wind blows from the east, Calgary's air pollution gets pushed up against the mountains, polluting the snow and air skiers breathe in places like Bragg Creek. The fall out from Calgary's pollution travels great distances and even falls out at the xc ski trails in Strathmore and much further beyond.

I asked Calgary's TV media to put up air pollution reports during the weather forecasts, but they refused. The media is hugely supported by the gas pig auto industry and they don't want to offend these companies or risk advertising dollars. The media that gets big corporate advertisers is highly biased in order to protect profits and they do not provide the service the people really need.



Ulrikeski replied to RainerA's post: Great conditions at Mt Shark

Delivered: Friday Feb 11, 2022 at 21:03


Hey Rainer: Glad to hear that Mt. Shark has good snow coverage and new grooming. Icy trails at CNC today, but manageable.


SkierRoger replied to RainerA's post: Great conditions at Mt Shark

Delivered: Friday Feb 11, 2022 at 19:38


Awesome
Thanks RainerA!!!



Helen Read replied to RainerA's post: Great conditions at Mt Shark

Delivered: Friday Feb 11, 2022 at 19:26


I was up at Trail Sports at close to 10 am this morning and road was still closed-they must have opened it shortly thereafter. Lucky you- Beautiful photo of grooming so am guessing you will have encouraged many to head up there on w/e. Thanks for this "good news" report.



Cyndi replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: MENS 50 KM XC SKI RACE 10 PM FRIDAY ON CBC WILL BE A POLLUTED HUMAN RACE

Delivered: Friday Feb 11, 2022 at 15:38


I have to admit, living in the SE part of Calgary it seems we have our fair (or not so fair) share of air pollution. I know the GOA has a couple of air quality monitors in Calgary. It would be nice if there were more. Some days the particulate matter seems so thick, I can choke on it too. I know some jurisdictions have citizen led air monitoring programs or perhaps we can convince the City of Calgary to set up air quality monitoring. I'm not sure how those skiers are doing it in China right now....Go CANADA!!!


Chuck replied to DougB's post: Emerald Lake & Kicking Horse

Delivered: Thursday Feb 10, 2022 at 21:16


Thanks for the informative report Doug... keep them coming.
You deserve to have gone Hog Wild at Truffle Pigs!



aqua toque replied to Helen Read's post: Bound and determined to venture out to EAST Elk Meadows

Delivered: Thursday Feb 10, 2022 at 11:52


You saw the couch man? Does he miss us?


Chuck replied to DougB's post: Pipestone, Snow Bombs and Needles

Delivered: Thursday Feb 10, 2022 at 07:12


No snow bombs or needles on the Pipestone River!
Nice to meet Doug & Christine, and learn how they like the Search feature on Skier Roger's website.



Carl P replied to Carl P's post: East Elk Pass - glasses found

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 09, 2022 at 21:59


Helen - I'll drop your glasses at the reception at the Canmore Nordic centre tomorrow morning. Carl.


gh replied to Helen Read's post: Bound and determined to venture out to EAST Elk Meadows

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 09, 2022 at 21:40


Thanks for refreshing the trail (and to MaSid) as well. I was thinking of heading in there tomorrow.


Helen Read replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: PIPESTONE RIVER- NORTH END POINT CAMP MEADOWS- Tuesday Ski

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 09, 2022 at 21:07


This deserves a separate report. Love this photo of Jeannette. Thanks to Mr. Democracy and Chuck, there are now two ways to go. I seriously lack these skills but happy to help reinforce the trail next time.


Helen Read replied to Carl P's post: East Elk Pass - glasses found

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 09, 2022 at 20:40


Thanks Carl. It was me sitting on the couch enjoying the cosy "camp-like" atmosphere. Wish I had brought MaSid some marshmallows today. Anyways, these glasses are readers +2.5 and it might be hard to connect them back to me, since I live in Canmore. Always handy to have an extra pr of readers in the glove box, so suit yourself, if you know anyone who can use them or if you live locally, I can pick them up. Thanks again! GREAT website Roger!



Chuck replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: PIPESTONE RIVER- NORTH END POINT CAMP MEADOWS- Tuesday Ski

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 09, 2022 at 17:47


With all the interest in the area, we decided to push the Pipestone River trail today a bit.
While Mr. Democracy prefers to follow the summer horse trail, we always prefer to stay on the actual river ice.
We did not get all the way to Point Camp Meadow today (which is 7 km beyond the Blue #20 trackset loop), but we will be back!



DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to Bob Truman's post: Lake Louise - in the dark

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 09, 2022 at 12:31


Nice shots. It pays to ski after dark 30 at the right time.


DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: PIPESTONE RIVER- NORTH END POINT CAMP MEADOWS- Tuesday Ski

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 09, 2022 at 12:22


Howdy Helen,

I have always guesstimated that the beginning of Point Camp Meadows is 6 km beyond the Pipestone Blue 20 trail.

Some people prefer to travel up the Pipestone River to get there but I don't like travelling on rivers myself due to the amount of times I have fallen through ice in the past. Someone did lay some tracks on the river at least in part. At times they skied up to the trail which makes me wonder about the ice on the river. I did see some ice collapsed.

The Pipestone River trail has a few small hills and creek crossings. I normally side step the hills to make it easier to travel, particularly for spring travel purposes. When the trail is well skier tracked by me after I have skied it at least 3 times, it is quicker to get up there than Stoney Creek when the wax works well.

Ideally I recommend people ski up there later in spring. When there is a good hard snow crust covering the Point Camp Meadows, it allows for fantastic skate skiing and one can zip across the meadows in minutes up towards the junction to the trail which leads to the Little Red Deer River. This trail provides access towards Skoki Lodge. There is also a warden cabin up there. That is roughly about a 20 km trip one way.

Who ever broke parts of the Pipestone River trail had some difficulty finding the trail. There is a lot of snow up there right now and many of the blazes on the trees are either buried or covered by snow. If you can't find the blazes or ski tracks, you will lose the trail very easily. If anyone goes up there now, follow my skinny ski tracks. I made the mistake of following the old fat ski tracks in one spot and that lead me way off trail. It was a good adventure though and I enjoyed it. At night I made sure I stuck to the main trail coming out in order to ensure the Pipestone River trail is broken all the way.









HenryL replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: PIPESTONE RIVER- NORTH END POINT CAMP MEADOWS- Tuesday Ski

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 09, 2022 at 08:44


Helen, I too enjoy reading Mr. Legalize D's night shift accounts. I think that Chuck has mentioned Point Camp Meadows in a past post. I was also guessing as to where this was, so I looked at the satellite layer of Google Maps. There is a place that seems to fit the bill - a sharp point in the creek that faces a huge meadow to the north. Perhaps perfect for a camp! I'd say that it's about 7 km above the trails. Take a look yourself. I've attached a closeup of the potential camp location. I hope that you decide to explore in that direction.


Helen Read replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: PIPESTONE RIVER- NORTH END POINT CAMP MEADOWS- Tuesday Ski

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 09, 2022 at 07:38


WOW!! You are one hard worker on the evening shift!! How far from top of groomed trails would you guess is Point Camp Meadows? I am now sorely tempted to check it out, but this is pushing me likely beyond my limits. Thanks for sharing your unique ski reports, especially at 2 AM!


Helen Read replied to Helen Read's post: Pipestone Meadows and open spaces lovely today

Delivered: Tuesday Feb 08, 2022 at 18:35


I only took the skier set track about 1.5 kms back, as I was alone and not wanting to ski up the river by myself. Not sure how to differentiate between "deep ski pen" vs skier tracked.


aqua toque replied to Chip Scialfa's post: Tryst Chutes

Delivered: Tuesday Feb 08, 2022 at 14:07


Good job finding some unskied lines Chip. These days that place is usually tracked out beyond recognition by whipper-snappers!


SkierRoger replied to Bob Truman's post: Lake Louise - in the dark

Delivered: Tuesday Feb 08, 2022 at 12:52


Just fantastic pictures, Bob!


Chuck replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: GUNS AND ROSES AND XC SKI TRAILS

Delivered: Tuesday Feb 08, 2022 at 09:53


This link provides my best excuse to be a couch potato today... Men's 20 km Biathlon.
Fascinating to watch and learn.
Congratulations Scott Gow!


Watch here



gh replied to gh's post: PLPP

Delivered: Monday Feb 07, 2022 at 21:21


You are welcome Helen. Those meadows (both east and west Elk) are my favourite places to ski at PLPP. The views are great and the traffic is generally light.


Helen Read replied to gh's post: PLPP

Delivered: Monday Feb 07, 2022 at 21:02


Thank you gh for redoing the track to Hydroline and up. Hoping to make it out there later this week. Can't seem to find MaSid lounging in the meadows as yet, but the sun usually brings him out, not to mention his B-D next week.


DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to Helen Read's post: Pipestone Meadows and open spaces lovely today

Delivered: Monday Feb 07, 2022 at 20:58


Hi Helen,

What were the snow conditions on the backpacking/horse trail that you went up for 1.5 km?

Was there deep ski penetration or was it skier tracked?

Ski Cheers



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

Delivered: Monday Feb 07, 2022 at 09:10


The three downhill areas in the Park follow the Alpine Skiers Responsibility Code. The code is specifically for Alpine, as opposed to Nordic skiing, so won't apply outside those three areas.

The complementary Cross Country Responsibility Code is what is followed on the Cross Country Trails.

None of this has anything to do with Parks Canada.




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

Delivered: Sunday Feb 06, 2022 at 07:24


Howdy D.,
Just because you don't agree, doesn't mean you are right. This is a democracy!



SkierRoger replied to Chip Scialfa's post: Great Deal on AT Skis

Delivered: Saturday Feb 05, 2022 at 20:28


Hi Chip,
The image problem you have experienced is likely due to using a picture from a newer Iphone. Apple has recently changed file formats on those phones (yet unsupported by this website). My recommendation is to convert the file to a .jpg and try again.



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

Delivered: Saturday Feb 05, 2022 at 19:33


Howdy U.,

I understand that according to the Parks Canada website that cross country skiers going down a hill have the right of way. I don't agree with that rule as it lacks legal logic particularly when there is a crowd skiing down a hill and hogging all the skiing room.

At downhill ski areas the person in front of you down hill has the right of way which is safer. It also eliminates confusion and makes it easier for courts to determine responsibility in the event of an accident. When a group of cross country skiers are hogging a trail going downhill, there is a serious safety issue. The skiers should be going down a hill in single file on the left side in order to give space for someone who is climbing up on the right. The person climbing up should not have to dive into the bush off the trail.

Also, the Parks Canada rule does not outline the right of way for fast skiers going down hill overtaking a slow skier. With the Parks Canada rule it appears the faster skier would have the right of way. It makes no sense for the fast skier behind the slow skier to have the right of way. The slow skier may be deaf and may not hear any warnings if there are even any given. Perhaps the wind is blowing so hard to make hearing difficult as well or a massive loud avalanche is echoing in a valley which can make hearing difficult. The person in front of you should have the right of way when coming down a hill.

Parks Canada should adopt the Alpine Skiers Responsibility Code so that there are not multiple codes to be stored in people's heads. Any skier coming down a hill must be in absolute control at all times and be prepared to stop on a dime for safety to exist.

I can see a big liability situation with Parks Canada's xc skiing trail etiquette rules. The Alpine Skiers Responsibility Code preexists the Parks Canada XC skiing trail etiquette rules and courts would take that into account in the event of an accident. The Alpine Skier Responsibility Code was developed by many organizations across Canada and is well tested in court and millions of more people are accustomed to that Code in Canada than Parks Canada's trail etiquette rules which are much younger and likely untested in court. At downhill ski hills, the Alpine Skiers Responsibility Code is posted in many places. In the National Parks there is no such postings of trail etiquette which further increases liability. Furthermore there is a society norm in this country to keep right except when passing on the left. This norm is used on our roads, walking paths, bike paths and on the water in channels. Parks Canada should adopt the norm rather than being abnormal because abnormal does not stand up in court, particularly when there is a lack of public education.



Chuck replied to Chuck's post: CASCADE RIVER - New Tracksetting

Delivered: Saturday Feb 05, 2022 at 18:42


Yes, it is important for everyone to realize that the downhill skier has right-of-way, no matter what side they choose (the single track or the multi-use side). It makes sense too... RESPECT those who might be challenged!
It is nice when any single downhill track is set on the right as you go downhill, it helps to avoid confusion.



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

Delivered: Saturday Feb 05, 2022 at 17:18


Cross country skier etiquette is "downhill skiers have the right-of-way!"



Oda replied to Chuck's post: CASCADE RIVER - New Tracksetting

Delivered: Saturday Feb 05, 2022 at 12:05


Thats great news! Thanks for posting & reminding skiers of etiquette for a single track. Not many seem to know that the downhill skiers has right of way when a track is on the right side going up. Hopefully your post will make more skiers aware.
Happy skiing !




Mike W replied to Chuck's post: CASCADE RIVER - New Tracksetting

Delivered: Friday Feb 04, 2022 at 22:31


Glad to hear Parks is finally doing the single trackset so it's on the right going downhill. Hopefully it will prevent some skiers' confusion into thinking that if they're climbing a single track on the right, they have the right-of-way over a descending skier. The descending skier ALWAYS has right-of-way irrespective of whether a single track is on the left or right!

Open up the "Trail Etiquette" section about halfway down the page


Bob Truman replied to Bob Truman's post: Tom Brady conditions G. O. A. T. Creek

Delivered: Friday Feb 04, 2022 at 16:02


Aqua Toque, I agree on both counts. I was happy for Stafford making it to the big game after years of toiling in obscurity in Detroit with a losing team. Brady's retirement was timely. I hate seeing athletes past their prime trying to hang on when they are over the hill. That's why I retired from my blog :)


aqua toque replied to Bob Truman's post: Tom Brady conditions G. O. A. T. Creek

Delivered: Friday Feb 04, 2022 at 09:58


Oh sure, he's great and everything but it didn't hurt my feelings when LA upset them. However, nowhere near as joyful as when Cincinnati punted KC.


SkierRoger replied to Marlaine/KHSC's post: Good news for the Kicking Horse Ski Club/Parks Canada

Delivered: Thursday Feb 03, 2022 at 19:53


What fantastic news!

I will make this article accessible via the News button on the main page of this website.



Chuck replied to Chuck's post: BOOM LAKE 2/2/2020

Delivered: Thursday Feb 03, 2022 at 17:34


I don't think so Gord, unless this was you


Chuck replied to Marlaine/KHSC's post: Good news for the Kicking Horse Ski Club/Parks Canada

Delivered: Thursday Feb 03, 2022 at 17:30


Great news... and totally appropriate.
Parks has a tough act to follow!
Thanks



Greg G replied to Greg G's post: Trip Planing for a cold advancing air mass/ Goat Creek on Steroids / Trail Grooming at Lake Louise / Something Golden

Delivered: Thursday Feb 03, 2022 at 12:35


I am trying to change the heading to: Trip Plaannig for a cold advancing air mass/ Goat Creek on Steroids / Trail Grooming at Lake Louise / Something Golden.




Greg G replied to Marlaine/KHSC's post: Good news for the Kicking Horse Ski Club/Parks Canada

Delivered: Thursday Feb 03, 2022 at 12:23


Wow what an accomplishment KHSC, Toques off even if it is a wee bit chilly on the trail today. I would encourage all those who live along the Bow River, to keep the Emerald Lake area in your back pocket. How often in early winter do we wish we had more then The Moraine Lake Road and Great Divide to ski on. Likewise when we get a nasty cold spell, that their are warmer trails just across the divide. If only we could get over "the Longer distance" which really isn't all that much.



Greg G replied to Chuck's post: BOOM LAKE 2/2/2020

Delivered: Thursday Feb 03, 2022 at 12:13


Hey Chuck....once upon a time did you lead a daytrip to Ohara in early April for the CSC which morphed into a bus trip over about 2 weeks, with dinner at the lodge ? I um, was responsible for the morphing.


SkierRoger replied to Greg G's post: Trip Planing for a cold advancing air mass/ Goat Creek on Steroids / Trail Grooming at Lake Louise / Something Golden

Delivered: Thursday Feb 03, 2022 at 09:30


Thanks for the entertaining trip report Greg.

We have some amazing people on this website, from night skiers to winter canoe lovers...




Greg G replied to SkierRoger's post: Upper lake Louise Grooming Report

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 02, 2022 at 21:27


Further to Skier Rodgers report of the track setting for the upper trails at Lake Louise. This is most likely the pattern of packing and track setting of trails by the Chateau Staff (Jeff) following a High pressure system as it heads over the continental divide. Double Track setting the Fairview shortly after a new snowfall and then carrying it on from there.



Greg G replied to Helen Read's post: Wanted to believe Environment Canada's -15 C but NOT at Cascade

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 02, 2022 at 20:56


Hi Helen, it must be 20 years since we last connected. Check out my latest post as of today on mountain weather. It may explain why your trip up the Cascade was a wee bit warmer then what enviornment Canada had to forecast.

Greg G



SkierRoger replied to Crusty bun boys's post: Kimberly crushed

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 02, 2022 at 17:39


You boys are getting around!


Ulrikeski replied to Chuck's post: BOOM LAKE 2/2/2020

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 02, 2022 at 16:58


Hard to believe you were not at Boom Lake today, Chuck! Great photos. I'm sure you're resting up for your next long distance ski. Have fun.



Chuck replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: BREWSTER CREEK- WELL BEYOND OLD TRAPPERS CABIN- Monday

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 02, 2022 at 09:42


The cabin being referred to is 4 kms beyond Sundance Lodge, and is actually called Turtle Tom's Cabin.


Helen Read replied to Helen Read's post: Wanted to believe Environment Canada's -15 C but NOT at Cascade

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 02, 2022 at 09:06


Thanks for this estimate-that might be too long a day for my 74 yr old bod, unless I become a volunteer Banff Parks groomer to start at Stoney Bridge. Yes, I enjoyed your posts about the elk leg and the wolves howling. I heard them howling once at beginning of Spencer Creek trail. We do enjoy reading of your courageous adventures. Hope someone will loan you their InReach for such trips.


Cascade replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: BREWSTER CREEK- WELL BEYOND OLD TRAPPERS CABIN- Monday

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 02, 2022 at 04:42


How far is the old trappers cabin from the lodge
Ty for all your reports .....excellent




DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to Helen Read's post: Wanted to believe Environment Canada's -15 C but NOT at Cascade

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 02, 2022 at 00:37


Howdy Helen,

Elk Trap is roughly 4 to 5 km beyond the Stoney Creek Bridge. I have left a nice straight fast ski trail well beyond Elk Trap towards the Cuthead Warden Cabin that people should take advantage of on a nice sunny day. Currently there is one very small creek crossing that requires one to step over some small snow covered willows in order to prevent the skis from dipping into the 50 cm wide creek.Just follow the ski tracks and you should be good.

I would recommend using larger ski baskets although I have been using fairly small to medium ski baskets as I have no other option due to pole shortages. When I was up there about a week and a half ago, I had no problem breaking trail with my 54 mm wide skis until I got within about 2 or 3 kms of the Cuthead Warden Cabin which is 5 or 6 km beyond Elk Trap.

The last time I was up there, I heard Howling Wolf and his or her band after dark somewhere near Elk Trap about 750 meters up the hill side which was a high mountain treat. So expect the skier tracked trail to be a multi use trail with some animal tracks imprinted into it.

Back in December near Elk Trap I saw an elk leg buried in the snow along the ski trail that was dug up by scavengers. I did not see the elk leg going in during the day but it was dug up when I came out at night. The rest of the elk was not visible. Make sure you pack enough food as there is not much to scavenge for food up there.

If you want to keep your pack lighter, you could bring in a water filter and fill up at the above mentioned creek/ spring. That creek is about 1.5 km short of Elk Trap.

You have to keep your eyes open to find Elk Trap on your right as you ski up valley. It can be somewhat obscured by trees, particularly if they are loaded with snow. Look for Chuck's ski tracks going right off the Cascade River trail near the top of a gentle hill- as long as new snow does not bury his tracks completely.

Ski and enjoy.








aqua toque replied to aqua toque's post: Tom Trott Hut -- Cypress Hills

Delivered: Tuesday Feb 01, 2022 at 18:24


Thanks for the tip Chuck. I accentuated the link with the handy dandy editing feature.


SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Upper lake Louise Grooming Report

Delivered: Tuesday Feb 01, 2022 at 18:11


Regarding the other trails at Lake Louise, below is a summary of recent grooming there, as found at the following link:

Recent tracksetting:
Feb 1: Great Divide Road; Moraine Lake rd.

Jan 31: Tramline; Campground loop; Bow River Loop.



Lake Louise Track setting


Chuck replied to aqua toque's post: Tom Trott Hut -- Cypress Hills

Delivered: Tuesday Feb 01, 2022 at 16:58


Delightful first report Aqua Toque... you should try it more often!
My turn to Comment... Suggest you indicate that the Link provides your amazing photos.



SkierRoger replied to Eyesopen's post: Dawn Mountain

Delivered: Tuesday Feb 01, 2022 at 06:36


Hi Eyesopen,

In regards to the grooming board that you mentioned, here is the key:




gh replied to Helen Read's post: PLPP destination turned into a great ski at Ribbon Creek

Delivered: Monday Jan 31, 2022 at 20:39


I was out there today as well. I skied much of the terrain that you did Helen. I went over on the other side and did Ribbon and Coal Mine as well. There is lots of new snow but the twisty west bound descent on Ribbon is scraped down a bit (as of early this afternoon).


Helen Read replied to Helene's post: Winter Wonderland at Pipestone

Delivered: Monday Jan 31, 2022 at 19:55


I'd recognize that orange jacket anywhere, Helene. Yes, Pipestone got tracked on Jan 29th as per Trail Reports on this site, but if you ever get a chance, try to offer feedback for Parks to adopt the Nordic Pulse system. The trouble is there is a track setter who works directly for Chateau Lake Louise and he covers certain tracks. Then Parks/Lake Louise look after likely the remainder out that way. Also, we have the Banff Tracksetter who has been mentioned very favourably in recent posts, as the regular track setter is off work currently. They ALL do a fabulous job, but as for clearing out parking lots, that sure would be helpful information to know for XC skiers.


Ωman replied to Ωman's post: Elk Pass Meadow Tour

Delivered: Monday Jan 31, 2022 at 15:37


Thank You! We aspire to inspire. The previous Sunday also had similar cloud movement; here's the viddy...

West Elk Pass Couch HQ Time-lapse Jan 23 2022


Ulrikeski replied to Ωman's post: Elk Pass Meadow Tour

Delivered: Sunday Jan 30, 2022 at 16:21


Great video, awesome scenery view to Fox Lake and Frozen Lake, beautiful frozen trees! Very inspiring!


HenryL replied to Chuck's post: ELK TRAP - with new grooming up Cascade Valley!

Delivered: Sunday Jan 30, 2022 at 08:24


Chuck, this has spurred (pun intended?) me to go hunt down a couple of Sid Marty classics for some cozy winter reading.


HenryL replied to Chuck's post: ELK TRAP - with new grooming up Cascade Valley!

Delivered: Sunday Jan 30, 2022 at 08:16


Wow. Chuck and Jeannette, you have experienced the parks in a way that I have only read in history books! Well done. I can literally smell the horses and taste dinner in those great photos.


Piperian replied to BA's post: FOUND Prescription Sunglasses - Boulton Creek

Delivered: Sunday Jan 30, 2022 at 07:45


Thanks these are mine.




KeithB replied to Ray Perrott's post: Cascade to the Warden's Cabin

Delivered: Saturday Jan 29, 2022 at 19:21



This will be a great 5 hour ski trip again tomorrow!



SkierRoger replied to Ωman's post: Elk Pass Meadow Tour

Delivered: Saturday Jan 29, 2022 at 18:24


What a wonderful video Ωman.
You are a true artist!



Chuck replied to Chuck's post: ELK TRAP - with new grooming up Cascade Valley!

Delivered: Saturday Jan 29, 2022 at 18:07


So glad you asked, Tanya!
The Elk Trap was used a long time ago to remove excess Elk from the park. All that really remains now is the central corral and loading ramp. The wings of the trap were long fence lines that have since fallen down. This trap was set up where the valley narrowed, and the Elk were chased down into it, and then held for removal.
We used to use it when we had horses in the park, as a holding area overnight, or while on short day trips.
Those were the days... see 2 memorable photos



Tanya K replied to Chuck's post: ELK TRAP - with new grooming up Cascade Valley!

Delivered: Saturday Jan 29, 2022 at 10:33


Chuck, what is an elk trap? I've never been that far up the valley. Thanks.



Tanya K replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: BREWSTER CREEK- WELL BEYOND OLD TRAPPERS CABIN

Delivered: Saturday Jan 29, 2022 at 10:28


Thank you! Heading in today for a night at the lodge.


SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Black Prince Tour

Delivered: Saturday Jan 29, 2022 at 07:59


Night skiing is on my list Chuck.
Not that day however!

BTW,
That photo was taken from Kevin's newer Iphone which generates an image type called .HEIC - it must be converted to .JPEG format before uploading to this website.
I'm still frantically searching for a way to automate the process within my upload routine.



Chuck replied to SkierRoger's post: Black Prince Tour

Delivered: Saturday Jan 29, 2022 at 07:34


When I saw your first photo, I thought you had taken up night skiing!
Great shot.




SkierRoger replied to Chuck's post: GREAT NEWS - New Staff for Banff Park trail grooming!

Delivered: Friday Jan 28, 2022 at 06:49


Thanks for looking into this very important issue, Chuck.

Fantastic news that a young staff is being trained to groom the Banff trails. The previous gentleman did a wonderful job but as KenH mentioned in his report yesterday, a lot of difficult man-hours are required to keep the trails in top shape.

I wish a quick recovery to the injured groomer. The positive thing is that this has pushed management to create a succession plan,
and brings in more maintenance capability to our trails.




Tanya K replied to Tanya K's post: All the Elks with the Ladies of Cross Country Skiing YYC

Delivered: Thursday Jan 27, 2022 at 22:00


Helen,
I too would love to try to connect East and West Elk Pass. Suspect I'd need help too. Maybe MaSid wants to do a guided tour. :)

You'll love East Elk Pass right now. The snow is much better than at West. No wind crust. Just soft fluffy snow and great skier-set tracks. And the trees are very beautiful and frosty now.



Helen Read replied to Tanya K's post: All the Elks with the Ladies of Cross Country Skiing YYC

Delivered: Thursday Jan 27, 2022 at 20:57


Super entry Tanya c your Elk-dears. Photos all terrific and glad you refreshed the trail. I was there on 20th and broke trail from base of Blueberry thru to Hydroline but lots of wind up there. I look forward to getting into East Elk soon and would love to try the connection between the two meadows, but might have to await MaSid to take me.


Helen Read replied to Chuck's post: ELK TRAP - with new grooming up Cascade Valley!

Delivered: Thursday Jan 27, 2022 at 20:48


Thank you Chuck for the great news of a few new groomers being trained, and for the Cascade Fire road being extended and for luring me possibly this season to get myself to the Elk Trap. Sadly I cannot buy those little birds anymore from Emerald Lake store.


Tanya K replied to Mary's post: Skier Bob Special plus "The Couch"

Delivered: Thursday Jan 27, 2022 at 17:12


Wow, there were no tracks to West Elk Pass? 8 of us punched through that horrible crust to make a pretty solid trail to that couch.


Did you visit East Elk Pass too? The snowy trees and big meadow in your photo look like the East Pass off Tyrwhitt. (Though both passes have such a big meadow, I could be wrong.)




Bob truman replied to Mary's post: Skier Bob Special plus "The Couch"

Delivered: Thursday Jan 27, 2022 at 16:46


I enjoyed your descriptive report. You're correct, it looks more like a gorilla. Previous years it has always been a fridge.


aqua toque replied to aqua toque's post: Some more backcountry scenery across the street from the last guy

Delivered: Thursday Jan 27, 2022 at 12:30


We were pleasantly surprised by the conditions. Above treeline it was a mixed bag of scoured off rock, wind crust, and areas of still soft wind-deposited snow. Since we both possess a keen eye for surface texture and terrain features a nice zone of the aforementioned BTP was found to lap.

Lower down the supportive base with a foot of soft snow on top made the ski out through the trees a real hoot. Even when it got tight there was mucho occasion to dump speed and maintain flow.

And yeah, the road! It was basically packed snow and ice with encroaching +4ft berms on both sides. We were a bit nervous about parking along the side but vis was good and several others were doing it at various points along the way so we figured other motorists expect as much. Getting geared up with F350s bookin' it past was interesting....must be a main corridor to the sledneck hicklands in BC.

Looking into some signage to put out for next time.



Gord F replied to aqua toque's post: Some more backcountry scenery across the street from the last guy

Delivered: Thursday Jan 27, 2022 at 07:23


Looks like you hit a good day on Observation Peak. I'm surprised it wasn't wind affected. Parking on the highway is a bit tight this year don't you think?



DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to gh's post: Sundance Lodge from Healy Creek parking

Delivered: Thursday Jan 27, 2022 at 00:11


GASP. Hikers on my hard worked ski trail. How dare they! Do they not know back country etiquette? May there boots fill with faceted snow and sharp pine needles.


DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: BEYOND BALL PASS JUNCTION

Delivered: Thursday Jan 27, 2022 at 00:02


Howdy Roger,

The computer was a little "shaky" when I was doing the ski report but I just thought it was just caused by the usual interruption nonsense that I experience on the big brother controlled internet.

As for your wife and night skiing....
People ski at night often. Downhill ski hills have night skiing as I experienced coming off the Elk Lake trail at night and going by Mt. Norquay. I was surprised by the low light level used there compared to Canada Olympic Park.

Your wife might actually like night skiing if she used a bright headlamp when the weather is pleasant or while skiing above tree line or in open meadows to a full moon. Some people use such bright headlamps that they blind me on the trail. I have felt like a deer in a headlight beam sometimes while on skis. You can light up a nice snowy treed ski trail like daylight. With this kind of light power, xc skiing at night is just as safe as daytime.

The choice of headlamp is important. Some lights put out the wrong color of light making it difficult to see the trail. I have heard of some people having great difficulty with some types of LED lights seeing and even getting headaches. My old headlamp has 3 different lights and is adjustable. The main long distance beam is an old school light that gives me easy on the eyes light. It sucks back batteries and I only use it when I want maximum speed. If I switch to LED the batteries last up to 150 hours, according to the manufacturer, but the light is a little harsh and does not cast a long distance beam. It is suitable for up to 10 kph on non difficult trails. When I reduce the power of this LED light it is perfect on moon light nights when I need a little light in tree shadows. It does not over power the light of the moon allowing me to enjoy the natural moon light as I prance up or down the trail.

I recommend people try night skiing as long as they are confident on skis and their eyesight is good. It is a great way to get the sensory senses tingling and experience skiing like they do in the Great Canadian North during the long winter nights, particularly if the Northern Lights are blazing.



SkierRoger replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: BEYOND BALL PASS JUNCTION

Delivered: Wednesday Jan 26, 2022 at 07:47


Mr Democracy,

You certainly provide some of the more entertaining trip reports. Thanks for that.

Night skiing amongst the twinkling stars sounds inviting, although my wife disagrees.

By the way, I saw you posted this late last night just before we migrated to the new computer. Glad you were able to get it in, hopefully without interruption.



fallsalot replied to gh's post: PLPP big hills tour

Delivered: Wednesday Jan 26, 2022 at 06:54


thanks for the conditions report .Finally I get a day off thursday and excited conditions looked good and skiing should be phenomenal !



Chuck replied to KeithB's post: Busy Redearth Fire Road

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 25, 2022 at 21:36


BTW maybe that was Don Schaef and the Shell Oiltimers Outdoor Club?
They treated me with this (holiday tipple.. Kirkland 12 yr blended scotch slightly bruised with maple syrup) left on my windshield a couple of years back!
Ahh... the memories



Chuck replied to KeithB's post: Busy Redearth Fire Road

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 25, 2022 at 20:37


Keith,
Please be careful, before rewriting our history:
The cabin was known as “Chapel in the Pines”.
Chuck



Sara M replied to Chuck's post: LAKE LOUISE TO SOMEWHERE - Unofficial Race Day

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 25, 2022 at 12:33


There was a bit of fresh snow on the tracks when I did it last year, which slowed me down a bit! This year I was slower on the campground-baker creek section, but faster everywhere else. Also, I wanted to beat my time from last year so that helped push me up the Tramline climb!


Chuck replied to Chuck's post: LAKE LOUISE TO SOMEWHERE - Unofficial Race Day

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 25, 2022 at 09:22


Wow, and you were FAST... 10 minutes faster than your time last year!
I would have thought the course was more challenging this year, how do you do it?




Gord F replied to Gord F's post: North Wapta

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 25, 2022 at 08:44


To reply to your question: We went in via Bow Hut route. Bow Lake and canyon are in good shape, some open water in the canyon but no big deal. Otherwise straightforward with stiff winds and a 85% whiteout for the trip in. Frequent compass checks necessary. There's one new complication on the descent to Peyto Hut from the terminus of the Mt Thompson ramp, (if you're familiar with the area) where a new rib of rock is exposed and it's easy to get confused because normally you want to keep the rock features on your right. Now this rock rib is on your left as you descend.


SkierRoger replied to Bob Truman's post: Redearth Creek

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 25, 2022 at 08:26


Sounds like a great trip Bob.

Blue sky!
That's what I was looking for at PLPP.



Ulrikeski replied to Gord F's post: North Wapta

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 25, 2022 at 07:16


Hi Gord: Great photos from the Wapta. How was the access to the Peyto Hut?




Sara M replied to Chuck's post: LAKE LOUISE TO SOMEWHERE - Unofficial Race Day

Delivered: Monday Jan 24, 2022 at 08:56


It was nice to see you out there!


SkierRoger replied to Gord F's post: North Wapta

Delivered: Sunday Jan 23, 2022 at 22:08


Just lovely, Gord!

Thanks for the trip report



DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to Gord F's post: North Wapta

Delivered: Sunday Jan 23, 2022 at 21:26


Sweet glacier snow pics. Got any night shots? Above tree line is great for moon light skiing shots. These Rocky Mountain high pics are a real nice eye candy change from the regular bottom valley pics. Thanks.

Wapta Ice field is in Banff so your report must be worthy for Skier Roger trip reports, particularly if you are on fat or skinny xc skis. Don't be concerned about that when you shoot pics like the ones you posted.

If the ACC Huts are not available in spring, make your own, like the true north and strong Canadians do- build an igloo. Perfect snow up there for that judging by the photos. Either that or carve out a snow cave. They are toasty to sleep in and there is no worry about ACC reservations.



fallsalot replied to Chuck's post: LAKE LOUISE TO SOMEWHERE LOPPET and they're off

Delivered: Sunday Jan 23, 2022 at 20:50


as posted on loppet web page : wave starts of twenty .so could be more ready to go .



SkierRoger replied to GuillermoG's post: Peter Lougheed Visitor Centre

Delivered: Sunday Jan 23, 2022 at 18:59


Thanks for the post GuillermoG.

It's great to hear about folks just getting into the sport. Plenty of adventures ahead!




Pinomarion replied to Jean-Francois's post: Pipestone cocktail

Delivered: Sunday Jan 23, 2022 at 08:19


Hi there, how were conditions there today? Did the warm weather affect the tracksetting? Thanks!


KeithB replied to Jean-Francois's post: Pipestone cocktail

Delivered: Saturday Jan 22, 2022 at 20:06


I understand the corral and buildings belong to Parks Canada


Jean-Francois replied to Jean-Francois's post: Pipestone cocktail

Delivered: Saturday Jan 22, 2022 at 19:25


Thanks KeithB for the information


KeithB replied to Jean-Francois's post: Pipestone cocktail

Delivered: Saturday Jan 22, 2022 at 19:17


I understand the corral and buildings belong to Parks Canada


Jean-Francois replied to Jean-Francois's post: Pipestone cocktail

Delivered: Saturday Jan 22, 2022 at 19:08


To Pinomarion: Conditions were indeed excellent, -6C at the start and -2C at the end of my ski.

To SkierRoger: dessert is on Monday to go to Victoria for 2 weeks to see my grand children :)




Chuck replied to Ulrikeski's post: Shadow Lake fantastic

Delivered: Saturday Jan 22, 2022 at 18:19


Thanks for your fantastic report Ulrike.
Your pictures certainly capture the scenic beauty of this area.
I love that photo of the Red Chair in the swirling wild west!



SkierRoger replied to Jean-Francois's post: Pipestone cocktail

Delivered: Saturday Jan 22, 2022 at 17:36


Fantastic!
What's for dessert?



Pinomarion replied to Jean-Francois's post: Pipestone cocktail

Delivered: Saturday Jan 22, 2022 at 17:29


Hi there, how were conditions there today? Did the warm weather affect the tracksetting? Thanks!



aqua toque replied to Chuck's post: MOOSE MEADOWS to JOHNSTON CANYON - Loppet route goes On &On & On!

Delivered: Saturday Jan 22, 2022 at 10:42


That's the original moose in BNP. He walked all the way from Quebec.


Tanya K replied to Helen Read's post: The mysterious unskied section of the Loppet we finally explored

Delivered: Saturday Jan 22, 2022 at 10:23


Helen, we started in the campground too last year. Great place to start to ski the unique part of the course you can only do during the loppet.

Chuck, there is a small parking lot in the campground that fits about 5 cars. It's marked on the Parks Canada ski map for Louise.



Chuck replied to Chuck's post: MOOSE MEADOWS to JOHNSTON CANYON - Loppet route goes On &On & On!

Delivered: Saturday Jan 22, 2022 at 08:01


Thanks Jean-Francois,
Good to know... we were wondering.
Merci!




Chuck replied to Helen Read's post: The mysterious unskied section of the Loppet we finally explored

Delivered: Saturday Jan 22, 2022 at 07:58


Hi Helen,
The mystery to me is where did you park? You say you parked at a Campground. I think you maybe parked at the Corral Creek day use area.
A real easy place to park is right at Morant's Curve... Parks even has plowed that little parking area!
Photos may be of interest.



Jean-Francois replied to Chuck's post: MOOSE MEADOWS to JOHNSTON CANYON - Loppet route goes On &On & On!

Delivered: Saturday Jan 22, 2022 at 07:34


Hi Chuck,
Thanks for the report, regarding how we say « moose » in french, « orignal » is mainly used in North America , whereas in Europe people will use the term «élan ».
Bonne journée!



Montimoto replied to Bob Truman's post: Magical day in PLPP

Delivered: Friday Jan 21, 2022 at 18:59


Great to finally chat with you, Bob, after following the Bob/Roger multiverse for so many years! It seems like you're the PLPP paparazzi now.
Excellent conditions on the modified SkierBob special loop (Whiskey Jack, Tyrwhitt, Hydroline, Patterson, Elk Pass, Fox Creek, Moraine). VR40 on the vintage Rustad woodies gave great grip and glide.
Tanya (and Richard)



Arie replied to Mary's post: Blueberry-Elk Pass-Hydroline Bliss

Delivered: Friday Jan 21, 2022 at 12:42


I too skied the south end of PLPP yesterday and I too vouch for the excellent conditions. Most of the trails I skied had fresh grooming. I started at Boulton where conditions were hardpacked and fast but not icy. At higher elevations the snow became softer underfoot. Blue Extra did the trick. Trail breaking in the Elk Pass meadows was easy, but there are some pockets of depth hoar now. It was -8C wen I started at 8:30 am and -1C when I finished at 3:30. In short, the south end of PLPP escaped the worst ravages of the chinook and will be in excellent shape this weekend.


Chuck replied to Chuck's post: LAKE LOUISE to BAKER CREEK portion of Loppet route

Delivered: Thursday Jan 20, 2022 at 21:30


Hey Steve,
What do you mean?
I'm grounded,
Chuck



SteveR replied to Chuck's post: LAKE LOUISE to BAKER CREEK portion of Loppet route

Delivered: Thursday Jan 20, 2022 at 19:35


A bunch of off-kilter photos there, Chuck! Were you getting into that beer stash?


Helen Read replied to Mary's post: Blueberry-Elk Pass-Hydroline Bliss

Delivered: Thursday Jan 20, 2022 at 17:38


Likely missed you as had a later start and put in track just at base of Blueberry over to Hydroline via Couch Headquarters. You were likely descending so fast, you might not have even seen my track. I especially enjoyed the downhill track on Elk Pass after playing in West Elk Meadows most of the day. The clearcutting they have done over at that lower part of Hydroline almost makes one wonder if they are putting in a few new ski runs. Enjoyed coffee and brandy chocolates at couch. Met three people in the West Elk Meadows who called themselves "Wranglers" from Turner Valley. No sighting of MaSid.


SteveR replied to SteveR's post: Telephone Update

Delivered: Thursday Jan 20, 2022 at 15:55


I'll add that I was on my metal edge light touring with NNN-BC boot setup. Slower than my usual track skis for the first half of my loop, but I was happy with that choice on Telephone.



gh replied to Bob Truman's post: Telephone Loop

Delivered: Wednesday Jan 19, 2022 at 21:16


It was great to run into you (twice) as well. I am glad that I did the route CW (most people go CCW). The downhill sections for me were just slightly easier as they had not been scraped down so much.


Gord F replied to Helen Read's post: Staying at Truffle Pigs Bistro and Lodge but skiing at snowy Lk Louise

Delivered: Wednesday Jan 19, 2022 at 08:06


Wonderful Helen. We frequently stay at Truffle Pigs and ski Louise trails, Emerald Lake, Lake OHara and Sherbrooke Lake (Backcountry). I highly recommend Truffle Pigs; reasonable rates and a great little restaurant. Field is such a beautiful little town, and quiet (as long as you like the sound of trains). Sherbrooke Lake in Photo.


Donna B replied to Ray Perrott's post: Snowy Spray West

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 18, 2022 at 22:43


Ray, can you please add temps and waxing used when you encountered that lovely snow for those of us learning how to prepare for various snow conditions. I assume it was cold and waxable skis won out over skins and fishscales. I have all 3 available to me but still learning which to use when.


DEMOCRATIZE AB replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: BREWSTER CREEK- WELL BEYOND OLD TRAPPERS CABIN- Monday

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 18, 2022 at 21:13


Hey skier Mike,

I would have provided more information on my ski report but I was too bagged from fighting a blizzard on my way home.

I would like to add that the snow beyond Sundance Lodge was heavily rain affected. A couple of days of cold with new snow on top should greatly improve the trail breaking and snow speed.

I had to knock snow out of a few trees that were overhanging the trail in order to pass about 2 km past the 3rd bridge.

I was able to ski across the creek at the old trappers cabin. I packed some snow at the crossing as well to push the frost in for a longer lasting more durable snow base so one can torque down the hill and fly across the creek and not worry about falling through the ice.

The trail from Sundance Lodge to the old trappers cabin can now be packed by a snowmobile. Most of the willows along the trail that were leaning a few weeks back are either buried or hacked back. For the most part the trail is relatively wide. I was told this section of the trail will likely be packed in mid February and possibly beyond to Halfway Hut which would be a real sweet ski treat for those who venture futher.



Chuck replied to Ray Perrott's post: Snowy Spray West

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 18, 2022 at 20:55


Sorry Ray… I should have reported that the Tracker unit that I put on the tracksetters machine showed no movement this morning!


Mike W replied to DEMOCRATIZE AB's post: BREWSTER CREEK- WELL BEYOND OLD TRAPPERS CABIN- Monday

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 18, 2022 at 19:35


Thanks for the very informative report DAB!



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

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 18, 2022 at 07:51


We love skiing the trail at the Natural Bridge and Emerald Lake. The tracks were always groomed so well. Thank you for doing such a great job over the many years.


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 Elaine's post: Ribbon Creek

Delivered: Thursday Jan 13, 2022 at 17:48


Ugh!


aqua toque replied to Elaine'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!

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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.


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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!

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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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