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HenryL replied to Normand's post: Mount Ball (in the sun!)

Delivered: Friday Feb 23, 2024 at 08:52


Helen, that was also the year of the Quebec/Ontario ice storm.

March 17, 1998 Snowmageddon




Helen Read replied to Chuck's post: SKOKI LODGE - Such a Warm Welcome for just a Day Tripper!

Delivered: Friday Feb 23, 2024 at 08:24


Great photo of the visitors from upstate New York who I met family day w/e skiing the Alluvial Fan (I was walking around the lake with my grandkids and took their photos at bench at end of lake) and my husband met then downloading at Temple before their ski in. Looks like you met then on their way out if they stayed 2 nights. Super photos and hope you find the artist's name. Wonder if you put that photo on google, if AI would come up with the artist?




Helen Read replied to Normand's post: Mount Ball (in the sun!)

Delivered: Friday Feb 23, 2024 at 08:19


Wonderful to see your name up here again and such a stunning report. Makes one wonder, will be have the massive Spring dump that I so well remember about 15-20 years ago in Calgary on March 17th that halted everyone in their tracks! (Except me who walked to the neighbourhood pub in Deer Run to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and not being able to get to work that day!!)




Chuck replied to Chuck's post: SKOKI LODGE - Such a Warm Welcome for just a Day Tripper!

Delivered: Thursday Feb 22, 2024 at 21:18


Hey Ulrike,
You could definitely skate ski across Ptarmigan Lake (the west wind helps). Dropping down the north side of Deception Pass was a challenge due to tight bushes and a soft snowpack beside the snowmobile track. Metal edges were worthwhile.
The ski out was no problem.
Enjoy.





ulrikeski replied to Chuck's post: SKOKI LODGE - Such a Warm Welcome for just a Day Tripper!

Delivered: Thursday Feb 22, 2024 at 20:51


You're covering lots of distance on your skis, Chuck! Looks like a beautiful day. Judging by the packed snow you could almost skate ski across Ptarmigan Lake. How was the descent from Deception Pass and the LL ski out? Hopefully no breakable crust and no ice.




CMS replied to CMS's post: Pipestone River to Point Camp Meadows

Delivered: Thursday Feb 22, 2024 at 17:33


Thanks, Helen. I put a clarification in my report, as I had not made it clear that the hole I punched into was dry, so no wet foot (or iced up ski).




TSellers replied to SkierRoger's post: YouTube Channel for Snow Forecasts

Delivered: Thursday Feb 22, 2024 at 10:10


The first thing I noticed on the link that Gord F gave was the ability to see Weatherbell charts. This is a great way for us great unwashed to access resources that you cannot see unless you pay for them. And it also tells you that the presenter is probably more professional about what they do because in all probability they are paying for access to that resource.

For me, my favourite resource was discovered on this site, which is SpotWx. I think Roger may also have mentioned at one point this was also a favourite of his. As there are burn piles from the fuel reduction project burning 30 meters from my front yard as I type this, I find it is invaluable for me to see forecast wind speed, direction and how good ventilation will be by using the planetary boundary layer plot on the HRRR. If I am considering what to do tomorrow I'll use a mesoscale forecast such as the HRRR. On SpotWx you can even access a hard to find plot of HRDPS at 1km resolution if you want a more granular view. As a bonus, if you want help interpreting any of the data, Garth that is the developer of SpotWx in Winnipeg, is very responsive and helpful.

Another resource that I have learned a lot from is the Nutrien AG solutions Youtube channel. I start my day every morning watching Eric Snodgrass' morning briefing, and once a week Andrew Pritchard does a Canadian Prairie weather summary that extends into the mountains. (These videos also gives you the advantage of being able to see long range forecast resources that must be paid for), For over a month Eric started to predict that a change in the polar jet was likely to happen in March because the MJO was showing signs of transitioning to null space finally allowing for an opportunity for that Low that has hung off ALaska all winter to move south (which is it doing right now). For anyone just wanting a quick forecast this resource is not for them, but for anyone that wants to learn more about weather and all the available resources, it is highly recommended.

Nutrien's Videos





snafflehound replied to SkierRoger's post: YouTube Channel for Snow Forecasts

Delivered: Thursday Feb 22, 2024 at 08:57


Nobody is doing this kind of report for Western Canada? Not that it makes any difference, we get what we get.




SkierRoger replied to MaSid's post: Don’t forget: cookie race Saturday

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 21, 2024 at 19:38


Thanks for the reminder, MaSid!

A quick review of their website shows snow conditions have forced some changes: The 15, 24, and 42km skiers will start and finish at Boulton Campground rather than Pocaterra Hut, and the 0.5, 1, 2, 3, and 5km skiers will race at Confederation Golf Course in Calgary on the next day.

A bit of history (taken from website):
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The Cookie Race is the second oldest Nordic event (after the Lake Louise Loppet) and the second largest loppet (after the Canadian Birkebeiner) in Alberta.

The first Kananaskis Ski Marathon was conducted in March of 1978, with 67 participants and one 45 km distance.

This seasons routes are shown below:


Racers in the 15km and 24km categories do the 17km loop once. Racers in the 42km category do it twice




Helen Read replied to CMS's post: Pipestone River to Point Camp Meadows

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 21, 2024 at 17:27


You are brave and very rarely seen photos!!! Hope your foot did not get too icy cold.




SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: YouTube Channel for Snow Forecasts

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 21, 2024 at 15:10


Thanks for your valuable input, gents.

I've included links to both YouTube channels in the Weather Reports section of this website.





Chuck replied to Chuck's post: SHADOW LAKE - With a Skier Roger Sighting!

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 21, 2024 at 12:51


Thanks for the Heads Up, MaSid.





Gord F replied to SkierRoger's post: YouTube Channel for Snow Forecasts

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 21, 2024 at 12:26


Good Comments TSellers. I've been watching this channel for a while and I find I don't pay much attention to Chris Tomer's overly optimistic snow totals. I do like the graphic descriptions of the various systems at play however. There's another guy (Michael Snyder) doing similar forecasts, primarily focused on the Pacific Northwest. He includes European models as well as the American data in his predictions. You can check him out here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EL3PplwMxZU&t=370s





TSellers replied to SkierRoger's post: YouTube Channel for Snow Forecasts

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 21, 2024 at 11:09


Nice that his graphic includes Banff and that he focused on the transition of the northern branch of the Jet for March, which will give us more active weather and finally some snow. It seems that he is a victim of the GEM propensity to over estimate precip amounts when lee cyclogenesis is favourable for development. For example, recently for Feb 11-13 he forecast snow accumulation of "heavy snow" and gave values of 2-4 ft. In the end, Banff got a total accumulation of 2.2cm for that period.




MaSid replied to Chuck's post: SHADOW LAKE - With a Skier Roger Sighting!

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 21, 2024 at 10:07


Chuck, have you tried their Porter?

Sounds delicious, if not a bit wobbly (0.5% more alcohol than the naramata nut brown).





Chuck replied to SkierRoger's post: Shadow Lake also

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 21, 2024 at 09:17


For the record... Roger was seen standing at some stage!

... but maybe grunting!




MaSid replied to Helen Read's post: Finally made it to West Elk Meadows

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 21, 2024 at 08:31


Fantastic! And no turtling I assume (now known as a “Roger”), but perhaps a snow angel. (-:




Diana Piggott replied to Chuck's post: SHADOW LAKE - With a Skier Roger Sighting!

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 21, 2024 at 08:15


You two put the biggest smile on my face, thank you :-)






ulrikeski replied to Chuck's post: SHADOW LAKE - With a Skier Roger Sighting!

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 21, 2024 at 07:17


Naramata Nut Brown Ale, Kettle chips, red chairs and Mt. Ball in the sun - the best!




SkierRoger replied to Chuck's post: SHADOW LAKE - With a Skier Roger Sighting!

Delivered: Tuesday Feb 20, 2024 at 20:37


I thought Chuck and Roger were in their 60's. No way those fellas are THAT old! 🙂




HenryL replied to Chuck's post: SHADOW LAKE - With a Skier Roger Sighting!

Delivered: Tuesday Feb 20, 2024 at 19:50


I love both photos, that of the red chair dudes, as well as Chuck's winning Shadow Lake Lodge image.
Bravo.





Helen Read replied to Chuck's post: SHADOW LAKE - With a Skier Roger Sighting!

Delivered: Tuesday Feb 20, 2024 at 18:51


I love this photo you took with the Naramata Nut Brown Ale and sharing it in such terrific company! Chuck you deserve winning the photo contest and thank you for sending the link so we can enjoy all the other entries.




BonnyTasky replied to Chuck's post: LAKE O'HARA and the ELIZABETH PARKER HUT - I Had It All To Myself!

Delivered: Tuesday Feb 20, 2024 at 17:34


Yes, I seem to remember 22 bodies were staying over that night! I work with most of the adults :)





Helen Read replied to KeithB's post: PLPP: More Snow - Please do the Snow Dance

Delivered: Monday Feb 19, 2024 at 18:41


So thrilled to see you back writing reports and yes, to Snow Dance. I cannot believe I have not even skied out to Couch HQ and thru to Hydroline or Patterson Meadows as yet. Aggravated one hip and no skiing for about 10 days, but still enjoying the reports!!! Loved the Boom Lake report; expressing my sentiments exactly!




Jean-Francois replied to Jean-Francois's post: Skogan Pass Trails

Delivered: Monday Feb 19, 2024 at 17:20


Hi Not Dead Yet,
I remember your orange backpack and your skis.
Glad you had a good time.





NotDeadYet replied to Jean-Francois's post: Skogan Pass Trails

Delivered: Monday Feb 19, 2024 at 16:47


I was probably your one other skier. Agreed, it was a good sunny day with reasonable temperatures (-8c to +4c) and good grooming from Friday. Thanks to Ulrike mentioning that. Nakiska ski resort was very busy compared to our nearly deserted trail. Considering the snow volume this winter, it really could not have been any better.

Vintage gear still works!




Dennis replied to Dennis's post: Goat Creek to Banff -- Lovely day

Delivered: Monday Feb 19, 2024 at 13:33


@ulrikeski -- The trail was trackset except for the stqrt, from parking lot to Bqnff Park boundary. Assuming it was trackset on Feb 8, as per the Parks trail report, There must have been very few skiers on it. Under the 1-2 inches of fresh, the shallowish track was very clean and undamaged, with maybe four to six skiers before us on top of the fresh. On the east side of the Spray loop, We were the first skiers on top of the fresh, which was over skier set track for about 60% of the distance. The rest of it was pretty smooth, soft-packed snowshoe track. Near the finish, we took the left turn to Spray Connector. I hit a few rocks while snowplowing part way down. Fortunately, they were smooth and rounded enough that I slid right across them, no catching and no marks on my ski bases!

We were both on skinny track skis, no metal edges.

The hill at Goat Creek trailhead was fully covered, soft-packed enough to snowplow.






aqua toque replied to The 13th Troll's post: OK, BOOM-er!

Delivered: Monday Feb 19, 2024 at 12:06




Here's a boomer AND a creeker. It doesn't get any more whack than that!




HenryL replied to The 13th Troll's post: OK, BOOM-er!

Delivered: Monday Feb 19, 2024 at 09:20


There was a real sense of exploration when the only thing between us and the great unknown was the Rick Kunelius guidebook and a topo map.

I'll never forget my first ski after moving to Calgary. It was to Taylor Lake in a foot of fresh December snow. I might well have been in the Yukon. The world seemed so big!







Dana replied to The 13th Troll's post: OK, BOOM-er!

Delivered: Monday Feb 19, 2024 at 08:41


I feel exactly the same.





Chuck replied to Chuck's post: KICKING HORSE TRAIL and an ADVENTURE - Awesome

Delivered: Monday Feb 19, 2024 at 08:32


Thanks for adding those beautiful patterns




MaSid replied to The 13th Troll's post: OK, BOOM-er!

Delivered: Monday Feb 19, 2024 at 08:24


Maybe one day in the future, the younger masses will learn with time and re-discover through pure and simple logic (or by getting passed by lots of happy and smiling old skiers) that skis are the most efficient and fun way to travel in winter (and that boomer was right!). Maybe.




CMS replied to Chuck's post: KICKING HORSE TRAIL and an ADVENTURE - Awesome

Delivered: Sunday Feb 18, 2024 at 21:36


Nice trail along the Otterhead and the Kicking Horse River, Chuck. The hoarfrost presented some amazing patterns on the ice. And the afternoon "popcorn" clouds were cool.

Popcorn clouds above the Kicking Horse River.




ulrikeski replied to Dennis's post: Goat Creek to Banff -- Lovely day

Delivered: Sunday Feb 18, 2024 at 18:28


Hi: thanks for the report. I assume it was skier tracked. Did you use light touring skis or track skis? How was the start of the trail from Goat Creek?




Chuck replied to Dennis's post: Goat Creek to Banff -- Lovely day

Delivered: Sunday Feb 18, 2024 at 16:32


Thanks for the report, Dennis.
That was very daring of you guys to head out on those trails despite the poor ratings on the Parks Canada Trail Conditions report!
This is what we need to know.





haywire replied to SteveR's post: More WBC Ramblings

Delivered: Sunday Feb 18, 2024 at 10:55


When I ran the early days of ski grooming we used to keep our equipment at the high point of your side trip. That section North to Iron Creek had the best snow in WBC. And you are correct. The locals in Elk Valley and Highlands snowshoe that area frequently





haywire replied to Bob Truman's post: A rare treat at West Bragg Creek

Delivered: Sunday Feb 18, 2024 at 10:49


A word of caution about the Iron Creek ‘parking lot’ There isn’t one and there are no parking signs on the road. People get tickets there. And there are no facilities.




MaSid replied to MaSid's post: 🎵 These days…..

Delivered: Sunday Feb 18, 2024 at 08:39


Just over 2’ of snow at the pass in open areas. Between a foot or two in the forest above. Almost 3’ up at the top of the cut block. Usually east elk has at least double that amount of snow by now. Worth checking out though, if not just for the out and back on a nice day, or throw in the traverse. You’ll get a sense of it as you travel to east elk. Doesn’t seem like the year for it so far.




Chuck replied to Chuck's post: PIPESTONE TRAILS Including MUD LAKE - Good and FAST!

Delivered: Saturday Feb 17, 2024 at 19:47


Hi Erin,
Wondering what you think of the tracks in my 4th photo with the unusual side track, when you see it on the river?
A Parks Canada member suggested that the side track is actually the impression left by a cat dragging something (like a leg) from a kill site.





Jean-Francois replied to Mike W's post: West Bragg Creek S & W Tour - Beware of potholes!

Delivered: Saturday Feb 17, 2024 at 19:13


Hi Mike,
Two days ago I noticed these potholes 2 days go as I crashed into one of them on Elbow ha ha. It was a first for me to see these.





ErinP replied to JeffG's post: Alberta Bluebird day at Pipestone

Delivered: Saturday Feb 17, 2024 at 19:08


Wish I was there with the ski bros, but I’m so excited to go tomorrow!




ErinP replied to Chuck's post: PIPESTONE TRAILS Including MUD LAKE - Good and FAST!

Delivered: Saturday Feb 17, 2024 at 19:07


Thanks for the report and the pictures Chuck! We’re heading there tomorrow…can’t wait!





blog replied to Alf Skrastins's post: West Bragg Creek - Telephone Loop

Delivered: Saturday Feb 17, 2024 at 18:27


Just to add to this comment, Feb 17 2024
Saw several people up there which was a first! Trail was nice but icy down lower with the cold. Tree bombs could fall galore up there with the warm / cold temperatures coming.
Thanks for grooming it, it's in great condition. Pray for snow!





Mike W replied to MaSid's post: 🎵 These days…..

Delivered: Saturday Feb 17, 2024 at 18:10


Thanks MaSid, I'll give it a bit more thought.




MaSid replied to MaSid's post: 🎵 These days…..

Delivered: Saturday Feb 17, 2024 at 18:08


You’d get 2 km beyond pass easily as its meadow travel. It’s a 1000 ft descent to the road from the pass, and south facing. If it’s anything like travel through the drainage corridor on the way to the pass it’ll be thin in the trees. Depends how much deadfall etc. For example, going up the boundary cut line to the top of the hill would be challenging with LT gear and wax without skins right now. Switchbacking through the forest would be a bit bony with the low snow and deadfall/brush to deal with.





Mike W replied to MaSid's post: 🎵 These days…..

Delivered: Saturday Feb 17, 2024 at 17:51


MaSid - Any idea what snowpack conditions are like S of E Elk Pass, heading down the Tobermory Creek drainage? Thinking of making an attempt to get to Tobermory Cabin, or at least setting a track partway for later.




Chuck replied to Chuck's post: PIPESTONE TRAILS Including MUD LAKE - Good and FAST!

Delivered: Saturday Feb 17, 2024 at 08:37


A note of Caution:
Do not take this newly signed #5 route to Mud Lake. It is not groomed and just a hiking trail.
Take the mapped route down the #22 Drummond route, which is beautifully trackset, and only 400 metres.


Maybe, try this route in summer!




SteveR replied to Bob Truman's post: A rare treat at West Bragg Creek

Delivered: Saturday Feb 17, 2024 at 04:21


Always a treat to get a Skier Bob report!





Diana Piggott replied to ulrikeski's post: Skogan Pass - what a day!

Delivered: Friday Feb 16, 2024 at 19:25


Hello Ulrike!
You probably passed us on your way down. My son and I got a late start, skied to Hummingbird Plume via Sunburst, returning by High Level. Most enjoyable!

I would add that the grooming was very firm, the corduroy often felt like rumble strips! The screamer definitely has some very thin spots, and occasional rough patches, but wasn't that bad to descend.

Nakiska was very busy, but not the Skogan area trails.
Swix blue wax worked pretty well for us, but our herringbone and especially the snowplow muscles got a good workout!





SkierRoger replied to ulrikeski's post: Skogan Pass - what a day!

Delivered: Friday Feb 16, 2024 at 19:02


Thanks for the tip, ulrikeski !




ulrikeski replied to ulrikeski's post: Skogan Pass - what a day!

Delivered: Friday Feb 16, 2024 at 18:26


Hi Roger: With the roller coaster winter so far, it was definitely a window of opportunity. I forgot to mention that we had a base binder wax (ironed on) and then grip wax layers on top on our skis, as snow is abrasive.




SkierRoger replied to ulrikeski's post: Skogan Pass - what a day!

Delivered: Friday Feb 16, 2024 at 18:13


As we drove past, I wondered...

And now I know.






MaSid replied to MaSid's post: WBC: The naughty moose!

Delivered: Friday Feb 16, 2024 at 12:00


Ah, yes. They see less humans/dogs in west elk pass vs. West Bragg. Possibly more curious than anything, less threatened. Or you were sweaty and he was up for some salt. (-;




MaSid replied to Chuck's post: COUGAR ATTACK IN BANFF NATIONAL PARK - CTV News Update

Delivered: Friday Feb 16, 2024 at 10:33


Here’s another one: a taller pack that covers the back of the neck more.

As to a knife, something with a sharp point to puncture deep. Stabbing motion better than a slashing motion when it’s on your back. Diving knives often have no point.


Cougar deterrent.




Arie replied to Chuck's post: COUGAR ATTACK IN BANFF NATIONAL PARK - CTV News Update

Delivered: Friday Feb 16, 2024 at 09:05


My first thought was to wear a pickelhaube, to impale the cougar as it pounces.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pickelhaube
But that would probably catch when tree-skiing..
Seriously now: MaSid's suggestion of an easily accessible knife/machete is a good one. I have one on my PFD in case of rope entanglement, so why not transfer it to my ski gear.






Arie replied to MaSid's post: WBC: The naughty moose!

Delivered: Friday Feb 16, 2024 at 08:44


Nice photos of the moose. At least it moved and didn't just stand on the trail.




MaSid replied to Chuck's post: COUGAR ATTACK IN BANFF NATIONAL PARK - CTV News Update

Delivered: Thursday Feb 15, 2024 at 17:29


I’ve been meaning to sew some eyes on the back of my toque for many years as one method of avoiding a surprise attach (or start a mini business: “cougar toques”). I should get on that given all the off trail stuff I do, solo, often seeing big cat tracks. Also made myself a specialized knife and sheath that attaches to a pack shoulder strap (ultra handy). Just took it into the shop yesterday to finish it off. Once they are on your neck, not much time left, gotta puncture an organ or something pronto. As Arie says, summersault grab and toss a little tough on skis. If not a surprise attach, at least we have poles. Wave to make big and still the pointy ends if it keeps coming.




Arie replied to Chuck's post: COUGAR ATTACK IN BANFF NATIONAL PARK - CTV News Update

Delivered: Thursday Feb 15, 2024 at 08:42


Wow - quite a story. Good on him that he was able to shake the cougar off. They are large animals and it sounds like both took a tumble down the slope.
So how does one protect against cougar attack? Over the past few years I've been bringing bear spray on winter trips, knowing that cougars don't hibernate. But cougars pounce from a tree in surprise attack, while bears charge at ground level with some forewarning. Weilermann said he had bear spray with him but he didn't have a chance to pull his bearspray out - it happened so fast. So, what is best practice for skiers when it comes to cougars?
I would think skiers would be at a disadvantage having their legs and feet tied to their skis.





aqua toque replied to Chuck's post: COUGAR ATTACK IN BANFF NATIONAL PARK - CTV News Update

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 14, 2024 at 19:54


From the report:

"He went about 20 metres off-trail to urinate when suddenly, a cougar latched onto him."

Yep, that's what they do alright -- wait until you are distracted, have your back to them and are at your most vulnerable (midstream) -- then they POUNCE!

His reaction was textbook as well. Very admirable!





MaSid replied to Alf Skrastins's post: West Bragg Creek snow

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 14, 2024 at 19:27


And a bit more tonight by the looks of it.






Helen Read replied to Deb & Rory's post: Emerald Lake, Alluvial Loop, and Connector

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 14, 2024 at 19:04


Way da go, Rory and Deb. Delighted to hear your report. I have yet to do these two trails this year which are amongst my favourites. Great to read updates on grooming and how you spent your Valentine's Day! Heading out to Field Truffle Pigs Lodge and Bistro with grandkids this w/e. Likely opt for sledding in Field but might bring the skis just in case.....




Gord F replied to Chuck's post: COUGAR ATTACK IN BANFF NATIONAL PARK - CTV News Update

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 14, 2024 at 18:09


Good to hear he escaped with minor injuries. It sounds like it was quite a struggle with the cougar, and a good thing he is a strong young man and was able to fight back. Although I take precautions with bears in the summer, I find I don't worry much about cougars. Maybe worth reconsidering?





MaSid replied to Chuck's post: COUGAR ATTACK IN BANFF NATIONAL PARK - CTV News Update

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 14, 2024 at 18:07


Wow. Not even much of a scratch. But so lucky it didn’t clamp its jaws around his neck right off.




Chuck replied to Chuck's post: ALBERTA WORLD CUP 2024 - Last Day Sprints with a 3 minute Video

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 14, 2024 at 12:26


Thanks for the reminder to highlight local athletes.
Click on the link below for the excellent coverage in the Rocky Mountain Outlook.
Wish I could get pictures like these.


RMO Article




Mike W replied to aqua toque's post: Man fends off cougar in BNP! Anybody we know?

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 14, 2024 at 10:46


Looks like Banff National Park has outsourced their closure bulletins to Facebook!
https://www.facebook.com/BanffNP








MaSid replied to Jean-Francois's post: WBC delightful

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 14, 2024 at 08:25


Good info J-F. Looks very inviting!




MaSid replied to aqua toque's post: Man fends off cougar in BNP! Anybody we know?

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 14, 2024 at 08:05


Some closures of castle junction ski trails as a result (#1, 2 & 3), according to trail conditions page. News reports also indicate closure of rockbound lake trail and Silverton falls. However, no official closure bulletin posted on the BNP conditions page. One of those find out when you get there scenarios. Maybe not a good place to take the puppy currently, especially unleashed.

As to identifying the person, likely someone of small stature.





clp replied to Chuck's post: ALBERTA WORLD CUP 2024 - Last Day Sprints with a 3 minute Video

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 14, 2024 at 07:54


Fabulous day at CNC. Good to see Xavier McKeever of Foothills Nordic in 19th in Mens Sprint Final





Mike W replied to aqua toque's post: Man fends off cougar in BNP! Anybody we know?

Delivered: Tuesday Feb 13, 2024 at 23:07


I heard that when the cougar jumped out of the tree, a badger pounced out of his den, locked its jaws on the cougar's tail, swung the cougar around his head and sent it flying into a tree trunk about 30m away!

You don't want to mess with an angry badger!




Chuck replied to Deb & Rory's post: Pipestone

Delivered: Tuesday Feb 13, 2024 at 21:42


Valuable information... Thanks




MaSid replied to MaSid's post: East elk to west elk pass traverse

Delivered: Tuesday Feb 13, 2024 at 10:56


Oh no! My bad. My sincerest apologies Jeremy, and of course a fantastic photo, which I have subsequently tried to emulate.

No wonder you didn’t remember Mike! It’s my memory that’s bad, not yours. (-:

The trip report has been edited to give proper photo credit.





Chuck replied to Chuck's post: UPPER BANKHEAD - Great to meet members of the MnMs Outdoor Club

Delivered: Tuesday Feb 13, 2024 at 09:15


Oh yes, “Leaning on the Wind”.
Also loved listening to him read in his poetic style at the Banff Mountain Book Festival.






Mike W replied to MaSid's post: East elk to west elk pass traverse

Delivered: Tuesday Feb 13, 2024 at 08:44


Got this image by clicking on the photo thumbnail under "Scenic Photos Dec 26, 2021" on SkierBob's website. Looks like it was Jeremy N's photo.






Frances Dances replied to Chuck's post: UPPER BANKHEAD - Great to meet members of the MnMs Outdoor Club

Delivered: Tuesday Feb 13, 2024 at 07:26


Chuck, the name of that author is Sid Marty. Further to the races in Canmore, we met the German team going up and down Cascade Fire Road.




MaSid replied to MaSid's post: East elk to west elk pass traverse

Delivered: Tuesday Feb 13, 2024 at 06:44


December 2020, so pre-Roger, back in the Skier Bob era (time flys). The above photo is currently on Bob’s “scenic” photos home page. The photographer had also taken a good one of the wind wall in front of the Fork ‘n Meadow Lunch Log (built by “Cheeky”).





Mike W replied to MaSid's post: East elk to west elk pass traverse

Delivered: Monday Feb 12, 2024 at 23:19


MaSid - Thanks for your compliments on my photo. Except I don't remember taking that photo and can't find it going back to the start of SkierRoger. Which report did you find it in!?




C&T replied to C&T's post: The Groomer’s Special

Delivered: Monday Feb 12, 2024 at 20:01


Thanks for the route suggestion MaSid. We will definitely add this option to our upcoming meadow traverse day. Hope to see you on the trails again soon.




MaSid replied to C&T's post: The Groomer’s Special

Delivered: Monday Feb 12, 2024 at 19:36


So that was you guys I chatted with in the parking lot at the end of the day! See you in the trails some time soon. Happy to have others improve the meadow trails with travel. So thank you in advance. It’s unfortunate you didn’t try the Patterson meadow track. It would have worked fine for your skis today and enters Patterson trail not far from the top. In that direction it provides some different views. Or add it to your next sunny day on the touring skis (if doing the traverse, go through the Patterson meadows first, hard to spot flagging, and a track of course).




MaSid replied to MaSid's post: East elk to west elk pass traverse

Delivered: Monday Feb 12, 2024 at 18:45




Found it: photo by trip reporter JeremyN, early in the day at west elk meadows.





SkierRoger replied to MaSid's post: East elk to west elk pass traverse

Delivered: Monday Feb 12, 2024 at 16:32


I’m going to guess the caption of your second photo refers to this May, 2022 photo taken by Mike W.






MaSid replied to The 13th Troll's post: Morning Ski North Glenmore Park

Delivered: Monday Feb 12, 2024 at 16:13


Thanks for that Mr 13th Troll! Solar heating probably works well.




The 13th Troll replied to The 13th Troll's post: Morning Ski North Glenmore Park

Delivered: Monday Feb 12, 2024 at 14:37


Those are warming huts - there are two of them here - no heat source but they do block the wind and have wooden benches. There is a cafe hut by the playground where you can get coffee and treats... so these make a good place to enjoy them while your waiting your turn on the curling or crokinole rinks.
Yeah... it's fairly decadent in North Glenmore Park.






aqua toque replied to Carole's post: Calmness between Castle Lookout & Baker Creek Chalets

Delivered: Monday Feb 12, 2024 at 09:04


A bird on the foot is worth two in the hand.


....or something like that.





blog replied to Colonel Blimp's post: WBC - Telephone Loop[

Delivered: Monday Feb 12, 2024 at 09:01


Telephone Loop is certainly a later in the season ski and I also recommend counter clockwise.
It's more of a tour or a ski by hardier skiers with skinny sticks when its track set by skier or packed down which was recently done. It is certainly do-able. It also feels great to zip around mountain road and end with mountain view which puts in a longer day but is great.
Enjoy the skiing and thank you everyone who packed the trail down last week.





Chuck replied to Chuck's post: CANMORE FIS ALBERTA WORLD CUP 2024 - Update

Delivered: Monday Feb 12, 2024 at 08:00


Thanks Ulrike for documenting our great Canadians.
Not a great picture, but I got them!


#43 Sam Hendry and #18 Antoine Cyr





MaSid replied to Carole's post: Calmness between Castle Lookout & Baker Creek Chalets

Delivered: Monday Feb 12, 2024 at 05:54


The bird seems to be attracted to the duct tape. The older the boots, the better the gorp. (-:




ulrikeski replied to Chuck's post: CANMORE FIS ALBERTA WORLD CUP 2024 - Update

Delivered: Sunday Feb 11, 2024 at 21:52


What a fantastic week-end to watch the world's best cross country skiers here in Canmore! Awesome results from some Canadian skiers - Antoine Cyr - 16th in 20km men's classic and local Canmore Nordic world cup rookie Sam Hendry - 30th in 15km free, 21st in 20km classic. Way to go!!




Alf Skrastins replied to Colonel Blimp's post: WBC - Telephone Loop[

Delivered: Sunday Feb 11, 2024 at 20:01


Yes, Telephone Loop is a shared trail with lots of different users, to about the Snowshoe Hare crossing, But XC skiers have the option of starting out on either half of the "skier only" Hostel Loop, on perfect track setting.
That "skier-set" track from Snowshoe Hare junction, all the way around to Braggin Rights was set with tracked motorcycles (fat-bike groomers). It just happens to be the right width for skiers to follow and therefore looks like a skier set trail.
Bragg Creek Trails has had their snowmobile in the shop for repairs, but once it is back, I expect that Telephone Loop will get groomed for skiing + multi-use.





Helen Read replied to Dana's post: One of my favorite places to ski

Delivered: Sunday Feb 11, 2024 at 17:49


Incredible photos Dana and Paul; I am somewhat chicken to ski on ice so really happy you had your hubby there with you.




Carole replied to JackB's post: Missing Egypt Hut

Delivered: Sunday Feb 11, 2024 at 17:23


Such beautiful memories and photos, Jack! Thank you!





HenryL replied to HenryL's post: Great to see the Canmore FIS races on Youtube

Delivered: Sunday Feb 11, 2024 at 16:20


Helen, be careful with your use of adrenalin. You want to hit your 1000km mark with lots of energy to spare this year.




MaSid replied to MaSid's post: WBC: The Perfect Storm!

Delivered: Sunday Feb 11, 2024 at 12:37


Good storey septua! At least they didn’t attempt to scatter in all directions, then change their mind, and all do the opposite, again in multiple directions, thus making it even worse. (-: Experienced that once on goat creek. First time I ever jumped a set of poles on cross country gear. Might have provided a learning experience.




SkierRoger replied to JackB's post: Missing Egypt Hut

Delivered: Sunday Feb 11, 2024 at 09:48


I talked with Parks Canada earlier this season regarding the status of these huts. Was told both Bryant and Egypt Lake huts are to be rebuilt and expected to open in 2025. No mention of a 3rd.





Frances Dances replied to MaSid's post: WBC: The Perfect Storm!

Delivered: Sunday Feb 11, 2024 at 08:55


Note to 70genarians - You guys showed amazing restraint and hopefully the beginners will stay on to become experts.




Helen Read replied to HenryL's post: Great to see the Canmore FIS races on Youtube

Delivered: Sunday Feb 11, 2024 at 08:37


Thanks Henry, that sure got my adrenalin pumping sipping my morning coffee!!! Minute 50-60 is approx last lap of Women's.




Helen Read replied to JackB's post: Missing Egypt Hut

Delivered: Sunday Feb 11, 2024 at 08:35


Someone told me they were replacing the small hut on Castle Mountain? And putting it a bit further back than the current footprint.





Septuagenarians replied to MaSid's post: WBC: The Perfect Storm!

Delivered: Sunday Feb 11, 2024 at 08:33


MaSid, your poetic description of the cheerful pandemonium at West Bragg on Saturday reminded us of a most unusual situation we encountered on Moraine Lake Road about a month ago.

We passed a group of two absolute beginners and their guide heading up on MLR on somewhat soft snow. Whenever one of the two beginners would fall, they would roll and frolic in the snow making for an even larger crater. On our return from the top we were having fun steering around these craters when, lo and behold, on the steepest section of MLR on the kilometer just above the Paradise Creek Bridge the most unbelievable sight should appear. As we screamed around one of corners on the steep slope, we suddenly encountered the party of three sitting down spread across the entire middle of the trail enjoying lunch in a sunny spot. We slowed down as much as we could and squeezed through the only narrow opening on one side. That added a little excitement to our descent!





HenryL replied to HenryL's post: Great to see the Canmore FIS races on Youtube

Delivered: Sunday Feb 11, 2024 at 08:28


Yeah Chuck, the video coverage is excellent. It shows off the nordic centre and environs so well, especially when the sun is out.
I see that they have also done a great job on Youtube of presenting short highlight reels as well.





MaSid replied to JackB's post: Missing Egypt Hut

Delivered: Sunday Feb 11, 2024 at 07:36


Bryant Creek shelter removed also? Anybody know what the third one would be?





Jasonvilly replied to JackB's post: Missing Egypt Hut

Delivered: Sunday Feb 11, 2024 at 07:26


I saw a RFP online for 3 huts by Parks Canada last year. Pretty sure Egypt was on the list.

But like you, sure was sad to see it taken out.





MaSid replied to JackB's post: Missing Egypt Hut

Delivered: Sunday Feb 11, 2024 at 06:04


Hmmm. Not much was learned from the official parks Canada website.






Chuck replied to HenryL's post: Great to see the Canmore FIS races on Youtube

Delivered: Saturday Feb 10, 2024 at 21:26


Thanks Henry,
While yes, I was there, better to watch this video than see my photos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSynbkD0Roo





MaSid replied to The 13th Troll's post: Morning Ski North Glenmore Park

Delivered: Saturday Feb 10, 2024 at 17:40


What’s the little geodesic dome in the background?




SkierRoger replied to Sara M's post: Goat Creek and a bit of Middle Spray

Delivered: Saturday Feb 10, 2024 at 17:17


Hey Sara.

I wanted to thank you for a great trip report!

We've had so many lately (not complaining), it's been a challenge to read 'em all.





Dana replied to Helen Read's post: Cascade groomed on 7th and AGAIN today. Get out those skate skis Ulrike!

Delivered: Saturday Feb 10, 2024 at 09:52


yes, amazing day, with snow, weather and company A

Helen coming back





Diana Piggott replied to Chuck's post: MORAINE LAKE ROAD - The Place to be on Bluebird Day

Delivered: Saturday Feb 10, 2024 at 08:09


What a glorious day! I wondered about my choice to head south into the gloom, when it looked quite sunny off to the west, but was glad I chose Sandy in the end.





ulrikeski replied to Helen Read's post: Cascade groomed on 7th and AGAIN today. Get out those skate skis Ulrike!

Delivered: Friday Feb 09, 2024 at 20:56


Hi Helen: Great trip report! Snow looks fabulous and cooler temps ideal for classic skiing on Cascade. Watched the World Cup at CNC today, exciting racing action! Jessie Diggins, USA crushed the 15km course. Had a good skate ski after the races. Happy to report that CNC trails got revived.
For a little tour to Chester Lake tomorrow, then back to CNC on Sunday for more race action. With more snow in the forecast, skiing opportunities should last. Now I just need more time off.





Chuck replied to Stormy's post: Bonus Day Castle Lookout to Baker Creek and back!

Delivered: Friday Feb 09, 2024 at 18:19


Great choice Stormy, for a bluebird day.
Looking forward to more reports!
Thanks





JeffG replied to Helen Read's post: Cascade groomed on 7th and AGAIN today. Get out those skate skis Ulrike!

Delivered: Friday Feb 09, 2024 at 17:56


What a great ski on Cascade, and getting to say hi to Dana and Helen was a big bonus!




aqua toque replied to Crusty bun boys's post: Nipika double poling

Delivered: Friday Feb 09, 2024 at 14:36


Don't get me wrong Crusty Bun Boys but whenever I see one of your trip reports it reminds me of the time my wife got mad at me for eating a crusty bun in bed.





Alf Skrastins replied to Britton's post: WBC Night Ski

Delivered: Friday Feb 09, 2024 at 09:09


A total of 6-8 cm of new snow fell at West Bragg Creek overnight. The ski groomers are out grooming the trails already, so you can expect fresh tracks on some trails and soft, fluffy snow over the previous grooming on other trails.




SkierRoger replied to Chuck's post: CASCADE VALLEY to the ELK TRAP - With Some Seldom Seen Wildlife

Delivered: Friday Feb 09, 2024 at 08:06


Congrats on the great ski, Chuck and Ross. As usual, super pictures too!




CMS replied to Chuck's post: FAIRVIEW LOOP PLUS - Plus a Rare Sighting

Delivered: Thursday Feb 08, 2024 at 21:13


Perhaps there has been a southward irruption of these owls in the last few months as I heard one in 2 different locations last fall, and one during the Christmas Bird Count near Harvie Heights.




MaSid replied to Chuck's post: FAIRVIEW LOOP PLUS - Plus a Rare Sighting

Delivered: Thursday Feb 08, 2024 at 13:36


I’ve only seen two in 25 years, so as Chuck says: rare. On a par with seeing a wolverine.




MaSid replied to Helen Read's post: Could not resist checking out the Tyrwhitt new grooming and huge tree removal +++

Delivered: Thursday Feb 08, 2024 at 13:32


Not a defined term or official geographic name. Just a name I have taken the liberty of giving to a route through an open meadow area between Patterson trail (grooming) to hydroline near elk pass. Still working on the elk pass ski touring guidebook which will make it more obvious. In the meantime it is visible on a satellite image or the track can be seen when it is freshly broken. It’s a nice aesthetic alternative to elk pass hill or hydroline hill and perhaps a tad more direct in terms of distance as well as giving different views and a quiet place to sit in the sun on a nice day.




ulrikeski replied to Helen Read's post: Could not resist checking out the Tyrwhitt new grooming and huge tree removal +++

Delivered: Thursday Feb 08, 2024 at 12:23


I'm puzzled which area on the map in the Elk Pass environs is defined as "Patterson meadow"? I know there is a Patterson trail. Thanks for clarification.





Arie replied to Chuck's post: FAIRVIEW LOOP PLUS - Plus a Rare Sighting

Delivered: Thursday Feb 08, 2024 at 08:42


A Northern Pygmy Owl - neat! Quite a sighting indeed. I've never seen one of those before.




SteveR replied to SteveR's post: WBC-South Trails

Delivered: Thursday Feb 08, 2024 at 07:36


Simply following in your footsteps, Bob! I think that stretch of Loggers has been the scene of several photos with that theme.




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

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 07, 2024 at 22:11


Steve, that photo was worthy of the Winter Wonderland caption. I know you've been dying to use it.




MaSid replied to Helen Read's post: Could not resist checking out the Tyrwhitt new grooming and huge tree removal +++

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 07, 2024 at 22:04


Based on Ingrid’s photo, the old tracks through Patterson meadow and west elk pass to hydroline should be fine with some light to moderate trail breaking. The exception might be the large open meadow at the border of west elk which may be more blown in and difficult to spot.




Alf Skrastins replied to SkierRoger's post: A Mother and Child Reunion at WBC

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 07, 2024 at 19:52


Hostel Loop was track-set today (Feb 7). It is currently excellent.




Marilyn replied to Crusty bun boys's post: Crushed Pipestone

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 07, 2024 at 19:02


Yes boys - we raced you out of there! What a great day.





MaSid replied to Chuck's post: FAIRVIEW LOOP PLUS - Plus a Rare Sighting

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 07, 2024 at 19:02


The puffer fish of the owl world.

Another internet photo grab. While the northern pigmy owl might be small and cute, it’s claws still look dangerous. And seem a bit territorial sometimes. Got dive bombed once years ago skiing with a friend up towards Borgeau Lake. No contact. Just a bluff charge.




Chuck replied to Chuck's post: FAIRVIEW LOOP PLUS - Plus a Rare Sighting

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 07, 2024 at 18:41


Glad you confirmed our observation... definitely an intriguing owl.




Ingrid replied to Ingrid's post: Amazing grooming in PLPP

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 07, 2024 at 17:48


So I suppose that mentioning that there was ZERO wind and very few people on the trails won't make you feel better. :)
And lots of chickadees and interesting animal tracks!






MaSid replied to Chuck's post: FAIRVIEW LOOP PLUS - Plus a Rare Sighting

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 07, 2024 at 17:46


Those Pygmy owls are awesome. They have fake eyes on the back of their heads to ward off predators. Spotted one in Simpson pass in the fall last year and had a hard time telling if he was looking at me.

An internet example of the fake eye pattern.




MaSid replied to Ingrid's post: Amazing grooming in PLPP

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 07, 2024 at 17:39


Thank you for signing up and doing your first trip report! You even managed to capture the Patterson meadows track and mount fox in perfect sunny conditions, which has resulted in a serious case of FOMO.




SkierRoger replied to Ingrid's post: Amazing grooming in PLPP

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 07, 2024 at 17:34


Thank you for your very helpful report, Ingrid. Hoping to hear much more from you in the future.





Arie replied to Arie's post: Get your kicks on route 66

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 07, 2024 at 12:27


I was enjoying a nice and quiet day until the skidoos came along. The most disruptive thing for me though was the stink of the exhaust fumes. The fumes lingered for a good ten minutes after each pass. Also, on return half of my ski trail was wiped out.
FWIW I have no objection to snowmobiles in Kananaskis, but it would be nice if people followed the rules, and if there was signage clearly explaining the rules.





Diana Piggott replied to Arie's post: Get your kicks on route 66

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 07, 2024 at 04:28


Thank you for that link, Arie. Years ago I knew that snowmobiles were allowed on Powderface Trail, but I couldn't remember how I knew.
One cold, snowy April day I parked at Dawson and skied a few km down the road. It was very quiet! I thought I would go back someday with more time and explore further, but those cold, snowy April days have been in short supply, alas.





Diana Piggott replied to Chuck's post: UPPER BANKHEAD - Like Early Season Conditions

Delivered: Wednesday Feb 07, 2024 at 04:24


That is lovely, Chuck, you get some of the best wildlife shots!






SkierRoger replied to Helen Read's post: Three GLORIOUS days at William Watson Lodge.

Delivered: Tuesday Feb 06, 2024 at 20:59


No wonder you ladies have all that energy. Just look at that cake!
😋





Chuck replied to Chuck's post: GREAT DIVIDE (1A) and LOWER TELEMARK - Fresh Snow and Fresh Tracksetting

Delivered: Tuesday Feb 06, 2024 at 20:39


Awaiting Reed’s report including the MLR




Helen Read replied to Ray P's post: PLPP - Blueberry & Elk Pass

Delivered: Tuesday Feb 06, 2024 at 19:22


Watch out for that picnic table as it is like a see-saw. When I stood up on east side of the table, my girlfriend almost toppled backwards on the west side. She might have lost some of her tea.

Always a treat to run into Mary and Ray, as they were skiing down from Blueberry summit.




SkierRoger replied to Crusty bun boys's post: The Goat !!!

Delivered: Tuesday Feb 06, 2024 at 16:30


The prairie boys are really getting around.
Great to have ya!






Arie replied to Arie's post: Get your kicks on route 66

Delivered: Tuesday Feb 06, 2024 at 11:00


Thanks Alf. I checked google streetview at the intersection where Powderface road meets Highway 66 and there doesn't appear to be any signage.

Background reading: https://kananaskis.org/sibbald-snow-vehicle-public-land-use-zone/





Alf Skrastins replied to Arie's post: Get your kicks on route 66

Delivered: Tuesday Feb 06, 2024 at 09:04


Yes. Snowmobiles are allowed on the Powderface Road from Dec 1-Mar 31. It's part of the Sibbald Snow Vehicle Public Land Use Zone. The staging area is at Dawson trailhead (just south of Highway 68. This allows snowmobilers to connect to McLean Creek OHV area in the winter.
I don't think they are supposed to be on the portion of Highway 66 between the south end of Powderface Road and the winter gate on Highway 66... but who is actually going to stop them?





HenryL replied to Chuck's post: UPPER BANKHEAD - Like Early Season Conditions

Delivered: Monday Feb 05, 2024 at 21:47


Fantastic photo of a pounce!
Well done.





MaSid replied to Chuck's post: UPPER BANKHEAD - Like Early Season Conditions

Delivered: Monday Feb 05, 2024 at 19:14


Fantastic! Photo of the day for sure, capturing the fox pounce. But with such low snow amounts, that’s gotta hurt the nose a bit if they gage it wrong. I guess they know what they are doing. Thanks for sharing that experience.




ulrikeski replied to Chuck's post: UPPER BANKHEAD - Like Early Season Conditions

Delivered: Monday Feb 05, 2024 at 18:43


Great photos of the fox. And encouraging to hear that Cascade Valley received a decent amount of snow.




aqua toque replied to Crusty bun boys's post: Loughheed….

Delivered: Monday Feb 05, 2024 at 18:18


The stuff of legends.





Chuck replied to JeffG's post: Great Divide back in action

Delivered: Sunday Feb 04, 2024 at 19:58


Excellent choice for track set trails Jeff, and Thanks to our dedicated Parks Canada trail grooming team.




MaSid replied to MaSid's post: WBC: off-trail touring in the fluffy stuff

Delivered: Sunday Feb 04, 2024 at 16:37


It was great to be in real winter conditions again. Should be primo at Bragg for at least another week or more.




ulrikeski replied to MaSid's post: WBC: off-trail touring in the fluffy stuff

Delivered: Sunday Feb 04, 2024 at 15:15


WOW, looks great. Winter has returned.
Snowing continuously in Canmore since this morning, but very fine snow. Got about 5cm (24cm would be nice!). But at least we can ski on some of the natural ski trails at CNC again.





Alf Skrastins replied to MaSid's post: Lots of fresh snow at West Bragg

Delivered: Sunday Feb 04, 2024 at 09:38


24cm of new snow as of 9:00am at West Bragg Creek. Driving out there might be a bit rough, but the parking lot is being cleared. Ski groomers are out in the Bobcat UTV and the SnowRabbit, roller packing the new snow. Be patient. It takes a while to pack all that snow, then it needs to set up for several hours before it can be trackset. There should be some fine skiing, this morning, if you love fluffy snow!





Alf Skrastins replied to MaSid's post: Snowfall warnings are starting to crop up

Delivered: Saturday Feb 03, 2024 at 22:00


West Bragg Creek got precipitation in the form of rain on Saturday morning. This was followed by 5 cm of very wet, heavy snow in the afternoon. After sundown, the temperatures dropped and the snowfall intensified, with 10cm of colder-drier snow on top of the wet stuff as of 9:00pm.
The snow is forecast to continue falling overnight and all day Sunday, so we could have accumulations of 20-25cm.
That effectively covers all the ice and bare spots. Expect lots of deep, fluffy snow on Sunday. But also anticipate treacherous driving conditions on the roads and deep snow in the parking lot.


Snow harvesting and covering the icy snowplowing trench on Loggers hill (near West Crystal Line), during wet snowfall on Saturday afternoon. This should create a great base for all the new snow!




TSellers replied to SkierRoger's post: Better Weather

Delivered: Saturday Feb 03, 2024 at 20:12


Apparently, the Amish say they accuracy of their groundhogs for the past 10 years is 40%. That approximates the average accuracy single run GFS and ECMWF models if they are past day 7. That's why long range forecasts need ensemble models.

Garth at SpotWX passed the following interesting comment along to me, "The GFS model elevation at Banff is way up at 6437 ft above sea level (the average elevation across the entire model grid cell), which is higher than the 850 mb / ~5000 ft level.

In the Canadian models when the pressure level is below the model surface elevation, the winds for that pressure level are shown as identical to the 10 meter winds. However I see for the GFS model the winds are actually lower. So you are right they don't match. Why that occurs in the GFS model I'm not sure.

For forecast winds at Banff I'd probably use the HRDPS 1km West model. The 1km resolution should help resolve the intricacies of winds in the mountains. In other models I also look at the winds at 40, 80, 120m above ground, as the 10 meter winds often appear too low."

It seems like lee cyclogenesis has really been making the snowfall forecasting difficult for the ECCC forecasters this year, and from the looks of the radar, this weekend seems like it may turn out to be similar to the last time snow was forecast for K-Country.




How accurate is my forecast? Interpolating, based on assumptions from looking at this chart, it may depend on which agency is issuing it, and the time from the model run.

Link 1




aqua toque replied to Little Bs's post: Happy Dachstag (Badger Day)!

Delivered: Friday Feb 02, 2024 at 18:53


Yes, the results continue to pour in from around the internet!








Little Bs replied to Little Bs's post: Happy Dachstag (Badger Day)!

Delivered: Friday Feb 02, 2024 at 18:01


We lost our Internet connectivity for most of the day, so we're only filing our report now. Bartholomew emerged from his den at 0817, moved to his usual perch in the Lathrop State Park Visitor Centre, and SAW HIS SHADOW! See photo where his shadow is clearly visible. Although this photo bears some resemblance to the photo we included in our post, the latter is from 2023, while this one was taken this morning.

So 6 MORE WEEKS OF WINTER!







MaSid replied to Little Bs's post: Happy Dachstag (Badger Day)!

Delivered: Friday Feb 02, 2024 at 08:46


In Britain, the Jack Russel was the preferred dog of choice for badger hunting. Mean and strong with no fear, and the added benefit of no big floppy ears to get bitten by the ground hugging badger. Regardless, if either dog is in the vicinity on Groundhog Day, results may be skewed.




Arie replied to Little Bs's post: Happy Dachstag (Badger Day)!

Delivered: Friday Feb 02, 2024 at 08:43


... and the results are in. 6 more weeks of winter on the prairies!
How did Bartholomew Badger make out?


image from weather network





aqua toque replied to Little Bs's post: Happy Dachstag (Badger Day)!

Delivered: Friday Feb 02, 2024 at 08:43


Dachs sind die Fakten!






Arie replied to Little Bs's post: Happy Dachstag (Badger Day)!

Delivered: Friday Feb 02, 2024 at 08:22


Move over Superbowl - The Weather Network has live coverage of Balzac Billy's emergence. Will he see his shadow? Or will spring come early? It's a nail-biter...
https://www.theweathernetwork.com/en/news/weather/seasonal/2024-groundhog-day-results-see-them-here





SkierRoger replied to Little Bs's post: Happy Dachstag (Badger Day)!

Delivered: Friday Feb 02, 2024 at 08:16


Thanks for keeping us up to date, Little Bs.

Back to you.






Little Bs replied to Little Bs's post: Happy Dachstag (Badger Day)!

Delivered: Friday Feb 02, 2024 at 08:02


The badger (German "dachs") is also the source of the word "dachshund". Dachshunds were bred in Europe to hunt and flush out badgers from their den. See Wikipedia for more details.




MaSid replied to SkierRoger's post: Better Weather

Delivered: Thursday Feb 01, 2024 at 17:43


Looks like this storm may have some upslope properties with a north wind. Kananaskis public safety team suggest weather models may mean 25 cm of new snow by the end of the weekend (which they usually mean along the spray lakes road and at treeline or above, not the valley bottom cross country areas). Either way, should be enough to cover any crusty ice. Hopefully the existing snow pack has time to freeze before getting insulated by fresh snow. Probably not an issue for groomed trails, but perhaps for off trail travel.




SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: Better Weather

Delivered: Thursday Feb 01, 2024 at 12:06


Thanks very much for your thoughts, Diana.

Yes, these weather forecasts should definitely be taken with a grain of salt. The 10-day projections consider a rather large area surrounding the coordinate entered and are not so much related to the location itself.

Below is example for the Mount Shark area: 10-day forecasts come from the the large blue area (many square Km in size). If you were to pick a different coordinate anywhere inside that same area, you would get the exact same forecast. Not very detailed...

The smaller green areas appear more precise but they generate only short forecasts (3.5 & 2-day).

I like Arie's idea: just ask the groundhog!


Example: Mount Shark Area




Arie replied to SkierRoger's post: Better Weather

Delivered: Thursday Feb 01, 2024 at 10:33


Tomorrow is groundhog day. The forecast is for sunny so Balzac Billy should see his shadow. That means six more weeks of winter. Yay!




Diana Piggott replied to SkierRoger's post: Better Weather

Delivered: Wednesday Jan 31, 2024 at 23:45


Roger, I love the way you put these graphs together!

I would just like to add that I have looked at some of the Spotwx forecasts, and notice that many are for a rather high elevation, often over 2000m and well above the ski trails. Two notable exceptions to that are West Bragg Creek and Sandy McNabb, which seem to be more useful elevations.





Chuck replied to Chuck's post: LAKE LOUISE - Icy conditions resulted in a Rescue!

Delivered: Wednesday Jan 31, 2024 at 17:56


Actually Jean-Francois, it was a hiker from the UK, just looking around a little too far, on slippery slopes below the icefall!
Our Parks Canada "Rescue Dogs" team, seen at the Loppet, did an admirable job.
Nice to have chatted with you and yours today.
Stay safe.





Jean-Francois replied to Chuck's post: LAKE LOUISE - Icy conditions resulted in a Rescue!

Delivered: Wednesday Jan 31, 2024 at 17:33


Howdy Chuck,
So it was not an ice climber after all?





SkierRoger replied to MaSid's post: While the skies look good towards elk pass…..

Delivered: Wednesday Jan 31, 2024 at 11:09


Hey Henry.
Unfortunately there is no way to access the actual webcam data.

The Peter Lougheed Provincial Park Trail report offers only a simple .jpg image which is periodically updated. Possibly driven by a higher level language such PHP - that code is inaccessible.






MaSid replied to MaSid's post: While the skies look good towards elk pass…..

Delivered: Wednesday Jan 31, 2024 at 09:59


Looked like a bit of an inversion overnight with just above freezing temps in the alpine and some light refreezes in valley bottoms of Kananaskis. Possibly a chance of some wet snow Saturday.




Arie replied to MaSid's post: While the skies look good towards elk pass…..

Delivered: Wednesday Jan 31, 2024 at 08:39


Apriluary rears its ugly head...
We should get freeze-ups again by the weekend.
Let's all pray to Ullr for some snow. The pineapple express seems to have bypassed us (except for the heat)





HenryL replied to MaSid's post: While the skies look good towards elk pass…..

Delivered: Wednesday Jan 31, 2024 at 08:25


Masid, it's great to see this camera back in action.
Roger, could the SkierRoger webcam link to this be updated?
Thanks!






aqua toque replied to Jean-Francois's post: Deception pass, awesome views - challenging ski

Delivered: Wednesday Jan 31, 2024 at 06:56


And Confucius's brother said, "it doesn't have to be fun to be fun".






SkierRoger replied to Jean-Francois's post: Deception pass, awesome views - challenging ski

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 30, 2024 at 17:27


Great job pushing thorough those challenging conditions, Jean-Francois.
Confucius said: “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop”





Jean-Francois replied to Jean-Francois's post: Deception pass, awesome views - challenging ski

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 30, 2024 at 17:18


Hi Helen, thanks for your kind words, in all honesty only the views kept me to not turn back earlier….
Enjoy your book / tea time!





Helen Read replied to Jean-Francois's post: Deception pass, awesome views - challenging ski

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 30, 2024 at 16:45


Sometimes a photo like you posted of Deception Pass and an excellent report, as Erin and others have recently reported, is "good medicine" to choose setting out on a hike c grippers instead of trying to beat the challenging conditions. This 76 yr old appreciates your honest and experienced assessments.

Looking forward to a night of Czech Book Club theme, with Dana Roman presenting her book, Path to Freedom.




ErinP replied to ErinP's post: Pipestone adventure

Delivered: Monday Jan 29, 2024 at 20:12


What a compliment from a master reporter, photographer, and of course skier! Thanks Chuck!




Chuck replied to ErinP's post: Pipestone adventure

Delivered: Monday Jan 29, 2024 at 19:34


Well written, well photographed, and of course well skied!
Thank you





MaSid replied to CanmoreChris's post: Warm and Windy at Mt Shark, and later Wedge Connector

Delivered: Monday Jan 29, 2024 at 09:19


I opted for a hike in the foothills (elbow valley) yesterday. All types of conditions encountered with a fair amount of snow still (packed snow, ice, slush, mud). Micro spikes came in handy for descending steeper terrain. Some light intermittent rain in the early afternoon. Lots of other folks made the same choice, busy.

Avalanches likely with a saturated snow pack and little overnight recovery with warm temps. Closures are occurring in key locations, possibly more as the week goes on. Colder temps on the weekend. Hopefully with fresh snow to cover the hard surface.





Chuck replied to Chuck's post: CASCADE VALLEY to STONEY CREEK - Better and Better All The Way

Delivered: Saturday Jan 27, 2024 at 17:26


Hi Jeff,
I think it is just the weather… primarily the weather in Calgary.
It’s probably hard for people in Calgary to realize that the conditions at higher elevations in the mountains are so good, and worth the drive.
Maybe people are tired of the Moraine Lake Road and the Great Divide, but that’s okay… all the better for us!





MaSid replied to gh's post: tour out of Pocaterra

Delivered: Saturday Jan 27, 2024 at 16:57


The snowshoe trail paralleling hydroline has already been broken, prior to the last snow storm and is visible as a snow covered trail. Should be solid enough. A small portion of the north end has been recently broken by snow shoers. Someone just needs to get on it for the whole length.




Mike W replied to gh's post: tour out of Pocaterra

Delivered: Saturday Jan 27, 2024 at 16:31


MaSid - If the snowpack there is anything like what we found yesterday in Paradise Valley, I don't think taking turns breaking trail would have worked. They probably would have crashed through the upside-down snowpack and had major difficulty extracting their snowshoes with each step. It's also a chicken-and-egg issue: If prior groups had been consistently using the snowshoe trail, it would have been packed down enough to make travel easy for later groups. As you pointed out, that's partly the fault of the tiny snowshoe trail signs, as well as the (old) map that makes it look like the snowshoe and ski trails coincide, and the poor directions provided by the ACC. The ACC directions and map at https://www.alpineclubofcanada.ca/elk-lakes-cabin have recently improved, but they need to emphasize that the section along the hydroline is a separate trail from the ski trail.

Day snowshoers encountering bad conditions should turn around and go elsewhere rather than snowshoeing on the ski trail. But I do sympathize with those heading to Elk Lakes Cabin for a multi-day trip; they need to get up to the pass. I think the best way to solve the problem is to periodically snowmobile-pack the snowshoe trail (and have bigger snowshoe trail signs). It would be nice if Alberta Parks did this, but ultimately it should be the ACC's responsibility to ensure that their cabin is accessible by snowshoers if they book the cabin to snowshoers. For example, the ACC is responsible for packing and tracksetting the Redearth Creek trail to their Shadow Lake Lodge.


New ACC map at https://www.alpineclubofcanada.ca/elk-lakes-cabin/




JillJ replied to gh's post: tour out of Pocaterra

Delivered: Saturday Jan 27, 2024 at 15:28


Thanks for that clarification. It has been a while since I've been up there and will pass along your description of where the trail is to any snowshoers who are thinking of going to Elk Pass.





JeffG replied to Chuck's post: CASCADE VALLEY to STONEY CREEK - Better and Better All The Way

Delivered: Saturday Jan 27, 2024 at 09:53


Chuck, I’m finding that in general, I am seeing less skiers on the trails this year. Do you agree?
Best from Jeff





Sam replied to JeffG's post: Cascade once again

Delivered: Saturday Jan 27, 2024 at 07:56


Like everything else in life, Chuck, quality is more important than quantity!




aqua toque replied to Helen Read's post: "The Snoozing Camel" starting from Baker Creek

Delivered: Saturday Jan 27, 2024 at 07:52


Gee...thanks Helen...but if I were to try photoshopping that into anything the critics here would eat me alive!





Chuck replied to SkierRoger's post: Bow Valley Parkway Perfection

Delivered: Friday Jan 26, 2024 at 22:00


Love the Arch, JoLynn




Chuck replied to JeffG's post: Cascade once again

Delivered: Friday Jan 26, 2024 at 21:29


Great report, but how could you turn back after only 10 km in such great conditions... we went 15 km to include all that great tracksetting!




Helen Read replied to Helen Read's post: "The Snoozing Camel" starting from Baker Creek

Delivered: Friday Jan 26, 2024 at 19:44


https://www.shutterstock.com/image-illustration/sleeping-camel-animal-desert-asleep-sleepy-1128378404

Closest I could get to a sleeping camel with extended front and rear ro you Aqua Toque.





Helen Read replied to Dana's post: Terrific Skier Bob Special

Delivered: Friday Jan 26, 2024 at 19:39


Missed a few photos today being submitted: also I tried to tempt my friends to ski through Patterson Meadows but promise next time, I will be heading there and to Hydroline via Elk Pass/Blueberry junction.

Great warning for those descending Whiskey Jack.





Sam replied to JeffG's post: Cascade once again

Delivered: Friday Jan 26, 2024 at 17:27


Pictures from a happy day!






MaSid replied to gh's post: tour out of Pocaterra

Delivered: Friday Jan 26, 2024 at 17:23


The snow shoe trail is 50 feet west of the hydroline groomed trail, up against the trees. The multi use (shared) section is the short hill at the north end. The map does not do it justice, or make it easy to realize the two are separate. The snowshoe signs on the trail are also very small. Can’t fault people for not knowing when it isn’t clear and obvious. But if you do know, but make other choices because of the effort involved……




JillJ replied to gh's post: tour out of Pocaterra

Delivered: Friday Jan 26, 2024 at 17:07


Snowshoer here adding to your comment about my kin snowshoeing up Hydroline - Hydroline is a multi-user trail so they have every right to be there. However, they must not tread on the ski tracks. I make it very clear to my buddies that breaking down the tracks make for dangerous situations for skiers especially if it happens at the bottom of a hill. I have likened it to all of a sudden finding out that the train track or roller coaster track is missing a big piece! I get quite annoyed when I see your tracks stomped down where our trails cross yours. I hope I am not missing something in your post.

PLPP Elk Pass map





aqua toque replied to Helen Read's post: "The Snoozing Camel" starting from Baker Creek

Delivered: Friday Jan 26, 2024 at 13:04


Looks wonderful!

What is a "snoozing camel"?

(I'm guessing apres ski cocktail or yoga pose).





DougB replied to Chuck's post: FAIRVIEW and MLR - Double Trackset Yesterday and Cold Clean Snow Today!

Delivered: Friday Jan 26, 2024 at 11:42


Chuck - it was great to run into you folks along the trail. Thanks for the photo.




ulrikeski replied to JackB's post: Tower + Taylor Lakes

Delivered: Thursday Jan 25, 2024 at 16:10


Impressive, Jack. I'm amazed that you didn't need skins with the warming temperature. How "exciting and exhilarating" were the descents on both roads with your Blaskia skis?




MaSid replied to gh's post: tour out of Pocaterra

Delivered: Thursday Jan 25, 2024 at 08:35


Well done GH, a nice long (and fast) ski! Snowshoers had also previously wandered into parts of Patterson meadows as well as west elk, mucking up portions of nicely skier set tracks.

With a group of 10, surprised they can’t figure out that if everyone took a five minute lead busting trail, they’d get to the pass with ease, save a tonne of energy and have it all nicely packed for the next group. Not team players.

Think I’ll add a “note for snowshoers” section to the elk pass touring guide encouraging some learning.





MaSid replied to MaSid's post: East elk and west elk passes

Delivered: Wednesday Jan 24, 2024 at 23:24


Didn’t hear it willie. Probably just started on fox about 230, maybe a bit later. Maybe off the turret or the north facing bowl of fox mtn. Definitely a bit touchy out there. Some easy shears on the buried surface hoar layer on steeper rolls in east elk pass area. Not good conditions for the east-west elk traverse down the cut block, at least with LT gear anyway.




Willie replied to MaSid's post: East elk and west elk passes

Delivered: Wednesday Jan 24, 2024 at 22:35


Aint no rabbit.

Did you hear the avalanche (I assume natural) around 2:30?

I was on Fox Creek heading back to the truck when I heard it. So was in the the bush at the time so no visual.

Maybe a late Blueberry Hill adventurer saw something.

Cheers





MaSid replied to MaSid's post: East elk and west elk passes

Delivered: Wednesday Jan 24, 2024 at 21:07


This was a newer crust from warm temps a day or two ago, at least at that elevation. But not solid enough to carry.




ulrikeski replied to MaSid's post: East elk and west elk passes

Delivered: Wednesday Jan 24, 2024 at 19:53


Dramatic sky and snow features, wow! Snow depth looks good. Yeah, there is a layer of facetted snow on top of the early Dec. rain crust. Encountered that last Friday on a short backcountry outing up in the Spray. Felt like skiing on an air pillow that kept collapsing.





MaSid replied to Chuck's post: FAIRVIEW and MLR - Double Trackset Yesterday and Cold Clean Snow Today!

Delivered: Wednesday Jan 24, 2024 at 18:26


For an extra “fiver” you can get the limited edition Snowfa sponsorship (lowest level) saw. Somewhat used. 😂

My BNP pass is about to expire (it actually says on it and everything!), so maybe soon. Not sure I will renew though until summer. Many seem to have either one or the other, but not necessarily both.

No snowfa built today in west elk pass. Gotta pay homage to corporate headquarters first.





Chuck replied to Chuck's post: FAIRVIEW and MLR - Double Trackset Yesterday and Cold Clean Snow Today!

Delivered: Wednesday Jan 24, 2024 at 07:58


But we want to see you in person, MaSid!




walterh replied to walterh's post: Peter Lougheed Private Pardise

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 23, 2024 at 23:08


Roger, we didn’t see any racers or anyone training, but the grooming was really nice on the bits of the course we were on. It should be a great race.




MaSid replied to Chuck's post: FAIRVIEW and MLR - Double Trackset Yesterday and Cold Clean Snow Today!

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 23, 2024 at 21:32




Good for small trees AND couches. 😬




walterh replied to Kazzy's post: Beware the Tree Bombs and Tree Debris at Pipestone

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 23, 2024 at 18:44


We did the Pipestone loop counterclockwise, and then added a cc loop up Merlin from the lake. Starting at 12:30 and ending at 4 pm. To add to Kazzy’s report, we have never seen tree bombs in this abundance. There were a lot on Pipestone, but they were soft and exploded into damp powder on the ground. They were regularly falling on the trail and in the forest around us, and there was no wind. They did not affect the trip up. Merlin was another story. Tree bombs the whole length, with some in such proximity to each other that you barely had a ski length before hitting the next one. The largest one left snow about 3 metres wide and up to about 20 cm deep on the trail. Many smaller ones filled the tracks. The ones on Hector were freezing by the time we were finishing. The trees are still loaded with snow, so I wouldn't recommend Pipestone until the wind empties the trees and the trail is groomed again.

A clear section of Pipestone loop on the way up. The trees still have a lot of snow to drop.




SteveR replied to Kazzy's post: Beware the Tree Bombs and Tree Debris at Pipestone

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 23, 2024 at 17:37


Great report Kazzy! Piper is tired from her ski at Bragg Creek yesterday





Jlee replied to walterh's post: Peter Lougheed Private Pardise

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 23, 2024 at 16:57


Yes! I am a guide at Ski for Light this week. Oh boy are we ever having fun!! We race on Thursday morning right near Elkwood Pass parking lot on Amos. 10 am start for the 10km and 11 am start for 5km. The course is the 5km campground trails groomed for our wk of training! Woo hoo! Lots of fun activities, food is amazing and the company is so much fun. Please consider joining next year! Guides old and new are welcome, and skiers!




Arie replied to ErinP's post: Goat Creek loveliness

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 23, 2024 at 14:10


Nice pictures!
I too skied Goat Creek yesterday, starting from Smith-Dorrien Road. I too found the upper trail between Ha Ling parking lot and Goat Creek Bridge to be extensively trampled by footprints. Some fat bikers decided that the xc ski track would be a good thing to follow. Due to the roughness of the snow surface, the downhill sections were hard to control. This section is in need of grooming. On the positive side, there are no rocks showing anywhere.
The next bit to the upper Spray Bridge is a little bit better, and the bit to the bus stop is better yet. In all I think these trails are best approached from Banff, given the current state of them.
I managed okay on wax, but given the warm forecast I imagine that fish-scales of similar will be the way to go in the coming days.





Oda replied to ODA's post: Live Grooming: Nordic Pulse Reports: updates ?

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 23, 2024 at 12:03


Thx SteveR, much appeciated for the update.





SkierRoger replied to walterh's post: Peter Lougheed Private Pardise

Delivered: Monday Jan 22, 2024 at 20:35


Thanks for the report Walter.

Curious to know if you saw any of the Ski for Light race? (for sight impaired skiers). I popped by after our ski but caught none of it. Probably too late.





SkierRoger replied to gh's post: Whiskey Jack / Tyrwhitt / Elk Pass / Blueberry Hill

Delivered: Monday Jan 22, 2024 at 19:16


Such a great pleasure finally meeting you and Jamie today. Hope to see you two former SAIT teachers again before the season is out!

BTW, I met a couple on Elk Pass who also went past that ice flow on Whiskey Jack. Said is was pretty bad.

As is normally the case, you skied more Km than us! But I see your 24 Km is far less than your typical 35. Even superman needs a break! 😊

Here are some pictures...


Courtesy of my photographer wife




SteveR replied to ODA's post: Live Grooming: Nordic Pulse Reports: updates ?

Delivered: Monday Jan 22, 2024 at 15:30


I don't think that there has been any new grooming to report at West Bragg since then. Nonetheless, Moose and the Mountainviews etc. were in fine shape today, with smooth fast conditions and a few minor scraped spots on hills. Great coverage. Some core trails have a bit of ice on the margins due to dripping from trees. The trail crew were hooking up the grooming equipment and getting ready to head out when we left for home at 2:00 pm.




Chuck replied to Chuck's post: Lake Louise To(wards) Banff Loppet 2024

Delivered: Sunday Jan 21, 2024 at 21:36


Hey Roger,
I've been many more years a Loppeteer at this event than a photographer... way before digital, when Jeannette and I frequently did the solo class for the full 72 km from Lake Louise to the actual Banff townsite.
Anyway, here is a recent digital photo that I took during Skier Bob times, when the Finish was at Sawback. The times they are a changing!


Who are these old folk?




MaSid replied to The 13th Troll's post: West Elk Pass - We Chose Wisely

Delivered: Sunday Jan 21, 2024 at 21:24


Nice! Looks a bit less twiggy finally. Snow SHOULD be up to the bottom of the sign by now. )-:

One month ago.




Helen Read replied to GordN's post: Ribbon Creek and a surprise visitor

Delivered: Sunday Jan 21, 2024 at 20:47


Hardly time to get out the bear spray, heh with a cougar flying across the trail before your eyes. Lucky you to see it.




SkierRoger replied to Chuck's post: Lake Louise To(wards) Banff Loppet 2024

Delivered: Sunday Jan 21, 2024 at 19:15


Some great photos, Chuck.

How many years have you been a photographer for this awesome event?






Chuck replied to CheersCarol's post: High 5 to Heidi & her volunteers Lake Louise to Banff Loppett tracks fabulous 🙌

Delivered: Sunday Jan 21, 2024 at 19:01


Glad you enjoyed it CP… Looking forward to your next report for the section east of Baker Creek.




Helen Read replied to The 13th Troll's post: Glenmore - Get It While It's Good

Delivered: Sunday Jan 21, 2024 at 12:30


Thanks for your posting, particularly the photo and description of your Asnes "Hybrid" Skis. I shall be checking them out at the Norsemen soon. The skin looks like it could definitely slow a person down vs the more oval shaped Madshus skin skis. Any comments. I love my LT Cecilie Asnes with the skins that one can clip in, but rarely use this feature.




Jeff P replied to RachelAppleby's post: LOST: iPhone8 in teal OtterBox

Delivered: Saturday Jan 20, 2024 at 18:23


Rachel. I think I found your phone on Iron Springs trail. I turned it in to the lost and found at the warming hut. I sent you an email too




DM replied to SkierRoger's post: Sandy McNabb

Delivered: Saturday Jan 20, 2024 at 17:45


South trails (loggers and meadow) are OK - very soft snow but good coverage. North trials are not as good, I hit a lot of rocks descending on Pine Ridge Loop. It needs a lot more snow




MaSid replied to MaSid's post: WBC: Is that Erica?

Delivered: Saturday Jan 20, 2024 at 16:35


Feel free to volunteer with a few other like minded folk and get a night shift started.




Helen Read replied to JeffG's post: Goat Creek Perfection

Delivered: Friday Jan 19, 2024 at 21:13


Great posting Jeff and Sam and your photos showed off the winter wonderland too!




Alf Skrastins replied to MaSid's post: Telephone loop is getting some work done

Delivered: Friday Jan 19, 2024 at 21:11


Yes, indeed! Telephone was roller packed this afternoon with a snowmobile and the Bobcat UTV. The snow was still too cold & soft to track set. This weeks' snow event came in from the north east, and East Telephone actually got the bigger share of the new snowfall, so snow coverage is pretty good.
Conditions on Telephone will be great tomorrow (as long as you are OK with corduroy, but no track setting.
But I suggest starting out on Hostel Loop to take advantage of the great tracks on that trail!


Fresh track setting on Hostel Loop




SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: WBC: A 4G Trip! - Great Grip & Good Glide

Delivered: Friday Jan 19, 2024 at 11:35


Have a good day, Ted




Ted replied to SkierRoger's post: WBC: A 4G Trip! - Great Grip & Good Glide

Delivered: Friday Jan 19, 2024 at 09:12


Odd that the parks guys were able to get the grooming done but not the West Bragg Creek groomers, who are sure dropping the ball this year. The trails are usually done right after the snow falls, not days later. And is Telephone loop ever going to be trackset? It is an awesome trail when done.





Ted replied to MaSid's post: WBC: Is that Erica?

Delivered: Friday Jan 19, 2024 at 09:06


Why are they using that machine during the day? It is incredibly dangerous to the public. Grooming should be done at night or in the very early morning. It is safer for the public and allows for better track conditions.




The 13th Troll replied to The 13th Troll's post: Wintery Weaselhead

Delivered: Friday Jan 19, 2024 at 08:54


While it's true that Fat-Bikes and Dogs are supposed to stay on the paved bike path... they do not. Expect to encounter Fat-Bikes and/or Dogs on any of the Weaselhead and Glenmore park trails. You may also encounter wildlife - deer, coyotes, moose, and bobcats live in this area and frequently use the trails to move around. Bottom line is that these trails see a lot of other use and new ski tracks will not remain pristine for long.




George replied to The 13th Troll's post: Wintery Weaselhead

Delivered: Friday Jan 19, 2024 at 08:42


Actually, the Weaselhead trails are not multi use. Please read the bottom of the picture of the sign you included. This has been an on going problem in the area. Good to see that other skiers are enjoying the beautiful area.





Chuck replied to Chuck's post: LAKE LOUISE To(wards) BANFF LOPPET Course - Checking out Leg #3

Delivered: Thursday Jan 18, 2024 at 21:14


Bonjour Jean-Francois,
Je ne sais pas, mais dimanche est une bonne idée.
Chuck





SkierRoger replied to The 13th Troll's post: Wintery Weaselhead

Delivered: Thursday Jan 18, 2024 at 20:47


Thanks for the education on the Weaselhead Park trails, Mr. 13th Troll.
I've added that map to the website.





Jean-Francois replied to Chuck's post: LAKE LOUISE To(wards) BANFF LOPPET Course - Checking out Leg #3

Delivered: Thursday Jan 18, 2024 at 17:12


Bonjour Chuck,
Thanks for the report, I plan to ski part of the loppet on Sunday, from Castle junction to Morant's curve. Do you know if there is only a single track all along?
Merci d'avance,
Jean-Francois





aqua toque replied to MaSid's post: WBC: Is that Erica?

Delivered: Thursday Jan 18, 2024 at 14:27


oh oh. Looks like a head on and ensuing fireball.







MaSid replied to SkierRoger's post: WBC: A 4G Trip! - Great Grip & Good Glide

Delivered: Thursday Jan 18, 2024 at 13:35


Does it make more sense for WBC to take over grooming for that small parks portion? Not sure if there needs to be a turn around point or what makes the most sense from an equipment standpoint. But it seems rather inefficient for parks to do that one small section with no other grooming nearby, other than maybe sandy mcnabb. Renegotiate roles and responsibilities at the same time as the “final” master plan getting sorted? Perhaps it’s an opportunity given shifts in funding etc. to bundle some things together and get it sorted.




haywire replied to SkierRoger's post: WBC: A 4G Trip! - Great Grip & Good Glide

Delivered: Thursday Jan 18, 2024 at 12:58


Mike W, when I ran the grooming Parks was responsible for south Elbow and the short southern Iron Springs trail, and telephone loop. Now that the grooming is run from the parking lot and not my house, my understanding is that BCT now does Telephone as well. So Parks mainly does south Iron Springs and South Elbow I believe




SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: WBC: A 4G Trip! - Great Grip & Good Glide

Delivered: Thursday Jan 18, 2024 at 12:32


Hey Mike. I recall seeing the sections marked in RED as newly groomed yesterday afternoon. But I can barely remember what I had for breakfast this morning, haha.







Mike W replied to SkierRoger's post: WBC: A 4G Trip! - Great Grip & Good Glide

Delivered: Thursday Jan 18, 2024 at 12:01


SkierRoger - What sections of Iron Springs did you encounter grooming and/or tracksetting yesterday (Wednesday)? As of 1145am today (Thursday), Nordic Pulse is only showing the section between Iron Creek and the north intersection with Elbow as groomed, with nothing trackset. And it looks like that section was groomed by the Bragg Creek Trails (BCT) grooming crew just this morning, along with North Elbow. Perhaps the Parks grooming crew don't update Nordic Pulse? And which sections of Elbow and Iron Springs does Parks maintain vs. BCT? Or is there some overlap depending on who is in the vicinity first? Haywire, do you know?

I could offer some Nordic Pulse expertise, but it would help if I could figure out whether I should offer it to BCT or Parks.








Arnprior replied to SkierRoger's post: Final West Bragg Creek Trails Master Plan

Delivered: Thursday Jan 18, 2024 at 11:57


Thanks for posting the report. Great to see a long-term commitment to trail development and maintenance. I noted with appreciation the moving of the winter trail season up to November 1 from December 1 and I hope that this year's low early season snowfall will not become the norm.




aqua toque replied to SkierRoger's post: WBC: A 4G Trip! - Great Grip & Good Glide

Delivered: Thursday Jan 18, 2024 at 10:51


haywire, you are indeed wise in the ways of grooming.
😊






haywire replied to SkierRoger's post: WBC: A 4G Trip! - Great Grip & Good Glide

Delivered: Thursday Jan 18, 2024 at 09:33


Groomer Joe is from Parks




Frances Dances replied to chuckley's post: Packers-Pocaterra - add the Whiskey

Delivered: Thursday Jan 18, 2024 at 07:36


Where did you start to get to the Packers junction?





SkierRoger replied to SkierRoger's post: WBC: A 4G Trip! - Great Grip & Good Glide

Delivered: Wednesday Jan 17, 2024 at 22:28


I wonder if the WBC groomers lost their Nordic Pulse expert. I’d bet the PLPP guys would be happy to give them a tutorial.




Mike W replied to SkierRoger's post: WBC: A 4G Trip! - Great Grip & Good Glide

Delivered: Wednesday Jan 17, 2024 at 22:02


Great to hear that the groomers have been out today! Unfortunately as of 10pm it isn't showing up on Nordic Pulse. Anyone know why?




SkierRoger replied to Helen Read's post: Canmore Nordic Centre and flags flying briskly at 90 degree angles

Delivered: Wednesday Jan 17, 2024 at 21:26


Thanks for the update on Fairview trail, Helen.
This is great news!







Alf Skrastins replied to MaSid's post: Oh yes, maybe back to a bit of normal in the foothills.

Delivered: Wednesday Jan 17, 2024 at 09:52


7-8 cm of new snow overnight at WBC and it is forecast to continue snowing all day. Most of the core Crystal Line-Loggers-Sundog Loops were groomed a few days ago, but everything now has a layer of light new snow on top.





Carole replied to Jean-Francois's post: WBC - Excellent conditions

Delivered: Wednesday Jan 17, 2024 at 09:03


C'est beau!




SkierRoger replied to chuckley's post: Packers-Pocaterra - add the Whiskey

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 16, 2024 at 21:32


Nothing better than seeing all that snow!




Ray P replied to Helen Read's post: Bill Milne was fairly comfy today

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 16, 2024 at 16:12


Sorry to miss you today, Helen. We also parked by the golf course (10am; -19C), and headed south on Bill Milne. After crossing the Evan Thomas Creek bridge, we turned left onto the new connector trail. This 1.5km section was groomed, but only partly trackset. We skied to the old Wedge Connector, and then along that trail to Wedge Pond. This section was excellent - great track. From Wedge Pond we returned via Bill Milne by the campground - good conditions with some thin sections. -16C at the end of our 11km ski. Nice to get out after the brutally cold weather.




MaSid replied to MaSid's post: Elk lakes/tobermory creek question

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 16, 2024 at 16:01


In addition to the kettle, was there a large pot with lid for melting snow?




Willie replied to MaSid's post: Elk lakes/tobermory creek question

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 16, 2024 at 10:51


Did not get a picture of the wood stove. When I was there it was one of these or similar. They may have upgraded it as well. There was no axe or saw either. If there is they are probably well abused.

Just an FYI. The cabin is 5 km from the junction of the power line road and the Elk River FSR.


https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/us-stove-company-cast-iron-wood-stove-epa-2020-certified-small-900-sq-ft-0641923p.0641923.html?rq=woodstove#srp






teleskier replied to ulrikeski's post: Take your skis for a walk

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 16, 2024 at 09:23


Block heaters work to help cars start in the cold? Just saying.




MaSid replied to MaSid's post: Elk lakes/tobermory creek question

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 16, 2024 at 08:21


Thanks Willie! Got a picture of the log burner? And is there a saw and axe? Otherwise looks like bring everything other than a tent, including a rat trap.

No Snowfas, yet. Been thwarted by work, low snow and $1.50 per litre of diesel.





Willie replied to MaSid's post: Elk lakes/tobermory creek question

Delivered: Monday Jan 15, 2024 at 23:37


I have been there both summer and winter. It is FCFS but does have a clasp so you can put a lock on it to secure your gear while away. There is no firewood supply per se. You would have to harvest your own.

Stayed at the cabin in the fall while exploring with my truck and skied there one day while staying at the Palace in Elk Lakes. It's a nice ski for a day trip. There is also a campsite across the road if you were to bike in.

Next time I run into you I will give you more info if you wish.

Cheers

Any couches yet?

Edit

I didn't look at your photo before I responded.

They have definitely put some work into it since I was there last four years ago. New porch and chimney for sure. And a pile of logs for firewood. I know people that snowmobile up in there from Elkwood. I'll see if I can get more detail for you.







MaSid replied to MaSid's post: WBC: Moose loop + middle Tom snow/west meadow

Delivered: Monday Jan 15, 2024 at 17:17


Nothing fancy, just a Guinness (No nutty ones available), and “soup de jour”.




Chuck replied to MaSid's post: WBC: Moose loop + middle Tom snow/west meadow

Delivered: Monday Jan 15, 2024 at 16:28


Well, you know me... the frothy dark ale is the only reward I need! Which one is it MaSid?




SkierRoger replied to 's post:

Delivered: Sunday Jan 14, 2024 at 17:20


Thanks for the reminder BonnieTasky.

Here is a link to the upcoming Lake Louise to Banff Loppet:
https://www.loppet.ca/





ulrikeski replied to Donny Boy's post: Elk Pass - Go Outside and Cool Off!

Delivered: Sunday Jan 14, 2024 at 13:54


A very small temperature increase from -26C at noon to -24C by 1pm. Battery charger, space heater and plugging in car overnight revived my car. The sun is great, but you don't want to be stranded or have binding failure or something out there.Counted 18 bundled up skiers and a fatbiker.

windblown snow CNC meadow




MaSid replied to Donny Boy's post: Elk Pass - Go Outside and Cool Off!

Delivered: Sunday Jan 14, 2024 at 10:04


Indeed. Some braver souls out there this morning, maybe with hand warmers and heavy duty car batteries. Monday aft looks good though!






SkierRoger replied to Donny Boy's post: Elk Pass - Go Outside and Cool Off!

Delivered: Sunday Jan 14, 2024 at 09:04


Wonderful, Donny Boy!
I think though I’ll be staying inside a weee bit longer.






ulrikeski replied to ulrikeski's post: Take your skis for a walk

Delivered: Saturday Jan 13, 2024 at 18:31


Hi Chuck: I did consider taking the Canmore Roam transit to get to the Nordic Centre with my skis. It still would require a 30 min. walk from either the bottom of Three Sisters Drive (and a transfer to the other bus route from downtown) or walk from the Seniors Center bus stop across the Engine Bridge and on the Legacy Trail. With the cold temperature, I thought it easier to just take my skis out my door.




Chuck replied to ulrikeski's post: Take your skis for a walk

Delivered: Saturday Jan 13, 2024 at 16:25


ROAM with your skis

Roam in Banff




Helen Read replied to The 13th Troll's post: What is below Polar for Grip Wax?

Delivered: Friday Jan 12, 2024 at 21:49


Elephant Graveyard and moose/badger sightings. Sure getting some good laughs out of all these comments. No brain freeze happening indoors.




HenryL replied to The 13th Troll's post: What is below Polar for Grip Wax?

Delivered: Friday Jan 12, 2024 at 19:21




Sadly, the weather is taking its toll.




MaSid replied to The 13th Troll's post: What is below Polar for Grip Wax?

Delivered: Friday Jan 12, 2024 at 16:54


Good eye Arie. Apparently I need to update my prescription. Seems to be a popular parking stall though. Some kind of nefarious moose activity for sure. You never know what they get up to when nobody is around.






Arie replied to The 13th Troll's post: What is below Polar for Grip Wax?

Delivered: Friday Jan 12, 2024 at 12:18


Masid, in the picture you posted, I do see a hatchback with the trunk open. It's at the start of Hostel Loop. Is that a person or a moose standing behind the car?







aqua toque replied to The 13th Troll's post: What is below Polar for Grip Wax?

Delivered: Friday Jan 12, 2024 at 11:50


Wait what? They're not out there tracksetting?!

Those volunteers are such a bunch of slackers I tell you!





MaSid replied to The 13th Troll's post: What is below Polar for Grip Wax?

Delivered: Friday Jan 12, 2024 at 11:34




Weird, not a single car in the WBC parking lot this morning, except the abandoned one. And looks like a bit of fresh too.




Arie replied to The 13th Troll's post: What is below Polar for Grip Wax?

Delivered: Friday Jan 12, 2024 at 09:59


What grip wax to use in -40C? The answer is none. The snow will be like sandpaper so you won't need gripwax.
Anyways, I'll be doing a jigsaw puzzle this weekend, and I'll be thinking about the pine-beetles dying. This cold snap should put a pretty good dent in them.


Too cold to ski





aqua toque replied to The 13th Troll's post: What is below Polar for Grip Wax?

Delivered: Friday Jan 12, 2024 at 09:28


When I got up this morning my digital indoor/outdoor thermometer said outside was -39.7 degC. The next time I checked it was LL.L degC.

Lower than Low point Low




MaSid replied to MaSid's post: Kananaskis Pass ticket update: success!

Delivered: Friday Jan 12, 2024 at 07:20


If you find yourself in a similar position of getting a ticket for a not quite expired or recently expired annual pass and you are a regular annual pass buyer, there is a way out of it because the administration of the conservation pass is currently flawed. Get in touch and I can provide the full argument details.




Little Bs replied to Little Bs's post: The Little B's Rock at Elephant Rocks!

Delivered: Thursday Jan 11, 2024 at 20:23


MaSid, thanks for your suggestion. We'll check it out the next time we're in the area. Sorry we missed you at WBC when you ran into Dad on his skinny skis.




Little Bs replied to Little Bs's post: The Little B's Rock at Elephant Rocks!

Delivered: Thursday Jan 11, 2024 at 20:02


Yes SteveR, we were at West Bragg with the Scratchies on Monday, checking out the north MTB trails. Still poor snow coverage. Rocks avoidable on ascent, but we took the ski trails to avoid them on the way down. And no badgers in sight.




MaSid replied to Little Bs's post: The Little B's Rock at Elephant Rocks!

Delivered: Thursday Jan 11, 2024 at 20:00


Try the ascent up towards mount James walker via sawmill parking lot. A good option for the little B,s depending on condition of the trails. Ascend as high as you feel comfortable in the upper bowl of course (avalanche terrain) but a good destination to a knoll just below and a decent safe and fast descent if you can avoid the snowshoers. Other options in the area too.




Little Bs replied to Little Bs's post: The Little B's Rock at Elephant Rocks!

Delivered: Thursday Jan 11, 2024 at 17:31


We forgot to mention that on our way home, we went for a short 3km ski to check out the Sawmill trails, open to both snowshoers and skiers. We think it would be worth coming back for a day trip to explore them. You can start from either the Chester Lake or Sawmill trailhead, and an entire loop would be 15-20km. The trails aren't groomed and appear used primarily by snowshoers, so the packed width is narrow and not suitable for herringboning or snowplowing. Because of this, we'd say that kicker or full skins are necessary for both climbing and descending the trails. The ideal setup would be short "adventure" skis like us with backcountry boots and bindings. Although you might get by with longer skis and a maybe even a ski colour other than pink.

Snowdrift Trail

Sawmill Trails





Mike W replied to MaSid's post: Kananaskis Pass ticket update: success!

Delivered: Thursday Jan 11, 2024 at 15:25


Congratulations MaSid! It's a shame you had to put in all this time and effort just because Parks failed to implement a system that correctly reflects the Minister's Order. I expect you're now fielding phone calls from lawyers eager to enrol you as their lead Plaintiff in a Class Action suit against the government!




aqua toque replied to MaSid's post: Kananaskis Pass ticket update: success!

Delivered: Thursday Jan 11, 2024 at 14:34


Don't try to lay no bew-jee wew-jee on the King of Rock 'n Roll!




gh replied to MaSid's post: Kananaskis Pass ticket update: success!

Delivered: Thursday Jan 11, 2024 at 12:58


Way to go MaSid.





SteveR replied to Little Bs's post: The Little B's Rock at Elephant Rocks!

Delivered: Thursday Jan 11, 2024 at 08:22


A reliable source told me of a recent little B sighting at West Bragg. Looking for the elusive badger colony?




HenryL replied to Little Bs's post: The Little B's Rock at Elephant Rocks!

Delivered: Thursday Jan 11, 2024 at 08:13


Hey Li'l Pink B's, your incredible wildlife photos took my winter blues away. Thanks!




aqua toque replied to Little Bs's post: The Little B's Rock at Elephant Rocks!

Delivered: Thursday Jan 11, 2024 at 07:14


Outstanding work Little Bs, simply outstanding!

Be warned however…there are cynical skeptics and naysayers out there. When a truly fascinating experience such as this (especially one involving rarities of the wild kingdom) is presented and so superbly and accurately documented they will no doubt mention the elephant in the room (I won't say the word but, just so you know, it starts with "ph" has "oto" in the middle and ends with "shop"). Ignore these weenies. They probably don't even like Barbies.






SkierRoger replied to Jean-Francois's post: WBC - quiet ski

Delivered: Wednesday Jan 10, 2024 at 16:49


Good man, Jean-Francois
A true Canadian at these temperatures!





haywire replied to Jean-Francois's post: WBC - quiet ski

Delivered: Wednesday Jan 10, 2024 at 16:42


I am also grateful that we have volunteers setting tracks at WBC.





haywire replied to SteveR's post: Moose and the Mountainviews: a skinny ski report.

Delivered: Wednesday Jan 10, 2024 at 11:32


To the person that posted that information on West Crystal Line sign, "just because you can doesn't mean you should."





Dave Field replied to SteveR's post: Moose and the Mountainviews: a skinny ski report.

Delivered: Wednesday Jan 10, 2024 at 10:48


Who is the group having issues with trying to manage access at WBC? I fail to see the "overreach" being anything other than trying to minimize conflict between user groups at a well used public facility.





SkierRoger replied to Mike W's post: WBC Perimeter minus Telephone CCW

Delivered: Wednesday Jan 10, 2024 at 08:11


Thanks for the very helpful report, Mike. Hopefully, one of the WBC groomers will see your report of the Mountain Road double trackset being too close together and fix’r up next time.




Chuck replied to ErinP's post: Snow at PLPP!

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 09, 2024 at 19:38


Hey JeffG,
If it was Chuck you were trying to catch up to... you would not have had a chance... maybe it was Chuckley?!





aqua toque replied to SteveR's post: Moose and the Mountainviews: a skinny ski report.

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 09, 2024 at 18:58


Horse with a laser printer?




JeffG replied to ErinP's post: Snow at PLPP!

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 09, 2024 at 18:44


Hey Chuck. I’m surprised you didn’t catch up to me as I seemed to be ascending in slow motion today! But it sure was a wonderful ski from start to finish.




chuckley replied to ErinP's post: Snow at PLPP!

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 09, 2024 at 17:35


Erin- Karl and I left Boulton Parking shortly after you did. We skied Whiskey Jack and Tyrrwhit to Elk Pass. Almost all the brush on Tyrrwhit has been broken off or covered by new snow!
The snow as so good we turned around and went back Tyrrwhit and Whiskey Jack.
Love those downhills with a little powder to work with...
-6C to start and -3C at end.


Tyrrwhit Meadows in excellent condition.





Diana Piggott replied to SteveR's post: Moose and the Mountainviews: a skinny ski report.

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 09, 2024 at 17:35


I'm delighted that you had a lovely day of skiing, and a little envious!
That sign is rather shocking, though. It reeks of wild west culture. What is the truth of the situation there?





Helen Read replied to ErinP's post: Snow at PLPP!

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 09, 2024 at 17:32


One of my best friends used to describe the smell of brand new infant babies, as "DELICIOUS". Thank you Erin for this "delicious" report! Think the original term came from the smell she loved of BABY POWDER!




Robbo replied to FunOutdoors's post: Disappointing Grooming at West Bragg

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 09, 2024 at 15:56


As I commented on a previous post, I was skiing there yesterday and the grooming and track setting was terrible. Shallow tracks and very narrow trails.

Not sure why they are not grooming with the 200k snowcat that I donated to a few years ago. Is it broken?

If the grooming continues this way, I will look at getting my year end donation back and instead send it to Nordic Alberta.






Robbo replied to Jean-Francois's post: WBC - No tracks yet but soon....

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 09, 2024 at 15:52


I was skiing there yesterday and the tracksetting was terrible. Shallow tracks and very narrow trails (I am glad I was not skate skiing). And why are they using the machine in the picture when they used a snowcat in the past? Is it broken down? The snowcat makes deeper and crisper tracks. Really odd to see a downgrade in the grooming equipment.

Also why are they grooming in the daytime? I almost ran into one of the snowmobiles when I was coming down a hill. Very dangerous. All the other areas that I know of groom at night and allow the tracks to firm up prior to people using them.





Arnprior replied to Jean-Francois's post: WBC - No tracks yet but soon....

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 09, 2024 at 09:15


As I mentioned in the post above, the track setter was heading out at about 4pm on Monday along Mountain Road. Today (Jan 9) should be a great day at WBC.




Arnprior replied to FunOutdoors's post: Disappointing Grooming at West Bragg

Delivered: Tuesday Jan 09, 2024 at 09:12


On Monday at 4pm, as I was returning to the parking lot along Mountain Road, the track setter passed me as he was heading out along Mountain Road. I don't know how far he got yesterday, but it sure was a welcome sight.




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