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When Skiing Was Better Before So Many Greenhouse Gases Were In The Air + A Photo Sweepstakes
Report Submitted by DEMOCRATIZE AB
(trip) Date: Saturday May 20, 2023
Submitted: Saturday May 20, 2023 at 15:23
Rare pics of the past
Looking at the webcams of Lake Louise and Sunshine shocked me yesterday. There is less snow now than there normally would be on the July long weekend in the high country. Sunshine only has Strawberry Chair open and it looks like a gravel pit to ski. I have never seen so little snow in the mountains at this time of year since my skiing pleasure started in the winter of '69.
The following article shows a couple of pics of me skiing in July pre really bad man assisted climate change days. I will hold a guessing sweepstakes of the first skiing picture as to where it is. Can you guess the mountain and glacier in the background? It is an easy one.
The second old photo in the article shows me climbing up Heather Ridge in July in the early '80's. Those were the days before climate change got so bad. The amount of man made greenhouse gases has increased by nearly 60% since these photos were taken. Summer skiing was always my favorite time of year to ski but those days are now pretty much gone due to the foolish chemical alteration of our atmosphere allowed by politicians around the globe.
Name that mountain and glacier!
Do your part and vote to reduce emissions for a better skiing future.
3 comment(s) posted
2023-05-20 at 17:59 - comment by Chuck
Nice that you've revealed yourself James!
By the way, no avalanche risk today on those huge slopes along the Yoho Road.
Photo taken today at the high point!
2023-05-21 at 08:23 - comment by HenryL
2023-05-22 at 12:07 - comment by DEMOCRATIZE AB
Howdy Henry L.
You won the guessing sweepstakes. Robertson it is.
This photo was taken not long after I had surgery on my right hand a couple of times in the early 1980's. I had a really hard time holding onto a ski pole as I could not use all my fingers and I had nerve damage. I had to readjust how I planted my ski poles and it changed my skiing style for over a decade. It took years to learn again how to plant my pole where I wanted it exactly. The injury did not get better until the mid 1990's when I started to take up cross country skiing in a big way. Cross country skiing got rid of a lot of scare tissue so that I was able to better use my hand. Who knew cross country skiing could be such good therapy for a severe hand injury?
The slopes on the sides of the Robertson valley use to be great to ski in July at one time, long before man immorally dumped so much heat trapping and particulate crap into our atmosphere.
The black carbon and other particulate from industry and diesel engines has greatly affected the glaciers in the past contributing at least 1/3 to the melting of the glaciers. The viewing of particulate being dumped on the planet can be seen on windy.com by hitting the particulate icon on the right menu.
Apparently the national ski team use to train on Robertson/Haig Glaciers several decades ago when they had a lower budget.
In the old days we would drive to the Robertson/ Burstall Creek outwash plain up what is now the Burstall trail and hike about 45 minutes with our gear to the glacier. Often we would camp below the glacier in the tree line for quicker daily access to skiing.
I saw great melting changes to the glacier over the years. In the late 1990's I stopped summer skiing on the glacier when a friend of a friend fell through a crevasse snow bridge that was not visible. Luckily he was able to get out rather than being spit out at the bottom of the glacier years later.