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Week of 15-Feb-2018 to 21-Feb-2018
Date Activity Destination Report
19-Feb-2018 Trail skiing Elk Hut via Elk Pass Since the forecast was for a cold start, -19c at 7.30am in Calgary did not seem too bad. It was about the same when we picked up Evan at the Ba more...
19-Feb-2018 Track skiing Kan.Lakes Ski: out of Visitor Centre Given the frigid temperatures, we hung out for a short while in the toasty Discovery Centre until it warmed to -24C before venturing onto the trackset more...

Week of 8-Feb-2018 to 14-Feb-2018
Date Activity Destination Report
14-Feb-2018 Off-Trail skiing Healy C to Bourgeau meadows On the first avalanche path on the Healy Pass trail we crossed significant avalanche debris which had snapped a 10cm diameter tree. On the second path more...
12-Feb-2018 Off-Trail skiing Purple Bowl Chilly start ... -30C at the parking lot at 9 am.
But by 3:15 pm it was -10C at the cars.
Numerous naturals had already occurred&nb more...

Week of 1-Feb-2018 to 7-Feb-2018
Date Activity Destination Report
4-Feb-2018 Off-Trail skiing Boulder Hut (west of Kimberley BC) We had a great trip. We met at the lodge at the base of Kimberley ski resort Sunday morning and split into two groups for the flight in. When more...

Week of 8-Feb-2018 to 14-Feb-2018
Date Activity Destination Report
10-Feb-2018 Trail skiing Skogan Pass Excellent conditions today on the Skogan Pass trail. Some fluffy snow covered the previous trackset but the grooves were still visible from the tread more...
10-Feb-2018 Track skiing West Bragg Ski Trails: general A blue sky, excellent snow and good tracksetting (kudos to the GBCTA tracksetters) made for a great day in the foothills. When we arrived at 10am it w more...
8-Feb-2018 Trail skiing Elk Lake Cabin Elk Lakes Cabin

Showing a stiff upper lip to the snow storm warnings, 5 Ramblers set off for the Elk Pass Trailhead, were more...

Week of 1-Feb-2018 to 7-Feb-2018
Date Activity Destination Report
4-Feb-2018 Track skiing W.Bragg Ski Trails: general Six Ramblers braved the cold morning and were amply rewarded with a great ski day at West Bragg. It was a chilly start at -17C under cloudy skies, but more...
1-Feb-2018 Off-Trail skiing Gypsum Mine yoyo the trees We started off in cloudy conditions -12c and finshed with -4c temperatures .We all did 4 very enjoyable laps in the trees on 12 cm of new snow on a su more...

Week of 25-Jan-2018 to 31-Jan-2018
Date Activity Destination Report
30-Jan-2018 Track skiing Kan.Lakes Ski: Tyrwhitt, Elk Pass loop It was bare pavement to a point south of Nakiska where the snow started and it came down fairly heavily for a while. We stopped at the Visitor Centre more...
28-Jan-2018 Trail skiing Gypsum Mine We enjoyed a very good ski up the Gypsum Fire Road.  A few centimetres of fresh snow lightly covered the tracks.  We followed the road up to more...
27-Jan-2018 Snowshoeing Moose Meadows to Ink Pots As we left cold, foggy Calgary we were happy to see lightening skies and slightly warmer temperatures heading west. It was cloudy and about -14 as we more...
27-Jan-2018 Off-Trail skiing Skoki Lodge via Deception Pass This was a full day tour with good snow, fair temperatures, some views, no wind and good company as usual. It was -15c when we started up the ski out more...

Week of 18-Jan-2018 to 24-Jan-2018
Date Activity Destination Report
22-Jan-2018 Ski mountaineering Rogers Pass based out of Il Nido Country Inn On Monday we skied Chickadee valley (Whymper col).

On Tuesday we went up Connaught creek branching right and up Ursus trees. We found more...
21-Jan-2018 Snowshoeing Boulton Creek to Pocaterra Hut We had a fabulous offtrail hike today.  On agreement of all participants, we decided to start from Boulton Creek rather than William Watson Lodge more...
21-Jan-2018 Snowshoeing Rawson L snowshoe It was another beautiful day in the mountains. We arrived at Upper Kananaskis Day Use area shortly before 10:00 am. The temperature on Highway 40 was more...
20-Jan-2018 Off-Trail skiing South Burstall Pass: FULL When we met at 7.00am at Shouldice batting cages we were given a leaflet requesting that we park nearer the river at the weekends. So we moved 100 met more...
20-Jan-2018 Trail skiing Nakiska: Skogan Pass It was a very busy day at Nakiska and very crowded in the lodge this was  probably because the international ski cross trials were being held.&nb more...
19-Jan-2018 Downhill skiing Mount Norquay -downhill Skiing Three Ramblers headed up to Norquay to get our seniors season's ski pass and to ski for a half  a day. At $96 including tax, it's a great more...

Week of 11-Jan-2018 to 17-Jan-2018
Date Activity Destination Report
16-Jan-2018 Off-Trail hike Entrance Ridges (Muley & Carry Ridge) It was a fine, spring-like day for a January hike.  There was a light chilly breeze when we set out from the cars, but layers were coming off bef more...
15-Jan-2018 Off-Trail skiing Hero Knob south valley Good weather and better than expected snow.
When I posted this trip part of my comments included "Depending on conditions either continue more...
14-Jan-2018 Snowshoeing SE Shoulder of Mount Indefatigable Seven Ramblers were treated to a sunny windless day in the Kananaskis Lakes area. Even though all of the group had done this trip many times in the su more...
13-Jan-2018 Track skiing West Bragg Ski Trails: general Good day on trail. Excellent snow and grooming, sunny day with some breeze. Temperature from 12 bellow to 6 above. Great group thanks everyone special more...
13-Jan-2018 Snowshoeing Cascade Amphitheatre snowshoe Three of us left Calgary when it was still dark, but we were not alone on the highway. It seems that everybody was delighted with warm temperatures an more...
13-Jan-2018 Off-Trail skiing Gypsum Mine yoyo ski the trees A warm and beautiful day in the mountains. 8 ramblers set off in search of untracked powder and we found it. Started at 10 am and deskinned at noon fo more...
13-Jan-2018 Track skiing Ribbon C Ski Trails: Kovach, Terrace & more A good day at Ribbon Creek, the arctic air had moved out just in time for Saturday and it was sunny for the most part. On the drive out a bald eagle w more...

Week of 4-Jan-2018 to 10-Jan-2018
Date Activity Destination Report
7-Jan-2018 Snowshoeing Rummel L snowshoe We enjoyed mild weather and little wind on on our snowshoe up to Rummel Lake.  The trail was well packed, making an easy ascent.  We found a more...
7-Jan-2018 Off-Trail skiing Smuts Pass via Commonwealth C In our search for untracked powder and good Yo-Yo skiing, we headed up Commonwealth Creek on a rather gray morning. We did find untracked snow, but it more...
7-Jan-2018 Off-Trail skiing Rummel - Chester traverse Rummel Chester Traverse

It was a fine day for a ski tour, with mild temperatures good visibility and a few patches of sun.  With l more...
7-Jan-2018 Snowshoeing South End of Lawson Fresh air, snow and friends, a great way to wrap up the holidays before heading back to work. Even though this small peak has become popular in the la more...
6-Jan-2018 Trail skiing Tower L We left the trail head parking lot at Castle Mountain Junction at 9.30am. It was clear and -4c. While all were on basic old style tele-gear, skins of more...
6-Jan-2018 Snowshoeing Shark L (Marushka L) snowshoe It was a mild, shirtsleeves kind of day as the temperature hovered around 0 all day.  We arrived at the lake about 11:45 where we stopped for a s more...
6-Jan-2018 Track skiing Upper L.Louise from Tramline PL An excellent day on the Lake Louise trails, the temperature at the start was -4C and didn't warm up much so the snow conditions were preserved. Af more...
4-Jan-2018 Track skiing West Bragg Ski Trails: general-slow pace Good weather,excellent ski condition,great group.Thank everyone/Bill for pictures and numbers/
15 km  300 m el.gain
Susan more...
4-Jan-2018 Trail skiing Pipestone trackset trails Excellent ski conditions. Track set that morning, about -10C, barely any wind, sunny once the mist burned off. We did either 19.2 or 17.3 kms dependin more...
4-Jan-2018 Snowshoeing Wasootch Ridge to 2nd cairn 365447

We had the ridge to ourselves and that made for a spectacular day. Although there was some debate on whether the snowshoes were needed, in the end more...


Week of 28-Dec-2017 to 3-Jan-2018
Date Activity Destination Report
3-Jan-2018 Off-Trail skiing North Black Prince yoyos A/T aka Blacksmith A -8c  beautiful day found six ramblers searching for that elusive untracked powder. Unfortunately, the avalanche chutes we had planned to ski ha more...

Week of 21-Dec-2017 to 27-Dec-2017
Date Activity Destination Report
27-Dec-2017 Off-Trail skiing Rossland and West Kootenay Trip Full Wow-what a trip.  Last year we had howling winds and frigid temperatures; but this year we enjoyed -8 to -4 while Calgarians had -29.  We ma more...

Week of 28-Dec-2017 to 3-Jan-2018
Date Activity Destination Report
1-Jan-2018 Off-Trail skiing Quartz Ridge A nice day to travel through the Sunshine Meadows.

Many thanks to everybody for coming out on this trip. And a big thanks to Gerald for more...
1-Jan-2018 Trail hike Calgary Zoo stroll
A stroll at the Zoo to start the New Year. It started off a little cold so we ducked into the penguin exhibit in time to see the feeding session: more...