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Week of 14-Feb-2019 to 20-Feb-2019
Date Activity Destination Report
18-Feb-2019 Off-Trail skiing Backcountry Ski from Ramparts Hostel Hwy93: FULL

A successful trip overall. Some cool nights (-24c) but warming to -12c or even to -8c one day, sunshine, little wind, and good snow when we could f more...

20-Feb-2019 Off-Trail skiing Gypsum Mine Trip full at 4

A pleasant start at -15C from the Peninusula parking lot saw 4 Ramblers head across the lake and up the old exploration road under partially cloudy more...

18-Feb-2019 Track skiing Ribbon C Trackset Ski Trails

When driving through a -28C cold spot on the drive out, your scribe was wondering if this trip was going to be an ordeal, however it warmed up to - more...

17-Feb-2019 Snowshoeing Ink Pots snowshoe

Four rambling ladies enjoyed a beautiful day in Banff. Leaving the city, we were clinging to hope that the weather forecast of not-as-cold temperat more...

15-Feb-2019 Backcountry Ski or Ski Mountaineering Surprise Pass Loop

Being unsure of the weather at Louise, we met in Canmore to discuss conditions, the forecast and various options and then decided to head for Louis more...

14-Feb-2019 Trail skiing Taylor Lake to Glades below Pan. Ridge

Participants: Christine,Jim,Damian,Chip,Bob,Margot

The trip was a success. Thanks to all for coming more...


Week of 7-Feb-2019 to 13-Feb-2019
Date Activity Destination Report
12-Feb-2019 Off-Trail skiing Rummel - Chester traverse, Max 8-10.

The short version is that 5 Ramblers skied the short traverse from Rummel TH to Chester Lake and TH on good snow (10cms new), cool temperatures (-2 more...

7-Feb-2019 Trail skiing Nakiska Skogan Pass

It's not often I get to ski with the A team, or the Red Bull types, but today was one of those days-fast.

We did 20 km in 4 hrs and 30 min. We s more...


Week of 31-Jan-2019 to 6-Feb-2019
Date Activity Destination Report
6-Feb-2019 Track skiing Ribbon C Trackset Ski Trails

It was a gorgeous bright sunny day with the mountains and forest cloaked in the fresh snow which fell over the weekend. We started out at an envigo more...

1-Feb-2019 Trail skiing Brewster C to Sundance Lodge

This trip was planned for Friday as this day was forecast to be the change day between a warm sunny week (zero c) and a freezing cold (-25c) weeken more...

31-Jan-2019 Trail hike Sulphur Springs - Elbow Valley Trail loop

Participants: Joe,Carl,Susan,Ivan,Douglas,Jennifer,Bill,Janice,Margo,Yoko,Harold,{1 more...


Week of 24-Jan-2019 to 30-Jan-2019
Date Activity Destination Report
28-Jan-2019 Off-Trail skiing Rogers Pass based from Il Nido Country Inn (max 8)

It was -22°C as we drove past Bow Lake on the Icefields parkway, but it was a beautiful sunny and windless day. The journey from Calgary had be more...

27-Jan-2019 Trail hike Deer Ridge (morning hike)

Although a few people who had signed up for this hike decided against it when they woke up to rain and wind, three of us had faith in the weather f more...


Week of 17-Jan-2019 to 23-Jan-2019
Date Activity Destination Report
19-Jan-2019 Off-Trail skiing Discovery Hut-Wells Gray Prov Park

Eleven of us really enoyed skiing and staying at Discovery Hut for a full week. The hut was well equipped and heated efficiently by propane. alltho more...


Week of 24-Jan-2019 to 30-Jan-2019
Date Activity Destination Report
26-Jan-2019 Track skiing Upper L.Louise from Tramline PL

Things were a little delayed at the beginning as we made a short diversion to recover some left-at-home ski boots and then ran into a big backup ne more...

26-Jan-2019 Snowshoeing Commonwealth Ridge-North Shoulder

The temperature was a balmy minus 2 when we left our vehicles at 10 am , and headed up Commonwealth Creek on the Commonwealth Lake trail. The grou more...

25-Jan-2019 Trail skiing Tower L

It was a pleasant sunny day for this relatively straight forward out and back trip. We started out from the parking lot at about 9:30 with a fairly more...


Week of 17-Jan-2019 to 23-Jan-2019
Date Activity Destination Report
20-Jan-2019 Track skiing Kan.Lakes Ski: Tyrwhitt, Elk Pass loop

A good day at Peter Lougheed Park, the -6C temp made for good kick and glide up WhiskeyJack and with weak sunshine it was warm enough at the Tyrwhi more...

20-Jan-2019 Snowshoeing Rawson L snowshoe

Participants: Mohsen, Jennifer, Aldis, Janice, Barb, Teresa, Cristina. Another lovely, windless day in the m more...

20-Jan-2019 Trail skiing Bryant C to Bryant C Shelter

We started out from the Mt. Shark parking lot around 9:30 under partly cloudy skies and a temperature of minus 8. The trail had been recently track more...


Week of 10-Jan-2019 to 16-Jan-2019
Date Activity Destination Report
14-Jan-2019 Off-Trail skiing kinder gentler Rogers pass out of Il Nido

After meeting at Beamers in Canmore the group weighed our options and decided to try the upper Chickadee valley. It was a cold start when we left t more...

16-Jan-2019 Trail hike Jumpingpound loop

Participants: Ivan,Douglas,Jennifer,Janice,Margo,Yoko,CristinaWho would have thought we'd have had such a sunny more...

15-Jan-2019 Off-Trail skiing Healy C - Ramparts, Simpson Pass loop

We left the Sunshine base area around 9:00 am and skied up the hard packed Healy pass trail that had seen a lot of travel to the meadows where we e more...

13-Jan-2019 Off-Trail hike Entrance Ridges (Carry Ridge) Ya gotta love these El Nino winters!

We enjoyed a dry hike along the scenic Carry Ridge in the Sheep River area, in toasty sunshin more...
13-Jan-2019 Trail hike Mt Burke

What a great day, I never thought we’d be hiking up Mt Burke in the early part of January. Minimal snow in the front range of our more...

12-Jan-2019 Track skiing Pipestone trackset trails

An excellent day was had at Pipestone with good snow being preserved by cloudy conditions and the -6C start temperature. It was fairly busy with at more...

12-Jan-2019 Off-Trail hike Sandy McNabb Hills/Long Prairie Ridge

Although not as warm or sunny as advertised, it was still a great day for January!

We hiked the loop in a counter clockwise fashion with a more...

11-Jan-2019 Trail hike Mesa (Square) Butte - Curley Sand

Participants: Carl, Jennifer, Bob. What a great day for a hike, with very mild temperatures and a little sun in the morning and more...

11-Jan-2019 Off-Trail skiing Skoki Lodge via Deception Pass

We had an excellent day and a successful daylight transit. High overcast in the morning, bluebird sky in the aft.

Pre-trip we ended up divi more...

10-Jan-2019 Off-Trail skiing Chickadee valley

A nice mild but cloudy day in the mountains. The snow felt good on the uptrack with Manfred leading the way to the bottom of the run. No whumping, more...


Week of 3-Jan-2019 to 9-Jan-2019
Date Activity Destination Report
9-Jan-2019 Trail skiing Spray R to Goat Ck Bridge

We set out from the parking lot behind the Banff Springs Hotel shortly after nine under partly cloudy skies and a temperature around -8. Snow cover more...

6-Jan-2019 Trail hike Death Valley, Windy Pt, Foran Grade loop

A rather large group for this early winter hike meant lots of visiting and a constant hum of chatter along the trail. Funny, this was a regular tri more...

6-Jan-2019 Off-Trail skiing Haffner/Vermilion Col - tree skiing

We 3 started off with optimism that quickly turned to despair. We were unable to find a suitable route up through the deadfall. We ended up skiing more...

5-Jan-2019 Trail skiing Lower Elk Lake Hut via Elk Pass

Originally, this trip was planned to be to Skoki Lodge, but with 50cms of storm snow at Lake Louise ski resort in 24 hours, the AVI hazard was HIGH more...

3-Jan-2019 Trail hike Ranger Summit Sugar Daddy--Sugar Mamma Toasty warm sunshine (10C), mostly dry dirt trails, not too much wind--what more could one ask for the first hike of the year? We enjoyed a West Bragg more...
3-Jan-2019 Off-Trail skiing Black Prince hunt for good snow

We left the Black Prince parking lot at a balmy -3C in light snow and poor visibility. Only a few centimeters of new snow in the parking lot and li more...


Week of 27-Dec-2018 to 2-Jan-2019
Date Activity Destination Report
27-Dec-2018 Off-Trail skiing Rossland and West Kootenay Ski Trip Trip Full

NOTE: This was a dual-coordinator trip with both Christine Grotefeld and Chip Scialfa organizing.

This was the fifth annual Ramblers' trip more...

1-Jan-2019 Trail hike Zoo walk

Nice leisurely day at the Zoo and warm enough to stand outside for the tiger demonstration - my what big teeth he has. The marquee exhibit of the p more...

31-Dec-2018 Off-Trail skiing Chester L ski to Elephant Rocks

This was a beautiful, cold day. Good snow, good company, clear sunny skis, what more could one want? Maybe a few warmer degrees.

When we st more...

31-Dec-2018 Track skiing Upper L.Louise from Tramline PL

The temperature dropped as we progressed west to Lake Louise where it settled at -22C for the start of the skiing. There were some high thin clouds more...

29-Dec-2018 Trail hike Bar C Ranch area - Lesueur Ridge Seven Ramblers showed up despite the dire forecast for the mountains, but the weather in the foothills was quite nice and we had a great winter solsti more...
29-Dec-2018 Track skiing Blueberry Hill from Boulton Bridge

On a rather balmy and windy day we had a good ski at the south end of P. Lougheed Park. Coverage on Boulton trail was adequate as we started out, a more...

29-Dec-2018 Off-Trail skiing Healy C to Bourgeau meadows

We managed to coordinate the pick up of Ramblers from Cochrane and Canmore and meet at the far end of the Sunshine parking lot only a few minutes a more...

28-Dec-2018 Off-Trail hike High Noon Hills Everyone sheltered in their vehicles as long as possible at the Heritage Big H, not being acclimatized to the wintery -13 temperature with a cool wind more...

Week of 20-Dec-2018 to 26-Dec-2018
Date Activity Destination Report
26-Dec-2018 Trail hike Nosehill Christmas Dinner Recovery Walk

A good turnout for a 2 hour walk in pretty foggy conditions. The paths had more ice that a week ago and some of the participants decided to wear th more...