Everyone goes to the Rae Glacier to ski before Hwy. 40 closes. So we were definitely the odd people out. “Oh, you don’t have skis!” said Nancy and Doug who passed us on the way up when we stopped for a mars bar. We explained that we like to mix it up a bit and [...]
A description of a snowshoe trip via Lower Chester Loop to Mount Murray Viewpoint.
A walk over Ranger Hill at West Bragg using Boundary Ridge, Strange Brew and Ranger Summit trails.
A description of three new showshoing trails in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park: Elkwood Loop, Marsh Loop and the connecting trail to William Watson Lodge.
A loop for winter walkers and snowshoers from West Bragg parking that takes in parts of Braggin’ Rights, Reconnect and Long Distance trails.
An attractive looking book with excellent writing and colour photos, some with the routes marked on, and good topo maps at the back of book with routes marked on in red. There is a section at the beginning on equipment, technique, etiquette and avalanche hazard and an appendix on snowshoeing on the Wapta and Columbia Icefields. Routes are described by highway starting in Waterton National Park and range up through the Rockies to the north edge of Banff National Park.
A snowshoe up McLean Hill from Hwy. 549. We had been up Ridge trail many times before, but always as a spring tune-up. This would be our first time on snow and we guessed that the motor bike trail would translate well into a snowshoe trail. It did. The hills are manageable (not a novice trail, though) and the pine forest retains the snow well. Amazingly, the snow was more like mid-winter snow, and very often we were breaking trail through 14 inches of it.
Warspite Lake is a great short snowshoe trip (just over 4 km return to the lake) in warm spring conditions or for a quick in and out trip on a short, cold day in December or January. There is no avalanche danger if you don’t venture beyond the lake.
A description of North Baldy trails on snowshoe, specifically Old Mill Road and the Kananaskis Integrated Forestry Interpretive trail which enables you to make a loop. Describes snow conditions in mid March .
A brief description of Kananaskis Village snowshoe trail. There is the option of continuing on Terrace trail. An update on the grocery and deli at the Village Centre.