Group Shelters are large windproof bags designed for use by groups of anywhere between 2 and 12 people in the mountains. Their main advantages over the individual emergency blankets and tarps used in North America is that two or more people huddled together can both keep warm and maintain morale in a stressful situation. They are now available in Canada.
The Smith-Dorrien area with its ample snowpack has some of the best snowshoe trails in Kananaskis Country with something for everyone. Here I am featuring the Chester Sawmill Snowshoe Trails, suggesting four loops varying from the popular 5.1 km Sawmill Loop to a 13.3 km Grand Tour.
Kananaskis Trailfinder has been updated to make it easier to use. It is intended to help you decide what trail to hike or snowshoe and to update trail information where trails have changed. It is driven by a database of 464 trails so far. Added are lists for snowshoeing and winter walking. Give it a try!
Data from five Kananaskis Country weather stations in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park is available via the Avalanche Canada website. You can view snow depth, amount of new snow, temperature, wind speed and direction, and relative humidity for the past 24 hours. Find out what the temperature is at the trailhead and if there is any new snow.
Here are the latest West Bragg trail maps. Major additions are Sugar Mama, Sugar Daddy, Mountain View West and the new Kestrel Trail connecting Merlin View to Tom Snow trail.
In 2016, The Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association focused on upgrading existing trails, adding new winter trails and enhancing the visitor experience. Significant investment and actions by Alberta Parks/Government of Alberta resulted in a number of important enhancements to the 141.3 km trail network that offers opportunities for just about every type of non-motorized trail user!
Just in time for the ski season, the trail has been rerouted away from the Elbow River, It now continues across the meadow and crosses the side creek much higher up onto Fullerton, so doing away with the big climb up from the drift fence. Yeah!
Construction of the High Rockies Trail is almost complete — just under 82 km from Goat Creek to Elk Pass at the powerline. While almost all of the trail can be used this winter there are a few things you should be aware of:
In March, 2013 three backcountry skiers, deeply buried by a large avalanche near Terrace B.C. were dug out alive in less than 20 minutes. The group that rescued them had recently taken a companion rescue course — a choice that made the difference between life and death. Explore this micro-site — it might save your life!
The 2013 flood damaged several day use areas in the Elbow Valley including Allen Bill, Elbow Falls, Cobble Flats, Forgetmenot Pond and Nihahi Trailhead. Alberta Parks has given notice that they plan to repair and upgrade these facilities starting this fall, with construction continuing through the winter to June 2017.