Category Archives: Banff National Park

2015 Healy Meadows

George, Margo, Dave, Ivan and Dion got together for visiting and updating on Friday night. On Saturday the day started with poor road conditions, noting of a couple of accidents and congested traffic making the beginning of the day a bit worrisome. The group was the first on the trail with a couple cm of new snow at trailhead making for nice uphill ski on warm sunny day. The uphill trip was interrupted only by the noise from Sunshine’s frequent avalanche control activities. Lunch was in sunny meadow with gentle warm breeze keeping temperatures perfect.

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2015 Hilda Yo-Yo Tour

Yoyo Ski Trip     January 10th and 11th

Rampart Creek Hostel

Parkland Ski Club Meets its Match in the Mountains

At varying times Friday, January 9th, thirteen members of Parkland Ski Club met at Rampart Hostel, sharing travel stories and enjoying late dinners. So interesting to observe the varieties of chili! Maybe next year a “Chili cook off?”

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2014 Paradise Valley and Boom Lake

We left early Friday afternoon so we could slowly make our way out to the Castle Mountain Hostel and grab our desired bunks. The snow started coming down pretty heavy Friday evening so we were getting excited for great ski conditions for Saturday morning.

Saturday morning we had breakfast, arranged car pooling and went on our way. As we approached Lake Louise we were surprised to see a long line of traffic on the highway slowly making their way up to the ski resort. We decided to continue on and turn around at Pipestone, thus avoiding the long line.

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Track Attack On Mosquito Creek



Back Country Adventure

By Emily (age 10)

On February 22 ,2014 our family went on a back country ski trip. We travelled to Lake Louise, which is nestled in the Rocky Mountains to stay at Mosquito creek hostel. this adventure had me feeling nervous and excited. Nervous because there were no indoor bathrooms, excited because I was getting to spend the weekend with my friends. The walk to the hostel was breath taking, for you could see the mountains all around you. It turned out my nervousness was unnecessary, as the outhouses were actually little wooden structures, not the blue plastic kind, and they were surprisingly nice. When we arrived to our cabin we were greeted by happy faces and our beds were all made up for us. The main cabin had a common room , which had a very welcoming fireplace. The fire made the common room cozy and warm, which made it the perfect spot to play games.

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2014 Cool Sask Toe Tour

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Sask Toe Trip Report

Friday, February 21 to Sunday, February 23
Tour Leaders: Jeff and Debby Kirtzinger
Hostel: Rampart Creek

Trip members: Our fearless, capable and helpful leaders plus Dave A, Dion B, John and Linda D, Steve and Sandy I, Jock and Janet M, Marilyn S.

All arrived safely on Friday night with thanks to very good roads. Special thanks to Jeff who rescued a wayward traveller (plus wife and two teens) who had driven into the ditch near the junction of Highway 11 and 93.

Saturday morning -20°
Our merry band of 11 happy souls made the 7.5 km to the toe of the Saskatchewan Glacier in about 3 hours. We followed the tracks of what turned out to be four skiers who had gone in the night before, skied over the glacier and who spent the night somewhere up in the back and beyond.

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