In mid March, 12 Parkland members set off for Canmore to begin a beautiful week of skiing at Talus Lodge. We gathered from Red Deer, Lacombe, Edmonton and Rimbey – some old friends, some new – all happily ensconced on a Thursday night in the ACC Bell Cabin high on the hill above Canmore. The night was spent in prep for some, relaxing for others – all of us beginning the process of gelling as a group.
A Pineapple Express may sound delicious but this warm Pacific airflow created some interesting weather conditions for our week up at the Blanket Glacier Chalet from March 8-16.
We arrived in Revelstoke Friday evening to Spring like conditions which had many of us worried about skiing but the flowers were a good distraction! Saturday morning Marion, our host, started a mad dash to meet the helicopter when she informed us that we had our departure times wrong and where an hour late. We were soon whirling our way from the muddy valley through blue skies into the snow zone surrounding the Blanket Chalet.
A few photos from a fun weekend YO-YO skiing around the Hilda Area.
Departing Ramparts Hostel the temperature was -23 at 8:30 am. 30 mins later as we began are climb up to Wilcox Pass the temperature had risen to -8. It remained a cloudless sky for the full day with temperatures reaching around +5. The snow through the trees was good, but once out of the trees there was little snow and lots of bare areas for a while. We lunched opposite a gently slope which became a ‘play area’ for a few people, the others choosing to languish in the sun. We skied to the far end of the pass and contemplated skiing down Tangle Creek. (Its definately not only women who have difficulty making decisions,it seemed the pros and cons were tossed around for ages by the gentlemen in the group!) We returned the same way and floundered down the trail for a while before finding the good snow in the trees.