A Perfect Winter's Day


Sep 22, 2016
After what looked like a promising start to the Alberta ski season in late October, summer tried to re-assert itself and for the last month, adventures in the foothills have looked mostly like this:
Along the divide further west, a slow accumulation of snow made for a perfect day of early season skiing last week, to the Kananaskis Fire Lookout, a perennial favorite.
A winter wonderland with 10 cm of fresh fluff overnight.
Most of our route followed xc ski trails, some of which had seen a bit of snowmobile packing to build a base for future grooming.
Up, up and more up on the long climb to the lookout.
A gust of wind filled the air with crystals!
At the top, looking south to Elk Pass and the Elk Range in BC.
Great weather for an extended picnic, with only a light breeze and a temperature of just below zero. The picnic table reveals the snowpack depth, which is only about 60% of what would be the norm right now.
The amazing panorama looking west to the still unfrozen Kananaskis Lakes.
After a descent that was a bit challenging on the skinny skis, easy cruising to finish off a perfect day of November skiing.
We've been out in the same general area a couple of times since, enjoying some OK early season skiing, but have been repeating the mantra of skiers everywhere: bring on the snow!
So jealous, the Kentucky winter just showed up but nothing fun like you have, just cold and grey :)
Good to see you're out on the xc skis!

El Niño has got us in the crosshairs here in Montana. Weakest start to winter that I've seen here so far. So desperate that I'm looking forward to our slight chance of a little snow this weekend.
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
balzaccom The perfect campsite...or more Trip Planning 2
Udink Perfect Weekend Everything Else 3
gnwatts Perfect Kiva Loop Backpacking 21
Laura Looking for the perfect town to retire in a la "Northern Exposure" General Discussion 71
IntrepidXJ Slickhorn Perfect Kiva Hiking & Camping 4
Moabchic78 Perfect Fall Drive!! Off Road 1
IntrepidXJ Buiding My Perfect Backcountry Tripod Photography 16
balzaccom Yosemite winter rangers General Discussion 0
Bob Winter Visitors General Discussion 3
Bob Winter General Discussion 28
Kullaberg63 Winter ski touring with pulk Winter Sports 3
kwc Good Luck Cliffs in Winter 3/22/23 Hiking & Camping 0
SteveR Tuolumne Meadows Winter Conditions Winter Sports 2
slieb Lower Muddy Creek in Winter? Trip Planning 7
Bob Welcome to the First Day of Winter General Discussion 23
Bob Winter is Here ..... General Discussion 11
SteveR Got Snow? Winter Sports 2022-23 Winter Sports 24
balzaccom Dry winter for the Sierra--again! General Discussion 0
seekinglost Introducing the Mojave-Sonoran Trail: A NEW 625-mile Winter Thru-Hiking Route Backpacking 4
Ugly Winter Desert Wanderings 2021-2022 Backpacking 12
Wanderlust073 A winter overnight Backpacking 4
Janice Yellowstone - Winter Yurt Trip? Winter Sports 22
TrailScot Canyonlands NP Needles backpacking permit in winter General Discussion 5
SteveR Delaying Winter-A November Desert Trip. Hiking & Camping 6
balzaccom Winter in Yosemite Winter Sports 1
norwegianxplorer Winter storms, camping in Norway Trip Reports 0
Bob Winter is here ...... General Discussion 41
norwegianxplorer WHITEOUT, Winter Backpacking Norway in a Snow Storm Trip Reports 0
kwc Winter Hike into Broomstick Lake 1/13/21 Hiking & Camping 2
TeamJenkins17 Wyoming winter camping Trip Planning 4
kwc Jockeybush Lake in the Winter Hiking & Camping 8
Yvonne Below Zero Winter Sleeping Bag Gear 18
Tim Valentine Pinnacles National Park Winter Hiking & Camping 10
OwenM Canyonlands in winter/off-season Trip Planning 19
Yvonne Yellowstone in Winter Trip Planning 9
Ugly Sleeping with Pfieff, Maybird in May, or Summer -Winter Backpacking Winter Sports 7
stevecochranephotography Desert Winter Run Off - Big Dominguez Canyon Hiking & Camping 2
Perry Early Winter Day Hike to Packard Lake Plus Murdock Fire Recon Hiking & Camping 9
SteveR Still Winter- Little Crowfoot Peak Winter Sports 4
Jackson A Winter Attempt of Provo Peak Backpacking 9
Kullaberg63 Local winter trip Backpacking 7
Titans Winter campfires - Utah / Arizona strip General Discussion 13
Jackson UT 150 In Winter Trip Planning 8
Stephanie Winter weekend trip with some hiking Trip Planning 3
Titans Surprising winter fun in Fiery Furnace Hiking & Camping 8
D Winter Backpacking Backpacking 11
D Zion NP in the winter Trip Planning 7
kwc Alaska in Winter 2017-18 Everything Else 3
kwc Adirondack Winter Hike (old) Hiking & Camping 3
Cool Danish Arizona/Nevada – Winter 2016 Hiking & Camping 11

Similar threads