- Sep 22, 2016
It's been an unusual winter around here, with mountain biking in shirt sleeves on dry dirt in December, near record lows for a brutally cold week and a half in mid January, followed by two very warm weeks with a few record daily highs and some rain that decimated the cross country skiing and did no favours for the local backcountry, which has suffered from a very low and weak snowpack. Even hiking was questionable, with trails covered in a sheet of "death ice". It really was looking pretty grim, until cooler temperatures and a weekend storm that brought 30 cm to the foothills west of Calgary gave a much needed refresh. With fresh snow, sun and mild (-5 C) temperatures, today restored my waning love of winter!