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post #1066 of (permalink) Old 10-26-2020, 10:30 AM
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Oct 25 '20 After over a week of Arctic blast that brought head-on winter to Bow Valley, things are clearing up.
The weather prediction for winter is for cold and snow. At the coast here, there was also an abrupt transition from mild to cold. Autumn isn't over but got overshadowed by an early winter.
I like the first two shots because the clouds really adds to the photo.
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The weather prediction for winter is for cold and snow. At the coast here, there was also an abrupt transition from mild to cold. Autumn isn't over but got overshadowed by an early winter.
I like the first two shots because the clouds really adds to the photo.

I saw that prediction too. Things even out; after gorgeous summer and way above average September. And then we could get warm January; you never know. Coast weather btw is not that far away from Rockies/Prairies; only real difference is Pacific great equalizer (rain vs snow)


Clouds were really good & I took pano of only sky. Sometimes I replace sky on landscapes, but had only regular frames saved. Wide will come handy 8057 x 2844
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Nov 17, '20

Cascade River bridge ~km 5 of Cascade Fireroad. Some fat bike tracks, not enough to x-country ski (yet)
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Had lunch at official campground just across the bridge before turning back. This campground is very nice, it is hard to see too many people coming to overnight here as this is one of least exciting valleys in BNP

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Dec 22, '20


Wet Pacific front from BC (thanks) dumped huge amounts of snow over the Rockies. They are saying Calgary got 40-50cm. Even more in Banff/Canmore, can't quite remember this. People were skiing and snowshoeing on city streets. I walked up to Quarry Lake, my usual stroll, and it actually felt like a hike. Some pics


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[Bow River bridge looking towards the Sisters]


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[Along Quarry Lake trail, leaving residential]


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[Quarry Lake, already broken trail by snowshoes. I just booted but did get wet feet as it is quite warm]


Enjoy winter; skiers will be happy
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I was wondering whether it were possible to ski or snowshoe into the Alexandra Valley along the river bottom. This requires a crossing of the heavily braided North Saskatchewan river, but avoids avalanche paths along the existing hiking trail.

I went there on Dec 17, 2020 and can report that both the North Saskatchewan and the Alexandra rivers are frozen over. The snow averaged about 1 m deep. Snowshoers and skiers can depart from the Sunset Pass trailhead to access the campsite at Terrace Creek (approx 10 km). It should be possible to follow the Alexandra along the river bottom to the confluence of the Castleguard River.
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I was wondering whether it were possible to ski or snowshoe into the Alexandra Valley along the river bottom. This requires a crossing of the heavily braided North Saskatchewan river, but avoids avalanche paths along the existing hiking trail.

I went there on Dec 17, 2020 and can report that both the North Saskatchewan and the Alexandra rivers are frozen over. The snow averaged about 1 m deep. Snowshoers and skiers can depart from the Sunset Pass trailhead to access the campsite at Terrace Creek (approx 10 km). It should be possible to follow the Alexandra along the river bottom to the confluence of the Castleguard River.

Very useful info. Might head there later on when days get a bit longer.


How far did you go?
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Very useful info. Might head there later on when days get a bit longer.


How far did you go?
Not far. I only went as far as the main channel of the Alexandra, which is probably only a couple of km. I didn't get to the trailhead until noon. When it was clear that I wouldn't have time to make it to Terrace, I just stopped after confirming that the Alexandra was frozen and passable.

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Jan 23 '21

Cold snap finally arrived to Rockies, but it is also very beautiful. Ice chunks are flowing on Bow River, one can walk on frozen side channels and there are many wildlife tracks everywhere. This is a pic of sunset over Three Sisters, very beautiful quiet and pristine


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