I hopped in on a trip up the Icefields Parkway with the Brown brothers and their buddy Iain.
We figured we'd go a little farther since we had a bit of an extra head start from overnighting
in Lake Louise. In retrospect, the skiing wasn't terrific, and we may have had more fun
at a closer spot, but it was still fun checking out a new area.


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On the way up to our trailhead, we actually had some pretty stellar views. Here's Louis with some gorgeous
sun colour on the peaks as we come down to the Sask Crossing.


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Here's Iain with a look back to Parker Ridge. That wind-destroyed ridge was NOT where we decided to ski however.


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Here's Louis and Rowley and our eventual target - Hilda Ridge (looker's right here).


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So, we skied in by the Hilda HI hostel, but went a bit too high on skier's left, leaving us with some
moraine to cross. Here you can see the minimal ski pen on the moraine.


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Lunch spot - thanks Louis for some excellent jerky!


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Even though the wind was gusting, it was still pretty neat to get up to a view here. The uptrack was
pretty rough, with the operative word in the snowpack to be 'variable' - meaning completely collapsing
within the trees and then perfect. I think this is Hilda Peak above the boys.


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Rowley really liked the look of the peaks around us, even if the skiing wasn't amazing.


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Rowley with a pretty sweet view looking back across the highway. I think this is Nigel Peak above the boys.


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The three musketeers suited up for the wind on the small plateau we gained.

Video of Rowley skiing down to us



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Some of the ridiculousness around 'haggis hunting'.


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Close-up spotting of the haggis.


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In addition to doing an avalanche scenario (big props to Rowley for the outstanding role play and beacon
burial scenario), we also tried out Louis' rescue sled. Since Rowley is the only one with experince breaking
his leg while skiing, he got nominated to sit in the sled.


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Iain is pretty happy to not be in the sled.


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This is when we almost pulled the sled into a tree well. It does actually track pretty well and was far easier
than carrying a broken dude through deep snow.

The stats

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The geo-track


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Elevation and speed

Link to Louis' description of the weekend too

A quick ski up Chester Lake with Scott and Ken


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Scotty and Ken are two of my favourite outdoors friends in Calgary, so I was pleased to get to take them
for a short tour up to Chester Lake. We skinned up to the lake and veered off to the looker's right to have
a poke in the snow towards the col on the mountaineer's route up Chester Mountain. The snow wasn't amazing
but it was fun to look around. The lake (which is generally the summer destination) is just at the base of this
photo.


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This was the col we were going to ski but the conditions weren't great.

Video lookaround from our stopping point



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Scott and Ken at our turnaround point.

Video of Ken skiing down



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A look back at Ken and Scotty coming across the creek and looking up at the basin we thought would be
good but wasn't. The ridge to looker's right may be worthwhile without a wind hammering.

The stats

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The geo-track


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