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Cross-country Skiing Hidden Cove

The con­di­tions in ear­ly Feb­ru­ary at Maligne Lake was quite hor­rid. To intro­duce cross-country ski­ing to a friend was cru­el on this trip. Not sure how the con­di­tions are right now, so let us know by com­ment­ing below.

The ski gang
The ski gang

A lit­tle trip to the fair­ly new “Hid­den Cove” camp/rest area on Maligne lake was achieved by cross coun­try ski on crusty, wind swept and icy con­di­tions, nev­er­the­less it was still a great day to go out and get some fresh air. This camp area has a shel­ter, four tent spots and equipped with bear proof lock­ers. We sus­pect this is going to be a busy camp­site since it is only 4km from the Maligne docks.

Cross-country ski, Maligne Lake
Cross-country ski, Maligne Lake
Old burn forest
Old burn for­est
Old burn forest
Old burn for­est

Just start­ing out on cross-country ski­ing, this day was not the best con­di­tions to learn on. we will have to try again.

Anthony on Cross-country ski
Antho­ny on Cross-country ski

note: Bald Hills access will be open­ing soon at the end of Feb­ru­ary and dogs are pro­hib­it­ed, so no more exer­cis­ing your pet there, you’ll have to leave them home. There is a dog sit­ting ser­vice in Jasper, will list link below.

dog skier
The lake in the win­ter might be the only time the dogs are allowed in this area
Ski parting shot
Ski part­ing shot

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Cross-country Skiing Bald Hills

Classic recreation area

Locals love to hit the slopes, but this is a self pro­pelled activ­i­ty as nat­ur­al as it can be. Win­ter and sum­mer, this place has easy access to the alpine. The trail is about 6km to Bald hills. Start off from the park­ing lot of Maligne Lake.

Stay below treeline and you are pretty safe from avalanches
Stay below tree­line and you are pret­ty safe from avalanch­es
Beyond these trees, backcountry knowledge is an asset
Beyond these trees, back­coun­try knowl­edge is an asset
Old tracks keeps us afloat
Old tracks keeps us afloat

This is one of those instance that cross coun­try skis don’t work here.

Deep Snow
Deep Snow

Oth­er access like the six pass route and the sky­line can be done from here. If you want to stay low, the Moose Loop is a short­er loop, Eve­lyn Creek is more dif­fi­cult. Since this Bald Hills trail is not track set any more, ski tour gear is more appro­pri­ate for ele­va­tion gain and some down hill fun through the woods.

The hitching post
The hitch­ing post
View from near the hitching post
View from near the hitch­ing post

Parks Cana­da is con­tem­plat­ing in clos­ing this area in the win­ter, so if you want to check it out, bet­ter do it soon. As of 2014, delayed access to this sec­tion of the park will not be avail­able till Feb­ru­ary.

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