Category Archives: Cross Country Skiing

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


Ski Tour Tonquin Valley

Touring Tonquin Valley

Tak­ing advan­tage of great weath­er and the lift­ing ban of trails from Por­tal Creek and Asto­ria Riv­er. The clo­sure was lift­ed sec­ond week of Feb­ru­ary. Now, Wates Gib­son, Ton­quin Val­ley Adven­tures and Ton­quin Val­ley Back­coun­try Lodges are open for busi­ness.

Winter weight, Tonquin Valley
Win­ter weight, Ton­quin Val­ley
Deep snow in Tonquin Valley
Deep snow in Ton­quin Val­ley
Outside at night
Out­side at night
Virgin beauty of the back country
Vir­gin beau­ty of the back coun­try

This trip was a lit­tle bit of work, and lot of play. For those who don’t know this area, the pho­tos will hope­ful­ly entice you to vis­it. From trail head of Edith Cavell, you get the Asto­ria riv­er entrance. This year the snow­fall has been light, so the trav­el on the riv­er itself was not real­ly an option, how­ev­er we still man­age to cross some snow bridges.

Clearing the heavy snow off the cabins
Clear­ing the heavy snow off the cab­ins
Our entrance
Our entrance
Bridge across the creek
Bridge across the creek

Snow was deep­er in Amethyst Lake area where the cab­ins reside, so some dig­ging down to the cab­ins were in order. We had an ear­ly start in get­ting the chores done before a lit­tle tour at Sur­prise Point, pret­ty close to the ACC hut “Wates Gib­son”. Since that aspect was north fac­ing, the snow was pret­ty light on our tour.

Winter weight, Tonquin Valley
Win­ter weight, Ton­quin Val­ley

Get­ting away with only wax­ing the skis for the 34km tour out was a treat, glide plus kick. The day took about 7 hours, but pho­to oppor­tu­ni­ties and gen­er­ous breaks was well worth the time out. The last time we went in and out of the Ton­quin Val­ley, the tem­per­a­ture was -30 some odd degrees. This trip was  pleas­ant hov­er­ing above zero degrees Cel­sius.

comfortable sleeping quarters, Tonquin Valley
com­fort­able sleep­ing quar­ters
Cooking facilities
Cook­ing facil­i­ties
The Ramparts
The Ram­parts


Cross-country Skiing Pyramid Lake Road

Track set on a trail towards Pyramid

This would be a medi­um lev­el due to the  inclines this track has to offer. It is not a stack loop sys­tem, in and out the same road. See how far you want to go and turn around when you are good and ready.

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Break­ing trail

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Cross-country Skiing Moab

This Lake is eas­i­er to get to now that Parks Cana­da extend­ed the cross coun­try ski trail access start­ing point on Hwy 93a fur­ther south this year. With the warm weath­er this win­ter, I am not sure how the con­di­tion of the snow is at time of writ­ing this.