Category Archives: Western Canada

Travels within Western Canada

Watching the thermometer

When Murray gets up this morning, at Mistaya Lodge, the thermometer says -28.2 C. As each person arrives downstairs, the thermometer is checked and groans are subsequently emitted. Breakfast is served and the thermometer reads -25.9. It is light outside … Continue reading

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Expectations

Debbie and I try to travel without expectations. If you go somewhere and you are all excited about what you might see and or what might be there to see or experience and then things turn out different you could … Continue reading

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Mistaya Lodge

I cannot stop looking at the snow covered peaks that surround Mistaya Lodge. This is what nature and beauty are all about. Today it is cloudy, but the view is just as spectacular as a sunny day. It is quiet … Continue reading

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Mistaya Lodge

A 15 minute helicopter ride brings us to Mistaya Lodge and a winter paradise. White fluffiness everywhere. We do an avalanche update in a meadow and then climb Mohawk Ridge. Most of the group skies down one ravine, Murray and … Continue reading

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Road Trip to Golden, BC

We have the car packed up and are on the road by 10:00 am. It will be a six hour drive to Golden, BC, skirting around Calgary and passing by Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise and Field. The traffic on Hwy … Continue reading

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Packed and Ready to Go

The floor in the basement was covered in ski gear until about an hour ago. We go downstairs with our two packing lists, “Backcountry Skiing –  Lodge” and “Backcountry Skiing – Day Trips” and start shoving gear into bags and … Continue reading

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The Ski Season is Upon Us

The time is neigh. Winter has arrived and we have been skiing in town for about a month and a half. My Banff connection has informed me the snow in the mountains is getting deeper and skiing is an absolute … Continue reading

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Marmot Basin Day 2

On Friday, we decide to get to Marmot Basin a little earlier than yesterday so we can get a few more runs in before we head home. Manage to get to the hill too early and have to sit in … Continue reading

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Marmot Basin, Jasper, AB

A few months ago, we have one of those “What the hell!” moments and we book ourselves into a back country ski trip at Mistaya for the first week of January. Silly us! As soon as we return from Bonaire … Continue reading

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Camping in mid September

Sitting at our picnic table in site # 64 in Murray Doell Campground, watching the loons swim by on the lake, I realize that it is extremely quiet. No people noise, no traffic noise, no human noises. Just nature. The … Continue reading

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