Birthday girl and I

This past weekend, birthday girl Kendra (Happy Birthday!!) and I headed out to the Cooking Lake Trails. We were a bit worried about what the trail conditions would be like (Edmonton had pretty warm weather the previous days), but we were glad we took the drive out there! The conditions were fantastic, and apparently everyone else thought they’d be in poor condition too, as we ran into very few folks out on the trails. What a great way to spend a birthday!

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24 Jan 2013 6

Today a few of the Skiing With Ian folks headed out to Poceterra for a long slow ski. Sean stuck with me and we had a beautiful ski. The conditions are great around Poceterra and are freshly trackset, but as you climb up Poceterra, the Tyrwhitt trail is skier set. Luckily, Sean let me draft off him ;).

Brrrr. That was a cold ski.

Brrrr. That was a cold ski.

I bet they said "ok guys, on three we're going to moon them...ready...1,2,3"

I bet they said “ok guys, on three we’re going to moon them…ready…1,2,3”


14 Jan 2013 2


It’s that time of the year again…time for Friday Night Lights at the Canmore Nordic Center. It was a chilly one on this outing, but we bundled up for the chance to scoot of the city post work on Friday. Great ski, great company, and great food. Wanna join us next time? Let me know! » Continue Reading

12 Jan 2013 2
-3 = Happy skiers.

-3 = Happy skiers.

After a fun loppet with the Skiing With Ian group on Saturday, Darryl and I headed out Sunday morning for an “easy” long ski at Ribbon Creek with our Birkie “prince” and “princess” packs. We started at Kananaskis Village, and worked our way up towards the Skogan Pass turn off on the Ribbon Creek trail system.

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9 Jan 2013 0


While the Campbell family got lots of visiting and c-c-cold skiing in over the holidays at Pembina Nordic, Dad and I opted to tack on a long ski in preparation for the Birkie in February. This was my first long ski of the season with my “prince” pack on. Boy could I feel it!

Fortunately, it was a beautiful day out at Elk Island National Park and the trails were in great condition. Note, not all of the trails are track set. We were able to find groomed trails from the Waskehegan Staging Area (Birkebeiner finish line) to about the half way point to Lake Islet. The remainder of our skiing was done on skier set trails…made for a long tough slog, but what a great day with my favorite ski partner!

I’m looking forward to some more bonding time with my pack over the next month leading up to the race :).

Happy trails!

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