Yesterday, I headed over to the land of the snow in Alberta, Kananaskis Country. Specifically, I visited the Chester Lake area in Peter Lougheed Park. I went with a friend from work, Jeff. It was his first snowshoe hike of the year, and quite a day for it. It had been 11 degrees and made for excellent hiking weather. The hike was pretty much uphill (as we had forgone the switchbacking logging road for a more direct route). The snow was plentiful as well, I’d guess at 3 feet judging by how deep the signage had been buried. Chester Lake was frozen, but was nestled in a backdrop of mountains and snowy slopes. It was a shorter hike at about 2 1/2 hours including a break for lunch, but enjoyable.
I’m going ot be heading up here this summer, trying a repeat of a scrambling trek these guys made last summer. (They biked up to the lake area, then summitted two mountains in the area, only to do a third down the road. Lots of fun I imagine.) Anyway, for us, it was a great day away from the city.