Snowshoeing trek: Wintour.

I hope the start of 2016 has been good to you!

I’m still trying to catch up on tasks I ought to have done last year (what’s that popular Internet meme again?  “My goal for 2016 is to accomplish the goals of 2015 which I should have done in 2014 because I promised them in 2013 and planned in 2012.”  Yeah, that sounds about right).

I’d rather go to the mountains.

My hubby and I did this snowshoeing trip on New Year’s Day.  The Wintour trail is a bit on the novel side…because you snowshoe (or cross-country ski, if you prefer) on a major highway.  A large chunk of Highway 40 in Kananaskis Country is closed to all vehicular traffic between December 1 and June 1 annually because of heavy snowfall accumulations and the fact that the area is critical wildlife habitat.


The Wintour is mostly flat terrain and is considered by many to be “too easy” and “not scenic enough.”  But I totally beg to differ on the scenery front.  And the place is so amazingly quiet – we barely met anyone else in several hours on a day when half of the population of Calgary was out in K-Country.



As for “easy,” I suspect I may have eaten a few too many holiday cookies.  We’ll leave it at that.  😉


  1. that looks so fun. today i marched around through cold mud on some trails. I dont think cold mud compares to snowshoeing though. 🙂

  2. “My goal for 2016 is to accomplish the goals of 2015 which I should have done in 2014 because I promised them in 2013 and planned in 2012.” EXACTLY! I’m feeling a bit behind, but Happy New Year to you!

  3. Stunning photos!1 I am so happy we kept our snow shoes after the move to Ohio…we will go on a snow shoe trip again one day ;o) And this brought back good memories. Oh well and indeed, do not worry about those goal and all…they are guidelines ( as the Pirates always say ;o)) xo Johanna

  4. I can’t believe anyone would say that wasn’t scenic! There’s a road in upstate Vermont like this–a wild and woolly drive through a notch in the Green Mountains during the summer and closed to traffic in the winter. I haven’t partaken but I hear it’s very popular with snow shoers, etc.

  5. That sounds like so much fun!!!!! You will finish things as they need to be done. We all have long lists of stuff to do. In time… Best wishes for 2016! Happy New Year! Koko 🙂

  6. You made me laugh with this one. I’m about that far behind but what the heck, I’ll just keep trying to move forward. It feels sometimes that we are moving at the speed of snow shoeing to accomplish all our goals. I would have expected a lot more snow in that photo but those clear skies are wonderful. We are having rain and then more rain. 😦

  7. I think this is some awesome scenery! I realy like the final photo the best, it looks like someone just took a knife to slice out nice smooth sides on the mountain. I loved your closing sentece about the holiday cookies. 🙂

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