Kananaskis Lookout Ski

On 21 December 2003, Kelly Wood and I skied up to the Kananaskis Lookout in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.  This was my fourth (and Kelly's third) time skiing up there, and I have yet to tire of this trip which usually boasts excellent snow conditions, not to mention outstanding views.  We actually started from the Elk Pass parking lot and took the Moraine trail to the Boulton campground before settling in for the steady climb up the Whiskey Jack trail.  The northern approach to the lookout always seems longer than I expect, but we eventually topped out about 2 hours and 15 minutes after leaving our car.  After a short lunch break, we descended the steep southern approach to the lookout before completing the loop via the Hydroline and Elk Pass trails.  Whenever I come skiing here, I usually try to arrange my trips to end with the great downhill run from the powerline right-of-way to the Elk Pass parking lot.  As usual, the best section of groomed trail in the park did not disappoint.
The little beggar... Whiskeyjacks in this park are particularly bold.
Almost there! Kelly approaches the lookout building from the north.
An impressive view. Visible above Lower Kananaskis Lake are Mounts Indefatigable, Invincible and Warspite.
Seems like it's always cloudy in British Columbia! Sonny looks southward into British Columbia.
Snowplowing time! South of the lookout, Kelly is already snowplowing before even getting to the steep sections of the trail.  Metal edges are definitely an asset here.