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  • Writer's pictureRichard Greaves

Shorter days - don't get cut short enjoy the adventure!

The shorter days in Canmore usually lead to colder temperatures and snowy conditions throughout the town and on the trail systems. This doesn't mean that the season for hiking, skiing and biking has to be cut short into the daylight hours. The shorter days give us a great opportunity to get out in the darker hours with headlamps and experience those same trails and views through a different lens and perspective. Heading out in the dark with a good night light is one of the most enjoyable winter experiences in the mountains, whether it's night skiing at Mt Norquay, cross-country sking at the Canmore Nordic Centre on their lit (or unlit) trails, running the trail systems or heading out on the fat bike on the mountain bike trails experiencing the mountains in the dark gives you a whole new appreciation for living in the Bow Valley. You will need to take extra steps to say safe, going in a group, staying out of avalanche terrain, dressing in the appropriate clothing for the colder conditions, and being prepared to stay warm should the activity take longer than expected. We always take an extra night light, a flask of hot tea, and an extra set of gloves and headwear to change out as they get wet or sweaty.

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