What a winter its been in Southwest Alberta. Many long-time residents of Crowsnest Pass say all the cold weather, along with the copious amounts of snow we’ve been receiving, are reminiscent of the “good old days,” when winters were for real.  All I know is its been crazy cold since Christmas and we’re running out of places to put the excess snow. What we need right about now is a good old-fashioned Chinook to come by and help melt some of it! Goodness knows, my arms, shoulders and back would sure appreciate it. I didn’t think it would be possible to wear out a snow shovel, but I proved it could be done.

View of the shop today from road, looking across the property. Snow from parking lot piled 6-8 feet high.

Chinook winds have been few and far between this winter. In fact, I don’t remember when we had our last one. Oh, we’ve had plenty of wind in Crowsnest Pass over the past several months, but not the warm, Pacific-born westerlys we’re famous (or infamous) for. I know that many of the residents around here, not to mention any of the anglers in southern Alberta currently suffering from cabin fever, are longing for the day when a Chinook Arch will once again appear across the western sky. For they know, once they see the tell-tale sign, by way of a large band of clouds arching over the mountains along the Continental Divide and nearby foothills, that relief is on its way! In the meantime, I guess I’ll have to pick up a new snow shovel.