Wanna be a Woodie?


The WOODIES – Marilyn Toulouse and Bruce Bembridge, Kathryn and Ryan Cameron (Left to right)


Meet Bruce Bembridge and Marilyn Toulouse. Bruce is a Wooden Skee collector, Naturalist, retired CANSKI instructor and Co-founder of the Mountain Heritage Program at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Marilyn co-founded the Field, B.C. Kicking Horse Ski Club. Best of all, Bruce and Marilyn are the heart of THE WOODIES!

They invite you to kick-start the Assiniboine Lodge Winter 2020 season with them Friday, February 7 – Sunday, February, 9. Bring your light touring gear. OR, maybe you have a pair of “Hickory STICKS” you can take down off the wall and bring to life again. Pack your vintage wool ‘n attire and get ready for Langlaufen on the Great Divide.

Being a ‘Woodie’ means your weekend includes pine taring, tune-ups and waxing tips, trail side chats, book readings, bedtime stories and tall tales.

Being an Assiniboine Lodge guest means your weekend includes daily ACMG guided ski tours, hearty and delicious lodge meals, trail lunches and tea goodies, all required safety gear and two nights accommodation.

Put this all together and you’ll have a weekend packed with all the FUN you
can fit into three days in our little slice of mountain paradise!

Spaces for THE WOODIES weekend are selling quickly. Please contact Sandy or Jane in our reservations office at 403.678.2883 or via email at info@assiniboinelodge.com to book YOUR space now.

As Bruce and Marilyn say…

Skee ya later!
Andre, Claude and Annick

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GO International Volunteers!

   A great opportunity has come to us via Ron Allen on behalf of the Lake Louise Ski Resort and the “Go International Volunteer Program”. Ron is the overall manager of the Go Program and there are three groups of 5 volunteers coming this summer. The first group arrives in July and the last group finishes at the end of September.We can utilize these many hands of the volunteers to improve our x-c ski trail, mountain bike & hiking trails in Yoho.

The areas to focus these efforts on are –along the Kicking Horse Fire road and on the Tally Ho to the Natural Bridge from Field. Volunteers are ONLY permitted to use hand operated pruning shears or SMALL hand pruning saws. This would really improve travel year-round by simply hand cutting small saplings and brush on the main trail.  These trails are first to open in November for x-c skiing with minimal snow, but brush is always catching our skis/bindings until late December and each year it is getting worse—which is hazardous on its own.

 A longer Restricted Activity  Permit(Aug./Sept.) from Parks Canada allows the Ski Club to benefit from this wonderful opportunity.

     I would like to thank the “Go International Volunteers” with Ron Allen & Parks Canada for all their help. Everyone will be enjoying the ski trails so much more now. Marilyn & Bruce

MAY ??

I’m  a bit late with this end of season thing….it is busy being retired!

      Another good winter—beautifully mild & snowy in Dec/Jan.  

Freezing, dry & windy in Feb. 

  • We had 85 members of which 36 pre paid for next year. Our  single Membership rate goes up to $50.00 next year! 
  • All memberships added up to $3,400.00
  • Donations $1,882.00
  • All Sponsors added up to $1,470.00 (2 more to come yet….)
  • Workers wages $6,928.00
  • Expenses   $3,263.87

     Thank you for a GREAT SEASON! Marilyn, Bruce & Denise

What a week!

We’re still skiing! Lost a lot of snow and some trails are finished–unless we get more snow? Joe tried to track the Kicking Horse Trail yesterday but it’s too far gone…..so is the Connector and the Horse Trail at Emerald. He did set another track ON the ice–and on the Fan at Emerald–bring your tank tops! It is lovely and hot out there! Next up will be CRUST skiing–off trail but we are not there yet. Best is yet to come!

New tracks, Flat out!

Since Friday–double track ON the ice at Emerald Lake and new tracks all around the Fan, Horse Trail and Connector to Field! One switch on the sled died but is getting fixed in Golden–Joe will do the Kicking Horse Trail next. The BEST of the BEST is finally here! Enjoy!

New bridge (at 5 o’clock) on fan

Joe & Bruce built a crossing at the huge dip! It’s been a dry, windy & cold Feb. Trails in the trees are pretty messy with twigs/needles from the wind. Just gotta wait for fresh snow! Sun sure is nice!