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Old 04-06-2013, 01:58 PM   #61
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Well, not today, at -4* C and freezing rain and snow to the west. Last weekend I rode every day in warmth and sunshine. It just goes to illustrate spring in Alberta, and the volatile nature of it's weather.
Well, I have 6 weeks til my departure so I suppose it will change 60 times before then..
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Old 04-06-2013, 02:16 PM   #62
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I will be passing through Alberta and upper BC the second week of May on my way to Alaska and was wondering what to expect weather-wise.. Cold and Rain?? banff, Lake Louise and Jasper are non negotiable stops..

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Lots of snow in the mountains...rain/snow/cold...way to early for Alaska this spring in my opinion. I was there in June a few years ago and it was plus 5c during the day and rained everyday...miserable

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Old 04-06-2013, 04:13 PM   #63
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My wife and I went thru Jasper on Thursday May 28th and lots of riders on the road as we made our way towards Kamloops and our end destination of Vernon. The drive home..... not the same in any shape, way or form. It will change 60 times before you arrive. It will be obviously better when you get here, just boils down to the day and weather.
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:09 AM   #64
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That's just too early to be sure of anything. We ski on the may long weekend most years. The ice fields parkway may still have ice on the surface, you will want to get current info. Personally I would have an alternate route and maybe stay away from the high mountain passes if you are on any kind of schedule. Crowsnest pass is much lower.
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Old 05-08-2013, 07:48 PM   #65
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well, what do you all say?? Can I ride this in a couple weeks .. (I know there's gonna be one that says take the 4Runner.. )
I'm really needing to get this ride in before the first week of June.. Help a guy out..

Icefields Parkway to Haines AK then back home through Vancouver and Seattle...






Or do I have to drive this...


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Old 05-08-2013, 08:24 PM   #66
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well, what do you all say?? Can I ride this in a couple weeks .. (I know there's gonna be one that says take the 4Runner.. )
I'm really needing to get this ride in before the first week of June.. Help a guy out..
You already asked and will get the same answer. The weather is a crapshoot. It will be whatever it is when you drive through it, whether that is rain, snow or bright sunshine. Hope for the best but plan for the worst, especially going through the mountains.

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Old 05-09-2013, 03:36 PM   #67
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If you left right now you'd have good to great weather.

2 weeks from now
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Old 05-09-2013, 05:37 PM   #68
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I was noticing that earlier.. Hopefully it will be reasonable in a couple weeks..
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Old 05-09-2013, 06:59 PM   #69
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As long ayou have some flex days in your schedule to wait out a day or two of bad weather, you'll most likely be OK on the bike. You will most certainly experience some cool periods in the mountains, so bring the heated gear.
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:55 PM   #70
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If you left right now you'd have good to great weather.

2 weeks from now
Where at, my friend? "NW Alberta" is pretty big. I grew up in Edmonton, where they have weather they can predict. Now I live in Calgary...

I have seen the temperature here go from -30 F to +40 F in sixty minutes one February. One warm, sunny August morning we set off for Vancouver and forty minutes later we were driving through a snowstorm at Lac des Arcs. Two years ago, on the August long weekend, we were forced to stop just north of Highway 3 and wait while they (gasp) plowed the road through the Porcupine Hills (AB 22). There are at least two years in my lifetime where snow has fallen on Calgary every month of the year, including July and August. In spite of that, it is the sunniest place in Canada and it gets really cold only two or three times in the winter, usually in ten-day chunks.

It must be the most bizarre weather in the world. The only way to predict the weather here is to look out the window.

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Old 05-10-2013, 06:52 PM   #71
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As stated before. June tends to be a wetter month in west AB and east BC.
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Old 05-15-2013, 01:33 AM   #72
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Whitehorse area roads are clear and the weather is fine now.
The roads to Skagway or Haines from the Yukon can be sketchy even fairly late in the year. We're headed to Haines for the weekend, I'll report back.
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:03 PM   #73
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Whitehorse area roads are clear and the weather is fine now.
The roads to Skagway or Haines from the Yukon can be sketchy even fairly late in the year. We're headed to Haines for the weekend, I'll report back.
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Old 05-17-2013, 10:10 PM   #75
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headed out first thing in the morning.. should hit Durango CO at sunset .. hope to be in Canada late Tuesday..
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