A winter hike or snowshoe into Larch Valley is a unique experience above Moraine Lake near Lake Louise in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.
Winter photographs are captured on a snowshoe of Larch Valley above Moraine Lake and south of the Community of Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. Larch Valley is commonly a habitual sojourn in the 3rd week of September for appreciation of the annual fall spectacle of golden larch trees. The stark comparison between Autumn and Winter, is illustrated by reference to Larch Valley and Sentinel Pass.
During this snowshoe trek, a snow squall roars over Sentinel Pass from Paradise Valley on the approach to Minnestimma Lakes. The approach to Sentinel Pass is completely obliterated by a sudden winter whiteout prompting a hasty retreat to avoid becoming trapped in the unpredictable winter anomaly.
On the return hike from Larch Valley to Moraine Lake, the spontaneous snow squall ends at lower elevation within the hour taken for return to Moraine Lake nestled in the beautiful Valley of the Ten Peaks. This is truly a magical and spontaneous place.