Highway 1 is the Trans Canada Highway. Just north of it running alongside the highway this section of the old highway runs from Cochrane to Canmore, known as Highway 1A. Highway 1 is a four lane highway with lots of traffic, Highway 1A is a two lane highway and is the scenic route, not to mention it is the more interesting drive.
You usually see something on this stretch of road. This is typical winter in this part of Alberta., This part of the province does not get a lot of snow. Wind tends to scatter it and chinook winds tend to melt it during the winter. If you can, always take the scenic route. This is a great road on a motorcycle, lots of twists and turns.