We’ve had a few inquiries about the lack of grooming at Kananaskis Village and Ribbon Creek, and I was wondering about it myself. I just received this email from tracksetter Jeff with an explanation:


Tracksetter Jeff

“I hope all is well in Alberta. I have been in the Trent Hills of Ontario for the last few weeks, my dad took seriously ill and a week ago today he passed away at the wonderful age of 90. My father was a very avid outdoorsman and he has instilled the love of nature in me so much that I chose to make my living in the outdoors.

Grooming with a "Shovel with wood"  must be quite a change from driving a snowcat

Using a “Shovel with wood” must be quite a change from grooming with the snowcat

When I first came here I said to him I should make a ski trail around the farm, he asked me to take pictures of the finished trail to show him in the hospital. He passed away very suddenly and I never got the chance to finish the trail. Using only snowshoes , a toboggan shovel and a pair of his 1970’s wooden skis I have been trying to get something that resembles a trail. The snow here is over 2 feet deep and it takes a lot of sweat equity to make a trail using only human power, but it is very rewarding and healing.

Attached are a few photos of the trail, I would appreciate it if you could post a couple in memory of my dad as he loved to get outside and enjoy our natural world.”

I guess K-Country will be able to sell the Pisten-Bully if Jeff can trackset this well without a snowcat.

Update: I’ve added two new photos. Jeff says, “Eric’s trail is now trackset and conditions are pretty good.”


25K of pure heaven

March 5, 2015
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-Wonderful conditions in the south end of PLPP today- I can’t add much to the reports from Carol, Duane and Keith regarding PLPP, other than

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Enjoyable skiing today at CNC

March 4, 2015
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-On Banff trail loop, Karen and her niece Chloe, along with twin girls Emily and Leanne- I met Mike at the end of Banff trail

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West Bragg Creek update

March 4, 2015
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The following update is from Jeff Hughes: “We’ve had 4 separate snowfalls in the last 7 days, so we’ve had our hands

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Wednesday morning update

March 4, 2015
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-Conditions on Wheeler are vastly improved- The PLPP Live Grooming Report is not accessible, so here’s the info

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Cheryl B’s 2 cents

March 2, 2015

I didn’t go skiing today, so I was thrilled to receive this from Cheryl B. OK, I had to finally put my 2 cents on this. A lot of the time, it seems that conditions are likely a matter of opinion and in the eye of the beholder, so the reports are

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The little house in Cascade Valley

March 1, 2015
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At one time, people lived in a little house on the banks of the Cascade river. It’s a stunningly beautiful location

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Sunday morning update

March 1, 2015

If you’re not heading to Lake Louise for the loppet, there are some great choices for skiing today. If any readers participate in the loppet, I’d be interested in hearing about the conditions. I seldom ever check the Banff trail report anymore,

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Redearth Creek and Shadow Lake

February 27, 2015
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-This couple were on their way to Shadow Lake Lodge for the weekend- The Redearth creek trail has not had a lot of snowfall

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The weekend ahead

February 27, 2015
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-A remote camera image shows a cougar using the Bow Valley Parkway during an overnight closure last spring- It snowed about 1 cm in Canmore last night.

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Lake Louise Loppet snow and trail report

February 26, 2015

This comes from Alasdair Fergusson: Feb 25, 2015 Here is your final snow and trail report before we head to Louise with all our equipment and supplies for the Loppet

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Lake O’Hara fire road

February 25, 2015
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Lake O’Hara fire road is one of the most scenic trails known to humankind, and today, Ray, Mary, Keith and I had the pleasure of being able to use our waxable skis.

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The showdown at Pocaterra

February 24, 2015

I wonder if anyone reading this blog knows anything about this incident. I was told a tale about the formation of Peter Lougheed Provincial Park(PLPP) which has made me curious about a dispute which I know nothing about. Does anyone

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Three weeks late

February 23, 2015
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-The Upper Lake Connector. If Elk Pass parking lot is full, park at the Upper Lake and take this trail- I usually reach 1000K during the first week in February. This winter,

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Lake Louise Loppet update

February 23, 2015
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With the cancellation of the Cookie race, more skiers than ever are anxious to participate in the LL Loppet on Sunday March 1.  Here’s a report from Alasdair Fergusson:

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The good times have returned

February 22, 2015
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-It was nice to see so many skiers enjoying themselves today- When we finished skiing around 3 pm, Boulton Creek parking lot was crowded

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A gift from the heavens

February 21, 2015
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-Ray, Dan and Elisabeth on Woolley which was trackset last night- This is how I remember February skiing in PLPP. Great tracks, cold snow, waxable skis. Even when

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Winter’s back

February 20, 2015

Update Sat Feb 21 @ 7:15 a.m: Some of the “middle” trails in PLPP were groomed last night. They must have received enough snow to make it possible. Check the Live Grooming Report for details.

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A rare sighting: falling snow!

February 20, 2015
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-My back yard this morning. This was bare ground yesterday.- Fri Feb 20 @ 12:50 pm We’ve received about 3 cm of high-density snow

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Hard and Fast

February 19, 2015

On Paul Karchut’s Real Ski Report on CBC this morning, he had a clip from PLPP tracksetter James. “The worst conditions in my 30 years here.” He mentioned they were trucking snow onto Wheeler to cover the bare and icy spots.

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