Crossing McDougall Creek on the Evan-Thomas trail

Friday skiing part 2: Here are the photos from what I have started calling the Evan-Thomas loop which is 7K in distance.

Evan-Thomas trail

Starting at Evan-Thomas trailhead, the skiing is very pleasant and the 50-metre elevation gain to the end of the grooming at 1.7K is almost imperceptible. Lots of hikers use this trail, so expect to see footprints all over the place. Yesterday I had unblemished tracks, but the trail was just groomed earlier in the day. A family had just finished hiking the trail but fortunately they stayed out of the ski tracks. 

The grooming ends on Evan-Thomas and the snowshoe trail begins

From there, you go for 200 metres on a narrow snowshoe trail and cross a very pretty McDougall Creek.

The snowshoe trail ends with a steep descent and turns abruptly at the Evan-Thomas bridge. You should remove your skis and walk down the final 50-metres to the E-T bridge where Wedge Connector starts. 

Wedge Connector

The conditions on Wedge Connector are fantastic. You can also ski this trail by starting at Wedge Pond. I didn’t go all the way to the pond, rather I turned right onto the Bill Milne trail which was also in excellent shape. 

Bill Milne trail

This section of the Bill Milne trail is a lot of fun with some small hills and easy turns down to the highway where you need to remove your skis and resume skiing on the other side. 

Bill Milne trail near the Wedge Connector junction

The Bill Milne trail runs through Mt Kidd RV Park, then crosses another bridge and soon you’ll be back at the spot where you need to cross the road and go back to your vehicle in the Evan-Thomas parking lot. Alternatively, you can continue skiing on the Bill Milne trail. 

Environment Canada has posted a snowfall warning for Canmore and Kananaskis(including Bragg Creek), but not for Banff or Lake Louise. As I write this at 12 noon on Saturday, it has just started snowing in Canmore and I can see the spruce trees swaying in the wind. The forecast is calling for 2-4 cm today and a further 2-4 cm tonight. The temperature is -11°C and is not expected to get any warmer. The wind chill is -20. 



Hay Meadow and Troll Falls

February 16, 2018
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I did most of today’s skiing on Bill Milne, Wedge, and Evan-Thomas but I first took a short trip on the newly trackset for the first time this season, Hay Meadow trail.

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Goat Creek at its best!

February 15, 2018
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It’s rare to experience such exceptionally good conditions on Goat Creek. New tracksetting, cold, clean snow, bluebird skies and nobody walking in the tracks. A day of skiing to be savoured!

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Thanks to Banff National Park for improved and timely grooming

February 14, 2018

I don’t know how many of you remember the 2015-16 ski season, but we had very late and sporadic grooming from Banff National

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Wednesday morning update

February 14, 2018

Update 12:20 pm: The snow has hit Canmore and is coming down heavy enough that I can’t see across the valley.  Wed Feb 14 @ 10:20 am: A snowfall warning has been issued for Canmore and Kananaskis.

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Calm and beautiful in K-Country

February 13, 2018
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With strong winds and warm temperatures in the forecast, Peter and I went early, hoping to ski the Bill Milne trail before the weather took its toll.

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Nordic Yoho Challenge

February 13, 2018

“The Kicking Horse ski club decided to organize a fun social ski day in Yoho National Park for all you keen Nordic skiers out there, this is a day for everyone to come and explore our fantastic trails in good snow conditions with some friends!”

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Lake O’Hara fire road

February 12, 2018
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Conditions were excellent on Lake O’Hara fire road today. Cold snow, clean, firm tracks, vivid blue skies, and the highlight of the day, a big hug from Janet.

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Shaganappi Update: “Enjoy the best snow conditions in years!”

February 12, 2018

Alasdair Fergusson from the Calgary Ski Club sent this email(the trail report has also been updated on the CSC website):

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Blast from the past

February 11, 2018

On my post about grooming equipment, I forgot to include the most important photo of all. Above is a man from my home town of Midale, SK, who created this snowmobile in the late 1940’s or early 1950’s for the school principal who was physically handicapped.

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Grooming equipment – how much is there?

February 11, 2018

This is just a guess, but I figure there are at least 23 snowmobiles in operation to maintain the trails in the SkierBob kingdom, and 5 snowcats. Who would like to name all the locations and how many machines they have?

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Grooming re-commences in K-Country

February 11, 2018

The Ribbon Creek snowcat is back in business this morning and is grooming the Bill Milne trail as I write this at 10:50 a.m. Wedge Connector and Evan-Thomas fire road are also being done.

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Castle to Baker: Dazzling!

February 10, 2018
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You need to ski this trail when there’s no wind, the the sun is shining and the snow is pristine. It’s a bonus if it’s been recently trackset. The scenery is spectacular.

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Spray River Loop and beyond

February 9, 2018
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I remember too many ski seasons where we didn’t have very good conditions on Spray River East and West so I’m getting my fill this winter.

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Friday morning update

February 9, 2018

Peter Lougheed Provincial Park: Note: This has been updated to reflect the added grooming from the second shift. Thanks for your diligent work, tracksetters!

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Snowfall updates

February 8, 2018

Thursday Feb 8 @ 12:07 pm It’s been snowing heavily in Canmore all morning, but just now it is clearing up enough for me to see a faint outline of Grotto mountain across the valley. I have an accumulation of 12 cm so far. Temperature is -15°C.

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Skogan Pass (aka “Slogan” Pass)

February 7, 2018
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When I submitted the trip report from the top of Skogan Pass, I later realized my phone auto-corrected “Skogan” to “Slogan.” It was only fitting,

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It’s a wonderful xc ski season and more snow is on the way

February 7, 2018

  “Significant amounts of snow, with total amounts of 25 to 35 cm is expected. An area of heavy snow, currently from Grande Cache to Medicine Hat, including the mountain parks,

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One more day before the big one

February 6, 2018

No doubt you’ve heard that we are expecting upwards of 40 cm of snow starting Wednesday evening. The Snow Forecast is predicting 41 cm at Ribbon Creek and 49 cm in PLPP. If the snow materializes, it will take a few days

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Fantastic day on Bill Milne trail

February 5, 2018
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Next to the inkpots photo from Chuck, you won’t see more spectacular scenery than on the Bill Milne trail on a beautiful blue-sky day like it was today. Being able to ski

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