Friday morning update

by Bob Truman on December 14, 2018

in XC

Update: The Banff trail report shows some trails have been packed:

Spray River westside – snowmobile packed 
Spray River eastside – snowmobile packed 
Goat Creek – snowmobile packed 
Cascade Valley from Upper Bankhead to 6 km bridge – snowmobile packed 
Lake Minnewanka trailhead to Upper Bankhead – snowmobile packed 

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Regarding this recent snowfall in the mountains, I’m gleaning my information from web cams, road reports, and trip reports. The trip reports are the most valuable, so if anyone has a first-hand account, please let us know.

Will Whiskey Jack be skiable after this recent snowfall? (File photo)

The Mud Lake weather station indicates 23 cm of snow in the past two days. (Mud Lake is across the road from Chester Lake parking lot). That fits in pretty well with Martine’s trip report from Elk Pass where she experienced “close to a foot of new snow.” 

Here’s hoping Tyrwhitt and the lower part of Whiskey Jack will be groomed and skiable now. TZ reported 10+ cm on Whiskey Jack. 

I wonder if any of that snow managed to sneak it’s way north towards Pocaterra. 

It should bode well for snow at Mt Shark.

The lion’s share of this snow fell in Lake Louise and Yoho. DonC’s report from Lake Louise leads me to believe we’ll see some additional trails being groomed including Fairview. I expect we’ll see some trails groomed at Emerald Lake.

Access trail to Hostel loop at West Bragg Creek. Photo by Groomer Jeff H.

Will any of the Banff trails have enough snow to commence grooming activity?

The flip side of this coin, wind and warm weather in Calgary and West Bragg Creek, is disastrous for the trails around here. We’ve had some nice early-season skiing at WBC, but that has come crashing down, literally. 

“The Chinook winds were blowing at dangerous intensity today at West Bragg Creek, blowing needles, cones, branches and entire trees onto the trails.” -Alf Skrastins

Canmore Nordic Centre

Banff trail is now open, groomed and trackset, to the warming hut. There are races this weekend and the biathlon trails will be closed as follows:

Biathlon trails will be CLOSED during race days and official training.

      • Friday 14th – Official training – 9am-12pm closure 
      • Saturday 15th – Interval Start Free – All day closure
      • Sunday 16th – Mass Start Classic – All day closure 

Night skiing: Lights are ON for LYNX Trail, not Banff Trail to Meadow – Headlamps recommended 

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Snowing west of Banff

December 13, 2018

Windy.com is predicting the following snowfall amounts over the next 24 hours: Banff townsite: 5 cm Redearth Creek trailhead: 9 cm Goat Creek trailhead: 6 cm Lake Louise: 12 cm Yoho: 12 cm Elk Pass: 6 cm Pocaterra: 6 cm Mt Shark: 9 cm

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Fresh snow in PLPP!

December 12, 2018
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We arrived at the Elk Pass trailhead to 5 cm of new snow, and closer to 10 cm as we gained elevation. Windy.com was reasonably correct with their prediction

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Wednesday night update

December 12, 2018

I’ll have a good news update on Elk Pass and Blueberry Hill later tonight. In the mean time, I wanted to post the photo of Confederation parking. Thanks to Mike W for sending in the pic.  I thought we had it good at Elk Pass

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Finally, snow in the mountains

December 11, 2018

I was thrilled to read Mary’s trip report from Lake Louise where she said it was snowing “pretty good” this  afternoon. I’m wondering how much snow will greet Chip, Peter, Pat and me tomorrow morning at Elk Pass?

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Maple Ridge grooming to continue

December 11, 2018

We finally have a definitive answer to the Maple Ridge grooming question from the city of Calgary(thanks to Erika for this):

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Canmore Park is trackset; fatbike news

December 10, 2018

Let me first say that Canmore Park is not in Canmore, it’s in Calgary. It’s right across 19 St NW from Confederation golf course. These photos were taken this afternoon

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Snow predictions

December 10, 2018

This next system which is coming through is predicted to dump most of its snow along the continental divide and not in Calgary or West Bragg Creek. Predictions from the “Big Four” weather forecasts show snowfall amounts for

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Wishin’ and Hopin’

December 9, 2018

Some very interesting and enjoyable trip reports today, thanks everyone. I imagine this old Dusty Springfield song from 1964 would be banned in today’s politically correct world akin to “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”  I would bet that

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Lost and found, and a new video

December 9, 2018
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Thank you to Steve for the above spectacular photos of Jo and Piper the dog at West Bragg Creek. Just a reminder, you can get updated on the conditions of most trails

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Giving back: The generous man behind Strathmore grooming

December 9, 2018

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who is curious about the man with the Pisten-Bully (and lots of other equipment) who grooms and tracksets the Strathmore golf course. I asked Ed

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A wonderful discovery

December 8, 2018
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I had trouble deciding on a title for this blog post. Amazing news for dogs and dog owners A beautiful day at Strathmore golf course Off-leash skiing close to Calgary Don’t make assumptions The best $5 I’ve ever spent Good food and warm bathrooms

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Friday night update

December 7, 2018

I took a spin around Bowness Park this afternoon. What a lovely trail – if only it had another 10 cm of snow. I was surprised to see there was a skating lane as well as a classic track.

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Maple Ridge alert

December 7, 2018

In this exchange between Manfred and the city, they mostly ignored his concern. Does this raise more suspicion of their intentions?

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Elk Pass and Blueberry Hill

December 6, 2018
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It was cold in PLPP today which means the snow is still in excellent condition. It was -10 at the Elk Pass parking lot at 2 pm with a bitterly cold wind so I didn’t linger.

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Volunteers required

December 6, 2018

NorAm/Calforex Biathlon Race, Canmore December 8-9, 2018 Over 300 volunteers are needed to make this race happen – approximately one volunteer is needed for every participating athlete. 

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Confederation golf course

December 5, 2018
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Chip and I had a very pleasant 8K of skiing this afternoon at Confed. As Mike mentioned on his trip report, some thin spots but they’re easy enough to avoid.

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Wed morning update; Nice to have choices

December 5, 2018

When I go skiing later today, it will be the fourth venue I’ve visited within the past week. Lake Louise, Elk Pass, West Bragg Creek, and now Confed. There are a few others still on the list,

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Freddie’s first ski trip

December 4, 2018
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We were dogsitting Freddie today. He turned one year old on Dec 1, so it was time for him to learn to ski. Off to West Bragg Creek where he can ski off-leash.

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Elk Pass is trackset

December 3, 2018
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Update: All today’s grooming/tracksetting activity is detailed on the Live Grooming Report Elk Pass was groomed for the first 2K and trackset thereafter.

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