by Bob Truman on February 25, 2017

in Banff, Goat Creek

Sarah, Lindsay, kate, Nicole, and Tanys at the Spray River bridge

Sarah, Lindsay, Kate, Nicole, and Tanys at the Spray River bridge

For single guys looking for an available lady who likes to ski, the place to be today was Goat Creek/Spray River. Sarah, Lindsay, Kate, Nicole and Tanys were wondering where all the guys were. (At the Cookie Race?)

Kate looks on with fear as Tanys negotiates the scary downhill to Goat Creek bridge

Kate looks on with fear as Tanys negotiates the scary downhill to Goat Creek bridge

Ladies, if you tell me where you’re skiing next, I’m sure the trail will be crowded with handsome single guys. 🙂  😉

Beautiful conditions on Spray River West at 10K

Beautiful conditions on Spray River West at 10K

The conditions on Goat Creek and Spray river were not much different from yesterday, except the downhills on the first 7K of Goat Creek are scraped bare and have become a little bumpy due to the fact it’s ice underneath. Before it was ice, it was walked in and the bootprints have frozen, and you can really feel it. Be careful. A couple cm of new snow would fix it, and wouldn’t you know it, that’s what’s in the forecast for tonight with more tomorrow.

Spray River East was in great shape

Spray River East was in great shape

To add some variety, I skied Spray River East, rather than West, for the final stretch into Banff. These might be the best conditions I’ve ever had on this trail. The only sketchy part was the final 200 metres down to the golf course which is hardpack, but I didn’t see any rocks. The multi-users are doing a good job of staying in their dedicated lane and avoiding the ski tracks.

Adding some wax at the Spray River bridge

Adding some wax at the Spray River bridge

The air temperature at Goat Creek trailhead at 11:30 a.m. was -7 and the snow was -8. I started out on VR40(-4/-12) from yesterday, but added a smidgen of VR45(-2/-8) at the Spray River bridge at 9K, and I had excellent grip for the upcoming hills.

The conditions between the Goat Creek bridge at 7k and the Spray Loop junction at 13.3K are fantastic. If conditions remain good, I might be skiing here every day for the remainder of the winter.

Congratulations to Ian Murray for winning the Cookie Race today. He beat Eric Carleton by three-one-hundredths of a second. That would have been fun to see. See all the Kananaskis Ski Marathon results.


Cookie Race? How about the Chow Mein Race!

February 24, 2017

One of my favourite ski trips is Goat Creek/Spray River to Banff, and it’s always a challenge for me to make it to Banff in time for the lunch special at the Silver Dragon. Lucky for me, the conditions were excellent.

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Good news for Nancy and other Goat Creek enthusiasts

February 23, 2017
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I was pleasantly surprised when I scouted Goat Creek to check the conditions for Nancy. Not only that, but Spray River was groomed and trackset on the Banff end today.

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Snow updates

February 23, 2017

Thursday 11:35 a.m: West Bragg Creek update from Groomer Jeff: Hello ski enthusiasts! 5-10 cm of new snow has fallen in Bragg Creek in the last 24 hrs. Conditions on core trails are very good to excellent. This includes the following trails which have been groomed and track set this morning: Bunny, East and West Crystal […]

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Snowing at Pocaterra

February 22, 2017
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It’s almost the end of February and I had yet to ski the first 4K of Pocaterra this winter. I’ve been on Upper Pocaterra many times but had not started a ski trip from the hut.

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Pipestone, wolves, cookie race

February 21, 2017

Thanks to Chuck for this report: With news that the Pipestone Loops were trackset yesterday, and word that the Bow Valley Wolf Pack is in the area, this was today’s choice. Sure enough, the wolves had just crossed the trail in front of us near the trailhead, heading east. At the top of the #20 […]

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Family day at Canmore Nordic Centre

February 20, 2017
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-Mom Jennifer and daughter Peyton were enjoying the great conditions at the Canmore Nordic Centre- As Helen said on her trip report… “Bravo to all families introducing their children to this addicting sport.”

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Something for everyone: heavy snow and bright sunshine

February 19, 2017
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-Nice conditions on Upper Pocaterra- 8 – 10 cm of new snow had accumulated on Tyrwhitt and it was still coming down. Later, when I skied down Pocaterra, the sky was blue

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February 18, 2017

I didn’t ski today but I see lots of readers were out there. I will take this opportunity to thank everyone for their trip reports. These first-hand accounts really help everyone decide where to go tomorrow. I remember the old days when

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Lake O’Hara fire road

February 17, 2017
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Considering how warm it’s been, this was a good day of skiing. The snow was cold enough for wax on Lake O’Hara fire road.

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Avoid West Bragg Creek ’til further notice

February 16, 2017

Update Fri Feb 17 @ 9:45 a.m: South end trails in PLPP were groomed last night. Lake O’Hara fire road was groomed yesterday. This is from Groomer Jeff at West Bragg Creek:

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The last of the cold snow

February 15, 2017
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-Chip and Peter at the end of Moraine Lake road- It’s possible that Chip, Peter, and I picked the only trail with cold snow today. We had good grip all the way to the end of Moraine Lake road with VR45(-2/-8).

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A love affair which started 20 years ago

February 14, 2017

Today, I returned to the scene where I skied for the first time in my life and retraced the steps which helped me fall in love with this activity 20 years ago. I didn’t realize it at the time, but it was a life-changing event when I skied a 6K loop

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Surprisingly cold snow

February 13, 2017
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I took Tessa for a leisurely ski on Evan-Thomas and Wedge Connector this afternoon. With the temperature at +6°C, I used my fish-scale waxless skis, but probably could have used waxable.

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Delightful day at Pipestone with kids and dogs

February 12, 2017
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It’s very satisfying and enjoyable to see mom and dad taking their three kids out skiing for the first time. Jayda the dog got to enjoy the family outing, too.

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Screaming fun on the Ribbon Creek trails

February 11, 2017
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-Gordon, Ken, Rory, and Larry at the top of the Screamer- These trails are so enjoyable when the snow is plentiful, cold, and groomed, as it is now.

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Backcountry lodges tracksetting notifications

February 10, 2017
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Before I get started on my update, I wanted to let everyone know that we probably won’t get timely updates on three specific trails for the rest of the winter.

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The aftermath

February 10, 2017

Friday Feb 10 @ 8:20 a.m: I ended up with 8 cm of new snow. That makes a total of 32 cm in Canmore over the past week. I see conflicting temperatures from the various weather stations. My thermometer reads -2°C, but the Canmore Nordic Centre shows +3 and the

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Thursday morning update

February 9, 2017

The entire network of trails at Ribbon Creek has been groomed. The ice flow on Lower Skogan(below Ruthie’s) has been covered with 20 cm of snow, but there is also an ice flow right at the trailhead as you head out of the Ribbon Creek parking lot. I took a picture of it yesterday. It […]

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Great conditions on Bill Milne and Wedge

February 8, 2017
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Today was probably the perfect day to ski. Snow is still cold, but the air temperature was pleasant, with sunny skies and no wind. The conditions on Bill Milne and Wedge Connector are as good as I’ve ever seen them.

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