Fabulous conditions at Canmore Nordic Centre

by Bob Truman on February 23, 2018

in Canmore

Aleashia and Erin at the intersection of Banff, Bow, and Meadowview

As I was driving back to Canmore from Calgary this afternoon, the wind was fierce on the Trans Canada with lots of drifting snow. A wind warning was issued this morning for Canmore and Kananaskis but I was relieved to see it had little impact on the trails at the Canmore Nordic Centre.

Larkin, Adam, and Ian Murray from Capital Region Training Group on Meadowview

Upon my arrival at CNC around 3:30 pm, the temperature was -6°C and there was just a light breeze. As I was clicking into my skis, I took a picture of two delightful young ladies, Aleashia and Erin, who were just starting out. 

I used VR45(-2/-8) and had excellent grip while climbing the steep Olympic trail up to the Meadowview junction. 

Climbing Olympic trail at Canmore Nordic Centre

The trails are in amazing condition and skiing anywhere is a real pleasure. The tracks are super fast but not icy. There is a minute amount of debris but of little consequence. 

The start of Meadowview trail

I skied the entire length of Meadowview on excellent conditions and who should I meet at the end of the trail but Aleashia and Erin. They skied on Banff and Bow trails and said conditions were great. 

I enjoyed running into Ian Murray and two members of his training group, Larkin and Adam, who were getting in a pre-Cookie Race ski. Every time I look at race results this winter, Ian’s name is always at the top. 

Aleashia and Erin are heading up Meadowview

One trail on my agenda for today was King of Sweden which had been closed and/or in sketchy condition for most of the winter. It was in good shape with one warning sign indicating some icy patches which were insignificant. I prefer going downhill on King of Sweden than on the competition trails where I often get lost in the maze!

Pocaterra hut and environs will be very crowded and busy tomorrow due to the Cookie Race in PLPP. Good luck to all the participants!


PLPP and the Cookie Race

February 22, 2018

It will be very crowded on Saturday around Pocaterra Hut. This update is from Tom Lambert of the Foothills Nordic Ski Club: “For those making weekend plans, please note that the entire PLPP trail system remains open on Saturday during the race. But Pocaterra Hut will be a hive of activity, so you’ll find the […]

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1000 and 2000

February 21, 2018

Yesterday as I was on the homestretch on Mountain Road at West Bragg Creek I reached 1000 kilometres of skiing for this winter.  Today, with this update, I have written 2000 posts on this blog since it’s inception in 2008.  Helen Read is at 1100K, and Alf Skrastins total

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Telephone loop at West Bragg Creek

February 20, 2018
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It’s been 15 years since I skied the Telephone loop at West Bragg Creek and I only had a few vague memories of what to expect.

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Great day for photos

February 19, 2018

I thought my pictures from the Canmore Nordic Centre were good, but we have spectacular photos from MaSid and Nikolai. Click on the photos for a larger image. For more details surrounding these photos, check the trip reports from MaSid and Nikolai.

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Beautiful conditions for family day

February 19, 2018
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It’s a great ski season when you can go to any of 15 different locations and have excellent conditions. I chose to take the eight-minute drive to Canmore Nordic Centre and enjoyed fantastic skiing.

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Goat Creek Olympics

February 18, 2018
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I have some photos of Goat Creek to go along with Nikolai’s trip report. He probably was long gone by the time I arrived at 1:40 pm. Thanks for breaking trail in the fresh snow!

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Evan-Thomas, Wedge Connector, Bill Milne

February 17, 2018
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Friday skiing part 2: Here are the photos from what I have started calling the Evan-Thomas loop which is 7K in distance.

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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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