COP; Confed; Cascade Fire Road

This comment just came in from Stephen Vermeulen and should be of interest to a lot of Calgarians who are waiting for Canada Olympic Park’s XC track:
“COP’s cross country loop is in fine condition, I skied it on Saturday morning, it was the usual double track set and worked better with the swix instant universal klister than the cold wax.”
I haven’t skied at COP for a few years, but I hear it’s a lot more expensive nowadays. If you want to ski for free, then pay attention to this comment from Clive Cordery:
“I skied Confederation Park GC a week ago – it was in fine shape on skier-set tracks. Definitely worth going for a ski there.”
The Calgary Ski Club web site has a report on Shaganappi Golf Course.
Access trail to Cascade Fire Road. Dec 4, 2010

Back to the mountains. We spent the better part of the day at the Canmore Nordic Centre watching Alberta Cup races, but managed to squeeze in a late afternoon ski on the Cascade Fire Road and I’m sure glad we did because the conditions are good.

Cascade Fire Road. Dec 4, 2010

It’s had a second round of grooming and tracksetting. You’ll still see the odd rock, but the fast part of the big hill as you’re returning to the trailhead was fine – and thrilling as always!

Cascade Fire Road beyond the campground. Dec 4, 2010

7K out, you’ll reach the Cascade River bridge as well as a back country campground. Beyond the campground, there’s an additional 8K of trail which is single trackset  with a skating lane. We only had time to take a photo, turn around and head back.

If you were out enjoying the ski trails today, let us know how the conditions were.

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  1. I went out skiing with the Norseman Ski Club on Sunday (December 5th) to West Bragg Creek. We did Sundog loop, then out towards Allen Bill Pond, then cross the cutoff to Iron Springs and back. Very popular trail, but conditions have deteriorated. They need some new snow here! Lots of debris on the trails and no snow to snowplow down the hills. I wouldn’t go again until they get some snow.

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