(Update: See comments for info on West Bragg Creek)
We may not see conditions like this for ten more years, so I’m trying to get my fill of Goat Creek. Trouble is, it continues to get better, making me want to go back. Again and again.
It was trackset Thursday but already has a covering of new snow, ranging from 4 – 8 cm, depending on where you are.
Those early-season rocks have all disappeared. With all the snow, t’s full speed ahead on the downhills, the bridges, the tight turns. On the long, fast downhill the tracks are a bit wobbly but it only adds to the fun, nothing of concern.
The tracks are still pretty good but it would be a slog for anyone skating on the Spray River(west side). There was about 4 cm of fresh snow at the Goat Creek trailhead, much more in the mid-section.
At the junction between east and west, I decided to ski on the east side back to the Banff Springs. Excellent conditions all the way.
The east side is a little easier than the west side, as it has no hills of any note except the last downhill to the golf course which twists and turns and is a lot of fun. Nice to be able to enjoy it with no rocks to worry about.
As you emerge from the trees, the Banff Springs Hotel appears in all its grandeur. Unless you plan on skiing this trail both directions, make sure you have arranged for a ride when you reach the end. If you come back on the east side, it’s the Bow Falls parking lot.