My daughters are just getting into x-country skiing, and they don’t last too long after we get to the trails. I have a few questions for you:
1) Where would you recommend going to minimize travel time and still have decent snow/trails? Closest options I know of are West Bragg Creek and Sandy McNabb.
2) I am relatively new to the scene. I love the reports, but I have difficulty figuring out where all of the trail heads are. Do you know where there is a good map that identifies trail head locations for people like me? Alternatively, do you happen to have a list of coordinates that I could put into a GPS?
3) My brother is a skiing fanatic and a GIS/mapping whiz during the day. If you can provide info for #2 above, and if something doesn’t already exist, I’m sure he’d be happy to whip something up, and you could put it on your site.
Please leave a comment if you have any advice for Greg and his daughters. It would be helpful to have a page that gives directions to all the trailheads. Does anyone want to work on that? There are a lot of maps available. Gem-Trek has excellent, detailed maps. The Visitor Centres have maps of all the areas we talk about on here. I have a few maps on the menu under the “Resources” heading. Kananaskis Country has good online descriptions of trails. There’s a guide book you can buy entitled Ski Trails in the Canadian Rockies by Chic Scott which covers the national parks. I have too much on my plate to tackle the GPS suggestion, but if anyone has this info, please contact me.
More trails are ready
As we approach the weekend, don’t forget to check the Trail Reports for updates on the latest grooming. Lots of new grooming and tracksetting has occurred in the Ribbon creek/Wedge pond areas. Pocaterra is now packed at the hut. Everything at Mt Shark has been trackset. The PLPP Visitor Centre will be re-opening on Saturday.
Of course, the Trip Reports on this blog may be more current, so check them before you head out. There will be additional trails ready at the Canmore Nordic Centre for recreational skiers. Check the CNC page for the latest info.
I’ll be looking forward to seeing a lot of Trip Reports!