The Snowshoe Trip Reports page had its first entry today, thanks to Gary Millard. I don’t have a ski trip to post today, but I thought it would be enlightening to get comments from my readers regarding this email from Clare Copeland:
“HI there Bob, I wondered if I could ask for a quick recommendation? We are travelling to Canada from England (staying in Canmore) over Christmas and New year. Whilst my husband knows Canmore area pretty well being from Calgary originally we don’t know the ski trails at all. We are both pretty new to XC skiing having skiied the last few seasons in Finland and wondered if you had any recommendations for groomed trails suitable for beginners/intermediates that are must do’s during our trip? Happy to travel anywhere around the area. Thanks so much!”
Assuming there will be good snow conditions, what trail(s) would you recommend for a visitor?
My choice would be Pocaterra to the Whiskey Jack junction in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. It’s an easy trail with a thrilling, but safe, downhill when you return. It also gives you the option to explore numerous side trails( which will take you onto yet more trails, such as Lynx and the Woolley, Meadow, Wheeler, Amos, loop), Packers, or depending on your energy, further out towards Tyrwhitt. You also have the cozy hut to start from. From Canmore, it’s about an hour drive to the trailhead at Pocaterra Hut.