Tessa the springer spaniel, my friend Ruth and I headed to Kananaskis to check out the freshly groomed Bill Milne trail today. It was snowing lightly, and the temperature
was +1, so I had visions of it being a waxing nightmare. Luckily I had thrown in the waxless skis today, but Ruth was skiing on waxable.
To my surprise the waxable skis with Swix VR50 worked quite well. No clumping but still reasonably good grip. The fresh snow was no more than a dusting, so the tracks were still in excellent condition. We started at Wedge pond and skied through the Mount Kidd RV park, the golf course, and turned around after about 7K. The trail continues on to Ribbon creek, and you could start there as well.
It was mostly overcast, so we didn’t get the full benefit of the beautiful views that are one of the pleasures of skiing this trail.
The best choice of all for gear today would have been skate skis, since the Bill Milne has a skating lane along with a single track. There were a few short sections where the trail had embedded debris, but overall it was pretty clean.
The Wedge connector has been trackset and the Evan-Thomas trail is groomed(already with lots of boot tracks).
There is some inconvenience to skiing on the Bill Milne, and that’s the frequent road crossings where you have to remove your skis.
If you’re looking for trails to ski with your dog, I have a page on the main menu under “Resources” entitled Dog-friendly ski trails.
The Banff trail report indicates that Goat creek was trackset today. It also indicates that the Spray river trail is in Fair/Poor condition, so there must be some marginal conditions along the trail somewhere. If you’re planning to ski Goat creek and continue on to the Spray river, be prepared for conditions to get progressively worse.
The Yoho trail report is out of date. It shows the most recent grooming to be Jan 14. If you’re looking for current information, go to http://www.khsc.ca/updates/. The trails were groomed on the 25th.
They’ve had some more snow at Nipika “Conditions are excellent with fresh grooming on all trails. 3 cms of snow last night have freshened up the tracks. Day Lodge, classic & skate rentals & ski school operating 9 – 5 daily throughout the winter season.” Conditions should be excellent for next week’s loppet, and there’s only five more days to register. At last count there were already 81 participants registered.