Robin, who just found a ski pulk through the Gear Swap page on this blog, asks, “Do you have trails you’d recommend for a reasonably new skier who will now be towing a babe? I cruise your site often and it has lots of information so I’m sure I can figure it out, but thought I’d ask in case you have some suggestions off the top of your head.”
I have some recommendations, but let’s see what our readers would advise.
Before I’d recommend a specific trail, my first advice is to go on a trail with adequate snow and grooming, especially if you’re towing a pulk. If necessary, I’d rather drive further to access good snow, than to have a short drive to marginal snow.
I’ve written many updates on trails which are suitable for novice skiers, but it doesn’t hurt to have a refresher on this topic, with the addition of towing a pulk. There may be extenuating circumstances with a pulk which I’m not aware of.
A new feature, thanks to Ray Perrott and his meticulous GPS stats, which will help determine the suitability of trails is the page “How steep is that trail, anyway.”
Keep an eye on my sidebar for ads about rental gear ski sales. There are some upcoming “Ski Swaps” as well, and here are a few links:
Canmore Nordic Ski Swap Oct 25. If you can’t find what you need, walk a few metres to Trail Sports who are featuring some of last year’s gear for sale, as well as rental stock.
Calgary New and Used ski sale Oct 23-25 This is mostly downhill gear, but if you go early on Friday night, there’s usually some good xc gear.
I added a gear swap page on this blog, and the amount of traffic it gets has surprised me, so that’s also on option SkiHere gear Swap