“The soul-mending rhythm of cross-country skiing” My Top 10 of 2016 – 2017

by Bob Truman on April 10, 2017

in Top 10 lists, Year in review

A hi-lite of my winter was 11 fabulous trips on Goat Creek

Top 10

These were 10 ski trips where I had exceptionally great conditions(chronological order).

1. Nov 22: “I wouldn’t have missed this day of skiing for anything.” A Perfect Day in Lake Louise

2. Dec 10: “Coming down Elk Pass from the Blueberry junction was sensational.” Exceptional day on Elk Pass and Blueberry Hill

Terrace trail near Kananaskis Village Mar 7: “One of the most delightful afternoons of skiing ever in Kananaskis Country.”

3. Jan 26: “It felt like one of those effortless days where the skis move along with their own power.” Beautiful Pipestone

4. Feb 8: “Today was probably the perfect day to ski. The conditions are as good as I’ve ever seen them.” Great conditions on Bill Milne and Wedge:

5. Feb 11: “I’m sure the skiers standing around saw the biggest grin on my face.” Screaming Fun on the Ribbon Creek trails

6. Feb 24: “One of the best ski trips ever on Goat Creek” Goat Creek Chow Mein Race

Emerald Lake Mar 9: “The skiing today, surrounded by some of the Rockies most impressive peaks, with spectacular blue skies, was beyond expectations.”

7. Mar 2: “I thoroughly enjoyed the best ski trip of the winter today. Perfect conditions everywhere. I live for days like this!”  PLPP  Skiing at its Best!

8. Mar 7: “One of the most delightful afternoons of skiing ever in Kananaskis Country.” Heaven for XC Skiers

Goat Creek Mar 12: “clean, bright, and sparkling white!”

9. Mar 9: “The skiing today, surrounded by some of the Rockies most impressive peaks, with spectacular blue skies, was beyond expectations.” Emerald Lake Picture Perfect

10. Mar 12: “I’ve never seen Goat Creek and Spray River West so clean, bright, and sparkling white! It was smooth, silky, immaculate and flawless with no debris or thin spots.” Edelweiss Conditions on Goat Creek

11. Mar 24 “Pedal to the metal all the way down.” Fantastic Spring Skiing in PLPP

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kevin Fox February 8, 2019 at 3:26 am

my wife and I are heading to Banff for a wek of winter fun any am a regular visitor to this great website . Any suggestions for some must ski trails next week would be great Thanks hope to run into some of the familiar names I see every time I visit


2 Helen Read April 12, 2017 at 12:52 am

Last night and again this morning my husband and were viewing the stunning full moon while observing and taking in the breathtaking Unesco world heritage sight of Anghor Wat in Cambodia. I kept cherishing the view of the full moon, which a month ago represented my last Moonlight Ski trip along Bill Milne Trail in sweet powder snow. It is hard for people living in another country halfway around the world to even understand what our passion for snow is, but it is my number one love. Thank you for giving us an opportunity to share our passion with people all over Canada and the rest of the world.


3 Steve Riggs April 11, 2017 at 8:23 pm

It’s that time of year when I hang up the skinny sticks, and concentrate my skiing efforts on the higher backcountry terrain. While that can be very rewarding- I do really miss that “soul mending rhythm” of fast and light xc skiing.
Thanks Bob for another great season of Ski Here!


4 MaSid April 10, 2017 at 6:48 pm

Used to have a room mate who proclaimed when listening to music “this is the best song ever!”. Then say it again five minutes later, and repeat. Doesn’t mean it ain’t so in the moment. He just loved music. Bob et al, love skiing.


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