Amazing news, brought to our attention by Helen, that Lake O’Hara fire road has been trackset, a month earlier than usual.
Peter Lougheed Provincial Park:
“Due to mechanical issues there was no snow cat grooming on Dec 22nd. All grooming done was snowmobile grooming only with no tracksetting, with the exception of Boulton, Fox and Morraine which were groomed and track set but have thin spots and some natural hazards sticking out of the snow- use caution.”
Baker Creek to Castle Lookout was trackset yesterday. Two days ago, Baker Creek to Morant’s Curve was trackset. Thanks to Baker Creek Mountain Resort for maintaining these trails.
Lake Louise: Pipestone, Bow River loop, Campground loop were trackset yesterday.
Nipika Mountain Resort: “Trails are packed and set for both skate and classic north to the natural bridge.”
Cold weather tip: It’s -23°C as I write this on Saturday morning. Steve Riggs mentioned on his trip report that glide wax for colder temperatures will move you along a lot faster in cold snow.
The Calgary Nordic Alliance
The recently formed Calgary Nordic Alliance steps up to support reliable and accessible Nordic recreation and training opportunities for Calgarians, right in the heart of the city.
The Calgary Nordic Alliance recently became a society in the province of Alberta and represents the collective interests of Nordic clubs, partners, retailers and other supporters and the need for Nordic facilities in Calgary – acting as a single point of contact with policy makers, landowners, funders and other stakeholders.
Nordic sport access within the city fosters active, fun and healthy communities, is accessible to all and supports the athletic development aspirations of many.
For now, the Calgary Nordic Alliance is focused on supporting local ski trail operators through fundraising and volunteer recruitment. Says, Calgary Nordic Alliance representative Whitney Smithers: “with a heavy reliance on volunteers and internal fundraising to cover costs, Calgary Ski Club and Foothills Nordic Ski Club need to reach beyond their memberships to deliver cross-country ski trails to Calgarians.”
With the closure of WinSport’s COP Nordic trail network in 2016 access to reliable Nordic facilities within the city disappeared. Local non-profit clubs, Calgary Ski Club and Foothills Nordic Ski Club have groomed City of Calgary-owned, Shaganappi Point and Confederation Park golf courses for many years and their volunteers are trying to build out more reliable Nordic facilities at these courses, with small-scale, surface based snow making and more frequent grooming, when conditions permit. These clubs rely on volunteers and internal fundraising initiatives to cover operating and capital costs to maintain golf course trails. Last year, over 1500 volunteer hours went in to operating trails.
Calgarians who enjoy skiing on golf courses once a year or once a day, or just want to see Nordic facilities exist in Calgary for the long-term can show their support by volunteering or making a donation through links on the Calgary Nordic Alliance web site.