Update Thurs Jan 11 @ 8:55 a.m: It’s -29 in Canmore this morning and I see the sun’s glow on Grotto mountain across the valley. The entire Mt Shark trail system was groomed and trackset last night. Apparently this area didn’t receive as much snow from the recent storm:
The Mt Shark system received significantly less snow than many other areas in the last 48 hours, with a total snowfall of only 5 or 6 cm’s. The Mt Shark ski trails have a fairly thin snow base compared to normal for this time of year and some early season hazards remain throughout the system, particularly on the Yellow 10km loop. Use caution and watch for brush, rocks and dirt, uneven terrain, and water crossings with possible open water or ice.
Andrew is interested in skiing a backcountry trail and is wondering if anyone has information about it:
Thanks for the great website/blog I am wondering if you have ever skied to the goat creek Trail via crossing the Spray Lakes Dam. I knew there used to be a maintained trail in there many years ago. Can you help me out please. I am really hoping to ski it this coming weekend but I cannot find any info on if it is still maintained or groomed.
Can anyone help out Andrew? I might have my trails mixed up, but wouldn’t this now be the High Rockies trail? I’ve rode it on my bike, and it would be about 11K from the dam to Goat Creek. Hugh Burton skis here sometimes and reports that some of this stretch is groomed by the dogsled crews.
The weather forecast is predicting ideal skiing temperatures for the weekend, and when all this new snow is trackset, the conditions will be at their best.
Lots more snow coming down in Canmore tonight. It’s been so windy that it’s difficult to know how much accumulation we’ve had but I would guess at least 10 cm since it started yesterday.
Thanks to Helen we know that Spray River was trackset today. I’m surmising that Goat Creek probably had enough snow to trackset as well. Any tracksetting will be covered in fresh snow by tomorrow morning.
Martine was breaking trail in 15 cm of new snow in PLPP today and Diana had fresh tracksetting for her day at the Pipestone trails. Thanks to everyone for the trip reports on this cold day.
The snow is supposed to stop sometime tomorrow(Thursday), and I’m guessing that’s when the Ribbon Creek crew will be out grooming the trails.
I haven’t seen any updates from Calgary but there should be enough snow to top up the golf courses. Likewise, West Bragg Creek.
Nipika Mountain Resort posted the following around noon today:
“A fresh 10 cm blanket of new snow! Steve is currently out packing the trails. Conditions will be amazing for the weekend and breathtaking for the Ski Week happening January 14-19!”
There should also be fantastic conditions for the Nipika Loppet on Jan 27 and 28.