Shaganappi Update: “Enjoy the best snow conditions in years!”

by Bob Truman on February 12, 2018

in Calgary

Alasdair Fergusson from the Calgary Ski Club sent this email(the trail report has also been updated on the CSC website):

Hi fellow keen skiers

If you have not yet skied Shaganappi this past weekend you have missed the skiing experience of a lifetime in normally snow-drought and Chinook-prone Calgary.

  • 35 cm of fresh snow over 2 days is a record in my books. And I have only Trackset Shaganappi for 31 years since 1986.

This record snowfall over 2 days exceeds all but 10 MONTHLY TOTAL SNOWFALL measurements recorded by Enviro Canada at the airport

Other new features at Shaganappi thanks to fund-raising by the Calgary Ski Club:

  • There are 2 Porta-Potties close to the ATCO trailer with a weekly cleaning service  as part of the rental contract.
  • A Warming Hut for what remains of winter. This is available by arrangement for groups from schools, Special Olympics
  • The ATCO Trailer was rented for 3 months 1 Dec to 28 Feb BUT the electric power supply was only approved and connected by Enmax and our electric contractor in the past week or so. This is a permanent installation with an easy disconnect to the trailer and re-connect next December.
  • And the propane tank was ordered and delivered for supplying the trailer forced-air furnace.
  • There are 24 seats, 4 tables and also coat racks. I just have to purchase the garbage and recycling bins and brooms.
  • One separate room is intended for use as a wax-room with wax benches – BUT you bring the wax iron and waxes and clean the room after.
  • But NOT this year!
  • BUT – DUE TO THE ON-GOING RISK OF VANDALISM THIS FACILITY MUST REMAIN LOCKED BUT THE KEY WILL BE SUPPLIED TO GROUPS ON REQUEST.

Our planned snow-making on 2 km of trails did not happen due to the delays with the warming hut base both for staff & volunteers and to thaw and dry the 50 foot water hoses and other problems.

For once my usual admonition does not apply – NO NEED TO PRAY FRO MORE SNOW THIS YEAR!!

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