Barbara had excellent conditions for her first ever ski on Goat Creek and she thoroughly enjoyed it. Peter and I both agreed that it was one of the best trips ever.
Goat Creek was trackset yesterday, and it’s so nice to ski it before it gets “loved” to death by all the multi-users. We encountered nobody but other skiers, a rare day indeed.
To add to the fun, we encountered both Chuck and Helen on the trail. Had a nice chat with SkierChuck, but I was blasting downhill when Helen appeared and she motioned for me to keep on going while I had a full head of steam. If I had known she had cookies…
Now that it’s trackset, the signs are up at the boundary which direct the multi-user traffic onto the corduroy. Let’s see how it goes. It’s worked well for the two years that the new grooming configuration has been in effect.
We arrived at the Goat Creek trailhead above Canmore at 11:30 a.m. to a temperature of -12, a skiff of fresh snow, and no wind. We all used VR30(-10/-30) and it worked well enough that we didn’t have to herringbone anywhere.
The first downhill from the parking lot can be skied if you stay to the right. We didn’t see any rocks for the remainder of the 18.9K to Banff.
The first 900 metres to the Banff boundary has reasonably good coverage and is skier-tracked. The tracksetting starts immediately at the boundary and as Craig reported, the tracks are a bit shallow for the first K but get progressively better.
The steep hill down to the Goat Creek bridge was totally skiable today. That is, unless you are a high-risk individual and try to go too fast and realize too late that you have to make a sudden turn to negotiate yourself onto the bridge. Peter bailed at the side rather than end up in the creek. Barbara, who had never skied it before, had no trouble but she went s-l-o-w.
The tracksetting on Spray River West was done on Jan 3 but it’still in nice shape. The skating lane was groomed yesterday.
The only place where the trail was compromised was the final 2K into Banff where there was some tree debris on the snow.
The Banff trail report indicates that Healy Creek and Brewster Creek were trackset today.