Wind warnings have been issued for Canmore and Kananaskis. There’s a small amount of snow in the forecast for tonight. We will need it to cover the tree debris as a result of the strong winds. It’s already +2°C at West Bragg Creek early this morning.
Lake Louise and Yoho are expecting 10-15 cm of new snow.
Update: Alberta Parks has removed “No dogs at Kananaskis Village trails” from their website. I believe it was on there by mistake. Dogs are allowed on the Kananaskis Village/Ribbon Creek/Bill Milne trails on-leash. I have a page on the main menu which lists all the Dog-friendly ski trails.
Reminder, if you see acronyms which you’re not familiar with, check the main menu under “Resources” for the acronyms list.
Redearth Creek – good news
I was pleased to receive this update from Tracksetter Jeff Lockyer. This development should be a big improvement towards making the trail safer and more skier friendly. ACC is doing the grooming and is constrained with the limited amount of equipment they have. Does anyone have a spare roller he could use?
“I just returned from the Redearth creek. After the original feedback, I have removed all of the second trackset from the parking lot, up to and including lost horse (7km mark). I have also, reset the track on the right side (going UP the creek).
I made multiple passes from the parking lot to lost horse to remove the other track and attempt to smooth the lane, but please keep In mind I don’t have a roller at my disposal, only a trackset attachment that can either be in track mode, or a grooming mode (this is a old trackset without any mechanical advantage that Parks Canada. West Bragg, PLPP, etc have at their disposal).
Anyhow, just a quick update but I figured since I was under scrutiny from attempting to put the original track in, I would report back.
In addition, I also shoveled a fair amount of Snow leading up to the lower bridge on the downhill. The comments on your website with regards to that bridge are slightly dramatic by users whom I would expect can control their own skiing under any circumstances. Also, advocating for novice users to use this trail should never really be an option, regardless of any level of competence with regards to the tracksetting.
We will continue to work the width of the trail as we transit to the lodge.”
Thanks for all your hard work, Jeff. Mr Democracy has skied it and given his approval.
West Bragg Creek
“Good morning and Happy New Year!
Happy to report that most trails are in quite good condition, with the exception of East Telephone, where skiing is not recommended due to large ruts and post holing.
All skate lanes have been renovated. Users may find the Mountain Road skate lane somewhat wavy. A deep renovation will be forthcoming to flatten it out.
For beginner skate skiers or anyone wanting to work on technique, Hostel Meadow (not Hostel Loop) is the best kept secret in West Bragg. It is a short, flat oblong loop that is 0.5km in length.
If you’re looking to work on form, want to avoid the crowds, and ski on supple, forgiving snow, Hostel Meadow’s your answer.
Chinook winds started around 11pm last night, so expect some debris on the trails today and soft snow due to warm temps.”
Evan Thomas loop
For anyone interested in skiing the Evan-Thomas trail(1.7K), Alf included a photo with his trip report that shows it is very well packed by foot traffic. You could use it as one leg of the 7-kilometre, three-part loop which also includes the Wedge Connector and Bill Milne trails. Caution: if doing the loop clockwise, remove your skis and walk down the steep hill from Evan-Thomas to the Wedge.
Where to park? Alf said “We started from the Evan-Thomas parking lot, where there was plenty of space.”