Banff

Spray River West in Banff National Park

November 20, 2017
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Grooming on Spray River West is 36 days ahead of last year. This early season is unusual in that we have so many places to ski already.

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Weekend update

November 12, 2017

This early in the season, I like to keep reminding readers to click on the Trip Reports tab on the main menu to see what’s transpiring. Today, it’s only 7 pm, and we’ve already got reconnaissance

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Chuck skis on Sep 22

September 23, 2017
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-Chuck at Sunshine Meadows on Sep 22, 2017. Photo by Jeannette- The off-season for Chuck was only four-and-a-half months. He sent his final report of the 2016-17

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Biking Brewster Creek in Banff

September 13, 2017
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-Brewster Creek trail presented some challenges with rocks, a powdery trailbed, and deadfall.- Next summer I’m planning to start a new blog

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The consequences of not carrying bear spray

June 6, 2017
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I was out 4K on the Spray River West trail in Banff when I met Pedro. He’s from Spain, and is enjoying a vacation in Banff.

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Goat Creek in nice shape for biking

May 31, 2017
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I dusted off my bike today, filled the tires with air and headed up the Spray Lakes road to Goat Creek. Unlike my skis, my bike doesn’t get much respect.

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This bison calf has no idea how special it is

April 26, 2017
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Banff National Park posted this birth announcement regarding the first bison calf to be born in Banff’s backcountry in over 140 years…

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Bear chases kicksledder on Spray River West(with video)

April 15, 2017

Update April 19: Story in the Crag and Canyon newspaper Grizzly pursues woman, dogs on Banff trail This was posted by Annette Young on Facebook… Completely shaken but safe, untouched and unharmed….

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Avalanche on Redearth Creek

March 17, 2017

No sooner were Hugh and Pete commenting about avalanche danger on Lake O’Hara fire road, and I received a photo and a report re Redearth Creek. It’s very unusual to experience an avalanche on a groomed xc ski trail, but Redearth Creek is one trail where they do occur,

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“Edelweiss” conditions on Goat Creek & Spray River

March 12, 2017
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I’ve never seen Goat Creek and Spray River West so clean, bright, and sparkling white! It was smooth, silky, immaculate and flawless with no debris or thin spots.

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This was a ten!

March 6, 2017
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My tenth trip down Goat Creek was definitely the most beautiful, if slow. It was like skiing in a picture postcard. Trees laden with snow, occasionally producing clouds of mist

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The winning streak continues

March 1, 2017
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It’s looking more and more like I may be able to attain my goal of skiing this trail a dozen times this winter. Peter joined the fun today on Goat Creek and Spray River to Banff on my ninth trip.

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Giving new meaning to the term “single trackset”

February 27, 2017
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-The second track has been obliterated by snowmobile traffic. It’s easy to see the “washboard” in the multi-use lane.- Brewster Creek ski trail should be maintained for the safety and enjoyment of the taxpaying public who pay for Banff National park.

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Silky smooth conditions as I finally reached 1000K

February 26, 2017
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To celebrate my modest achievement(it would be a stretch to consider 1000K a “Heroic deed”), we enjoyed a delicious meal at Buffalo Mountain Lodge up on Tunnel Mountain.

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SkierMatch.com

February 25, 2017
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For single guys looking for an available lady who likes to ski, the place to be today was Goat Creek/Spray River. Sarah, Lindsay, Kate, Nicole and Tanys were wondering where all the guys were.

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Cookie Race? How about the Chow Mein Race!

February 24, 2017

One of my favourite ski trips is Goat Creek/Spray River to Banff, and it’s always a challenge for me to make it to Banff in time for the lunch special at the Silver Dragon. Lucky for me, the conditions were excellent.

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Good news for Nancy and other Goat Creek enthusiasts

February 23, 2017
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I was pleasantly surprised when I scouted Goat Creek to check the conditions for Nancy. Not only that, but Spray River was groomed and trackset on the Banff end today.

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Backcountry lodges tracksetting notifications

February 10, 2017
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Before I get started on my update, I wanted to let everyone know that we probably won’t get timely updates on three specific trails for the rest of the winter.

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Goat Creek, Spray River to Banff: 17/19

February 1, 2017
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  I’ve got to give the wolves credit, they seem to have better trail etiquette than some people. In the photo above, I believe there were three wolves

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Don’t ski here

January 31, 2017
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After nine years of coming up with titles for blog updates, I was surprised that I’ve never used this one. Healy Creek and Brewster Creek are in bad shape.

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