Banff

Lake Louise update

December 12, 2014

Lake Louise will be one of the only skiable places on Saturday. It appears that everything else has turned to ice. There’s 2-4 cm of snow in the forecast for Kananaskis, Canmore, and Banff. That might help rejuvenate some trails. We’ve had

0 comments […Read more]

Baker Creek to Castle Lookout

December 7, 2014
Thumbnail image for Baker Creek to Castle Lookout

-Spectacular conditions on the Baker Creek to Castle Lookout trail in Banff. Photo by Jo Lunn.- Have you skied this little-known trail?

0 comments […Read more]

One of those perfect days for xc skiing

December 6, 2014
Thumbnail image for One of those perfect days for xc skiing

What more could I add to Chuck’s report from yesterday? How about wonderful, terrific, fantastic, and wolves! Banff National Park has some beautiful ski trails

7 comments […Read more]

“Better than I have ever seen on Redearth creek”

December 5, 2014
Thumbnail image for “Better than I have ever seen on Redearth creek”

-Warden’s cabin at the end of Redearth creek. Photo by Chuck O’Callaghan.- I’m happy to say the number of trails which are trackset and in good condition is too long to list

0 comments […Read more]

Goat creek and Spray river

December 2, 2014
Thumbnail image for Goat creek and Spray river

Goat creek was trackset yesterday and was in excellent condition. I can’t blame the woman from Calgary who didn’t want her photo on here because she was playing hookey

1 comment […Read more]

An excellent beginner’s trail

December 1, 2014
Thumbnail image for An excellent beginner’s trail

Groomer’s Report from Parks Canada tracksetter Jeff at Lake Louise: Hi Bob, Great Divide trackset to O’Hara and back. Skate lane as well. The Dog Sled operation started today on the 1A. Jeff

0 comments […Read more]

Spray River, backcountry style

November 29, 2014
Thumbnail image for Spray River, backcountry style

-Spray river east side. Photo by Chuck O’Callaghan.- Before I get started, let’s look at some grooming/snowfall updates:

0 comments […Read more]

Snowfall and trail grooming update

November 27, 2014
Thumbnail image for Snowfall and trail grooming update

I’m thrilled to get our first Groomer’s Report from Tracksetter Jeff at Kananaskis Village/Ribbon Creek/Skogan pass:

4 comments […Read more]

Larch season: it can only mean ski season starts soon

September 22, 2014
Thumbnail image for Larch season: it can only mean ski season starts soon

- Thanks to regular commenter Henry who sent this photo from a hiking trip in 2012 -

12 comments […Read more]

Goat creek/Spray river bridge update

July 24, 2014
Thumbnail image for Goat creek/Spray river bridge update

- Chuck is fording the Spray river with the almost-repaired bridge in the background – There is one last obstacle to having the entire

3 comments […Read more]

Looking forward to the new bridge

April 3, 2014
Thumbnail image for Looking forward to the new bridge

 – There used to be a bridge here. I’m hoping it will be back in place for next winter. – I’m happy to say that my last ski trip this winter on Cascade valley was an enjoyable one!

0 comments […Read more]

Grooming continues, more snow, and bears in spring.

April 1, 2014

It snowed another 4 cm overnight in Canmore. I expect conditions are excellent at the Canmore Nordic Centre where they continue to groom and trackset daily. As John A reported from skiing

4 comments […Read more]

Skogan pass – last chance

March 28, 2014

This was sent at 2:57 pm from the snowcat as Jeff was making the first pass on Skogan loop… The Live Grooming Report shows Skogan pass has been groomed all the way to the summit. Other trails completed today include Hidden,

0 comments […Read more]

Update on Banff trails

March 15, 2014

Get prepared for a big dump of snow in Banff tonight and Sunday. In the mean time, Leona and Carl have sent this update: Hello Skier Bob; We have been visiting Banff this week and have used your website to figure out where to ski. I wasn’t sure how to add a trip report, so […]

1 comment […Read more]

Beware if you’re skiing Goat creek to Banff

February 19, 2014
Thumbnail image for Beware if you’re skiing Goat creek to Banff

The newly trackset Spray river may be tempting you to ski Goat creek and Spray river from Canmore to Banff. You’ll be walking on thin ice.

0 comments […Read more]

Family day in Banff

February 17, 2014
Thumbnail image for Family day in Banff

- The Horyn family was enjoying Family Day on the Sundance Canyon trail. – It’s a rare occasion when Brewster creek gets trackset, so today I headed for Banff.

4 comments […Read more]

Fresh snow

February 12, 2014

I didn’t do any skiing for the past two days, but I did have a look at the Spray River trail in Banff today. It appears to have received about 3 cm of new snow. The tracks were skied-in and conditions looked good. The snow temperature was probably around -1 or -2. The above Iphone […]

0 comments […Read more]

Goat creek to Banff

January 27, 2014
Thumbnail image for Goat creek to Banff

There’s only one little problem… Overall, the conditions were pretty good. Good tracks on all the trackset portions, and a reasonably good skier-set track on

1 comment […Read more]

Should be a great day in PLPP

January 23, 2014

Lots of trails were groomed last night in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park(shown in green on the map). The PLPP webcam says the temperature is -7°C at 8 a.m.(which means it’s probably closer to -9 or -10). Goat creek was trackset yesterday to the Goat creek bridge at 7K. Spray river west

1 comment […Read more]

An excellent ski with a few “conditions”

January 21, 2014
Thumbnail image for An excellent ski with a few “conditions”

We climbed the hill from the Redearth creek parking lot on nice cold snow. My VR45 was gripping well and I didn’t even have to herringbone.

0 comments […Read more]