Banff

Goat Creek: Fast, fun, safe, and in time for lunch

January 16, 2017
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-Everyone can smile and be happy on Goat Creek with the new configuration. Lots of room for snowshoers, and good tracks for skiers.-

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Castle Lookout to Baker Creek

January 12, 2017
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This trail is known by a couple other names: “Leg 2 of the Loppet” and  “Double Hump Trail”(courtesy of Helen Read). It was groomed and trackset

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Frosty day on Goat Creek

January 7, 2017
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Just like Pete and his family, I only went as far as the bridge. I felt fine, but I knew my toes would only take another hour or so. If I had really wanted to

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Great day on Cascade Valley

January 5, 2017
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I have no complaints about conditions on Cascade Valley. Being able to race at full speed down the big hill at the end tells you conditions are A-OK.

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Goat Creek to Banff showing some improvement

January 2, 2017
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I had it pretty easy compared to Chuck(not THE Chuck) who had skied from Banff to Goat Creek trailhead and was turning

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First trip reports of 2017

January 1, 2017

“We then broke trail through perhaps 15cm of fluffy fresh powder on Mountain View, until snowmobiles appeared coming towards us. They stopped, and cheerfully explained that there was too much snow for one machine to handle” -Diana

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Snowing at Redearth Creek

December 29, 2016
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-Redearth Creek at 8K has 10-12 cm of new snow- It was a good omen meeting Andrea on the trail because the snow started falling exactly the moment I took her picture. Environment Canada is predicting 5 cm

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Goat Creek/Spray River to Banff

December 28, 2016
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–Spray River West at 11K.- I encountered Doreen and Laura about five minutes into today’s ski down Goat Creek/Spray River. They weren’t getting any grip so had stopped to wax their skis.

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Goat Creek – no more ridge!

December 26, 2016
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-Goat Creek at 4.2K. With a dedicated lane, the multi-users are staying out of the ski tracks.- I’ll admit it was a rockfest but I’d do it again. There are at least 70 fewer rocks on the first 7K than when I started out this

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Christmas on Cascade Valley

December 25, 2016
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About 5-6 cm of new snow already covered yesterday’s tracksetting on Cascade Valley. The tracks were well skied-in by the time I got there, but skaters would have had a good workout.

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Goat Creek and Spray River West are trackset

December 25, 2016

The Banff tracksetter has given skiers a great Christmas present. Tracksetter Don obviously spent his Christmas working in -24 weather on an open snowmobile to groom and trackset Goat Creek and Spray River West.

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Christmas Gifts

December 25, 2016
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-Access to Cascade Valley and Upper Bankhead via the Lake Minnewanka road (file photo)- We have a few more choices for skiing today, thanks to the recent snow and hard work of the groomers and tracksetters.

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Christmas eve skiing at CNC

December 24, 2016
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-Sadie and her mom were enjoying the fresh snow and good tracks at Canmore Nordic Centre- This morning’s tracksetting already had about 3 cm of new snow

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Enjoyable skiing on Redearth Creek

December 19, 2016
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All the rock picking on Redearth Creek has finally paid off. I had a wonderful, rock-free ski today and was finally able

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Upper Bankhead and Cascade Valley

December 18, 2016
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Great to see the Trip Reports page coming alive again. I have to say thanks to all Trip Reporters especially those who

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Video of skiing on Redearth Creek

December 7, 2016

I’m surprised this turned out, considering I was skiing back at dusk. Watch around 2:05 as I ski through all those bushes overhanging the trail. Take your pruning shears if you go. I’ve added 14

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Redearth Creek

December 6, 2016
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-Helen Read and Bill McKeever were almost back when I met them- The Banff trail report this morning indicated that Redearth Creek was trackset yesterday.

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Picking rocks on Redearth Creek

November 26, 2016
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By my count, I cleared the trail of 52 rocks, mostly on the first kilometre. Al and Bernadette who were ahead of me, also did their share. Childhood experiences never go to waste.

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Lake Louise and Banff update

October 27, 2016

Did anything materialize from yesterday’s snowfall? This is now third-hand information, but I received an email from a reader who talked with someone who had been at Lake Louise today.

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Does anyone know about these weather stations?

October 16, 2016

I received this email and these photos from Les… We snowshoed up to Helen Lake on Saturday. 8” of snow in the parking lot, soon changed to 1.5 feet on the trail and 3 feet the last 1.5 kms to the lake. What a day.

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