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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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The Lynx photos

January 29, 2017

(All the photos can be made much larger by clicking on them.) You know you’ve stumbled upon something pretty special when people ask if it’s for real.

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Goat Creek surprise

January 27, 2017
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I’m sure that Aldona and her group from Regina aren’t the only ones wondering what the conditions are like on Goat Creek, so I made a

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Banff would like our input

January 24, 2017

I check the Banff Trail Report for grooming updates, but after that, I pretty much ignore the portion of the report where it gives the conditions. It can be very misleading as this email from blog reader Greg Burt illustrates:

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Lake Louise to Banff Loppet

January 22, 2017
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-Charlotte at Morant’s Curve. Can you see the train coming?- Results have been posted Update Jan 25 @ 7 pm: I just added more photos to the gallery. All 200 photos are now displayed. 

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Silver City to Johnston Canyon

January 21, 2017
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-The Silver City hand-off is where the road intersects the ski trail.- I didn’t want to pass up this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to use the historic location of Silver

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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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