Beginner skiers

Saturday morning update

February 9, 2019

The World Cup Biathlon races scheduled for today in Canmore have been postponed. They will attempt to run them tomorrow. If you wish to ski at the nordic centre, check this page for access information.  It’s bitterly cold

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Thursday update incl Canmore Nordic Centre

December 7, 2017

Today’s Calgary Herald has a good article for beginner cross country skiers: All ages and abilities can find their glide with cross country skiing

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Ending the month with a “best day” on the Great Divide

November 30, 2017
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When I met the the Esso ski club people about 3K along the Great Divide, they knew it was me. One of them, obviously following the fat bike saga,

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Anne-Marie has a question; beginner skiers take note

November 2, 2017

With all the entries/comments coming in for the Fischer skis contest, Anne-Marie’s question got buried, so here it is again, and I’m expecting some good answers from my readers.

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More trails open at Lake Louise

December 2, 2016
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-The Campground loop at Lake Louise is dog-friendly and has a skating lane- It was delightful to ski on some new trails today. Tramline from top to bottom is in great shape, the Campground loop where you can also skate

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Great Divide is trackset

November 20, 2016
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-Yvette, Pollie, and Phil on the Great Divide- The Banff trail report this morning indicated the Great Divide would be trackset today.

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Tunnel Mountain in Banff

December 16, 2015
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I skied Goat creek today, and when I arrived in Banff I hurried over to Tunnel Mountain because I had received an invitation from Banff National Park to attend

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Looking for a place to practice?

December 10, 2015
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Pocaterra hut is a great place for beginners and novices. Not only do you have the cozy hut with indoor bathrooms, but there are two practice grids.

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The Great Divide was….Great!

November 9, 2015
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-You can read Martin’s evaluation of the Great Divide and the Telemark trail on the Trip Reports(under the name MaSid)-

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What trails would you recommend?

October 18, 2015

Robin, who just found a ski pulk through the Gear Swap page on this blog, asks, “Do you have trails you’d recommend for a reasonably new skier

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How steep is that trail, anyway?

February 9, 2015

This is a post which you might want to bookmark and use for future reference. It’s especially relevant and useful for new skiers, or when you’re considering skiing on one of these trails for the first time. You’ve read Ray Perrott’s trip reports

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Tessa’s favourite trail

January 20, 2015
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-Tessa, Bob, and Christine at Wedge Connector in Kananaskis- After all the excellent ski trips I’ve enjoyed over the past three weeks,

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Where are the easy trails for beginners?

January 16, 2015

Question from a reader: “Can you recommend some beginner trails, that is, ones that don’t have really steep runs and perhaps maybe would only appeal to other beginners?”

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Something new at Pocaterra(besides new snow)

December 28, 2014
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-Conditions on Pocaterra trail are improving with new snow. This photo was taken at the trailhead by the hut-

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Monday musings

December 15, 2014
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Thanks to everybody who left trip reports over the weekend. They’re very helpful to this blog’s thousands of readers in determining where to ski.

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An excellent beginner’s trail

December 1, 2014
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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

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Kananaskis Village and Wedge connector

February 13, 2014
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 – Wedge connector –  The Wedge connector is one of our favourite places to take Tessa for a ski. It’s never busy, and the trail is super easy.

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Mt Shark was excellent

January 31, 2014
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Mt Shark had cold snow, perfect tracksetting, and beautiful scenery. The two busloads of skiers from Regina will be going home with glowing reports of the

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My first adventure on “new” Pocaterra

December 24, 2013
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– There’s still some construction debris on the new section of Pocaterra – Jody wasn’t kidding when he said it was a whole pack of wolves, and as Chris

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Jody’s update on PLPP(including wolf sighting!)

December 24, 2013

Tracksetter Jody sent this Tuesday Dec 24 at 8:21 a.m: It was minus six at 7AM at Boulton Parking Lot, with a skiff of light snow overnight.  All of the PLPP trails north of and including Whiskey Jack have now been groomed

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