Goat Creek

Goat Creek and Spray River recon

February 16, 2016
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-Goat Creek with some fresh snow which has been well packed- I’m sure some of you were wondering why I was skiing Goat Creek so often

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Still enjoying Goat creek

January 18, 2016
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Lovely weather and 3 cm of fresh snow made for a nice 19K trip along Goat creek and Spray river west yesterday(Sunday), with the usual “conditions.”

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The magic number on Goat creek is 3.8

January 8, 2016
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I’ve come to expect a lot of multi-users on the initial section of Goat creek. Today, all the snowshoers turned around at 3.8K, at which time a nice set of tracks

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“Got any duct tape?”

December 30, 2015
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This is the second time I’ve heard that desperate plea from a stranded skier, and luckily I had duct tape with me again today.

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Wednesday morning update

December 30, 2015

Above is the latest in the “Goat creek video series” which illustrates how the ridge in the middle of the trail can precipitate a serious situation. The video doesn’t show the ridge very well, but it was just fortunate that I was able

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Tuesday morning update

December 29, 2015

The above photo by Ezzy McBroom is the latest entry in the Emerald Lake Lodge contest. You have until Dec 30 at midnight to get your entries in. I follow Ezzy on Facebook, and she posts some of the most spectacular photos you’ll ever see. By the way, Ezzy is a very adventurous

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The Goat creek social club

December 27, 2015
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Between talking with numerous people on Goat creek/Spray river I managed to fit in 20.4K of skiing.

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Merry Christmas

December 24, 2015

Everybody’s happy ‘cuz it snowed last night!  Have you heard the song by Canadian singer Meaghan Smith entitled “It Snowed Last Night?” Have you ever seen the downhill section of Goat creek that takes you to the Spray river?

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Goat creek and Spray river

December 24, 2015
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I went five days without skiing this trail! Goat creek and Spray river west were simply spectacular today. The 2-3 cm of cold snow we received in the past 24 hours has improved conditions.

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Goat creek; Just in time for lunch

December 18, 2015
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  The challenge today was to get to Banff in time to have the lunch special at the Silver Dragon. I was dropped off at the Goat creek trailhead above Canmore at 12 noon

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Goat Creek; a race against the clock

December 16, 2015
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-Skiers getting ready at the Goat creek trailhead- Another great ski on Goat Creek again today.

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Goat creek 1 of 2

December 14, 2015
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Another two-post. This update will be about my ski on Goat creek which was lovely except for a couple of serious problems for which I am going

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Goat creek and Spray River on bike

September 25, 2015
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I’ve biked Goat creek/Spray river at least a half-dozen times this summer, but only posted one update which was back on May 24.

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Shirtsleeve skiing in January

January 25, 2015
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-It’s odd to see skiers in shirtsleeves in January- Thanks for all the trip reports today. Good to see there is still some skiing to be enjoyed in this freaky weather.

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Goat creek and Spray river east

January 10, 2015
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-Happy skiers at the Goat creek bridge- I don’t know about you, but I had a difficult time deciding where to ski today because of so many excellent choices.

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Party animals on Goat creek

January 7, 2015
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-This peak on Rundle mountain is visible from many angles as you ski along Goat creek and Spray river. I took this photo from the Goat creek bridge-

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Stormy day update; New contest

January 6, 2015

I’m pretty sure I know where I’ll be tomorrow. The Banff trail report indicates that Goat creek was trackset today. If memory serves me, we had about a one-week window where conditions were good in early December, then the meltdown / needlemania / ice storm came.

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“Better than I have ever seen on Redearth creek”

December 5, 2014
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-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

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Goat creek and Spray river

December 2, 2014
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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

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Snowfall and trail grooming update

November 27, 2014
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I’m thrilled to get our first Groomer’s Report from Tracksetter Jeff at Kananaskis Village/Ribbon Creek/Skogan pass:

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