Mount Shark

Grooming and tracksetting is underway

January 20, 2012
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With the temperatures warming up, the trail crews are back on the grooming machines. Cascasde Valley in Banff National Park was trackset

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Mt Shark – near perfect conditions and dog-friendly

January 12, 2012
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I’ve had a few emails asking for advice on ski trails which are dog-friendly. Mt Shark is a destination where you can ski with your dog

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Saved by snow and cool weather

January 5, 2012
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After hearing that it was raining at Pocaterra hut yesterday, I had to go look for myself. To my shock and delight, things were looking pretty good!

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Animal tracks on Redearth Creek

November 30, 2011
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With eating and skiing being two of the top three priorities in my life, it’s been a tough three days having neither. Being ill with the flu, it was nice to be back on my skis again, but my energy level

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Tuesday in PLPP

April 13, 2011

Update: See comments for an update from Jody re: Mt Shark We skied every freshly groomed trail in PLPP yesterday. It meant retracing our steps on a few K, but the tracks were perfect and the snow was, well, not bad. If you had waxless skis, as we did. Whenever I arrive at a trailhead […]

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Mt Shark

April 8, 2011

Beautiful conditions, spectacular scenery The tracks at Mt Shark were in perfect shape from last night’s grooming. Watridge Lake Road is groomed and trackset all the way to the Spray River bridge. My red Toko was gripping well, Cheryl used VR55. In past years, the grooming would end at the Lake. This extra section adds […]

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Canmore Nordic Centre

April 6, 2011

Update: Check comments for the grooming update from Jody. With all the posts I’ve been putting up, I almost forgot….I took a quick spin around the nordic centre yesterday. We had about 5 cm of snow around 9 a.m. in the morning, so it helped where the tracks were extremely icy. On the lesser-used trails, […]

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Elk Lakes; Mt Shark; Pipestone

March 23, 2011

With spring here, it is more important than ever for readers to share information on trail conditions. It could save someone from a frustrating ski experience. That was my original purpose in starting this blog until it morphed into its present monstrosity. Some excellent updates here… Elk Lakes cabin. Mar 21, 2011. Photo by Carol Sin Hi […]

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Opinions on Mt Shark

February 27, 2011

I received this email today, and I agree with Mike that Mt Shark doesn’t seem to be getting much coverage. Is anyone skiing there? Great post and images from the Cookie Race, Bob, looks like you had a great race day. One question sprang to mind recently – I wondered aloud one day why very little […]

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New grooming

January 30, 2011

Confederation Golf Course “New tracks this morning. Enjoy the great winter weather!!!”  Tim de freitas ****** K-Country The trails around Ribbon Creek and Kananaskis Village were groomed and trackset last night. There are some trails in PLPP which were trackset on Friday night. Check the  Kananaskis trail reports. If you missed his comment, Steve Riggs […]

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What’s new

January 21, 2011

Mt Shark The Kananaskis Trail report shows every trail  at Mt Shark was groomed and trackset yesterday… “Mt. Shark ski trails are in prime condition due to the recent grooming and the 46 cm of new snow which fell over the past week.” LL to Banff Loppet The Lake Louise to Banff Loppet has a comprehensive update […]

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Great ski conditions – everywhere!

December 16, 2010

Best overall pre-Christmas ski conditions that I can remember I thought that was such a great photo from yesterday that I’ve created a new blog header from it. It was plain to see those guys were having fun and I enjoyed talking to them for a few minutes. Very engaging gentlemen they were. Their names from L to R […]

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A winter paradise

December 12, 2010

It was cross-country ski heaven on Redearth Creek today. Update: 13 more photos I couldn’t contain my curiosity any longer and headed out for Redearth Creek today, and boy, did I make the right choice. There’s been a lot of snow here since it was first trackset about 10 days ago, and it was coming […]

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The fallen tree on Lynx

December 11, 2010

Life is good. Soak it all in while you can! When you see all those categories and tags next to the blog post title, you just know it’s going to be a good one. When you see “rant” included in there, how much better could it get? The recent snowfall has created much better conditions. On […]

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Too much to choose from

November 25, 2010

Pocaterra Hut is now open Decisions decisions! What a lucky bunch we XC skiers are. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many trails available to us at this time of year. Now, with Pocaterra hut open, I expect there will be a large contingent of skiers wondering about Pocaterra trail. It’s in surprisingly good […]

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Spring skiing today

March 24, 2010

You can still find some pretty good snow The skiing today at Mt Shark was fantastic. I’ll qualify that by saying “it was fantastic if you had waxless skis or klister, or were skating.” Watridge Lake road had been trackset on Monday night. The tracks were perfect for my waxless skis. I had good grip […]

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Mt Shark

March 8, 2010

Steve Riggs provided the following photo and report on Mt Shark: Hi Bob, I’ve been concentrating on backcountry skiing for the last few  weekends, but for a change of pace, we xc skied at Mt. Shark on Sunday. The recent grooming and tracksetting remain in great shape throughout  the network,  with hardpacked spring conditions. We […]

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Goat Creek

February 18, 2010

Lots of fresh snow and great skiing! There was about 5 cm of new snow on Goat Creek from yesterday’s snowfall. Plenty of skiers have been over it, and there are good skier-set tracks. We only had enough time to go as far as the bridge(approx 7K), but I could see there were tracks leading […]

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Comments on the weekend’s skiing

February 14, 2010

We’d all like to hear about your skiing adventures from this weekend. The following comment and photos are from Gail Haines: “Skied Terrace & Terrace link at Kananaskis Village on Thursday.  Surprised at the good conditions on the trails based on trail report and lack of new snow recently.”

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Comments on the weekend’s skiing

January 31, 2010

We received about 3 cm of new snow overnight and it sure freshened up the natural-snow trails at the Canmore Nordic Centre. Banff  Trail and Meadowview both in good shape; even Bow Trail is a lot better with just a few thin patches and a few places where there are twigs sticking up through the tracks. […]

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