Grooming Report from West Yellowstone: Dedicated to all snowcat operators

November 20, 2017

I was checking on conditions for the Yellowstone Ski Festival and stumbled across this report. I wouldn’t normally post a grooming report from West Yellowstone but this one is unusual:

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Hello to all new readers

November 5, 2017
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  I know we have a lot of new blog readers this fall, so let’s make sure everyone knows what’s most important here.  If you’re new like Jenn, I’d like to welcome you to

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Bow Valley Parkway is closed at Morant’s Curve

October 7, 2017

The retaining wall at Morant’s Curve is being repaired and replaced and the work will continue well into the spring of 2018. The steep slope is falling into the river and needs to be shored up.

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Alf still skiing

June 23, 2017
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While I was out biking another section of the High Rockies trail today, Alf Skrastins was keeping his streak alive by skiing for the 189th consecutive month.

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The final day is here

April 16, 2017

The PLPP Live Grooming Report indicates that tonight will be the final grooming of the season: April 16 It was a slightly colder and mainly clear night in PLPP and as of 6AM, no fresh snow has fallen in at least 12 hours, leaving the fresh grooming snow free for the time being. Barring any […]

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Bear chases kicksledder on Spray River West(with video)

April 15, 2017

Update April 19: Story in the Crag and Canyon newspaper Grizzly pursues woman, dogs on Banff trail This was posted by Annette Young on Facebook… Completely shaken but safe, untouched and unharmed….

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Proposed Rockyview/Calgary XC Ski area

April 5, 2017

This was sent to me today by Greg Foord: HELP! I have Identified a plot of land owned by MD Rockyview on the western boundary of the city on 101 street west that would be most suitable for a XC ski area.  Administration from the MD has indicated enthusiasm for this project but approvals are […]

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Skiing possibilities on Sunday

March 25, 2017

I didn’t ski today, but we have trip reports from most of the areas where there is still some reasonably good skiing to be had. BarbBanff was excited about seeing the wolverine tracks near the Packers – Pocaterra junction in PLPP.

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Satisfaction survey

March 22, 2017

Foothills Nordic Ski Club would like your feedback: Click here to complete the Satisfaction Survey Less than a year ago, Nordic ski clubs in Calgary learned that WinSport would no longer be supporting cross country skiing at Canada Olympic Park. With the generous support of Calgarians and a vibrant cross country skiing community that stepped […]

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Friday night update

March 10, 2017

What a difference a day makes. All of yesterday’s beautiful tracksetting at Emerald Lake is now covered with 10 cm of fresh snow.  We left around 11 a.m. and it had almost stopped snowing. Emerald Lake is truly a magical place for xc skiers

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The aftermath

March 6, 2017

Monday @ 8:00 a.m: I’ve received more snow overnight in Canmore, about 3 cm, and the grand total since this started on Friday is 19 cm. Now the sun is shining and the temperature is -15°C. The weather forecast shows a solid 7 days

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Sunday night update

March 5, 2017

Thanks to everyone for the trip reports today. I didn’t ski, so I am posting a few photos which have come in with the trip reports. Congratulations to Erik Carleton for having the fastest time in the Lake Louise Loppet 20K race today at 1:11:38,

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Friday night update

March 3, 2017

Update Sat @ 9:10 a.m: This was reported on Bow Valley Road Conditions Facebook page Sat at 9:04 a.m: “Complete whiteout between Scott Lake Hill and Morley area – trucks pulled over and cars in the ditch….”

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Helen joins the 1000K club

February 28, 2017
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-Helen Read celebrates 1000K of skiing this winter- Congratulations to the Iron Lady, Helen Read. I knew she was getting close – on Feb 20 I posted, “Speaking of Helen Read, I’m expecting her to announce any day now that she’s reached 1000K for this winter.”

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Tuesday update

February 28, 2017

Thanks to JeremyN for this report: Just a quick note to report on our family’s ski week in BC’s Okanagan Valley at Kelowna Nordic and Sovereign Lake & Silver Star Nordic system. Besides top notch daily piston-bully groomed track, we enjoyed some VERY well managed dog-friendly trails. Distinct and well marked trails (zoned) with fair […]

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February 18, 2017

I didn’t ski today but I see lots of readers were out there. I will take this opportunity to thank everyone for their trip reports. These first-hand accounts really help everyone decide where to go tomorrow. I remember the old days when

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A love affair which started 20 years ago

February 14, 2017

Today, I returned to the scene where I skied for the first time in my life and retraced the steps which helped me fall in love with this activity 20 years ago. I didn’t realize it at the time, but it was a life-changing event when I skied a 6K loop

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The aftermath

February 10, 2017

Friday Feb 10 @ 8:20 a.m: I ended up with 8 cm of new snow. That makes a total of 32 cm in Canmore over the past week. I see conflicting temperatures from the various weather stations. My thermometer reads -2°C, but the Canmore Nordic Centre shows +3 and the

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Thursday morning update

February 9, 2017

The entire network of trails at Ribbon Creek has been groomed. The ice flow on Lower Skogan(below Ruthie’s) has been covered with 20 cm of snow, but there is also an ice flow right at the trailhead as you head out of the Ribbon Creek parking lot. I took a picture of it yesterday. It […]

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Grooming updates

February 6, 2017
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–Wedge Connector as it was being groomed and trackset today. Photo by tracksetter Jeff.- If you checked the Ribbon Creek Live Grooming Report today, you would have been able to follow Tracksetter Jeff

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