Groomer’s Reports 2016-2017

Reports from the groomers and tracksetters.

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1 Jeff November 3, 2017 at 7:49 pm

Time to get your Skog-On!
Great snow on upper Skogan Pass and Skogan Loop 25-30cm, so good I was able to trackset all the trails above High Level right to the top of the Pass.
Lower Skogan is thin but skiable if you are careful. Sunburst and High Level are groomed only but have good coverage.

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2 Bob Truman March 16, 2017 at 9:23 pm

Update on the closure of Shaganappi Golf Course from Alasdair Fergusson:

Due to the massive melt-down following the excellent snow and trackset trails this past Sunday March 12;
– and so many bare brown grass patches, some very large;
– and so many tree halos where snow has melted in a large circle around the tree trunks;
– and pools of melt-water in low spots;
– and after discussions today with the Shaganappi Golf Supervisor;

We have agreed to close Shaganappi to XC skiing for this winter effective today.

The Golf course gates may be padlocked without warning when golf staff, tree-pruning staff and others depart.

CSC volunteers are required on Saturday to remove our metal stakes, ropes and signage and place in our storage sheds until we need them again usually in early November after golf season closes on or about Oct 31.

And hopefully for next winter we will have better guaranteed snow with our snowmaking project on 2 km of trails plus teaching area.

We have already raised over $200,000 towards the project which will permit us to operate a surface system of hoses and pumps from existing hydrants.
Which will allow us to learn any pitfalls from Calgary weather and other problems.

And perhaps the ultimate project of underground water pipes connected to new hydrants as desired by the City at a cost estimated to be about $420,000.

And for the future – a ski partnership in the new and much needed golf clubhouse when we would need to raise even more money.

Stay tuned.

Thank you for your support for this City-Centre XC ski area developed on a 27-hole golf course and the only XC ski area in North America with the European-style experience of riding a street car or LRT to go skiing!

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3 Bob Truman March 12, 2017 at 7:36 pm

Shaganappi Golf Course update from Alasdair Fergusson:

Thanks to moderating temperatures following our latest snowfall, one of our Calgary Ski Club volunteers packed, groomed with snow comb for ski-skating and herringbone/snowplough on the hills, and trackset where sufficient snow depth on Sunday morning.

Get out and enjoy the skiing before the next melt-down!

And probably your last opportunity to ski on our wonderful City-centre XC ski area before the golfers reclaim their rightful ownership and use of the area on the usual golf opening on April 1.

And before then, CSC volunteers will need to remove all their stakes, ropes and signage.

We are hoping to offer snowmaking for next winter and have already raised over $200,000 towards the project.

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4 Bob Truman March 10, 2017 at 6:50 pm

Update from the Chateau Lake Louise ski grooming team:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the Nordic Ski trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double Trackset, March 8. Fair condition.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double Trackset, March 8. Fair condition.

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, March 10. Good condition.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a walking path, March 10. Good condition.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double Trackset, March 10. Good condition.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes. March 7.

Notes:

– Just when we get on a roll, our sled breaks down. Again. For the fifth time this winter…

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5 Jeff March 10, 2017 at 7:48 am

New grooming and tracksetting around the Kananaskis Village last night. Let’s give a big skihere welcome to Tracksetter Alex who did most of the grooming only his second time in the Pisten Bulley. Conditions are about as good as it gets no matter where you ski this weekend.

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6 Bob Truman March 9, 2017 at 7:27 pm

West Bragg Creek update from Groomer Jeff:

Skiing has been terrific this week with daily dustings of new snow adding to a solid base on all of our core trails.
With temperatures warming considerably over the next few days it would be prudent to get your skiing in while you can.
We have seen repeatedly this year that conditions can deteriorate considerably over the course of 24 to 48 hours.

Conditions on the following trails are very good and all are groomed and track set:
East and West Crystal and connectors, Loggers Loop, Hostel Meadow, Sundog, Bunny and Chickadee.

The following are have been groomed and track set recently and would be considered good but isolated hazards exist due to thin base, ice flows etc.:
Mountain View, Mountain View West, Moose Loop, Mountain Road, Elbow, Iron Springs and Hostel Loop.

Telephone Loop is currently skier set, Elbow South is not recommended due to maintenance activity.

Enjoy the trails!

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7 Bob Truman March 7, 2017 at 10:07 pm

Update from Chateau Lake Louise ski grooming team:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the Nordic Ski trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double Trackset, March 4. Fair condition.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double Trackset. Good condition.

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, March 7. Great condition.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a walking path, March 7. Great condition. Finally!

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double Trackset, March 4. Fair condition.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes. March 7, Great condition.

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8 Bob Truman March 7, 2017 at 10:24 am

Parks Canada has finally updated the Yoho trail report. Trails were groomed on March 4 and most in good shape.

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9 Jean-Francois Richy March 10, 2017 at 6:29 am

Hi Bob,
Is there a reason why Park Canada does not report grooming / track setting on http://skitrails.info? Ski trail info is a great website when planning an outing with the most up to date information.
Cheers
Jean-Francois

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10 Bob Truman March 4, 2017 at 7:06 am

Sat morning West Bragg Creek Update from groomer Jeff:

Spring skiing yesterday in Bragg Creek!

Warm Chinook winds haven’t dampened the activity in West Bragg.

Conditions are good for skate and classic skiing on the following trails:

East Crystal, West Crystal and links, Sundog, Loggers, Iron Springs, Elbow North, Hostel Meadow and Hostel Loop.

The following trails have thin base, with ice flows and rock hazards, travel is not recommended unless you have rock skis!

Mountain View, Mountain View West, Telephone, Elbow Trail South.

Photo of Logger’s loop

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11 Bob Truman March 2, 2017 at 9:08 am

Update from the Chateau Lake Louise ski grooming team:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the Nordic Ski trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double Trackset, March 2. Great condition.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double Trackset. Great condition.

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Feb. 11. Poor condition.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a walking path, Feb. 9. Poor condition. The trail that goes from the east side of the lake to the west side (boathouse side to Lake Agnes side) is a rather large slush layer and nothing can be done to it until it freezes. The length of the Lake (Chateau to Mt. Victoria) is a good walking path with several slush layers and the ski trail is skier set because our machinery continuously gets stuck, so again we will wait until it freezes.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): The Calgary Ski club is working on this trail for the up coming race on Sunday March 5th.

Teaching Grid: 4 lanes.

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12 Bob Truman February 27, 2017 at 9:07 pm

West Bragg Creek Update from Groomer Jeff:

Your grooming crew was hard at it again today and have finished grooming and track setting the following trails:

Crystal Lines, Loggers, Sundog, Bunny, Chickadee, Elbow, and Hostel Meadow all in excellent condition.

Iron Springs, Hostel Loop, Mountain Road, Moose Loop, Mountain View and Mountain View West all in good condition, but base may be thin in some areas, so take care to watch out for hazards.

Cold overnight temperatures and more snow are in the forecast so the trails should remain in great shape for a while!

Get out and get some!!

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13 Bob Truman February 24, 2017 at 8:37 pm

West Bragg Creek update from Groomer Jeff:

Feb 23: Hello ski enthusiasts!

5-10 cm of new snow has fallen in Bragg Creek in the last 24 hrs. Conditions on core trails are very good to excellent. This includes the following trails which have been groomed and track set this morning:
Bunny, East and West Crystal and links, Sundog, Hostel Meadow, Elbow Trail and Loggers Loop. Note that there is a large ice flow just under the snow on the Chickadee Meadow. We are not recommending travel over this particular trail.
Elsewhere conditions are variable due to sun exposure, thin base and ice flows. These trails include Mountain Road, Mountain View West, Mountain View, Moose Loop, Iron Springs and Hostel Loop.

Please use caution on these trails as they are not in prime condition! More snow is in the forecast and with a little more coverage they will become more serviceable.

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14 Bob Truman February 24, 2017 at 11:12 am

Update from Lake O’Hara Lodge(re: Lake O’Hara fire road):

“Feb 23: Under sunny skies this morning we layed down a track of corduroy and twin ski tracks. Enjoy!”

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15 Groomer Jeff February 17, 2017 at 4:22 pm

What a difference 48 hrs makes!!

The latest chinook and associated warm temps have again taken their toll. Widespread freeze-thaw events have left a variety of conditions out on the trails including, lakes, streams, ice, slush
and some surprisingly skiable surfaces, depending on location.

I would advise against using the trails until further notice however, as conditions are too unpredictable and can vary greatly within very short distances.

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16 Bob Truman February 17, 2017 at 9:23 am

Lake O’Hara fire road update:

“We trackset yesterday(Feb 16). The road is in great shape with a little fresh snow overnight.”

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17 Bob Truman February 16, 2017 at 3:41 pm

Update from the Chateau Lake Louise ski grooming team:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the Nordic Ski trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double Trackset, Feb. 16. Good condition.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double Trackset, Feb. 16. Good condition.

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Feb. 11. Poor condition.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a walking path, Feb. 9. Poor condition. The trail that goes from the east side of the lake to the west side (boathouse side to Lake Agnes side) is a rather large slush layer and nothing can be done to it until it freezes. The length of the Lake (Chateau to Mt. Victoria) is a good walking path with several slush layers and the ski trail is skier set because our machinery continuously gets stuck, so again we will wait until it freezes.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset. Poor condition with new snow.

Teaching Grid: 4 lanes, Feb. 16.

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18 Bob Truman February 15, 2017 at 4:52 pm

Update from Groomer Jeff at West Bragg Creek:

Despite warm temperatures, snow is holding up relatively well in West Bragg Creek.
Classic tracks are in fair to marginal condition, but skate lanes have been renovated and are in good condition.

There is some debris on heavily forested trails, and very little on open trails that run East to West like East Crystal and Mountain Rd.

The following trails have been renovated for skate skiing and are in good to very good condition:
Bunny, Chickadee, Hostel Meadow, West Crystal Lines and Links, East Crystal, Sundog and Mountain Rd.

Hostel Loop has been renovated but is in poor condition and not recommended at this time.

On outer Classic trails like Telephone, Mountain View West, Iron Springs, and Elbow, expect extremely variable conditions.
Grooming on these trails will be delayed until new snow arrives and this is expected as early as Saturday.

All for now,
Enjoy the trails!

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19 Bob Truman February 11, 2017 at 7:10 pm

Update from Chateau Lake Louise ski grooming team:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the Nordic Ski trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double Trackset, Feb. 11. Good condition.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double Trackset, Feb. 10. Good condition.

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Feb. 11. Good condition.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a walking path, Feb. 9. Poor condition. The trail that goes from the east side of the lake to the west side (boathouse side to Lake Agnes side) is a rather large slush layer and nothing can be done to it until it freezes. The length of the Lake (Chateau to Mt. Victoria) is a good walking path with several slush layers and the ski trail is skier set because our machinery continuously gets stuck, so again we will wait until it freezes.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Feb. 8. Poor condition with new snow.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Feb. 11.

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20 Val February 10, 2017 at 10:37 pm

Skogan Pass, Feb 10th.
Snow was covering the recent grooming, more higher up. An enjoyable day nevertheless. Only two other people on the trail today. I found out how the Screamer got it’s name ! Not what I had thought! We heard several booms coming from avalanche control. Hoping to get out again before the next warm up.

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21 Bob Truman February 10, 2017 at 9:42 pm

Ribbon Creek tracksetter Jeff sent this at 9:38 pm from his phone in the snowcat:

I’m still out grooming just to let you know Skogan was only Re groomed to the High level jct. About 6cm of new snow on the old grooming past there. The middle Skogan ice floe is now the Skogan Glacier best to take Hidden/ Nakiska if any one is doing the pass. Check the live grooming report in the morning for full details. Snowing lightly and -5 here a the Village with no wind should be great tomorrow.

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22 Bob Truman February 9, 2017 at 7:06 pm

Update from Chateau Lake Louise ski grooming team:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the Nordic Ski trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double Trackset, Feb. 9. Good condition. Depending on how much snow we receive this may be in fair condition by the morning.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double Trackset, Feb. 9. Good condition. Depending on how much snow we receive over night this may be in fair condition by the morning.

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Feb. 9. Good condition. Depending on how much snow we receive over night this may be in fair condition by the morning.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a walking path, Feb. 9. Good condition. Depending on how much snow we receive over night this may be in fair condition by the morning.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Feb. 8. Poor condition with new snow.

Teaching Grid: leveled, Feb. 9.

Notes:

– The slush is returning on the east side (near Boathouse), the middle, and the south side (Mt. Victoria end) of the lake. Stick to the packed trail as it’s most likely only going to get worse with the new snow in the forecast.

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23 Bob Truman February 8, 2017 at 10:46 pm

Update from Chateau Lake Louise ski grooming team:

Here is an update of the Nordic Ski trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double Trackset, Feb. 7. Great condition.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double Trackset, Feb. 7. Great condition.

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Feb. 7. Great condition.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a walking path, Feb. 7. Great condition.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Feb. 8. Great condition.

Teaching Grid: 6 lanes, Feb. 8.

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24 Bob Truman February 8, 2017 at 10:44 pm

West Bragg Creek update from Groomer Jeff:

Today may have seen the best conditions of the year thus far!

Everything in the system has been track set and groomed in the last 24 hrs with the exception of Telephone Loop. Parks has assured us that they will groom this tomorrow.

Expectations are for a very crowded weekend both because of fantastic conditions and our hosting of the Alberta Youth Championships.

Races will likely be held in the Chickadee Meadow and West Crystal Lines and an altered grooming pattern can be expected on Friday, eliminating the skate lane for Saturday’s Classic Race.

Accessing the trails from Highway 66 ( Allen Bill Pond ) is an alternative to the West Bragg Parking Lot.

See you on the trails!

Photo of Hostel loop

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25 Alf Skrastins February 8, 2017 at 11:03 pm

There is a new and significantly larger parking lot for the Highway #66 access to the West Bragg Creek trails. The parking lot is on the north side of the Highway, opposite Allen Bill (former Pond) parking lot.

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26 Bob Truman February 8, 2017 at 11:54 am

Update on Yoho and Emerald Lake from Kicking Horse Ski Club:

Wow—was it nice to ski it today!! Finally the snow has allowed us to track the Connector from the Natural Bridge to Emerald Lake. So wonderful! Not affected by wind as in the Valley here in Field! Joe also refreshed the Tally Ho trail and trails at Emerald, and yesterday he tracked the Kicking Horse Fire road.
Plans to do Tak. road tomorrow—hopefully the wind is down and he can also do the Monarch but—we’ll see.
We have a night time ski due this Friday with Jessica–location to be announced–and the weather is due to warm up.
Anyone wishing to join us for our 30th anniversary stay at Emerald Lake Lodge or come only for the dinner—MUST RESERVE WITH THE LODGE BY THIS COMING SUNDAY–FEB 12TH.
FEB. 16–THURSDAY is the celebration date!!
CALL 250-343-6321 AND RESERVE YOUR ROOM OR reserve DINNER ONLY!!
SEE YOU THERE! MARILYN

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27 Bob Truman February 7, 2017 at 5:56 pm

West Bragg Creek update from Groomer Jeff:

Hello all,

Conditions on groomed trails are in excellent right now thanks to over 25 cm of new snow in the last few days.
Thus far we have the following trails groomed track set:

West and East Crystal Lines and Links, Sundog, Iron Springs, Mountain View, and Moose Connector.

Track setting on remaining trails will hopefully be completed tomorrow.

Don’t forget that West Bragg Creek will be hosting the Alberta Youth Championships this weekend. Come out and cheer on the next generation of ski enthusiasts!

See you on the trails!

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28 Bob Truman February 7, 2017 at 5:55 pm

Update from Chateau Lake Louise ski grooming team:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the Nordic Ski trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double Trackset, Feb. 7. Great condition.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double Trackset, Feb. 7. Great condition. Thanks Parks!

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Feb. 7. Great condition.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a walking path, Feb. 7. Great condition.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Jan. 20. Poor condition.

Teaching Grid: Leveled, Feb. 7.

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29 Groomer Jeff February 5, 2017 at 7:54 pm

GBCTA Groomers report:

Another 10 cm has fallen in the last 24 hrs. Our crew was grooming and track setting all day. With the new snow, most problem areas are now covered with sufficient snow.

The following trails have been groomed and track set and are in good condition:
Hostel Loop, West Crystal and Links, East Crystal, Sundog, and Loggers.

The following trails have been roller packed:
Mountain Road, Mountain View, Mountain View West, Moose Connector and Moose Loop.

Expect to see our crew throughout the week trying to keep pace with the snow.

Telephone and Elbow are groomed by Alberta Parks and will hopefully groomed shortly.

Some photos from today:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/51493235@N02/31903457733/in/dateposted-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/51493235@N02/32582442182/in/dateposted-public/

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30 Oleg February 5, 2017 at 8:52 pm

Thank you, gentlemen. You are amazing.

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31 Bob Truman February 4, 2017 at 5:48 pm

Update from Chateau Lake Louise ski grooming team:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the Nordic Ski trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double Trackset, Feb. 4. Good condition.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double Trackset, Feb. 4. Good condition. Thanks Parks!

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Feb. 4. Good condition.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a walking path, Feb. 4. Good condition.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Jan. 20. Poor condition.

Teaching Grid: 6 lanes, Feb 4.

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32 Groomer Jeff February 4, 2017 at 2:25 pm

GBCTA Trail Report
Hello All,
West Bragg Creek has received about 5 cm overnight.
The following trails have been Groomed and Track set and are in good condition:
East Crystal, Lower and Middle West Crystal and Links, Sundog, Hostel Meadow, and Loggers.

Trails in fair condition:
Elbow North ( Watch for ice flows ), Iron Springs

Trails not recommended for skiing at present due to lack of base are:
Mountain Road, Mountain View, Mountain View West, Chickadee, Hostel Loop

The forecast is for much more snow, so we will keep you posted with updates as conditions change. Happy skiing!

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33 Bob Truman February 2, 2017 at 5:14 pm

Update from Chateau Lake Louise ski grooming team:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the Nordic Ski trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double Trackset, Feb. 2. Fair Condition. Our renovator that breaks down the snow before the track is put in, isn’t working. The track is mostly in but along the trail it washes out because the snow is too cold and compacted for a track without first breaking the snow down.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double Trackset. Great condition.

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Jan. 28. Fair condition.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a walking path, Jan 21. Good condition with a few icy secetions.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Jan. 20. Fair condition.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Jan. 26.

Notes:

– It has been windy lately so watch for fallen trees and please report back if you come across any.

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34 Bob Truman February 2, 2017 at 7:51 am

Groomer Jeff from West Bragg Creek, sent on Feb 1:

“Some snow harvesting and multiple renovation cycles have improved the skiing options in West Bragg.

Presently, Hostel Meadow (not Hostel Loop), the Crystal Lines and Links (with exception of Upper West Crystal) and Sundog hill are all skiable with few icy patches.

Nothing is track set due to the lack of snow depth, but the skate skiing is quite good!

Only 1 cm of snow fell overnight but there are multiple days of forecast snow in the coming week. Keep your fingers crossed!”

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35 Bob Truman January 29, 2017 at 6:11 pm

Update from Chateau Lake Louise ski grooming team:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the Nordic Ski trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double Trackset, Jan. 29. Fair Condition.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double Trackset, Jan 26. Good condition.

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Jan. 28. Great condition.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a walking path, Jan 21. Good condition with a few icy secetions.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Jan. 20. Good condition.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Jan. 26.

Notes:

– It has been windy lately so watch for fallen trees and please report back if you come across any.

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36 Bob Truman January 28, 2017 at 6:08 pm

Update from Chateau Lake Louise ski grooming team:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the Nordic Ski trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double Trackset, Jan. 26. Fair Condition.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double Trackset, Jan 26. Good condition.

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Jan. 28. Great condition.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a walking path, Jan 21. Good condition with a few icy secetions.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Jan. 20. Good condition.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Jan. 26.

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37 Bob Truman January 27, 2017 at 4:08 pm

Update from Kicking Horse Ski Club:

The MONARCH TRAIL is reopened over the last 2 days–thanks to track setter Joe and volunteers Pierre and Bruce.
This is our DOG FRIENDLY corner of Yoho– from Field(Yoho Trading Gas station) to Takkakaw Falls trailhead–carry your pruners and help out—there are lots of willows and such to navigate. DOGS & owners can carry on all the way to the switchbacks also. Joe re-track set Tak. Road yesterday. Come on out –you dog owners!
The Tally Ho was also done recently as well as the Kicking Horse fire road. Bruce and I skied it 3 days ago in blue skies, -3 temps and glideee as can be! Saw so many tracks….from moose(calf & cow) to mouse, lynx, num-ti-jah, squirrel, snowshoe rabbits, plus a drop in by a few grouse.
We got daylight till 6 pm now! And it’s getting better every day!!
Book your 30th Anniversary Deal at Emerald. Feb 16th !!! You need a reservation with the Lodge–even if you just come for the dinner only!! 250-343-6321
Ski your heart out.
OH–The Connector is still not ready—sorry. It is machine packed but we need more snow yet! Kind of like the ice trail leading away from the Avalanche area–HARD AND ICY….OUT OF OUR CONTROL!

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38 Bob Truman January 27, 2017 at 8:41 am

Update from Chateau Lake Louise ski grooming team:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the Nordic Ski trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double Trackset, Jan. 26. Great Condition.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double Trackset, Jan 26. Great condition. Thanks Parks!

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Jan. 19. Good condition.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a walking path, Jan 21. Good condition with a few icy secetions.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Jan. 20. Good condition.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Jan. 26.

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39 Bob Truman January 24, 2017 at 5:53 pm

Update from Groomer Jeff at West Bragg Creek:

With help from Alf and Bill this morning we were able to resurrect some trails from the fallout of our most recent Chinook.

Hostel Meadow is in very good condition for skate skiing and has one lane of classic tracks. This trail is just south of Hostel Loop and has been nick named by our head coach Flora as “Secret Thunder”

Lower West and Middle Crystal plus all the links have been renovated for skate skiing. A classic track will be incorporated shortly.

East Crystal from the terrain park to the trail head and clock wise around Bunny have been renovated as well. There are stretches with a classic track. We expect to groom more trails in the coming days and incorporate classic lanes where snow depth permits.

In general, conditions are surprisingly good on the trails mentioned above. Be aware of isolated icy sections on hills and expect to see some debris from the Chinook that has littered the snow.

Happy skiing!

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40 Jeff January 24, 2017 at 3:49 pm

I found this video online . Conditions aren’t quite as fun as this place in Ontario.

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/videos/gallery/clearing-ski-trails-watch-what-happens-to-the-groomer/sharevideo/5289407913001

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41 Bob Truman January 19, 2017 at 4:53 pm

Update from Chateau Lake Louise ski grooming team:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the Nordic Ski trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double Trackset, Jan. 18. Fair Condition.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double Trackset, Jan 19. Great condition. Thanks Parks!

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Jan. 19. Great condition.

Lake Trail (#4): You can walk and ski on the lake, but there are several long spots of slush that are not freezing after being exposed. Equipment used behind the snowmobile can’t stay on top of the slush and just isn’t fun for anyone. You can walk the lake with boots or ski it but until it freezes we can’t work with it.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Jan. 11. Poor condition.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Jan. 19.

-A mechanical issue prevented us from tracksetting this afternoon, but it’s fixed and we’ll be back out tomorrow on the Upper Telemark/Peyto trails.

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42 Bob Truman January 18, 2017 at 5:29 pm

Update from Chateau Lake Louise ski grooming team:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the Nordic Ski trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double Trackset, Jan. 18. Fair Condition with new snow.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double Trackset, Jan 18. Fair Condition with new snow.

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Jan. 11. Poor condition with new snow, several large trees have fallen across the trail, work to remove them will start tomorrow.

Lake Trail (#4): Travel not recommended. One of the many slush layers is almost knee deep.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Jan. 11. Poor condition.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Jan. 18.

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43 Jeff January 17, 2017 at 6:24 pm

January to March in 24 hours. As you can see from the Ribbon Creek trip reports conditions have deteriorated in this area very quickly. The shallow base is just no match for the hunger of the current snow eater chinook. I’d recommend skiing somewhere else for awhile.

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44 Bob Truman January 17, 2017 at 5:13 pm

Update from Chateau Lake Louise ski grooming team:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the Nordic Ski trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double Trackset, Jan. 17. Great Condition.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double Trackset, Jan 17. Great condition.

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Jan. 11. Fair condition.
Update from Chateau Lake Louise ski grooming team:

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate walking path, Jan. 11. Fair condition. Slush is appearing once again, boots recommended.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Jan. 11. Fair condition.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Jan. 17.

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45 Groomer Jeff January 17, 2017 at 3:45 pm

GBCTA grooming report.
Our extraordinary conditions have come to an end. Warm temps and high winds have caused rapid deterioration of conditions on most of the trail system. Pine needles are accumulating in forested areas, and snow ranges from soft to ice crust depending on location and time of day. Numerous ice flows are plaguing the area, including the Chickadee Meadow, the bridge at the junction of East Crystal and Ranger Summit, Confusion Corner ( West Crystal/Moose Connector/ MV Junction ), Moose Loop, and Stairway to Heaven on Upper West Crystal.
Please exercise caution when using the trails until conditions improve.
Note that XCBC will be hosting a race this weekend on the Crystal Lines and possibly other trails, weather and conditions depending.

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46 Bob Truman January 15, 2017 at 8:55 pm

Shaganappi update from Alasdair Fergusson:

Hi Fellow skiing enthusiasts

Get out and enjoy it before our Traditional Mid-January Melt-down!
Hopefully the well-packed trails will resist day time melting, especially as continuing cold nights below freezing are forecast.

Great snow depth, good tracksetting, and especially the large Teaching Grid on the Driving Range by my fellow volunteers on Friday.
Then the packing, grooming and snow-combing the wide ski-skating lanes on Saturday morning when I used the opportunity to stop and talk to a lot of skiers and children.

Primarily to explain that we were volunteers from CSC and the club had been doing this job for between 30 & 40 years.
And used our fund-raising by grant and casino to pay for the service to the public.

AND, most important, a good number of skiers said this was their first visit and were very impressed at both the terrain and the tracksetting.

Many skiers and snowshoers expressed thanks for all our work and particularly one older gentleman who was effusive, spoke with a Germanic accent and said he was 83 and regularly skied at Shaganappi.

And a very busy time in the parking lot:

After 12 Noon, I counted 132 cars in the parking lot and there was still space available for any late-comers.
I believe our limit would be about 150 cars.
But I need to look for my previous parking lot report.

This number of cars plus many expressions of gratitude is what makes my job as TS&G Coordinator for the past 30 years so rewarding.

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47 Jeff January 14, 2017 at 11:31 am

Skogan Pass, the trails above the Marmot Gate are in excellent condition. The issue is getting there. A few options are as follows,: From Ribbon Parking Lot you can use Hidden through Nakiska, Lower Skogan to the Troll Falls turn off then use Hay Meadow or a newly groomed Stoney Trail. The Stoney option has potential as there is no hiking traffic on it as yet. Last option is from the Stoney Gate then Hay or Stoney up Ruthies and then up Skogan. I’d be interested on any feedback on Stoney as it is under the power line but has better snow than Troll or Hay Meadow.

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48 David Pugh January 15, 2017 at 9:57 pm

I had a wonderful ski on Skogan, including both of the loops, on Saturday. Parking at Stoney, I skied up the short connector to join Skogan trail right after it crosses the road. At 9am the fresh grooming had already been marred by people walking right in the track. Looking at where some of the walkers had joined and left the trail, is it possible that this is Nakiska staff? And if so, could the word be politely put out to them through Nakiska management? In any case, the challenges of this foot traffic, the ice flows, and the occasional dirt and debris were completely worthwhile to access the upper trails. Thanks for all your great work! I will have to try Stoney next time, assuming it survives the impending meltdown.

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49 Teresa January 16, 2017 at 10:11 pm

Had a really fun ski on the Sunburst/High Level loop this afternoon (first time skiing these trails). Took the Stoney Trail/Ruthies access option after having read this blog – thank you! Tracks on Stoney were great – some walkers had been along there (but mostly not on the tracks). Seemed like a quick and easy way to get started, and to finish the ski. Ruthies showed a lot of dirt, but skiing it was not a problem and one could mostly stay between the dirt patches on the way down.

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50 Bob Truman January 13, 2017 at 8:31 pm

Update from Kicking Horse Ski Club re: Yoho and Emerald Lake:

We’re on a warming trend–get out there to ski.
Saturday Jan 14th at 8 pm at the Natural Bridge–you can join our coach Jessica for a night time ski.
Joe has been refreshing the trails at Emerald and here in the valley.
The Connector and Monarch still need more snow–Joe and Hans did run over the Connector a few times but it’s still pretty rough.
Thanks to Helen/Chris Read for bringing cookies for the track setters…! Cheers

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51 Bob Truman January 12, 2017 at 8:39 pm

Update from Ribbon Creek tracksetter Jeff:

“Ribbon Creek trackset for the first time. Not too bad for the most part but I’d recommend skiing the loop clockwise from Ribbon Parking there are a few Baglers lurking under the Snow on both Terrace and Ribbon’s big Hills.”

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52 Bob Truman January 11, 2017 at 11:16 pm

Update from Chateau Lake Louise grooming team:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the Nordic Ski trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double Trackset, Jan. 10. Great Condition.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double Trackset, Jan 10. Great condition.

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Jan. 11. Great condition.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate walking path, Jan. 11. Good condition. The walking path is great, but the ski trail has one section that’s about 100 meters long of solid ice and unable to be set. We have never encountered such consistently bad conditions for equipment, and we are really tired of getting hopelessly stuck in -30C temps.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Jan. 11. Great condition.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Jan. 10.

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53 Bob Truman January 12, 2017 at 9:25 am

The Banff trail report indicates MLR was groomed on Jan 9, and there hasn’t been any new snow, so it should be great. I hope you red this within the next half hour, because I’m going to delete your comment. Readers are looking for Groomer’s Reports on this page.

You can ask questions on the “Trip Reports” page, or the “Ask a Question…” page.

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54 Bob Truman January 10, 2017 at 5:11 pm

Update from Chateau Lake Louise ski grooming team:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the Nordic Ski trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double Trackset, Jan. 10. Great Condition.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double Trackset, Jan 10. Great condition.

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Jan. 5. Poor condition with the new snow.

Lake Trail (#4): The walking path is good to go with some minor slush present. However, the ski trail has a 100 meter plus section of exposed slush that will take some time to freeze (hopefully tonight) before we can put a track on it.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Jan. 6. Poor condition with the new snow.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Jan. 10.

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55 Bob Truman January 8, 2017 at 9:55 pm

Shaganappi update from Alasdair Fergusson of the Calgary Ski Club:

Hi enthusiastic XC skiers and lovers of winter!

Shaganappi was packed, groomed with Trail Tenderizer and snow-comb, and trackset on Saturday afternoon.

The fresh snow made for outstanding XC skiing and snowshoeing conditions.

Please spread the word about this great XC skiing facility in Calgary’s City Centre with excellent access from major expressways and the LRT.

This La Nina cold winter in the Pacific is certainly bringing great snow if cold weather compared to the El Nino warm winters of the recent past.

Get out and enjoy it before the next Chinook tries to destroy it!

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56 Bob Truman January 7, 2017 at 5:10 pm

Update from Chateau Lake Louise ski grooming team:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the Nordic Ski trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double Trackset, Jan. 5 Great Condition.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double Trackset, Dec. 30. Good condition.

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Jan. 5. Great condition.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a walking path, Jan. 5. Good condition. There are three, 10 meter long sections of exposed ice on the ski trail, easy to spot and avoid. A little slush is surprisingly still present on the walking path.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Jan. 6. Great condition.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Dec. 30.

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57 Barb banff January 7, 2017 at 6:57 pm

To the contrary, was on upper telemark today – noonish. Was very recently Groomed but NO TRACK TO BE SEEN from 1A to the lake.

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58 Bob Truman January 6, 2017 at 9:50 pm

Update from Kicking Horse Ski Club in Yoho/Emerald Lake on Thur Jan 5:

Joe got all of these Emerald trails trackset today…
Horse trail
Alluvial fan
And one run to the back–on the ice–but there is major slush!
He packed the Tree Hugger Trail just once–usable but no track yet.
Thne he set track on the Kicking Horse and Tally Ho to Field!
Tomorrow he plans to track set Takkakaw to the switchbacks.
The Connector and Monarch still have many deadfall trees to cut, and packing before we set track. Another big snowfall would be ideal for those 2 trails….but at least we have nice trails now! go ski them! And make your room booking for Emerald Lake Lodge!

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59 Bob Truman January 5, 2017 at 9:50 pm

Update from Chateau Lake Louise ski grooming team.

Hi All!

Here is an update of the Nordic Ski trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double Trackset, Jan. 5 Great Condition. This is skiing great right now!

Upper Tramline (#3): Double Trackset, Dec. 30. Good condition.

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Jan. 5. Great condition.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a walking path, Jan. 5. Good condition. There are three 10 meter long sections of exposed ice on the ski trail, easy to spot and avoid. A little slush is surprising still present on the walking path.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Dec. 31. Good condition.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Dec. 30.

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60 Bob Truman December 31, 2016 at 2:31 pm

Update from Chateau Lake Louise ski grooming team. Changes from previous update are in bold.

Hi All!

Here is an update of the Nordic Ski trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double Trackset, Dec. 30. Good Condition. This might just be the best ski in the valley right now.

Upper Tramline (#3): Leveled, Dec. 30. Good condition.

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Dec. 30. Good condition.

Lake Trail (#4): Walking path, Dec. 30. Slush is present in a few places wear boots! Slush doesn’t seem to be freezing very well, and getting stuck in it is no fun. Next weeks forecasted temperatures should help.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Dec. 31. Good condition.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Dec. 30.

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61 Bob Truman December 31, 2016 at 7:59 am

Update from the Chateau Lake Louise ski grooming team(submitted Dec 30 pm):

Hi All!

Here is an update of the Nordic Ski trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double Trackset, Dec. 30. Good Condition. This might just be the best ski in the valley right now.

Upper Tramline (#3): Leveled, Dec. 30. Good condition.

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Dec. 30. Good condition.

Lake Trail (#4): Walking path, Dec. 30. Slush is present in a few places wear boots! Hope to start on a ski track tomorrow if the slush freezes.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Dec. 9. Poor condition. So it looks like some horses decided to go for a walk on a ski trail. Completely trashing the trail from Hillside to the Brewster Stables. The lower portion is fine but the upper section is a mess, the shoveling mission begins tomorrow…

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Dec. 30.

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62 Jody December 30, 2016 at 2:04 am

PLPP

At this time the Live Grooming is not showing, and the manual overrides are not working either, so I am updating the grooming done on Thursday evening in PLPP. Close to 10cm’s of snow fell in the Elk Pass parking lot between 4PM and midnight, more at higher elevations, and it was still snowing lightly at midnight. It looked like 3 or 4 cm’s fell in the Pocaterra area, where it had stopped snowing and the stars were visible.
On Thursday evening, Elk Pass to the north Hydroline junction, Hydroline, Lookout, and Tyrwhitt were all groomed and trackset, though there are still a few missing pieces to the Tyrwhitt tracksetting due to areas of thin snow. Expect some amount of snow on top of all the grooming, and likely the tracks are blown in along with some drifting on Hydroline. Nice to finally have some good amounts of snow to push around. Happy Trails…

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63 Bob Truman December 28, 2016 at 10:44 am

Shaganappi Golf Course:

The Calgary Ski Club reports that all trails are packed and trackset for skating and classic. Shaganappi trail report

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64 Wendy December 29, 2016 at 6:33 am

Can anyone view the trail reports in the Alberta Parks website? When I try to access these reports through Bob’s link at the top of this page, the page for each report is blank. Anyone else have the same issue?

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65 Bob Truman December 29, 2016 at 7:53 am

When I click on Trail Reports > Kananaskis, I get this: http://www.albertaparks.ca/kananaskis-country/advisories-public-safety/trail-reports.aspx

It lists all the relevant areas which you can click on.

What’s everybody else seeing?

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66 Diana Piggott December 29, 2016 at 9:03 am

I am still able to view the reports 🙂

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67 jeff December 27, 2016 at 9:10 pm

Looks like Santa decided to give the Ribbon Creek Area lumps of rocks instead of snow. New grooming tonight using the 5 cm or less of new snow to set some tracks around the Village area. Caution advised throughout but I would like to change the old,saying ” need a penny take a penny” to ” hit a rock take a rock” . Eventually there won’t be anymore to take.
To have a little fun with this slow start to the season I suggest a new rating system:
For poor. Skis found by dumpster, I used to race on them 20 years ago or Sweet deal from a church rummage sale
For Fair . My old standbys, I need a new pair eventually or good deal at the ski swap
For Good . New skis for Christmas
These are a few I’d like to hear a few more and come up with one for each category.

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68 Bob Truman December 27, 2016 at 9:25 pm

This “rocky” start to the season has given me plenty of use from my three pairs of rock skis:
Poor: Skis which I bought 18 years ago but still usable if a little flat.
Fair: My workhorse skis. My first pair of racing skis which are still fast but can take a hit. Two new gouges yesterday from Goat Creek. They’re still as stiff as the day I bought them. Laminated, not capped.
Good: A good pair of capped racing skis, about 7 years old, which went through some gravel last year in the Lake Louise to Banff loppet.

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69 Bob Truman December 26, 2016 at 11:01 am

West Bragg Creek Report on Dec 26 @ 11:00 a.m. from Groomer Jeff:

All of the Crystal lines, Sundog, Iron Springs North, Mountain Road and Moose Connector were groomed and track set this morning. Conditions generally are good with some hazards in thin areas. Watch for ice flows on Lower West Crystal and Stairway to Heaven.

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70 Groomer Jeff December 24, 2016 at 2:15 pm

Merry Xmas everyone!
West Bragg has received 10-15 cm in the last 24 hrs and it is still snowing. We’ve managed to roller pack everything except Elbow South, Telephone and Mountain View West. MVW should be done by this afternoon.
Hostel has been double track set, but base is thin in some areas.
Overall conditions should be great for the next few days. Expect to see more track setting over the next few days.
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71 Bob Truman December 22, 2016 at 1:15 am

Upper Lake Louise trails from JD:

Hi All!

Fairview Loop (#2): Double Trackset, Dec. 21. Good Condition.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double trackset, Dec.21. Good condition.

Shoreline (#4): Single trackset, Dec.21. Good condition. The snowmobile has broken down at the end of this trail. Again…

Lake Trail (#4): Walking path, Dec. 21. Slush is present in a few places wear boots!

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Dec. 9. Poor condition. So it looks like some horses decided to go for a walk on a ski trail. Completely trashing the trail from Hillside to the Brewster Stables. It’s a mess, more snow is needed as well as a bunch of cowboys to help shovel.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Dec. 21.

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72 Bob Truman December 20, 2016 at 11:07 pm

Yoho, Emerald Lake update from Kicking Horse Ski Club:

It’s arriving–late coming but just in time for Christmas!
We have a brand new Ginzu Groomer to hook up to Santa’s Sled!
The boys have a track on the ice at Emerald since a couple of days, with a sled packed Alluvial Fan, Horse Trail & the trail from Field to the Natural Bridge and on to the end at the Otterhead River. And now with the new snow– they can go out today to set a track on ALL of it!
The Connector will need more snow yet–(it usually gets done only in January).
We will keep you up to date with other trails as they get done. Come on out and have fun skiing.
Make your reservations for Feb. 16th/2017 Special 30 year Anniversary Night! http://www.khsc.ca/

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73 Bob Truman December 15, 2016 at 8:31 am

Grooming at Mt Shark on Dec 14: “While conditions are improving at Mt Shark, the snow base is still quite thin and many natural hazards exist throughout the system, including uneven surfaces, exposed dirt and rocks, brush, and possible open water or ice crossings. All trails groomed on Dec 14th were groomed only; Watridge Lake trail was trackset on Dec 7th as far as Watridge Lake.”

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74 Bob Truman December 12, 2016 at 9:36 pm

Update from Foothills Ski Club re: Confederation golf course:

With the recent snow and cold temperatures many Calgarians have begun to think of skiing. Foothills Nordic has packed down the recent natural snow on cross country trails in Confederation and Canmore Park with the groomer.

With regards to snow making at Confederation Park Golf Course: Foothills Nordic and the City of Calgary have made much progress in the last couple of months and are close to finalizing an agreement.

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75 Bob Truman December 12, 2016 at 12:06 pm

Yoho National Park/Emerald Lake: The first update from the Kicking Horse Ski Club:

Hello fellow skiers,

I hope you are already enjoying some fantastic xc skiing in the Lake Louise area and are as anxious as me to ski in Yoho! Joe has been working hard at setting all the bridges in and has started to pack certain trails. Because of the lack of snow, nothing has been groomed or track set in Yoho as of this weekend so we need to keep doing some snow dances so we can get out there and ski for Christmas.

Happy trails for now, Jessica.

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76 Bob Truman December 9, 2016 at 9:32 pm

Upper Lake Louise trails from JD:

Hi All!

Fairview Loop (#2): Double Trackset, Dec. 7. Good Condition. There are still hazards lurking just under the thin packed snow, be mindful.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double trackset, Dec. 9. Good condition.

Shoreline (#4): Poor condition. Skier trackset. Work is underway, one drainage is going to need a little more help than these temperatures. Will have set by mid week.

Lake Trail (#4): As soon as we get more snow we can work on it, currently there isn’t enough to make a ski track.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Dec. 9. Fair condition. This took a lot longer than expected, in heavily forested areas there was less than 10cm of snow to work with. Copious amounts of shoveling has finally given us something to work with. Please be careful, there a are few hazards under the snow pack and some twigs poking up in a few places.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Dec. 9.

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77 Bob Truman December 5, 2016 at 10:20 am

West Bragg Creek from Simon:

22.5 man hours of grooming for yesterday’s snow fall. The whole trail system with exception of Elbow South was rollerpacked.

Many thanks to David C. and Bill for their help today!!

Snow is thin and there are lots of hazards subsurface but the 10 cm that was packed will be a great base for the snow to come!!

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78 Bob Truman December 4, 2016 at 5:33 pm

Received this email from Tracksetter Jeff(aka TSJ) who grooms the trails at Ribbon Creek and Kananaskis Village:

Hi Bob.,
10cm exactly at the Village snowcat headquarters look for a little packing over the next few days.

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