Groomer’s Reports 2017-2018

Reports from the groomers and tracksetters

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1 Diana Piggott April 28, 2018 at 4:10 pm

I am amazed and astonished that you are still grooming at PLPP!!!

Will you really groom in the rain tonight, though? Would it not be better to groom Sunday night after some snow falls 😉

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2 GordN April 30, 2018 at 7:26 am

I think because they stopped grooming on Saturday night…maybe? Seems that way anyway.

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3 KP April 14, 2018 at 4:51 pm

To the Mt. Shark Groomers – Thanks for doing such a great job this year! We may not see you, but we do think about you. We really appreciate all of the great tracks you have set this year. We skied the 15 km loop yesterday and really enjoyed it. It would be great to do with cold snow if you could get it done earlier next year.

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4 Bob Truman March 31, 2018 at 9:31 pm

West Bragg Creek Mar 31 update from Groomer Bill:

“The following West Bragg Creek trails have been trackset: East and West Crystal line, Sundog, Loggers, Mountain View, Mountain Road to Mountain View, Moose Connector, Moose Loop and Hostel Loop. Conditions are awesome!
The ice flow on Moose Loop is covered up and in good shape.
Be aware of ice (water) flow on the Sundog hill.

Parking lot was about half full in the afternoon.”

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5 Bob Truman March 31, 2018 at 6:50 pm

Mar 31 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Not quite how we had hoped to finish the season, but our sleds alternator stopped working two days ago and needs some help from a mechanic. Unfortunately we will not be able to trackset any longer this season as it will take some time to repair. See you next season!

Fairview Loop (#2): leveled, March 28. Poor condition.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double trackset, March 27. Poor condition.

Shoreline (#4): Leveled, March 28. Poor condition.The drainage 0.5km from the north (Chateau) entrance is starting to flow faster each day, completely eroding out the trail and requires you to take your skis off to cross over. Keep your head up!

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, March 27. Poor condition. Boots recommended for walkers. The quality of the ski track degrades quite quickly with all of the walkers.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, March 24. Poor condition with new snow.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, March 27. Poor condition.

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6 Bob Truman March 28, 2018 at 3:53 pm

Mar 28 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

We hope to keep tracksetting our Nordic Trails until March 31.

Fairview Loop (#2): leveled, March 28. Poor condition. An electrical issue with our sled prevented us from setting the track. We hope to have it fixed tomorrow, if we can’t fix it ourselves, our season is likely finished.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double trackset, March 27. Good condition.

Shoreline (#4): Leveled, March 28. Poor condition.The drainage 0.5km from the north (Chateau) entrance is starting to flow faster each day, completely eroding out the trail and requires you to take your skis off to cross over. Keep your head up! An electrical issue with our sled prevented us from setting the track. We hope to have it fixed tomorrow, if we can’t fix it ourselves, our season is likely finished.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, March 27. Good condition. Boots recommended for walkers. The quality of the ski track degrades quite quickly with all of the walkers.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, March 24. Poor condition with new snow.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, March 27. Good condition.

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7 Bob Truman March 26, 2018 at 4:10 pm

Mar 26 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

We hope to keep tracksetting our Nordic Trails until March 31

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, March 23. Good condition.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double trackset, March 23. Good condition.

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, March 24. Good condition. The drainage 0.5km from the North (Chateau) entrance is starting to flow faster each day, eroding out the trail and requires you to take skis off to cross over. Keep your head up!

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, March 26. Good condition. Boots recommended for walkers. The quality of the ski track degrades quite quickly with all of the walkers.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, March 24. Good condition.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, March 26. Good condition.

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8 Bob Truman March 23, 2018 at 8:58 pm

Mar 23 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.:

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, March 23. Good condition.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double trackset, March 23. Good condition. The large drainage is starting to flow faster each day and requires you to take skis off to for move over. Keep your head up!

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, March 23. Good condition. Boots recommended for walkers. The quality of the ski track degrades quite quickly with all of the walkers.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, March 16. Poor condition.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, March 23. Good condition.

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9 Bob Truman March 19, 2018 at 10:46 pm

Mar 19 West Bragg Creek update from GBCTA Groomer Jeff:

I’m not sure that there has been a more glorious morning in WBC this year. New snow, cold temps and bluebird sky.

Grooming and track setting took place on the following trails this morning:

Mountain Road, Mountain View, Loggers, Iron Springs, Iron Creek, Elbow N, East and West Crystal Lines, Sundog, Bunny, Chickadee and Hostel Loop.
All of the above trails are in excellent shape.

Telephone and Moose Loop have only been snowmobile packed and are not recommended unless you’re up for a slog.

Get out and enjoy the fabulous conditions!

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10 Bob Truman March 18, 2018 at 4:34 pm

Mar 18 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, March 17. Good condition.

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

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, March 18. Good condition. Drainage system very exposed with snow melt.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, March 16. Fair condition. Boots recommended for walkers. The quality of the ski track degrades quite quickly with all of the walkers.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, March 16. Good condition.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, March 18. Good condition.

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11 Bob Truman March 18, 2018 at 12:15 pm

Mar 17 update from Kicking Horse Ski Club in Yoho(take note, yesterday means Friday):

Joe DID do the tracks yesterday–Kicking Horse, Connector, all of Emerald and Tally Ho. He could not set a loop on the ice yet….too soft. Enjoy that sun! Watch out for icy track in AM and soft tracks in PM

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12 Bob Truman March 17, 2018 at 8:06 pm

Mar 17 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, March 17. Good condition.

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

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

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, March 16. Fair condition. Boots recommended for walkers. The quality of the ski track degrades quite quickly with all of the walkers.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, March 16. Good condition.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, March 17. Good condition.

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13 Bob Truman March 16, 2018 at 9:32 pm

Mar 16 West Bragg Creek update from GBCTA Groomer Jeff:

The gift that keeps on giving! 20 + cm of snow has fallen in West Bragg over the last two days with more expected tonight. Groomers have been busy roller packing the following trails: Hostel Loop, Hostel Meadow, Mountain Road, Mountain View, Loggers, East/West Crystal, Sundog, Iron Springs, Chickadee and Bunny. We expect to be track setting by Saturday morning. Have fun out there it is spectacular!

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14 Bob Truman March 10, 2018 at 9:15 pm

Mar 10 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, March 9. Good condition.

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

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

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, March 10. Good condition. Boots recommended for walkers. The quality of the ski track degrades quite quickly with all of the walkers.

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

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

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15 Bob Truman March 9, 2018 at 10:02 pm

Mar 9 West Bragg Creek update from GBCTA Groomer Jeff:

Groomers Bill and Dave put in a big effort to groom and track set most of the WBC system today. All that remains to be reconditioned are Telephone, Hostel and Elbow South.
Conditions are quite good at the moment, but may deteriorate quickly with the warm weather that is forecast for next week.
Get out and enjoy it while you can!!

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16 Bob Truman March 9, 2018 at 6:02 pm

Mar 9 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, March 9. Good condition.

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

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

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, March 4. Fair condition. Boots recommended for walkers.

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

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

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17 Bob Truman March 8, 2018 at 3:08 pm

Mar 8 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, March 5. Fair condition.

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

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

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, March 4. Fair condition. Boots recommended for walkers.

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

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

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18 Bob Truman March 5, 2018 at 6:12 pm

Mar 5 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, March 5. Good condition.

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

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

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, March 4. Good condition. Boots recommended for walkers.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, March 3. Fair condition.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, March 3. Fair condition.

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19 Bob Truman March 4, 2018 at 6:15 pm

Mar 4 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, March 3. Fair condition.

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

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

Lake Trail (#4): Leveled with a separate path for walkers, March 4. Poor condition. Boots recommended for walkers.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, March 3. Fair condition.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, March 3. Good condition.

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20 Bob Truman March 3, 2018 at 3:34 pm

Mar 3 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Note: The annual Lake Louise Loppet is this Sunday March 4. The Calgary Ski Club has been working on all of the trails used for the race (Upper and Lower Telemark plus the Fairview Loop) and they will be trackseting tonight for the race.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, March 3. Good condition.

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

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, March 1. Fair condition.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, March 1. Fair condition. Boots recommended for walkers.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, March 3. Good condition.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, March 3. Good condition.

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21 Bob Truman March 2, 2018 at 6:41 pm

Mar 2 West Bragg Creek update from GBCTA Groomer Jeff:

Snowmaggedon!!

Even with the grooming crew out in full force today we have been outpaced by the snow. We’ve had over 20 cm in the last 24 hrs!

All trails have been roller packed and all the core trails have been track set. That being said, I would expect that most of the tracks will be obliterated by new snow within the next 12 hrs, so we’ll start the process all over again.

Expect very soft conditions out there for the next two days. Also expect to see about 150 athletes from 4 provinces competing in the Alberta Youth Championships. They will be racing on West Crystal Line, so be sure to cheer them on!

Racing will take place all weekend, as will grooming operations, so expect to see equipment out on the trails.

Have fun out there, it is a winter wonderland!!

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22 Bob Truman March 1, 2018 at 3:44 pm

March 1 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, March 1. Good condition.

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

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, March 1. Good condition.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, March 1. Good condition. Boots recommended for walkers.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Feb. 24. Poor condition. Hope to trackset tomorrow afternoon (March 2).

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Feb 23. Fair Condition.

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23 Bob Truman February 24, 2018 at 5:20 pm

Feb 24 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Feb. 23. Good condition.

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

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Feb. 23. Good condition.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Feb. 23. Fair condition. Boots recommended for walkers.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Feb. 24. Good condition.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Feb 23. Good Condition.

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24 Bob Truman February 23, 2018 at 9:12 pm

Feb 23 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double Trackset, Feb. 23. Good condition.

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

Shoreline (#4): Double Trackset, Feb. 23. Good condition.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Feb. 23. Fair condition. Boots recommended for walkers.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Feb. 14. Poor condition. Hope to trackset tomorrow (Feb. 24) afternoon.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Feb 23. Good Condition.

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25 Bob Truman February 19, 2018 at 7:20 pm

Feb 19 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Nordic Ski Trails:

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Feb. 13. Good condition.

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

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Feb. 13. Good condition.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Feb. 18. Fair condition with ice and slush. Boots recommended for walkers.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Feb. 14. Good condition.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes set. Feb 19. Good Condition

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26 Bob Truman February 18, 2018 at 5:32 pm

Feb 18 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Feb. 13. Good condition.

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

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Feb. 13. Good condition.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Feb. 18. Fair condition with ice and slush. Boots recommended for walkers.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Feb. 14. Good condition.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes set. Feb 12. Good Condition

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27 Bob Truman February 18, 2018 at 5:06 pm

Feb 18 West Bragg Creek update from GBCTA Groomer Jeff:

What a month! More snow last night meant great ski conditions in West Bragg!

Your grooming team put in an epic day today with about 26 hrs of grooming! Erik our resident groomer/mechanic also put in a full day trouble shooting equipment maintenance.

The following trails have been groomed and track set today:

Elbow North, Iron Springs N, Iron Creek, East & West Crystal & Links, Sundog, Loggers, Mountain View, Mountain View West, Mountain Road, Moose Connector and Loop, Hostel
Meadow and Loop, East and West Telephone. Be aware of ice flows on East and West Telephone, West Moose loop, and West Crystal at base of hill just west of Link 4.

It should be a great week of skiing. Get out and enjoy, and show some love for the trails by donating $. Our operations are completely funded by donors!

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28 Groomer Jeff February 16, 2018 at 8:25 pm

Heads up for all the skiers for Saturday. Within hours of finishing all of our track setting it started snowing heavily tonight. Not sure what the accumulation will be, but I would not be considering a skate ski tomorrow. Classic skiing would certainly be a safer call, as we won’t be able to get everything re-groomed before the crowds arrive. It’s a winter wonderland out there and snow is forecast to keep coming right through Saturday evening. Have fun out there!!

Note: This is Groomer Jeff from West Bragg Creek. In case you hadn’t noticed, most groomers are named Jeff. -Bob

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29 Bob Truman February 15, 2018 at 9:08 pm

Feb 15 West Bragg Creek update from GBCTA groomer Jeff:

Hello All,

What a stretch we’ve had! Another 5-10 cm of new snow yesterday makes for a total of over 30 cm in the last week. Groomers have been working feverishly to get the whole system groomed and track set for the weekend.

Our colleagues at Parks have graciously track set Iron Springs South and Elbow South today. This means that for the second weekend in a row, we will have 65 km of ski trail freshly groomed within 48 hrs of a snow event.

Get out and enjoy it, conditions are fantastic out there!

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30 Bob Truman February 15, 2018 at 7:02 pm

Feb 15 update on the Yoho and Emerald lake trails from Kicking Horse Ski Club:

The Lake Louise Track Setters lent us a sled today–even delivered it–Thank you so much.!!! Joe was able to groom out all the Kicking Horse and Tally Ho with beautiful wide corduroy! Tomorrow he will groom out the Connector and Emerald Lake while Bruce and I go retrieve our own sled in Golden–so he can then put a beautiful track on the groomed trails and have it ready for Saturday’s Ski Challenge. The wiring on the Parks sled did not match up to our track setting hydraulics but it did work to do the corduroy! Thank goodness for such good neighbours –Parks Canada and the Lake Louise winter Trail Crew. Come out for the Challenge–the trails will be wonderful. Ski ya later eh?

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31 Bob Truman February 14, 2018 at 5:53 pm

Feb 14 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Feb. 13. Good condition.

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

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Feb. 13. Good condition.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Feb. 12. Fair condition with ice and slush. Boots recommended for walkers.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Feb. 14. Good condition.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes set. Feb 12. Good Condition

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32 Bob Truman February 13, 2018 at 8:47 pm

Feb 13 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Feb. 13. Good condition.

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

Shoreline (#4): Leveled.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Feb. 12. Fair condition with ice and slush. Boots recommended for walkers.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Leveled. Hope to trackset tomorrow afternoon, Jan. 13.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes set. Feb 12. Good Condition

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33 Bob Truman February 12, 2018 at 7:13 pm

Feb 12 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Poor condition with new snow.

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

Shoreline (#4): Leveled.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Feb. 12. Fair condition with ice and slush. Boots recommended for walkers.

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

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes set. Feb 12. Good Condition

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34 Bob Truman February 11, 2018 at 4:32 pm

Feb 11 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Well that was a bad week to have our sled in for repairs… We have it back now and are working diligently on the trails. This will take time, as with the amount of snow we received we have to start from scratch.

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Poor condition with new snow.

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

Shoreline (#4): Leveled.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Feb. 10. Fair condition with ice and slush. Boots recommended for walkers.

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

Teaching Grid: leveled.

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35 Bob Truman February 10, 2018 at 9:51 pm

Feb 10 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Poor condition with new snow.

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

Shoreline (#4): Poor condition with new snow.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Feb. 10. Fair condition with ice and slush. Boots recommended for walkers.

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

Teaching Grid: leveled.

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36 Bob Truman February 8, 2018 at 11:44 pm

Feb 8 West Bragg Creek update from GBCTA Groomer Jeff:

Greetings all,

Cumulatively we’ve had about 21cm of snow in the last 3 days. Conditions at present are very good, with the following trails having been groomed and track set:

West Crystal and Links, East Crystal, Sundog, Mountain Rd to Moose Connector, Loggers, Hostel Meadow and Loop, Perimeter Trail, Chickadee and Bunny.

Grooming will be ongoing, and we expect to complete the track setting of our remaining trails by Friday afternoon.

Get out and enjoy the great skiing!!

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37 Bob Truman February 5, 2018 at 7:31 pm

Feb 5 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Feb. 3. Good condition.

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

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Feb. 4. Fair condition with new snow.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Feb. 5. Boots recommended for walkers.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Feb. 2. Fair condition with new snow.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Feb. 2. Good condition.

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38 Bob Truman February 4, 2018 at 5:42 pm

Feb 4 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Fe. 3. Good condition.

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

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Feb. 4. Fair condition with new snow.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Feb. 4. Boots recommended for walkers.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Feb. 2. Fair condition with new snow.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Feb. 2. Good condition.

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39 Bob Truman February 3, 2018 at 5:16 pm

Feb 3 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Fe. 3. Good condition.

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

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Feb. 1. Fair condition with new snow.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Feb. 3. Boots recommended for walkers.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Feb. 2. Fair condition with new snow.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Feb. 2. Good condition.

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40 Bob Truman February 2, 2018 at 9:50 am

Feb 2 @9:50 a.m:
Due to a glitch, the trail from Castle Junction to Castle Lookout wasn’t trackset yesterday as scheduled, but I’ve just been informed that it is being trackset right now.

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41 Bob Truman February 1, 2018 at 7:18 pm

Feb 1 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Jan. 31. Good condition.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double trackset. Good condition, thanks Parks!

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Feb 1. Good condition.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Jan. 31. Fair condition with slush/ice sections for skiers. Boots recommended.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Jan. 26. Poor condition.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Jan. 31. Good condition.

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42 Bob Truman January 31, 2018 at 6:13 pm

Jan 31 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Jan. 31. Good condition.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double trackset. Good condition, thanks Parks!

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

Lake Trail (#4): Leveled with a separate path for walkers, Jan. 31. Fair condition for walkers, poor condition with slush/ice for skiers. we hope to trackset this tomorrow if it freezes well enough. Boots recommended.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Jan. 26. Poor condition.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Jan. 31. Good condition.

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43 Bob Truman January 27, 2018 at 12:05 pm

Jan 26 update from Kicking Horse Ski Club:

Yoho trails: All trails refreshed today after the nice snowfall!!!!! Come on out to play!

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44 Bob Truman January 26, 2018 at 4:01 pm

Jan 26 report from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Jan. 19. Poor condition. We hope to trackset tomorrow afternoon.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double trackset. Good condition, thanks Parks!

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

Lake Trail (#4): Leveled area for skiers (not trackset) with a separate path for walkers, Jan. 26. The slush layer has now become quite big because of the new snow. We leveled the ski trail on the lake to try and expose this slush layer, so it can freeze over night. We will try to trackset in the morning if it freezes well enough. Boots recommended for walkers!

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Jan. 26. Good condition.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Jan. 26. Good condition.

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45 Bob Truman January 25, 2018 at 1:43 pm

Jan 25 West Bragg Creek update from GBCTA Groomer Jeff:

The following trails have been track set and/or renovated within the last 24 hrs and are in very good condition as of Thursday afternoon:
They are considered ‘core’ trails:

Mountain Road to Mountain View West Junction double track set and skate
West Crystal and East Crystal double track set and skate
Sundog double track set and skate
Loggers double track set
Mountain View double track set
Moose Connector double track set
Chickadee and Bunny single track set

Outlying trails to the South, West and North will be rejuvenated as time permits but are definitely not recommended at this time.
They include: Telephone, Hostel, Iron Springs, Iron Creek, Elbow, and Moose Loop.

Happy trails everyone!

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46 Bob Truman January 22, 2018 at 4:38 pm

Jan 22 West Bragg Creek Update from GBCTA Groomer Jeff:

Today we were able to get some new classic tracks laid on West Crystal Line and Links 2,3 and 4.

We will attempt to lay new tracks on other trails, but it takes time, as numerous passes are required to break up the icy troughs.

For now Classic skiing is best suited to West Crystal Line, its links, and Loggers. Mountain Road has defined tracks but they are quite icy on the East end.

Skate skiing on the other hand is fantastic right now. Mountain Road to the Mountain View intersection, West and East Crystal Line and Sundog are all very fun to ski.

Keep in mind conditions can change quickly and exercise caution, especially on hills.

Dogs… Off-leash area sign

There have been numerous inquiries regarding the very misleading signage related to dogs needing to be on leash ‘in the Rec area’.

This actually refers to the Provincial Recreation Area or PRA which is a small area that surrounds the parking lot. Once your dog is outside the actual PRA it is allowed to be off leash.

Look for signage that defines the PRA perimeter.

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47 Bob Truman January 21, 2018 at 6:15 pm

Jan 20 second update from Kicking Horse Ski Club:

Kicking Horse got track set today and the Tally-Ho and also the Connector–with this new snow–it is much better–but please be cautious on any hill!!!! Still some soft pole plants and twig/branches to trip you!!! Enjoy!

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48 Bob Truman January 20, 2018 at 11:53 am

Jan 20 update from Kicking Horse Ski Club:

Emerald Lake. Joe set tracks there yesterday–but not on the slushy lake! He’s planning on doing Field /Tally Ho/ Kicking Horse trail today–possibly a needed pass on the Connector now that we go some good snow–if he has time??

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49 Groomer Jeff January 20, 2018 at 7:39 am

Conditions virtually the same as our last report.
Classic tracks are generally icy throughout. Numerous trails should be avoided as they are hard and icy. These include Hostel Loop, Elbow Trail, Telephone, and Mountain View. Not recommended.
We did spend quite a bit of time renovating the classic tracks on Loggers on Jan. 19, 2018 with some success. They may be shallow in some areas however.
Without hydraulic tilling equipment, renovation of classic tracks is extremely difficult and time consuming, so please be patient in your expectations.
Skate Lanes on the other hand are in good shape. All have been renovated as of Jan.19, 2018. This includes core trails: East and West Crystal Lines, Sundog, Chickadee, Mountain Road, and Hostel Meadow. Caution should still be exercised on hills.

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50 Bob Truman January 19, 2018 at 9:51 pm

Jan 19 report from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Jan. 19. Good condition.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double trackset. Good condition, thanks Parks!

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

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Jan. 19. Good condition. A slush layer is forming on top of the ice and is hidden by the fresh snow, please stay on the maintained path. Boots recommended.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Jan. 11. Poor condition with new snow. We hope the trackset this tomorrow afternoon (Jan. 20)

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Jan. 19. Good condition.

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51 Bob Truman January 18, 2018 at 4:23 pm

Jan 18 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Jan. 10. Poor condition with new snow. Hope to trackset tomorrow afternoon (Jan. 19)

Upper Tramline (#3): Double trackset, Jan. 10. Poor condition with new snow.

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Jan. 11. Poor condition with new snow. Hope to trackset tomorrow afternoon (Jan. 19)

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Jan. 18. Good condition. A slush layer is forming on top of the ice and is hidden by the fresh snow, please stay on the maintained path. Boots recommended.

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

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Jan. 10. Leveled condition. Will set lanes tomorrow afternoon (Jan. 19).

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52 Groomer Jeff January 18, 2018 at 12:18 pm

Very challenging conditions at West Bragg due to the recent warm weather.
It was raining lightly this morning, but as of 10 am the sun is shining.
Skate lanes have been renovated and conditions are reasonable on West and East Crystal Lines, Sundog, and Mountain Road.
Classic tracks are glazed and icy in most areas. Caution is advised when encountering any hills.
Let the snow dancing commence!

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53 Bob Truman January 14, 2018 at 7:49 pm

Jan 13 Update from the Kicking Horse Ski Club:

“Connector” open between Emerald Lake & Field/Nat. Bridge
Yes–the first track is in. Beautiful soft snow and -8 temp.! Heaven–but be weary of branches, sticks and soft pole plants–or you will do a head plant yourself. Ski safe and enjoy the Connection eh?

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54 Bob Truman January 11, 2018 at 8:59 pm

Jan 11 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Jan. 10. Good condition.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double trackset, Jan. 10. Good condition.

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

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Jan. 10. Good condition. A slush layer is forming on top of the ice and is hidden by the fresh snow, please stay on the maintained path. Boots recommended.

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

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Jan. 10. Good condition.

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55 Bob Truman January 11, 2018 at 12:02 pm

Jan 11 update from Kicking Horse Ski Club re: Emerald Lake

Our track setter worked the trails today and had much trouble with water flooding over the ice at the back end of the lake! Please be adviced that skiers should only use the short section to avoid the avalanche area — and stay on shore–and NOT ski on the ice to the back!! They will run into water and slush if they do. Thank you, Marilyn KHSC

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56 Bob Truman January 11, 2018 at 9:44 am

Jan 10 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Jan. 10. Good condition. .

Upper Tramline (#3): Double trackset, Jan. 10. Good condition.

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Jan. 9. Fair condition. We hope to trackset tomorrow (Jan. 11).

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Jan. 10. Good condition. A slush layer is forming on top of the ice and is hidden by the fresh snow, please stay on the maintained path. Boots recommended.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Jan. 6. Poor condition. We hope to trackset tomorrow (Jan. 11).

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Jan. 10. Good condition.

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57 Diana Piggott January 12, 2018 at 8:25 am

We enjoyed some lovely powder on Peyto and Upper Telemark Thursday morning, would not rate that as “poor” at all!

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58 Bob Truman January 7, 2018 at 4:27 pm

Jan 7 report from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Jan. 5. Good condition.

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

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

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Jan. 7. Good condition.

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

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Jan. 4. Good condition.

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59 Bob Truman January 6, 2018 at 7:27 pm

Jan 6 report from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Jan. 5. Good condition.

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

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

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Jan. 4. Fair condition.

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

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Jan. 4. Good condition.

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60 Bob Truman January 4, 2018 at 5:35 pm

Jan 4 report from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Dec. 30. Fair condition. We hope to trackset this tomorrow (Jan. 5) in the afternoon.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double trackset. Good condition. Thanks Parks!

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

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Jan. 4. Good condition, this will be in fair condition by tomorrow afternoon due to walkers who just can’t seem to not want to destroy a uniform, propose built track.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Dec. 30. Fair condition.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Jan. 4. Good condition.

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61 Bob Truman December 31, 2017 at 6:02 pm

West Bragg Creek update from GBCTA Groomer Jeff:

Happy New Years Everyone!

Thanks to intrepid groomers Erik and Dwayne, much of the 10-15 cm of snow we received in the last 36 hrs got roller packed yesterday. Track setting continued today and the following trails are groomed and track set:

West Crystal and Links, East Crystal, Sundog, Loggers, Mountain View, Moose Connector, Bunny and Chickadee.

The remaining trails are skier set and will be groomed and track set Jan. 1st.

Conditions overall are excellent. With warmer chinook temps on the way for mid week, you’d best get out and enjoy while you can!

Happy trails,
jeff

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62 Bob Truman December 30, 2017 at 10:43 pm

Dec 30 report from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Dec. 30. Good condition.

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

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

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Dec. 30. Fair condition, it’s impossible to set a good track with all of the walking traffic this trail receives.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Dec. 30. Good condition.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Dec. 30. Good condition.

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63 Bob Truman December 27, 2017 at 8:34 pm

West Bragg Creek update from GBCTA Groomer Jeff:

Compliments of the season everyone!

Groomers have finally caught up with all the snow we received last week and have completed grooming and track setting the following trails:

Mountain View, Mountain View West, Moose Loop, Moose Connector, Loggers, East and West Crystals plus links, Sundog, Iron Springs, Elbow North, Chickadee and Bunny.

Conditions are quite good, so get out and enjoy! Very few hazards exist but be on the lookout for the odd thin spot.

Remember that trail grooming is 100% donor supported. Our equipment doesn’t run if we don’t have fuel…

Happy trails!

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64 Bob Truman December 27, 2017 at 7:04 pm

Dec 27 report from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Dec. 27. Good condition.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double trackset. Good condition. Thanks Parks!

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Dec. 27. Good condition.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Dec. 27. Fair condition, it’s impossible to set a good track with all of the walking traffic this trail receives.

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

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Dec. 26. Good condition.

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65 Bob Truman December 26, 2017 at 12:09 pm

Dec 26 report from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Leveled, Dec. 26. Our tracksetter just came down with an electrical issue as we began to trackset this. We will need to fix it, before we put a track in. Sorry everyone, this is not what we had in mind.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double trackset, Dec. 20. Good condition.

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Dec. 20. Poor condition with all of the walkers.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Dec. 24. Good condition.

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

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Dec. 26. Good condition.

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66 Bob Truman December 25, 2017 at 7:53 am

Shaganappi Update from Alasdair Fergusson of the Calgary Ski Club:

Hi fellow keen XC skiers,

7K of trails groomed and trackset for classic and skating.

Santa was very good to Calgary XC skiers this Christmas with his Christmas present of great snow – 20 cm depth off trail and 10 cm compacted depth on trail measured Saturday at Shaganappi.
But cold and with a strong wind at times – so bundle up!

And also from Santa – facilities of toilets and a warming hut thanks to fundraising by Calgary Ski Club volunteers.
But – Snowmaking on 2 km of trails has been delayed due to both weather and delays in delivery of equipment.

PLEASE NOTE: We have a terrible vandalism problem at Shaganappi – so many cut ropes that fence off sensitive golf course areas or bunkers that are dangerous to skiers at the bottom of hills.
In many cases every length of rope between our metal stakes has been cut, sometimes into short lengths.
It is disgusting and will take a lot of volunteer effort to repair until the next vandals strike.

WE ASK ALL SKIERS TO RESPECT THE FENCED AREAS DESPITE THE CUT ROPES AND NOT SKI OR SNOWSHOE ON THESE SENSITIVE AREAS TO PROTECT THE UNDERLYING VALUABLE TURF, OR FOR SKIER SAFETY.
Golf Course photos show that the icy tracks of skis or snowshoes delay melt and grass growth in spring – So please assist the Calgary Ski Club volunteers in maintaining availability of this wonderful asset for skiing.

Also there have been many break-ins to the golf course maintenance building and theft of tools.

The good news is that with Calgary Ski Club fundraising we have 2 benefits for skiing:
1. We have rented 2 Porta-Potties for public use on the north side of the Golf Clubhouse. Hopefully these survive the vandalism.
2. We have rented an ATCO Trailer for use as a Warming Hut for special groups such as school groups, Special Olympics, Club groups.
Due to our concerns re vandalism and theft, The ATCO will be padlocked at all times BUT the key will be supplied to trusted groups together with the key to the heated indoor washrooms, as we have done for many years ON CONDITION that the group leader inspects and cleans the facility before returning the key to me.
We are waiting to connect the ATCO to the electric power supply and also the supply of propane heating – hopefully soon after the holiday.

Enjoy XC skiing at your City-Centre Golf Course with LRT Station 200 metres from trail head and abundant on-site asphalt parking.

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67 Bob Truman December 25, 2017 at 7:44 am

Yoho update from Marilyn at the Kicking Horse Ski Club:

Update Dec 25 @ 11:30 a.m: “Merry Christmas everyone–the bridge got repaired by Santa and the elf! Enjoy your day skiing!”

With ever changing weather conditions–the bridge at the top of the Alluvial Fan(skiing clockwise) has flooded over! Do not cross it! We suggest going counter clockwise to the back of the fan and returning the same way.
Trails were refreshed 2 days ago at Emerald–including the TREE HUGGER trail near shore. Tally-Ho and Kicking Horse trail refreshed yesterday. Were in good shape except for that IMPASSIBLE BRIDGE!
Merry Christmas everyone!

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68 Helen Read December 22, 2017 at 9:55 pm

Just pulled up Lake O’hara site to find out when it is opening for the season and read this good news:
Latest News Dec 21
Freshly Groomed this morning in time for the Holidays.

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69 Groomer Jeff December 22, 2017 at 9:03 pm

Greetings all,
Another 15 cm of snow overnight was a welcome addition to what we received 48 hrs ago. The base is setting up nicely and the following trails have been groomed and track set:
East and West Crystal lines including Links, Sundog, Loggerss, Hostel Meadow and Loop, Chickadee, and Bunny
The following have been roller packed:
Mountain Road, Iron Springs, Elbow, Mountain View.
Conditions are quite good on the groomed trails.
Enjoy!

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70 Bob Truman December 21, 2017 at 10:05 pm

Yoho update from Marilyn at the Kicking Horse Ski Club:

We’re good for snow and clear skies on our trails and the track setter guy has been keeping up with it really well.
On the heals of our best snowfall in weeks, Joe has made tracks on the Tally-Ho, Kicking Horse Fire Road, Yoho Valley Road and all of Emerald Lake –except for the Tree Hugger(shore) Trail which is just skidoo packed.
We have lots to ski over the next while and lot’s to be THANKFUL for. Happy Christmas skiers and snowshoers!!

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71 Bob Truman December 21, 2017 at 10:01 pm

Dec 21 report from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Dec. 21. Good condition.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double trackset, Dec. 20. Good condition.

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Dec. 20. Good condition.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Dec. 20. Good condition.

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

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Dec. 20. Good condition.

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72 Bob Truman December 20, 2017 at 5:51 pm

Dec 20 report from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Dec. 19. Fair condition.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double trackset, Dec. 20. Good condition. Thanks Parks!

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Dec. 20. Good condition.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Dec. 20. Good condition.

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

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Dec. 20. Good condition.

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73 Bob Truman December 19, 2017 at 4:08 pm

Dec 19 report from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!
Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Dec. 19. Good condition, depending on snow fall amounts tonight conditions could deteriorate to fair.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double trackset, Dec. 15. Fair condition.

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Dec. 18. Good condition, depending on snow fall amounts tonight conditions could deteriorate to fair.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Dec. 19. Good condition, depending on snow fall amounts tonight conditions could deteriorate to fair.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Dec. 15. Poor condition.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Dec. 19. Good condition.

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74 Bob Truman December 19, 2017 at 12:09 pm

Kicking Horse Ski Club update from Marilyn in Yoho:

“Joe the track setter just got home–called to tell us how beautiful the track is from the Info down to the Kicking Horse fire road. It will be heaven tomorrow! And he will hopefully do Emerald then also.”

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75 Bob Truman December 18, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Dec 18 report from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!
Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Dec. 13. Fair condition, with snow forecasted conditions could deteriorate to poor.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double trackset, Dec. 15. Fair condition, with snow forecasted conditions could deteriorate to poor.

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Dec. 18. Good condition.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Dec. 18. Good condition.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Dec. 15. Fair condition, with snow forecasted conditions could deteriorate to poor.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Dec. 18. Good condition.

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76 Bob Truman December 16, 2017 at 7:54 pm

Dec 16 report from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Dec. 13. Good condition.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double trackset, Dec. 15. Good condition.

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Dec. 16. Good condition.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Dec. 16. Good condition.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Dec. 15. Good condition.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Dec. 8. Good condition.

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77 Bob Truman December 15, 2017 at 7:42 pm

Dec 15 report from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Dec. 13. Good condition.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double trackset, Fair condition.

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Dec. 8. Fair condition.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Dec. 7. Fair condition.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Dec. 15. Good condition.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Dec. 8. Good condition.

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78 Bob Truman December 14, 2017 at 7:34 am

Dec 13 report from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Nordic Ski Trails:

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Dec. 13. Good condition.

Upper Tramline (#3): Double trackset, Fair condition.

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Dec. 8. Fair condition.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Dec. 7. Fair condition.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Dec. 9. Fair condition. We had a report of a tree down on one of the descents (not clear which one), please exercise caution! We hope to take care of this in the coming days.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Dec. 8. Good condition.

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79 Bob Truman December 9, 2017 at 7:47 pm

Dec 9 report from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Nordic Ski Trails:

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Dec. 7. Good condition.

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

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Dec. 8. Good condition.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Dec. 7. Good condition.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Dec. 9. Good condition with some twigs in certain areas.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Dec. 8. Good condition.

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80 Bob Truman December 9, 2017 at 8:39 am

Dec 8 report from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Nordic Ski Trails:

Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Dec. 7. Good condition.

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

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Dec. 8. Good condition.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Dec. 7. Good condition.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Nov. 29. Fair condition with some twigs in certain areas.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Dec. 8. Good condition.

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81 Bob Truman December 7, 2017 at 7:16 pm

Dec 7 report from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Nordic Ski Trails:

Fairview Loop (#2): DOUBLE TRACKSET!!! Dec. 7. Good condition.

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

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Nov. 30. Fair condition.

Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Dec. 7. Good condition.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Nov. 29. Fair condition with some twigs in certain areas.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Dec. 1. Fair condition.

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82 Bob Truman December 6, 2017 at 5:04 pm

Dec 6 report from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Nordic Ski Trails:

Fairview Loop (#2): Has been double track set from Chateau to top of the big hill, from the big hill to Moraine Lake road it has been shoveled (maybe 200 meters left to shovel) and sled packed. We hope to level and trackset it tomorrow!

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

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Nov. 30. Fair condition.

Lake Trail (#4): Leveled a walking path and separate ski trail on Dec. 6. Still can find some slush towards the south end of the lake (Mt. Victoria side), so hopefully it will freeze up tonight so we can make a track tomorrow!

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Nov. 29. Fair condition with some twigs in certain areas.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Dec. 1. Fair condition.

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83 Chuck December 6, 2017 at 5:32 pm

Great to meet you today Jeff.
That is one heck of a lot of shovelling you did today, with a pathetic shovel. Do you need a Go-Fund-Me page?
It was a pleasure skiing back on Fairview later on that wide flat groomed trail.

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84 Bob Truman December 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Dec 2 report from the Heritage Guides at lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Nordic Ski Trails:

Fairview Loop (#2): Has been double track set from Chateau to the top of the BIG hill. The last 1.6km to Moraine lake road is skier set. Please use caution.

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

Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Nov. 30. Fair condition.

Lake Trail (#4): Last weeks rain and warm temperatures really set us back. There is about 3cm of ice on top of 3-5cm of water that is sitting on 6-8cm of ice. This might take awhile. Any travel is NOT recommended.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Nov. 29. Fair condition with some twigs in certain areas.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Dec. 1. Fair condition.

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85 Bob Truman December 1, 2017 at 7:01 pm

Dec 1 report from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau.

Nordic Ski Trails:

Fairview Loop (#2): Sled packed from Chateau to the top of the BIG hill and own towards Moraine Lake Road. The HUGE tree has been removed. 1.6km of shoveling left.

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

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

Lake Trail (#4): Last weeks rain and warm temperatures really set us back. There is about 3cm of ice on top of 3-5cm of water that is sitting on 6-8cm of ice. This might take awhile. Any travel is NOT recommended.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Nov. 29. Good condition with some twigs in certain areas.

Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Dec. 1. Good condition.

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86 Bob Truman November 29, 2017 at 6:15 pm

Nov 29 Report from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi All!

Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau. Last weeks rain has slowed our progress considerably but we are still working on everything and hope to have most trails set for the weekend

Nordic Ski Trails:

Fairview Loop (#2): Sled packed from Chateau to the top of the BIG hill. Shoveling and trail work will continue this week.

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

Shoreline (#4): Shoveling and seld packing will be finished by the end of the week.

Lake Trail (#4): Last weeks rain and warm temperatures really set us back. There is currently to much slush on top of ice for a safe trail along the lake. We will need some prolonged cold for this to freeze. Travel not recommended.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): DOUBLE TRACKSET! Nov. 29. Still has some twigs poking through, but for November it’s skiing really well.

Teaching Grid: Leveled, Dec. 29.

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87 Groomer Jeff November 7, 2017 at 6:27 pm

Although the GBCTA is still waiting for permission to resume its activities in West Bragg, our counterparts at Parks have been gracious in roller packing a number of our trails for us. They include but are not limited to Iron Springs, Sundog, Elbow, and Crystal Line. Base is thin and natural hazards exist but lots of people are enjoying the snow with rock skis. Have fun out there and hope to see you on the trails soon!

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88 Groomer Jeff November 4, 2017 at 7:47 pm

Important Note to WBC Trail Users

The occurrence of an accident with one of our volunteers earlier this autumn has necessitated a suspension of volunteer activities by the GBCTA. This means that we won’t be able to use volunteers to either clear deadfall from the trails after the recent wind events or to pack and track the beautiful snow that has just fallen. We are working hard with Parks and Public Lands to get back into action as soon as possible and are using contractors to do work wherever we can.

If you are fatbiking our trails, please be mindful of the numerous fallen trees. If you are heading out for a ski, remember that there is no base yet.

Thanks for your patience as we endeavour to continue to provide you with the kind of amazing trail experience you’ve come to expect.

Peter Tucker
GBCTA President

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