Groomer’s Reports 2018-2019

Reports from the groomers and tracksetters

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1 Mike W January 23, 2019 at 9:47 pm

From West Bragg Creek Live Grooming:
Wed., Jan. 23, 2019: 4cm of new snow today has been groomed. It is still too thin for track setting, but core trails should be reasonable for skate skiing and skier set classic. Be advised that natural hazards exist including subsurface debris, rocks and ice. Caution is advised. Best bets are West and East Crystal Lines, Sundog, and Hostel Meadow. Out lying trails are not recommended at present due to thin snow cover and hazards.- Comment last updated: Jan-23 9PM

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2 Bob Truman January 21, 2019 at 9:14 am

This was posted by Kicking Horse Ski Club on Jan 19 re: Yoho and Emerald Lake:

Joe refreshed ALL the trail from Field today in his usual 5 hours on the sled! Beautiful conditions with this springtime weather and snow!! Soft and silky. Great time to ski the CONNECTOR ! Enjoy and see you out there!

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3 Groomer Jeff January 18, 2019 at 7:17 pm

It’s hard to recall a longer drought than what West Bragg Creek has experienced this winter. Early season snow occurred in October and we’ve had little since.
What we have had are severe chinook winds which scattered debris and trees everywhere. The trees were cleaned up in time for a smackering of snow which has blessed us in the last 48 hrs. Total snowfall was approximately 5cm and has enabled us to pack some corduroy on our core trails.

Nothing is track set as the snow is too thin, but conditions are reasonable for skate skiing or setting your own classic tracks on the following trails: West and East Crystals, Sundog, Loggers, Mountain Road and Hostel Meadow.

Please note that the snow on the Perimeter trail is thin, so I would carry my skis to the respective trail heads.

Be cautious of subsurface rocks, ice, and debris especially on hills. I will guarantee damage to your equipment if you venture out on Hostel Loop, Telephone Loop, Moose Loop, Mountain View etc. Stick to the core trails and you will have better success!!

Have fun this weekend. Temps are about to soar again so we’re looking at a pretty short season. ?

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4 Mike W January 18, 2019 at 7:29 pm

Jeff (and Dave?), thanks for all your work. It’s unbelievable what you’ve been able to do with so little snow! I posted a trip report with a couple of photos a few minutes ago.

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5 Groomer Jeff January 19, 2019 at 7:32 pm

Thanks Mike, it’s definitely a team effort starting with guidance from the GBCTA board, Alberta Parks, and grooming by our volunteers David, Bill, Dan, Peter, Erik, Dean, Brad and Carber. We really wish we had more to work with, but we’re obviously at the mercy of Mother Nature. Fingers crossed for a snowy forecast in the near future!

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6 Teresa January 21, 2019 at 1:18 pm

Thank you for the grooming. Today I had a very enjoyable 15km skate ski on Mountain Road, Crystal lines/links, Moose Link and Loggers. Only had to take my skis off 4 times and somehow managed to keep my skis in tact. I did wish I had some rock skis though.

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7 Bob Truman January 16, 2019 at 1:11 pm

Yoho update from Kicking Horse Ski Club:

Finally cold enough to set a track on the ICE to the Horse Trail from the Boathouse! Also a sled track to the back of the lake on the ICE for s/s. The Donation Box Stand got moved to the Back of the Lake ! And Emerald Trails & Connector got refreshed!

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8 Bob Truman January 9, 2019 at 8:01 pm

Update from Kicking Horse Ski Club:

Yesterday–Joe packed and track set The EMERALD CONNECTOR TRAIL for the first time! Caution–it is a deep track and only the first pass through with the groomer. –Let’s call it ADVANCED until it gets smoothed out. He also tracked the Tally-Ho and Kicking Horse trail. Lot’s to ski! Enjoy. EMERALD LAKE TRAILS are still quite good–except for slush on the ice.

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9 Bob Truman December 31, 2018 at 12:47 pm

Update from Nipika Mountain Resort:

Trails are in amazing condition and the sun is shining bright. Temperatures are currently -16 with a expected high of -10. A beautiful last day of 2018.

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10 Bob Truman December 31, 2018 at 12:02 pm

Update from Kicking Horse Ski Club in Yoho:

The Tree Hugger Trail at Emerald is READY & so nice to ski in the sun! A bit soft on the pole plants but lovely! These cold temperatures will help freeze up the slush on the lake and Joe groomed a parallel lane for walkers and snowshoers. He also tracked the Alluvial Fan and Horse Trail and they are beautiful. No Connector trail yet ! Thanks to everyone who donated and paid their memberships so far!

Happy, healthy gliding in 2019 !!!

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11 Bob Truman December 21, 2018 at 11:59 pm

Update from Nipika Mountain Resort:

Happy Solstice everyone! 5cm of new snow yesterday. Packing and grooming in progress. All trails open and still preseason hazards to watch out for. It is currently snowing! As said yesterday, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

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12 Golden Nordic Club December 21, 2018 at 10:34 am

The sun is shining, trail conditions are amazing with 10 cm of fresh powder overnight. The conditions for this weekend and the upcoming holiday season are ideal for classic and skate skiing at the Golden Nordic Centre. For those who would rather take a slower pace through the woods our snowshoe trails have been packed and are ready for your adventure. Happy Holidays!

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13 Bob Truman December 20, 2018 at 8:41 pm

Emerald Lake update from Kicking Horse Ski Club:

Wow–what snow!!! By 3 pm today(Thursday Dec 20th) we have one beautiful, silky soft single track at Emerald Lake–on the Horse Trail and Fan! Sooooooo sweeeeeet! Tomorrow morning would be the ideal time to ski! And All weekend and the full Christmas week–and then some. What a gift!!! To have such snow and a track setter who cares and can do the job! Merry Christmas everyone! Stay OFF the lake–way too slushy!! Use the walking trail to get to the Horse Trail!

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14 Bob Truman December 17, 2018 at 3:36 pm

Update from Heritage Guides in Lake Louise:

Fairview Loop (#2): Levelled and in decent shape. The normal early season hazards of rocks and stumps are lurking just under the thin snow pack, use caution, a bad fall on a down hill would not be good. We will need more snow before we can trackset.

Shoreline (#4): Sled packed. rocky to start but gets better. One large drainage is open and bridged with dead fall. The next snow fall should be all this trail needs.

Lake Trail (#4): Levelled walking trail wide and the ski trail. Exposed open areas of water on walking path, please watch where your stepping.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Sled packed. Thick canopy cover has taken most of the snow and there are large rocks and bare ground in several areas, most of which near the bottom of down hills. Careful with this trail right now, it’s spooky thin in places.

Teaching Grid: Levelled.

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15 Bob Truman December 16, 2018 at 4:16 pm

Update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Fairview Loop (#2): Sled packed and in decent shape. The normal early season hazards of rocks and stumps are lurking just under the thin snow pack, use caution, a bad fall on a down hill would not be good. We will need more snow before we can trackset.

Shoreline (#4): Sled packed. rocky to start but gets better. One large drainage is open and bridged with dead fall. The next snow fall should be all this trail needs.

Lake Trail (#4): Sled packed, but with so little snow it’s hard see it and not nearly enough for a ski track. On the plus side this is the best we have ever scene the ice look on the rinks, no precipitation has helped make the perfect skating area.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Sled packed. Thick canopy cover has taken most of the snow and there are large rocks and bare ground in several areas, most of which near the bottom of down hills. Careful with this trail right now, it’s spooky thin in places.

Teaching Grid: Sled packed.

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16 Bob Truman December 7, 2018 at 4:57 pm

Update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi everyone!

We are starting to get a good look of the trails that surround us, and the overall theme is we are one good snow storm from having something nice to ski! Work is ongoing and there are people skiing, we just can’t recommend it yet. If you do go out for a ski be prepared to walk sections and exercise early season caution, especially on down hills.

Fairview Loop (#2): Sled packed and in decent shape considering the lack of snow. The normal early season hazards of rocks and stumps are lurking just under the thin snow pack, use caution, a bad fall on a down hill would not be good.

Shoreline (#4): Sled packed. rocky to start but gets better. One large drainage is open and bridged with dead fall. The next snow fall should be all this trail needs.

Lake Trail (#4): We hope to pack a trail tomorrow (Dec. 8), but will thin sections and exposed ice we are anticipating trouble trying to set a ski track.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Insufficient snow in forested areas with thick canopy cover and lurking rocks/stumps. Shovel work has started and this will be our focus for the next several days.

Teaching Grid: Sled packed, hope to level tomorrow (Dec. 8)

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17 Bob Truman December 6, 2018 at 6:35 pm

Shaganappi golf course: Alasdair Fergusson from the Calgary Ski Club sent this update:

Shaganappi is open for the winter ski season and has been packed, groomed and trackset.
Trail report

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18 Bob Truman December 6, 2018 at 9:50 am

The trail report was updated yesterday(Dec 5) for Mt Shark:

“On Dec 5th, with 4 to 6 cm’s of fresh snow on the trails, many trails were packed again with snowmobile and roller, including Watridge Lake Trail to the Spray River, the Blue 2km loop, and the Red and Red/Purple 5 km loops. The snowpack changes quickly, sometimes from one metre to the next, and many sun exposed hills are extremely thin and often rocky. Many other early season natural hazards also exist, including bumps and uneven surfaces and possible open water and ice. Significantly more snow is needed before and snowcat grooming or tracksetting may occur. Use great caution if skiing.”

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19 Bob Truman December 5, 2018 at 4:50 pm

Update from the Kicking Horse Ski Club re: Takkakaw Falls road, also known as Yoho Valley road:

Joe just put 2 tracks in on the road– for 5.5 km. one way. About 10? of snow and very dry but it’s a new place to ski and enjoy different scenery!
Construction at the Kicking Horse Campground continues and the road is open and all plowed to Cathedral Lodge. Probably still wise to park in the usual spot by Monarch Overflow by the open gate and ski in the bush.

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20 Bob Truman December 4, 2018 at 8:37 am

West Bragg Creek Update received Dec 3 at 7:20 pm:

Skiing in WBC is looking a little better today after some fresh track setting on Mountain Road ( to Mountain View west), the Crystal lines( and links) Sundog, Moose connector, Mountain View, Loggers and Chickadee and Hostel meadows. Best skiing is on Mountain Road and West Crystal with more thin patches on the other trails.
Expect early season conditions with some natural hazards.
Groomers Bill and David

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21 Groomer Jeff H. November 25, 2018 at 7:33 am

West Bragg Creek received a meager 5 cm of snow Friday night but groomers were able to pack a number of core trails to establish some early season skiing.
Best bets are the Crystal Lines, Mountain Road and Hostel Meadow. Places to avoid include the Perimeter Trail, Mountain View, Hostel Loop, and Loggers.
Snow is thin so ski with caution!

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22 Bob Truman November 24, 2018 at 5:59 pm

Update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

Hi again everyone!

We are starting to get a good look of the trails that surround us, and the overall theme is we are one good snow storm from having something nice to ski! Work is ongoing and there are people skiing, we just can’t recommend it yet. If you do go out for a ski be prepared to walk sections and exercise early season caution, especially on down hills.

Fairview Loop (#2): Insufficient snow in forested areas with thick canopy cover, several open water streams and lurking rocks/stumps. We have started work from the Lake Louise side, use caution.

Shoreline (#4): Sled packed. rocky to start but gets better. One large drainage is open and bridged with dead fall. The next snow fall should be all this trail needs.

Lake Trail (#4): The lake ice is quite thick for the first third of the lake, however is quickly tapers and isn’t thick enough for the snowmobile at the (south) end just yet.

Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Insufficient snow in forested areas with thick canopy cover and lurking rocks/stumps. Use caution and don’t bring your good skis.

Teaching Grid: Not packed.

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23 Bob Truman November 5, 2018 at 5:43 pm

I received an update from the Parks Canada’s Lake Louise grooming/tracksetting team:

“Andrew and Rich machine packed and rolled Moraine Lake Road and 1A (Great Divide)on Nov. 4th…no track set. Wait for more snow.”

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