Groomer’s Reports 2019-2020

Reports from the groomers and tracksetters

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  1. Jan 23 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Jan 22. Good condition.

    Forrest (#4) *Formally the Shoreline*: Double trackset, Jan. 23. Good condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset. Leveled with a separate walking path, Jan. 23. Good condition.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Jan. 16. Fair condition. We hope to trackset this tomorrow afternoon (Jan. 24)

    Teaching Grid: 8 Lanes, Jan. 21. Fair condition.

  2. Jan 22 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Jan 22. Good condition.

    Forrest (#4) *Formally the Shoreline*: Double trackset, Jan. 18. Fair condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset. Leveled with a separate walking path, Jan. 21. Good condition.

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

    Teaching Grid: 8 Lanes, Jan. 21. Good condition.

  3. Shaganappi Grooming

    January 19 Grooming update: Skate skiing superhighways of corduroy are back! All Shaganappi Golf course nordic trails were groomed and trackset this evening by a SNO volunteer director (it took 6 hours!). Shaganappi trails generally have good coverage and the skiing will be amazing this week, albeit too soft. Beware of areas under trees, as they likely will have thin coverage. Unfortunately, it is +5 at 12:30 am on the 20th. Westgate corner is dry, but there is a workaround (SW corner of golf course) . Thanks to the 5 volunteers who generously spent 2 hours snowfarming,! Now one section of trail through the trees should be good for the winter! ?. (Thanks again Foothills Nordic @ Confed for loaning us the scoop shovels!!!)

  4. Jan 17 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

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

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Jan. 15. Fair condition with fresh snow.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset. Leveled with a separate walking path, Jan. 17. Good condition.

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

    Teaching Grid: 8 Lanes, Jan. 17. Good condition.

  5. Jan 16 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Jan 14. Fair condition.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Jan. 15. Fair condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset. Leveled with a separate walking path, Jan. 12. Fair condition.

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

    Teaching Grid: 8 Lanes, Jan. 14. Fair condition.

  6. Jan 15 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Jan 14. Good condition.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Jan. 15. Good condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset. Leveled with a separate walking path, Jan. 12. Good condition.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Jan. 10. Fair condition. We hope to work on this tomorrow (Jan. 16).

    Teaching Grid: 8 Lanes, Jan. 14. Good condition.

  7. Jan 14 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Jan 14. Good condition.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Jan. 10. Fair condition. We hope to work on this tomorrow (Jan. 15).

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset. Leveled with a separate walking path, Jan. 12. Good condition.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Jan. 10. Fair condition. We hope to work on this tomorrow (Jan. 15).

    Teaching Grid: 8 Lanes, Jan. 14. Good condition.

  8. Jan 12 Update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Jan 8. Fair condition.

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

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset. Leveled with a separate walking path, Jan. 12. Good condition.

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

    Teaching Grid: 8 Lanes, Jan. 9. Good condition.

  9. Jan 11 Update from Kicking Horse Ski Club in Yoho:

    Joe is working very hard to have Emerald Connector ready soon, but it isn’t an easy job.

    The Connector is halfway packed, and a group of us had a fun time snowshoeing part of the trail to help Joe.

    Also, Joe tracked set Tally Ho, Kicking Horse Trail and Otterhead on Friday 10th.

    The last track setting in Emerald Lake was on Thursday 9th. We did the Tree Hugger, Alluvial Fan and Horse Trail on Friday, and it was in good shape.

  10. Jan 10 Update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Jan 8. Fair condition. We hope to work on this trail tomorrow afternoon (Jan. 11).

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

    Lake Trail (#4): leveled with a separate walking path, Jan. 9. Good condition.

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

    Teaching Grid: 8 Lanes, Jan. 9. Good condition.

  11. Crimson Lake Park – Amerada has been groomed, Fallen Timber, Wolf track, and North Woods all refreshed and track-set. The usual thin spots still exist on the Amerada at mid-points on the north and south end of the trail.

  12. Jan 9 Update from Kicking Horse Ski Club in Yoho:

    Emerald got tons of snow! The lake is still a mess with lots of slush(but by the look of the weather report–it could all freeze up again in a week??)…but Joe was out there all day and got the trails back in shape–cutting a few trees and doing many passes to pack that powder DOWN! And he set a track.

    We need help lifting the benches up–before we loose them. Lift them out of the hole–fill in the hole and replace the bench at a higher level. Pretty simple.

    He plans to try to punch through the Connector tomorrow–now that we have enough snow. Punching through can take 2-3 days! Patience everyone….. it’s coming!

  13. Jan 9 Update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Jan 8. good condition.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Jan. 7. Poor condition, with new snow and strong winds. Work will begin this afternoon (Jan. 9).

    Lake Trail (#4): leveled with a separate walking path, Jan. 9. Good condition.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Jan. 7. Poor condition, with new snow and strong winds. Work will begin this afternoon (Jan. 9).

    Teaching Grid: 8 Lanes, Jan. 9. Good condition.

  14. Shaganappi groomer

    Skate ski superhighways were groomed and most trails were trackset this evening by a volunteer after the latest dusting of snow. Shaganappi Golf Course received approximately 5cm of new snow, and coverage is now significantly improved. Skiers need to beware of the fact there are still some sections of trail with thin coverage, but overall the skiing is looking to be fairly good. Get out on those trails before the cold snap hits!

    • Shaganappi groomer

      Also, if you don’t mind helping out, take a moment to remove trail debris such as pine cones and tree branches from the trails. A recent wind event deposited tree debris throughout all the trails which is a hazard to anyone skiing with some speed/momentum, and all that debris is now partially buried. Thanks in advance!

  15. The Jan 8 12pm West Bragg Creek Live Grooming Report says “Groomers have been busy re working the trails system – resetting track and renovating out trail debris”. From skiing there a couple of days ago, I know the “trail debris” includes pine needles, bark, pine cones, and dirt. Does “renovating out” mean the debris is merely buried and/or “diluted” with new snow, or is it actually somehow removed from the snow pack? If so, how is it done?

    • You guessed it! The renovation process helps to bond new snow with old and unfortunately can bring debris from the lower layers up to the surface.
      The debris being brought up is an unfortunate consequence of the process but is indeed somewhat diluted from its original status due to the addition of new snow.

  16. I would sure love to see regular updates on the skiing conditions at the Maple Ridge Golf Course in Calgary. I made a significant donation to the Calgary Nordic Ski Alliance before realizing all of their info was Confederation Park based. Not that I feel the donation was wasted as I hope to ski at Confederation once in a while. Is there a way we can encourage this or engage with The City to put reports on their page or comment on these pages? (maybe that’s something the Nordic Alliance can advocate for?) Thank you 🙂

    • Cindy, I share your concern. I’m forwarding your comment to someone at the city who I’ve communicated with in the past. I’ll let you know what transpires.

  17. Jan 7 Update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Jan 3. Fair condition with new snow. We hope to trackset this tomorrow afternoon (Jan. 8).

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Jan. 7. Good condition, over night snow will change this to fair by morning.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate walking path, Jan. 7. Fair condition. Slush is starting to form from the weight of the new snow, even our packed trail has several areas where you can get wet feet, boots recommended for walkers.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Jan. 7. Good condition, over night snow will change this to fair by morning.

    Teaching Grid: 8 Lanes, Jan. 7. Good condition, over night snow will change this to fair by morning.

  18. Shaganappi groomer

    Jan 7 2020: Grooming for skate skiing was done on all Shaganappi golf course ski trails this morning by a SNO volunteer. The snowpack is both too shallow and too hard for tracksetting. Trails North and NW of the clubhouse are in good condition with a couple/few thin but skiable spots.
    Trails in the SW quadrant (West and SW of the clubhouse) are in fair to good condition, marginal to poor/bare on the usual thin areas on asphalt by the trees along the clubhouse parking lot, and the SW corner (aka Westgate corner). ***Skate skiers beware of windblown tree debris on some sections of trail.***

    Boost Post

  19. Jan 4 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Jan 3. Fair condition with new snow, the strong winds blow in tracks quickly and conditions can change rapidly.

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

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate walking path, Jan. 4. Fair condition. Slush is starting to form from the weight of the new snow, even our packed trail has several areas where you can get wet feet. Also, the strong winds we are experiencing cover the tracks quickly.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Jan. 2. Fair condition with new snow, the strong winds blow in tracks quickly and conditions can change rapidly.

    Teaching Grid: 8 Lanes, Jan. 3. Fair condition with new snow.

  20. Crimson Lake Update:
    Amerada was groomed and Fallen Timber, Wolf Track, North Woods Loops were track-set yesterday.

  21. Jan 3 Update from Kicking Horse Ski Club in Yoho:

    After over 25cms of amazing snow, Joe was out on Thursday, January 2nd and he tracked from Field Visitor Centre to the Tally Ho and the Natural Bridge. Kicking Horse Fireroad and Otterhead are ready to enjoy as well.
    Lorraine skied the fire road, and she says “Beautifully groomed”

  22. Update from West Bragg Creek:

    It’s been a glorious finish to 2019 in WBC with great snow, pleasant temperatures and nice tracks.

    GBCTA groomers have been very busy and the majority of the WBC ski trails system has had refreshed grooming and tracks in the last 48 hrs. Don’t forget to check out grooming reports on the GBCTA website: https://www.braggcreektrails.org/xc-grooming-report/

    Come out and join the many happy people having fun on West Bragg Ski trails!

    The grooming team – Head Groomer Jeff, Bill, Peter , Dan and David – want to wish you all a Happy New Years and a Great 2020!!!

  23. The Golden Nordic Ski Club has 35 kilometers of groomed trails in classic and skate; you can now view these trails on Trailforks. You can view from the comfort of your home or by downloading the App on your phone to see anywhere. http://goldennordicclub.ca/maps

  24. Dec 29 update from Kicking Horse Ski Club in Yoho:

    Tree Hugger is ready! Thanks to Heather and Lorraine for snowshoeing the Tree Hugger on Friday and making it easier for Joe to track set the trail on Saturday.

    Go out and have fun!

  25. Shaganappi Golf Course Calgary grooming update: December 28 2019, 20:15: All trails were groomed for skate skiing this evening by a SNO volunteer director. (took nearly 3 hours) No tracksetting was done due to the shallow snowpack. If you encounter walkers, please kindly ask them to walk completely off the groomed trails especially in warmer temps when the trails are soft to help us keep snow and also keep the trails safe for all skiers.

  26. Dec 28 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Dec. 26. Good condition.

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

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate walking path, Dec 28. Fair condition with several icy areas.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Fresh snow, poor condition. This trail is going to take quite awhile.

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

  27. Dec 26 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Dec. 26. Good condition.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Dec. 22. Fair condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): With all of the weight from the fresh snow pushing down on the ice, water pools through cracks and can make for unpleasant travel and wet feet. Currently the lake seems to have a slush layer over its entirety. Travel not recommended.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Fresh snow, poor condition. This trail is going to take quite awhile.

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

  28. Update from the Kicking Horse Ski Club in Yoho:

    Re: Emerald Lake
    Stay OFF the ICE !!!! I is totally SLUSHY !!!
    Start your ski on the walking trail (bathroom area)to access the Horse Trail and the Fan Loop which just got groomed and tracked today– they are in GREAT shape!

  29. Update from Kicking Horse Ski Club in Yoho:

    Friday & Saturday brought us incredible snow–and some very mild weather also! Field Valley got rain in late afternoon Saturday and the Lake at Emerald got a lot of water coming up over the ice! SLUSHY !! Thank goodness the temperatures are cooler and it is clear now! Should take a while for the lake to freeze up again for the sled and skiers. Please use the walking trail on shore to get to the Horse Trail and Fan. Joe is going out today to check on what he can do. We will have trails for Christmas–surely!
    Yesterday–he managed to set a track from the Info to the Natural Bridge and Otter Head turn around. He cut a few trees in the way–and shovelled a big ream of snow that the loader set in front of the trail at the Natural Bridge a few days back. The parking lot was still a mess but likely Parks is working on all that now that the highway is running fine.

  30. Dec 23 Update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Dec. 22. Good condition.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Dec. 22. Good condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): With all of the weight from the fresh snow pushing down on the ice, water pools through cracks and can make for unpleasant travel and wet feet. Currently the lake seems to have a slush layer over its entirety. Travel not recommended.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Fresh snow, poor condition. This trail is going to take quite awhile.

    Teaching Grid: Leveled and packed, Dec. 21. Poor condition. Hope to trackset on Dec. 24.

  31. Shaganappi Golf Course Calgary: All upper trails were groomed Dec. 22 between 10am and 2:30pm. The rain event Friday evening took a lot of snow away, especially on cart paths. Snow is still saturated ans soft. The wind we received last week left debris on trails so if you have time, please chuck it onto the bush. Lower trails were skidoo track packed but not groomed. Snowpack is too shallow and soft for tracksetting. Please ask foot traffic to stay off trails completely, as the snow is shallow enough to walk off trails. Have fun out there! Shaganappi Nordic Operations Club (SNO)

  32. Dec 22 West Bragg Creek update from Groomer Jeff:

    We had another 12 cm of snow on Saturday night. Groomers put in a second big day to get a lot of the trail system groomed and track set.
    Conditions are fantastic, albeit a little soft. Colder daytime and overnight temperatures this week should help to maintain the snowpack over the holidays.
    Get out and get some, and don’t forget to donate!

  33. Dec 22 Update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Leveled and packed, Dec. 22. Poor condition. We hope to trackset tomorrow (Dec. 23)

    Shoreline (#4): Leveled and packed, Dec. 22. Poor condition. We hope to trackset tomorrow (Dec. 23)

    Lake Trail (#4): With all of the weight from the fresh snow pushing down on the ice, water pools through cracks and can make for unpleasant travel and wet feet. Currently the lake seems to have a slush layer over its entirety. Travel not recommended.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Fresh snow, poor condition.

    Teaching Grid: Leveled and packed, Dec. 22. Poor condition. We hope to trackset tomorrow (Dec. 23)

  34. The Loppet Gas Sniffers Track Setting Society

    Castle Junction- The Loppet groomers were out Saturday setting the trail east past the hostel at Castle Junction. Initial grooming has started west of Castle to the Altalink temporary closure.

  35. Dec 20 Update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Leveled and packed, Dec. 20. Poor condition. We hope to trackset tomorrow (Dec. 21)

    Shoreline (#4): Leveled and packed, Dec. 20. Poor condition. We hope to trackset tomorrow (Dec. 21)

    Lake Trail (#4): We packed the trail with our sled multiple times today and the slush layer is present more often than not. With more snow in the forecast, this will most likely get worse before it gets better. Travel is NOT recommended.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Fresh snow, poor condition.

    Teaching Grid: Leveled and packed, Dec. 20. Poor condition. We hope to trackset tomorrow (Dec. 21)

  36. Dec 19 Update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

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

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

    Lake Trail (#4): We have a sled packed trail the length of the lake that has a tremendous amount of slush and TWO open water portions at the south (glacier) end. Travel is not recommended the full length of the lake.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Dec. 12. Good condition, with lots of twigs!

    Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Dec. 13. Fair condition.

  37. Yoho Valley road was trackset on Dec 14.

  38. Dec 14 Update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Dec. 14. Good condition.

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

    Lake Trail (#4): We have a sled packed trail the length of the lake that has a tremendous amount of slush and TWO open water portions at the south (glacier) end. Someone fell through a few meters away from the “Danger Thin Ice” sign, so with that as a base line, it is not safe for our equipment let alone people. TRAVEL IS NOT RECOMMENDED.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Dec. 12. Good condition, with lots of twigs!

    Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Dec. 13. Good condition.

  39. Dec 14 Update from Kicking Horse Ski Club in Field, BC:

    The trails at Emerald all DID get a first “Track Set” yesterday! Read the post for Dec 13th…….. and….it snowed a bunch of lovely snowflakes also!!!

  40. Crimson Lake update: Friday our groomer was able to get all trails ready for the season. Amerada is groomed, Fallen Timber, North Woods, and Wolf Track trails are all now track-set. Conditions are mostly amazing with the new snow received over the last week. There are still a few thin spots in heavily treed areas of all our trails.

  41. Shaganappi Golf Course Update: Lucky Friday the 13th: Most trails were groomed Friday night, so they should be pristing corduroy for Saturday morning. Tracksetting was done 2 days ago. Driving range has a teaching grid in as of this evening, and the hill into the driving range bowl is groomed also. Lower loop north of the driving range is groomed but not trackset. Early season conditions still exist with marginal to poor skiing under trees, on the usual thinly covered golf cart paths, and wind exposed areas. Having said that, the skiing is reallly niiice, enjoy!

  42. Dec 13 Update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Dec. 7. Fair condition. Hope to trackset this tomorrow (Dec. 14).

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

    Lake Trail (#4): We have a single sled packed trail the length of the lake that has a tremendous amount of slush and TWO open water portions. TRAVEL IS NOT RECOMMENDED. We need this to freeze over the following few days and hopefully it will be thick enough to build our trail next week. Fingers crossed.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Dec. 12. Good condition, with lots of twigs!

    Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Dec. 13. Good condition.

  43. Dec 13 Update from Kicking Horse Ski Club in Field, BC:

    Joe has done more packing at Emerald Lake yesterday on the Fan and Horse Trail–but no actual track yet! The Tree Hugger on shore needs more snow … due to the big rocks & downed trees. Snow is just a bit too sugary & light yet. Use caution! He plans to go back out there today! He is hopeful that he will have a track on both today…..He just stopped in at 10 am to let me know that…so…..take your chances…could be a very good weekend!

  44. Shaganappi golf course update: 10 cm of new snow was a surprise today! Shaganappi was groomed after the new snow tonight, and we now have skate skiing superhighways as well as track setting for classic skiers. Early season conditions still exist in the typical thin areas along cart paths and under trees…and wind exposed areas. Ski with caution for now some rocks and asphalt will surprise you, as there’s juuust enough snow to make a person think all will be okay. Driving range is groomed and trackset. Lower trails north of the driving range are not groomed and are also not recommended. Ski with care. Thank the volunteer groomers when you see them… as one spent 6 hours snowmobile grooming tonight on the circa 1986 skidoo!

  45. Shaganappi golf course update from Linda of Shaganappi Nordic Operations:

    December 8: Grooming was done at Shaganappi this evening. Tracksetting was completed where the snow was deep enough. Skate skiing lanes are nice and wide! Lower trails north of the driving range are not groomed, and not recommended. Ski with care, as it is still early season conditions with many thin and rocky sections along golf cart paths. When skiing at night PLEASE have a headlamp with you and stay off soft, freshly groomed trails, as the skis sink deeply and those tracks freeze in place. (FYI grooming took one volunteer 4+ hours and there is more to do…SNO hopes to get equipment so we can halve that time by having 2 volunteers out grooming and track setting at the same time see the SNO facebook page jobs section where we’re looking for donations/a Grant Writer…SNO’s wish list is there too!)

    Our website is still under development, as is the press release…both are hopefully coming soon..

  46. The Heritage Guides have provided this update of the trails surrounding Chateau Lake Louise:

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

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Dec. 7. Fair condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): The lake near the Chateau is in great shape, but at the south end (glacier side) the stream flowing from the glaciers now enters the lake where the traditional trail on the lake meets the shore. There is a large pool of moving water here now and we are working on moving the trail junction, but ice thickness is not enough for our equipment yet. Updates to follow.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Skier set, poor condition. Both the Peyto and Upper Telemark trail are now leveled from the Chateau/Deer Lodge access point to the bottom of the large hill (black diamond interesection). Work will be ongoing for the rest of the week.

    Teaching Grid: Poor condition.

  47. Crimson Lake Provincial Park near Rocky Mountain House has been packed on all trails. Conditions did not allow for the track-setting our XC ski trails. Expect early season conditions on all trails with plenty of rocks, needles, twigs, etc… (especially in the trees). The hiking trail from Hwy 11 to Crimson Lake has also been packed.

  48. Remarkably we got more snow in West Bragg Saturday night! 5-7 cm has been groomed and track set on a number of trails. Heavy skier volume has interrupted grooming which will commence again tonight. Expect soft, slow conditions as the snow has not had a chance to consolidate. That being said it is a gorgeous weekend for a ski with dozens of kilometres of trail groomed.

  49. The Heritage Guides have provided this update of the ski trails surrounding Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise:

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

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Dec. 7. Good condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): The lake near the Chateau is in great shape, but at the south end (glacier side) the flow from the glacier stream has moved to where the lake trail joins the shore. There is still a large open area of moving water here and is why it’s taking much longer to freeze and still isn’t thick enough for equipment.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Skier set, poor condition. Work has started, and will be ongoing for the next week.

    Teaching Grid: Poor condition.

  50. Dec 4 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Sled packed and skier set, poor condition. We will trackset this tomorrow (Dec. 5).

    Shoreline (#4): Sled packed and skier set, poor condition.We hope to trackset this tomorrow (Dec. 5).

    Lake Trail (#4): The lake looks great around the skating area, but at the south end (glacier end) there was open water last week that has just recently frozen and not safe yet. We are checking daily.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Skier set, poor condition. Lots of lurking rocks and stumps to hit and under large trees there is just 1cm or 2cm of snow. Use caution!

    Teaching Grid: Poor condition.

  51. WBC update;
    For any skate skiers, be aware that two horses post holed and shat all over the skate lane of East Sundog this afternoon, making it hazardous for skate skiing. Please avoid this area for the time being. Thanks for your patience while we repair the damage. Conditions elsewhere on the trail system remain quite good.

  52. Elk Pass – Hydroline – Patterson – Elk Pass @ Peter Lougheed Provincial Park
    Groomers have done a superb job and the conditions were excellent today starting at -13C and ending -10C – I love green or blue wax days!
    Fast snow! Patterson downhill was as good as it gets!
    Debris or twigs were minor and of no concern.

  53. West Bragg Creek:

    All trails have been groomed and track set with the exception of Telephone loop, and the Crystal links, which have only been roller packed. With any luck they should be track set by Friday. Conditions are excellent and should last for a while. Big shout out to Groomers David, Bill and Dan whom all put in big days this week to get the trails groomed in time for the weekend.

  54. Update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

    Here is an update of the winter trail network that surrounds the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

    Work is ongoing with the new snow but every trail with dense canopy cover still has thin snow areas. The Moraine Lake and Great Divide Roads are skiing great, as is the Tramline and we hope to have some trails trackset around us soon!

    Thank you for your patience.

    Nordic Ski Trails:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Skier set, poor condition. Work is ongoing, but most of the trail is still quite ruff in places and skiing very “old school.”

    Shoreline (#4): Sled packed, poor condition. Lots of work has been completed on this trail, but just driving the snowmobile over it exposed rocks along its entirety. Use caution!

    Lake Trail (#4): The lake looks great around the skating area, but at the south end (glacier end) there was open water last week that has just recently frozen and not safe yet. We are checking daily.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Skier set, poor condition. Lots of lurking rocks and stumps to hit and under large trees there is just 1cm or 2cm of snow. We will need at least 15cm of more snow to really start working on this trail. Use caution!

    Teaching Grid: Poor condition.

  55. The gift that keeps on giving! More than 20 cm of snow already in the last 24 hrs. Over 65 km of trail have been roller packed. Track setting will commence on Wednesday morning. Should be an amazing week of skiing in West Bragg Creek.

  56. James, the general manager of Baker Creek Mountain Resort, informed me that Baker Creek to Morant’s curve is trackset.

    Nothing can be groomed east of Baker Creek towards Castle Lookout until after Dec 20 because of construction.

  57. Chinook winds have started and temps are on the rise as of midnight Friday night. Snow will be getting soft and variable. Generally conditions are good with new track setting on some core trails. Not recommended are Telephone and Hostel Loops. Heavy melting is occurring on Iron Springs in certain areas with South exposure.

  58. Another 10-20 cm has been groomed and track set throughout most of the trail system. Conditions are good, albeit soft as the snow did not have a chance to set up before the crowds arrived. Still, a spectacular day in ‘The Creek”. Should be good for a while before the warm weather moves in.
    Happy trails! groomer jeff

  59. Another 10 cm of snow in the last 24 hrs kept your grooming crews busy day and night.

    The following trails have been groomed and track set and are in excellent condition:

    Mountain Rd., East Crystal, West Crystal and links 1-4, Elbow North, Iron Springs, Loggers, Sundog, Mountain View, Moose Connector, Chickadee, and Hostel Meadow.

    Although the snow was consolidating nicely in the cold temps last night, temperatures will be warming significantly during the day, so early morning may be the best option.

  60. West Bragg Creek Grooming Report:
    Most trails have been roller packed and the following have been track set:
    East and West Crystals, Sundog, Loggers, Mountain Rd., Moose Connector, and Moose Loop.
    Conditions incredibly good considering the time of the season.
    Warm weather is on the way so the window of opportunity to get the goods may be small!
    Enjoy,
    Groomer Jeff

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