Groomer’s Reports 2019-2020

Reports from the groomers and tracksetters

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  1. In the interest of the health and safety of trail users and our local population, the GBCTA has elected to cease grooming operations as of yesterday. We have followed the lead of other ski and bike areas and are recommending that people recreate without travelling out of their own neighbourhoods, maintain social distancing, and stay home if they are symptomatic. A formal statement should be available from the GBCTA shortly, Thanks for a wonderful season and stay well. jth

  2. Shaganappi groomer

    March 23 update: for the Shaganappi golf course in Calgary:

    Shaganappi is closed to the public now.

    If anyone wants to help with winter teardown, email or PM us through the Shaganappi Nordic face book page.

    We’ll be organizing a tear-down of signage, ropes, and the 3′ metal snow stakes once the snow is melted and the ground is unfrozen around them…all done on foot while maintaining physical distancing protocol.

    Otherwise take care, listen to all directions about physical distancing…and enjoy the home time!

    shagnordicATgmailDOTcom

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  3. March 21 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

    Due to current global CORVID-19 events, we have stopped our trail maintenance and have removed all of our winter trail signage for the snowshoe trails and are working on removing nordic ski trail signage. Thank you all for a your understanding and for a great start and middle of our season. We are looking forward to the next winter season and seeing you all on the trails! Stay safe everyone.

    Nordic Ski Trails:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, March. 16. Fair condition.

    Fairview – Lake Louise Connector (BLUE #4): Double trackset, March. 16. Fair condition.

    Forest Trail (#4) *formally the Shoreline*: Double trackset, March. 14. Fair condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate walking path, March. 17. Fair condition.

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

  4. Yesterday’s sun wreaked havoc on some areas of the trail system. Freeze/thaw cycles have resulted in icy tracks especially on Mountain Road, Mountain View West, North Moose and Iron Springs. Core trails such as the Crystal Lines, Sundog and Loggers remain in very good shape but caution is advised especially on hills. The approach to Hostel and Telephone is not skiable. Meadow skipping would be an excellent alternative to track set trails if you’re looking to explore off the beaten path. jth

  5. A light dusting of snow overnight recharged the conditions in West Bragg. All 65 km of trail have been re-track set. Expect tracks and skate lanes to be soft for now. Photos of conditions as of Wednesday morning:
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/qYDkdvU5cs5tg5o88

  6. March 17 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, March. 16. Good condition.

    Fairview – Lake Louise Connector (BLUE #4): Double trackset, March. 16. Good condition.

    Forest Trail (#4) *formally the Shoreline*: Double trackset, March. 14. Fair condition.

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

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

    Teaching Grid: 5 lanes, March. 17. Good condition.

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    March 16 Shaganappi grooming update:

    Wow, the snowfarming/snow harvesting elves were busy today…thanks to whomever you are!

    Two passes of grooming for the skate skiers were done this evening on most trails. Track setting for classic skiers was not redone for a couple reasons, and is mostly in good shape.

    Expect the track setting to be icy until either new snow falls, or warm temperatures soften the snow. The snow is too thin in many areas to redo the track setting, and some of the trackvsetting has already melted down to the grass in some spots…but again, some magical mysterious snowfarming/snow harvesting elves worked on filling in the melted track setting today in some sections with the scoop shovels we left out for that exact purpose!

    Conditions are great on wintery snow however there is definitely variable depths of snowcover on trails due to the crazy long spells of Chinook weather. The biggest risk is the shale cart paths under the snow, one section located at the bottom of the closed section of trail: the hill that runs beside the condos …that shale seems to jump up out of their hiding spots just under the snow to surprise you and will damage ski bases.

    All other thin sections of trail tend to be either asphalt underneath or grass and tree roots which are all usually easy to see ahead of time and avoid…unless one is skiing at night without a headlamp!

    There’s a new workaround trail section that is kinda fun…see if you can figure out what I’m referring to…just put it in tonight!

    • Thank you Shaganappi Groomer for providing trails that attract the skiers that give my Mom some joy as she watches them from her nursing home window. In the summer, there are too many leaves blocking her view of the golf action.

      • Donna that’s a very sweet visual of your Mom watching the skiers. A nice thought in a difficult time. Thanks for sharing.

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    March 15 11pm Shaganappi golf course in Calgary update:

    All trails were trackset and groomed this morning.

    Skiing is generally good with some thin areas due to either wind exposure or the consistent chinooks in previous weeks which took snow away from some areas of trail.

    Trails were regroomed this evening and the skiing should be really good Monday.

    Have fun out there, if the forecast is accurate this snow will hopefully stick around all week!

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  9. Crimson Lake Update:
    Trails at Crimson Lake are in amazing shape. The snow we had over the last few days really helped cover the icy rutted mess. Amerada still has some thin spots but is looking great, and the track-set trails on North Woods, Wolf Track and Fallen Timber are golden! There was available time to groom the Buster Creek trail and it too is looking good, however, fat bikers beware, the Buster Creek bridge was cleared of ice and snow resulting in quite the lip, please use caution in that area.

  10. Mar 14 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, March. 12. Fair condition.

    Fairview – Lake Louise Connector (BLUE #4): Double trackset, March. 12. Fair condition.

    Forest Trail (#4) *formally the Shoreline*: Double trackset, March. 14. Good condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate walking path, March. 14. Good condition.

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

    Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, March. 11. Fair condition.

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    March 14 Shaganappi update: While the wind is still blowing and moving the snow around to fill in the grooming, it’s likely best to go classic if you have the gear..unless you prefer to go skate skiing, really know the trail routing well and don’t mind fresh snow!

    We’re planning to go out grooming Sunday morning as early as we’re allowed by the noise bylaw which is 9am, as ecologicallly it seems silly to regroom this afternoon/evening and then regroom more windlblown snow tomorrow morning.

  12. We have had up to 20 cm of snow in the last 48 hrs. All core trails are already track set and in excellent condition for classic and skate skiing. Outer trails (MVW and Telephone) have been roller packed and should be track set shortly. Enjoy! jth

  13. Shaganappi groomer

    March 13 update for Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary:

    Game ON!

    Shaganappi Golf Course is open for Nordic skiing again!!!

    Finally enough snow has fallen to reopen Shaganappi.

    All the usual access gates are open and most trails have a decent amount of snow for skiing. Track setting may be done Saturday morning if the snow is deep enough, otherwise all trails have been groomed Friday evening by a volunteer. Skate skiing superhighways are baaack!

    Beware there are some wind exposed areas with very thin to no snow coverage, and other areas are thin due to having been bare from the consistent Chinooks. The trail running parallel to the condos is not recommended and has been blocked off at the top. Hopefully we’ll get more snow to keep Shaganappi conditions decent all week.

    Have fun out there, as it may be our last week of operations for the winter…time will tell…fingers crossed for more snow!!!

    Please please please stay off of any hilly area that has a flat top as that is a tee box with very fragile non native turf just beneath the shallow snow that is damaged very easily.

    We roped off many tee boxes but those pesky Coyotes had a great party time chewing through all our low-lying rope fencing…we’ll be working on a remedy for next winter to beat them at this game!

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    March 12: Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary update:

    Question:

    if Shaganappi received enough snow to reopen for Nordic skiing, how many people would go this week?

    (One forecast is predicting 20cm of snow for YYC by the time the storm system passes through on Saturday)

  15. Mar 11 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

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

    Fairview – Lake Louise Connector (BLUE #4): Double trackset, March. 9. Fair condition.

    Forest Trail (#4) *formally the Shoreline*: Double trackset, March. 11. Good condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate walking path, March. 11. Good condition.

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

    Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, March. 11. Good condition.

  16. Tunnel Mtn Sledheads

    Banff Tunnel Mtn Campground trails were groomed Mar 9. Fantastic conditions. This is a great place for families, new skiers and the after work crowd.

    We try to groom these trails 1-2 a week. The Parks Canada trail reports do not accurately reflect this.

  17. Mar 9 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

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

    Fairview – Lake Louise Connector (BLUE #4): Double trackset, March. 9. Good condition.

    Forest Trail (#4) *formally the Shoreline*: Double trackset, March. 8. Good condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate walking path, March. 8. Good condition. With fresh snow, comes slush from the added weight. It’s on our packed trail, so it’s mostly likely else where too. Boots recommended and keep to the packed trail.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Machine packed and Rolled, March 8. Poor Condition.

    Teaching Grid: Machine packed and leveled, March. 6. Poor condition.

  18. Shaganappi groomer

    March 8 12:00 Shaganappi golf course update in Calgary:

    5cm of snow was not enough for Shaganappi to be reopened to the public.

    Due to the somewhat consistent + temperatures over the past few weeks, there is a dangerous ice surface throughout the golf course that is now underneath a skiff of new snow. That ice surface is extremely dangerous to all pedestrian traffic, and makes for poor ski conditions.

    We will monitor any new snowfall Shaganappi receives and may reopen if Shaganappi receives enough new snow in the coming week.

  19. March 8 08:00 Shaganappi Point golf course update: We are heading out on Skidoos as early as we are allowed to this morning to assess the snow depth and conditions and whether we can reopen Shaganappi to the Public. We will start Skidoo track packing the trails and an update will be posted here if conditions warrant a reopening. Stay tuned and cross your fingers!!!

  20. March 6 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Machine packed and leveled, skier set, March. 6. Poor condition. We hope to trackset this tomorrow (March 7).

    Fairview – Lake Louise Connector (BLUE #4): Machine packed and leveled, skier set, March. 6. Poor condition. We hope to trackset this tomorrow (March 7).

    Forest Trail (#4) *formally the Shoreline*: Machine packed and leveled, skier set, March. 6. Poor condition. We hope to trackset this tomorrow (March 7).

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate walking path, March. 6. Fair condition and with continuing heavy snow fall overnight this will be in poor condition by morning (March 7).

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, March. 4. Poor condition with new snow.

    Teaching Grid: Machine packed and leveled, March. 6. Poor condition. We hope to trackset this tomorrow (March 7).

  21. West Bragg Creek:

    Fantastic conditions on all core trails (Crystal Lines, Sundog, Loggers). Expect to see wind scoured snow/ice on trails with lots of exposure (think Mountain View West, Moose Loop, Mountain View).

    We expect to see at least 10 cm of new snow in the next 24 hours.

    Be aware that the Alberta Youth Championships will be held this weekend on West Crystal Line.

  22. March 5 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

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

    Fairview – Lake Louise Connector (BLUE #4): Double trackset, 5. Good condition.

    Forest Trail (#4) *formally the Shoreline*: Double trackset, March. 4. Good condition.

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

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

    Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, March 5. Good condition.

  23. Mar 4 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, March. 2. Poor condition. We hope to trackset this tomorrow afternoon (March 5).

    Fairview – Lake Louise Connector (BLUE #4): Double trackset, March. 2. Poor condition. We hope to trackset this tomorrow afternoon (March 5).

    Forest Trail (#4) *formally the Shoreline*: Double trackset, March. 4. Good condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate walking path, March. 4. Good condition, this might change to poor condition by morning (March 5) if the current strong winds continue.

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

    Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Mar. 2. Poor condition. We hope to trackset this tomorrow morning (March 5).

  24. Shaganappi groomer

    March 4 Shaganappi golf course in Calgary update:

    ****SHAGANAPPI IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC DUE TO SAFETY REASONS***

    If we get enough snow this weekend, we may reopen.

  25. Feb 28 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

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

    Fairview – Lake Louise Connector (BLUE #4): Double trackset, Feb. 26. Good condition.

    Forest Trail (#4) *formally the Shoreline*: Double trackset, Feb 24. Good condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate walking path, Feb. 28. Good condition.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Feb. 25. Good condition.

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

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    February 28 Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary grooming and ski conditions update:

    Spring skiing is here! Super fun soft slushy stuff! This week has brought us spring snow, finally. We are done with winter conditions…

    The +10 daytime temps plus above zero over night temps this week have definitely reduced the snow and created some thin sections at Shaganappi.

    Having said that, after a skate-ski on all the trails today, the trails are super fun and soft with overall great coverage! There are one or two spots where one has to be careful navigating, but those places are very minimal and there are workarounds and definitely one can go around in the ungroomed snow.

    Track setting is starting to show grass in some sections, so we may look at setting new tracks with our shallow tracksetter this evening……see how it goes.

    Skidoo grooming for skate skiing will be taking place tonight, and one small section of trail has been closed as of today, the usual suspect: the trail along the condos between junctions 6&7. (Trail map is in the photos section of our facebook page)

    Other than that, skiing is awesome and snowfarming is keeping all the other trails open and skiable, even the workaround that is all under the trees!

    The Westgate corner workaround (SW corner of the golf course) is done for the season, so we’ve found a second workaround that will be created/groomed this evening.

    This is the last week of skiing at Shaganappi for the winter, we’re officially done as of March 8th, so get out there and have some fun in this spring snow!

    If the temperatures drop below zero overnight, expect hard icy conditions in the morning until solar heating softens things up….that’s spring snow, no matter where you go!

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

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

    Fairview – Lake Louise Connector (BLUE #4): Double trackset, Feb. 26. Good condition.

    Forest Trail (#4) *formally the Shoreline*: Double trackset, Feb 24. Good condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate walking path, Feb. 24. Good condition.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Feb. 25. Good condition.

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

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    February 25 Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary grooming update:

    Because the grooming from last night did not set-up/freeze, most trails were re-groomed this evening by 2 volunteers with the exception of the trail along the condos down the hill to junction 6, and the snowfarmed trail through the trees between junction 6 and 9 due to thin snow coverage.

    Trails are in good shape with great snowcover with the exception of the Westgate corner workaround (SW corner of the golf course) and the bottom of the hill at junction 6 which both have cart path shale breaking through the snow. (trail map is in the photo section of the Shaganappi Nordic Operations Club facebook page) We have left out 2 scoop shovels at both locations for anyone to use to help us with the much needed snowfarming to cover up that shale.

    One skate-skier arrived via C Train today, super-awesome to see!!!

    We’ll try to groom as much as possible for those training for the Loppet and Cookie Race this weekend. Due to the tracksetter on the Ginzugroomer being damaged today and also the warm overnight temperatures being forecasted, it is likely we will not redo the tracksetting this week.

    SNO needs more volunteers, most especially people to operate the snowmobile and/or Defender for grooming and track setting, as our main volunteer groomer is getting burnt out. Please contact us if you are interested…trail crew volunteers welcome as well for debris clearing and snowfarming. Email us at: shagnordicATgmailDOTcom

  29. Feb 25 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Feb. 17. Fair condition.

    Fairview – Lake Louise Connector (BLUE #4): Double trackset, Feb. 17. Fair condition.

    Forest Trail (#4) *formally the Shoreline*: Double trackset, Feb 24. Good condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate walking path, Feb. 24. Good condition.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Feb. 25. Good condition.

    Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Feb. 15. Fair condition.

  30. Shaganappi groomer

    February 24

    Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary grooming update:

    Skate ski superhighways were all groomed this evening by a volunteer director, and the tracksetting from the 22nd now has a 4cm dusting of snow.

    Trails are in great shape, beware of two thin areas which are the Westgate corner workaround (SW corner) and the bottom of the hill at junction 6 (map is in our facebook photo section). We hope to snowfarm those two locations this week before the warm temps hit…scoop shovels are out at those locations waiting for people to use them!

    The snow is still wintery and awesome, have fun out there!

  31. Feb 24 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Feb. 17. Fair condition.

    Fairview – Lake Louise Connector (BLUE #4): Double trackset, Feb. 17. Fair condition.

    Forest Trail (#4) *formally the Shoreline*: Double trackset, Feb 24. Good condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate walking path, Feb. 24. Good condition.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Feb. 18. Fair condition.

    Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Feb. 15. Fair condition.

  32. Shaganappi groomer

    February 22 Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary grooming update: All trails are being groomed from 10am onwards. Fresh tracksetting is being done on most trails, depending on snow depth. Skiing is awesome on the skate skiing superhighways! Be aware of thin snowcover in exposed locations but so far, they are all passable. Sunday the track setting likely will not be redone due to no volunteers being available. Track setting likely will bea a bit icy until the sun softens it up. Have fun out there before the nordic season at the Calgary golf courses is over!

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  33. Feb 18 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

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

    Fairview – Lake Louise Connector (BLUE #4): Double trackset, Feb. 17. Good condition.

    Forest Trail (#4) *formally the Shoreline*: Double trackset, Feb 16. Good condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate walking path, Feb. 17. Fair condition.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Feb. 18. Good condition.

    Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Feb. 15. Good condition.

  34. Feb 16 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Feb. 15. Good condition.

    Fairview – Lake Louise Connector (BLUE #4): Double trackset, Feb. 15. Good condition.

    Forest Trail (#4) *formally the Shoreline*: Double trackset, Feb 16. Good condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate walking path, Feb. 14. Good condition.

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

    Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Feb. 15. Good condition.

  35. Feb 15 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Feb. 15. Good condition.

    Fairview – Lake Louise Connector (BLUE #4): Double trackset, Feb. 15. Good condition.

    Forest Trail (#4) *formally the Shoreline*: Double trackset, Feb 14. Good condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate walking path, Feb. 14. Good condition.

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

    Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Feb. 15. Good condition.

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    February 14
    Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary grooming update:

    All trails were groomed this evening and skate ski superhighways are awesome!!!

    The outer loop along Bow Trail is quite thin in some exposed areas, so track setting is done only in the areas with more snow.

    All other trails have track setting from 2 days ago that have not been used much. The dusting of snow Thursday and Friday evenings will help keep the track setting in good shape. Underutilized trails have a slight dusting of snow on the untouched grooming from a couple days ago.

    Enjoy the skiing this long weekend!

  37. Feb 14 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Feb. 12. Fair condition.

    Fairview – Lake Louise Connector (BLUE #4): Double trackset, Feb. 12. Fair condition.

    Forest Trail (#4) *formally the Shoreline*: Double trackset, Feb 14. Good condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate walking path, Feb. 14. Good condition.

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

    Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Feb. 10. Fair condition.

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    February 12 grooming update for the Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary: Thanks to the wind and a dusting of snow filling in a few spots and all the track setting, we were able to track set and groom all trails this afternoon and evening. The driving range has an 8-lane teaching grid, and the hill is groomed as well. Skiing should be awesome thanks to the 2 volunteer groomers whom were out today!

  39. Feb 12 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Feb. 12. Good condition.

    Fairview – Lake Louise Connector (BLUE #4): Double trackset, Feb. 12. Good condition.

    Forest Trail (#4) *formally the Shoreline*: Double trackset, Feb 2. Fair condition.

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

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

    Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Feb. 10. Fair condition.

  40. Crimson Lake Park Update: We had a great dump of snow overnight and all trails were groomed this morning. The usual thin spots exist on the north and south ends of the Amerada trail. Northwood, Wolf Track and Fallen Timber trails have been trackset and are looking amazing.

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    February 10 Shaganappi grooming update for the Shaganappi golf course in Calgary:

    Nearly all the trails were groomed at least two passes this evening for skate skiing with the exception of the lower loop north of the driving range that wasn’t done at all . Track setting was partially completed, but we ran out of time! We hope to finish track setting Tuesday evening if the temperatures drop as predicted. The snow depth and skiing is great in the middle of the golf course with some thin areas along the outer loop along Bow Trail due to solar heating of both the asphalt and trees. Currently overall coverage is good with the usual thin sections on wind and solar-exposed areas such as Westgate Corner (SW corner of the golf course). Colder temperatures would be preferred but considering all the Chinook temps we’ve had, the skiing is awesome!

  42. Feb 10 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

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

    Fairview – Lake Louise Connector (BLUE #4): Double trackset, Feb. 9. Good condition.

    Forest Trail (#4) *formally the Shoreline*: Double trackset, Feb 2. Fair condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate walking path, Feb. 5. Good condition. The walking and ski paths have frozen nicely but anywhere that isn’t packed has a slush layer, better to stay on the maintained trail.

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

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

  43. Feb 9 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Feb. 6. Good condition.

    Fairview – Lake Louise Connector (BLUE #4): Double trackset, Feb. 9. Good condition.

    Forest Trail (#4) *formally the Shoreline*: Double trackset, Feb 2. Fair condition. We will work on this tomorrow afternoon (Feb. 7).

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate walking path, Feb. 5. Good condition. The walking and ski paths have frozen nicely but anywhere that isn’t packed has a slush layer, better to stay on the maintained trail.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Feb. 4. Good condition.

    Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Feb. 5. Good condition.

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    February 8 Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary grooming update: After 10cm of new snow, two volunteers groomed all the trails today. Trails were groomed a second time this evening, and major routes were track set where the snow was deep enough. The two-week Chinook followed by last Saturday’s rain before the snow hit that same evening made for either really thin areas of coverage, or yellow slush from the rain that pooled in some areas, then froze. Thin areas are not track set with the intention to preserve snow to hopefully last until our winter season is done. Fingers crossed for cold temps and in a perfect world more snow! We had two volunteers training to groom today and most definitely welcome more…it was a 12-hour day for one volunteer but it was well worth it, skiing should be awesome Sunday!

    • Thanks for the Shaganappi grooming! We went there for the first time today and really enjoyed getting out without having to drive to the mountains.

  45. Feb 6 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Feb. 6. Good condition.

    Fairview – Lake Louise Connector (BLUE #4): Double trackset, Feb. 6. Good condition.

    Forest Trail (#4) *formally the Shoreline*: Double trackset, Feb 2. Fair condition. W will work on this tomorrow afternoon (Feb. 7).

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate walking path, Feb. 5. Good condition. The walking and ski paths have frozen nicely but anywhere that isn’t packed has a slush layer, better to stay on the maintained trail.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Feb. 4. Good condition.

    Teaching Grid: 8 lanes, Feb. 5. Good condition.

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    February 5 Shaganappi Point golf course grooming report: All trails were groomed the morning of February 4th with a few exceptions due to low snowpack. The rain event Saturday before the snow resulted in some water pooling which created yellow slush puddles here and there which then froze. More snow is needed to cover these patches of slush/ice. Skiing will be great for skate skiing and variable for classic skiers who use the tracks. Tracks will be icy if there has been a melt/freeze cycle due to Chinook temperatures but will soften up if the day warms up. Have fun out there, Shaganappi is definitely underutilized compared to other areas!!!

  47. Crimson Lake update: Recent snowfall and cooler temperatures in the Rocky Mountain House area has allowed staff to head out and groom. Amerada has been groomed, Fallen Timber, Wolf Track and North Woods have all been re-trackset. Trails are in great shape as of this morning.

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    February 2 and 3 grooming update for the Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary:

    Feb 2: 5″ of new snow!!!

    Shaganappi was partially groomed and trackset February 2nd by a volunteer SNO director. The outside main loop that runs parallel to Bow trail was groomed and track set when possible , as well as the main fairway from the Clubhouse running West, and the dogleg from that fairway south to the hill to junction 9. (see map in our photo section) However the SW corner also known as Westgate corner had been bare asphalt due to the 2 week Chinook, and is still thin, as are the two workarounds. We recommend people turn around and continue around the loop the way they came, or one skier reported it is possible to bushwhack the SW corner which one can apparently do on skis on snow.

    We need more volunteers who are willing to skidoo groom at least and track set too is a perfect-world scenario, using the manual Tidd Tech renovator/finisher/track setter.

    February 3 grooming update: A second volunteer SNO director was going to go snowmobile grooming and track setting Shaganappi this evening with the goal of finishing the two lower loops, and a section that had a big pool of water from the rain event Saturday night before the snow hit. However, he could not get the circa 1990 skidoo started, even with the portable jump starter and about 30 minutes of trying different tricks. Now we have missed the weather window to groom and track set this new snow with the Chinook coming, aaaargh! Servicing better fix that problem!!! We need a 4 stroke skidoo or in a perfect world a Taiga electric work snowmobile that is coming out on the North American market next winter… (we want a solar array to recharge it too!!! Or electrical hook-up to one of the sheds at least)

  49. Feb 3 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

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

    Fairview – Lake Louise Connector (BLUE #4): Double trackset, Feb. 3. Good condition.

    Forest Trail (#4) *formally the Shoreline*: Double trackset, Feb 2. Good condition with new snow.

    Lake Trail (#4): Sled packed, Feb. 1. with a slush layer over it’s entirety. This is going to take days (if not more) to freeze. TRAVEL IS NOT RECOMMENDED.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Jan. 28. Poor condition with new snow.

    Teaching Grid: leveled, Feb. 1. Poor condition.

  50. Tunnel Mtn Sledheads

    Tunnel Mountain Campground trails in Banff were trackset on Sunday Feb 2 2020. The “letter” loops in the back of the campground have been extended to create a great trail system.

  51. Feb 2 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Feb. 1. Poor condition.

    Fairview – Lake Louise Connector (BLUE #4): Double trackset, Feb. 1. Fair condition.

    Forest Trail (#4) *formally the Shoreline*: Double trackset, Feb 2. Good condition with new snow.

    Lake Trail (#4): Sled packed, Feb. 1. with a slush layer over it’s entirety. This is going to take days (if not more) to freeze. TRAVEL IS NOT RECOMMENDED.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Jan. 28. Poor condition with new snow.

    Teaching Grid: leveled, Feb. 1. Poor condition.

  52. Feb 1 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

    With the current forecast we are expecting all the trails to again be in poor condition by morning, Sunday the weather looks to improve and we hope to start grooming during the following days. The lake has had so much new mass applied (and rain this morning!) that a significant amount of water has pooled on top of the ice and in some places it is over calf deep. This is going to take days to freeze, and maybe longer, it is NOT an indication of ice thickness (the ice is about 55cm thick) but it will take some time to heal before we can recommend any form of recreation on it. Stay clear of the lake and any and ALL avalanche terrain.

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Feb. 1. Fair condition. Will be poor condition by morning.

    Fairview – Lake Louise Connector (BLUE #4): Double trackset, Feb. 1. Fair condition. Will be poor condition by morning.

    Forrest Trail (#4) *formally the Shoreline*: Double trackset, Jan. 28. Poor condition with new snow.

    Lake Trail (#4): Sled packed, with a slush layer over it’s entirety. This is going to take days (if not more) to freeze. TRAVEL IS NOT RECOMMENDED.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Jan. 28. Poor condition with new snow.

    Teaching Grid: leveled, Feb. 1. Poor condition.

  53. Shaganappi groomer

    January 31 Shaganappi Point Golf course in Calgary grooming update: Nearly all the trails were groomed and track set this evening by a SNO volunteer director (ran out of time!) Loving the Defender and Ginzugroomer! Skate ski superhighways are in great shape, although it’s +11 at 1am Feb 1st, aaargh! Due to the 2 week Chinook, there are some thin and bare sections of trail however we have workarounds for most bare sections, and have closed off trails which run on asphalt through trees. The lower intermediate loop north of the driving range had one grooming pass done. The middle section of the golf course is in great shape with good coverage on the trails…fingers crossed for both cold temperatures and snow for Calgary!

  54. Jan 31 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

    With the current forecast we are expecting all the trails to be in poor condition by morning, we think the lake will have significant snow weight that will create a slush layer on top of the ice that will take days to freeze. It is NOT in indication of ice thickness, just new weight applied to the ice forces it down and water will pool on top.

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

    Fairview – Lake Louise Connector (BLUE #4): Double trackset, Jan 31. Good condition.

    Forrest Trail (#4) *formally the Shoreline*: Double trackset, Jan. 28. Poor condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset. Leveled with a separate walking path, Jan. 26. Fair condition. A slush layer on top of the ice has formed anywhere it isn’t well packed. It even shows up in several places of the maintained trail. Boots are a must for walkers and anyone venturing off of the maintained trail will encounter it.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Jan. 28. Poor condition.

    Teaching Grid: 8 Lanes, Jan. 25. Poor condition.

  55. Shaganappi groomer

    January 28 Grooming update for the Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary:

    Skate skiing superhighways are regroomed, yaaay! Using the Ginzugroomer for the first time at Shaganappi was amazing!

    All trails were groomed and trackset Tuesday evening by a SNO volunteer director with the exception of the lower intermediate loop north of the driving range which was only groomed. There was a 10 lane teaching grid put in on the driving range as well.

    Off trail, there is approximately 12″ of settled snow with an unconsolidated layer of sugary snow under about a 2″ sun crust. Walkers pleeease stay off ski trails! Have fun out there.

    Shaganappi is a hidden gem with few people skiing there, especially compared to Confederation! .

  56. Jan 28 update from Kicking Horse Ski Club in Yoho:

    Attention!

    The first section of the Tree Hugger Trail–from the Boathouse to the uphill of the Horse Trail is NOW CLOSED– due to avalanche danger!

    Do NOT ski beneath the open slide path area. Joe will be out there today to attempt putting a trail on the ice parallel to the lodge bridge–which then heads to the uphill on the Horse Trail and the remainder of the Tree Hugger Trail. Volunteers are going ahead of him to snow shoe the ice section and check for slush pockets. It’s been very mild this month. Hopefully we can make it work! Depending on the conditions–he may not be able to get the heavy track setter across the ice–so the trails will remain a bit washed out as they are now.

    There is good skiing from Field all the way down the Kicking Horse Fire Road or start at the Natural Bridge to go down.

  57. Jan 28 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Jan 25. Good condition.

    Fairview – Lake Louise Connector (BLUE #4): Double trackset, Jan 25. Good condition.

    Forrest Trail (#4) *formally the Shoreline*: Double trackset, Jan. 28. Good condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset. Leveled with a separate walking path, Jan. 26. Good condition. A slush layer on top of the ice has formed anywhere it isn’t well packed. It even shows up in several places of the maintained trail. Boots are a must for walkers and anyone venturing off of the maintained trail will encounter it.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Jan. 28. Good condition.

    Teaching Grid: 8 Lanes, Jan. 25. Good condition.

  58. Shaganappi groomer

    January 26 grooming update:

    All trails at the Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary were groomed this evening by a volunteer SNO director.

    Trails are now in good skate skiing condition after the icy sun baked surfaces were softened up by the renovator and groomer, leaving nice corduroy superhighways! Track setting was done wherever possible.

    The past two weeks of above zero temperatures took their toll on the trails, Monday and Tuesday we hope to close off one or more sections of trail that no longer have a skiable workaround to avoid the bare sections. We hope to snow farm more if we can get volunteers out…that is the best way to get more snow on the trails to withstand the Chinooks!

    If you see tree debris on the trails, please take a moment to throw it off the trails…tree debris on the trails such as pine cones and tree branches absorb the suns’ heat, melting the snow faster.

    SNO is looking for more volunteers for snowmobile grooming as well as snow farming, email shagnordicATgmailDOTcom

    Fingers crossed for more natural snow, have fun out there!

  59. Jan 26 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Jan 25. Good condition.

    Fairview – Lake Louise Connector (BLUE #4): Double trackset, Jan 25. Good condition.

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

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset. Leveled with a separate walking path, Jan. 26. Good condition. A slush layer on top of the ice has formed anywhere that isn’t packed. It even shows up in several places of the maintained trail. Boots are a must for walkers and anyone venturing off of the maintained trail will encounter it.

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

    Teaching Grid: 8 Lanes, Jan. 25. Good condition.

  60. Jan 25 update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Jan 25. Good condition.

    Fairview – Lake Louise Connector (BLUE #4): Double trackset, Jan 25. Good condition.

    Forrest Trail (#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. A slush layer on tope of the ice has formed anywhere that isn’t packed. It even shows up in several places of the maintained trail. Boots are a must for walkers and anyone venturing off of the maintained trail will encounter it.

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

    Teaching Grid: 8 Lanes, Jan. 25. Good condition.

  61. Jan 24 West Bragg Creek update from Groomer Jeff:

    Conditions are looking great for the weekend!

    Skate conditions are fast on Sundog, East and West Crystal lines!

    Classic tracks have been renovated on a number of trails. Some areas have some debris from the wind this week and there are sporadic patches of dark tracks from snow fleas.

    Overall, it will be great skiing and temperatures are looking balmy.

    Hope to see you out on the trails!

  62. Shaganappi groomer

    Shaganappi golf course trails are in good condition considering we’ve only had one night below zero this week. Snow coverage is good with two or three exceptions that all have workarounds. Skate skiing was awesome today! Track setting is a bit shallow in places but overall, the skiing is good on spring-like snow. If the temperature gets below zero overnight, expect icy conditions the next day until the day warms up. Have a GREAT weekend!!

  63. 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.

  64. 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.

  65. 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!!!)

  66. 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.

  67. 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.

  68. 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.

  69. 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.

  70. 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.

  71. 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.

  72. 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.

  73. 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.

  74. 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!

  75. 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.

  76. 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!

  77. 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.

  78. 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.

  79. 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.

  80. 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

  81. 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.

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

  83. 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”

  84. 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!!!

  85. 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

  86. 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!

  87. 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.

  88. 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.

  89. 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.

  90. 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!

  91. 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.

  92. 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.

  93. 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)

  94. 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!

  95. 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)

  96. 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.

  97. 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)

  98. 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.

  99. Yoho Valley road was trackset on Dec 14.

  100. 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.

  101. 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!!!

  102. 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.

  103. 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!

  104. 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.

  105. 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!

  106. 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!

  107. 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..

  108. 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.

  109. 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.

  110. 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.

  111. 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.

  112. 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.

  113. 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.

  114. 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.

  115. 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.

  116. 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.

  117. 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.

  118. 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.

  119. 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.

  120. 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

  121. 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.

  122. 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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