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  1. Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary update:

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    Renovating and grooming of the Chinook Glaze has been done on all trails with the exception of the loop to the Quarry Road Trail entrance. That likely needs more trail debris clearing…and there just wasn’t enough time to venture in that direction.

    All the trails that were groomed in the evening on the 15th are in great shape, and there may be a Chinook Glaze developing on the trails that were groomed in the morning, those morning grooming trails are indicated by the red lines on the map below.

    The Expert loop north of the driving range was renovated and groomed the morning of the 15th as well, there may be a Chinook Glaze (icy layer) on top of the trail by now too.

    Quick thank-you to everyone who went to Shaganappi these past few days to clear the wind-blown debris off the trails so we could then groom them, that was a HUGE help!!!

    Track setting:

    All the glazed and icy track setting was broken, but there wasn’t enough time to redo the track setting everywhere.

    Track setting has been completed in both directions from junction 1 to 8 the night of the 15th, and the driving range track setting was done the night before. The driving range was re-groomed the night of the 15th.

    THINGS TO NOTE DUE TO THE ENDLESS JANUARY CHINOOK CYCLES:

    1) Westgate corner is bare asphalt for about 10 meters (SW corner of the golf course), and there doesn’t look to be any do-able workarounds. As a result, we did not groom in that direction after junction 3.

    2) The trail section between junction 1 and junction 2 has a couple bare spots of asphalt and there wasn’t enough time to look for workable workarounds, so expect icy conditions.

    Volunteer time grooming on the 15th:

    The renovating/destruction of the Chinook Glaze (ice layer) on the trails and grooming was done with 3 hours of work in the morning, and another 4 hours in the evening of the 15th, by the same volunteer.

  2. West Bragg Creek from Boomer Groomer

    1900h Jan. 15, 2021
    Still no new snow and temps got up to +6C on the trails this afternoon. Subzero temps tonight means the possibility of ice and crusty conditions in many areas especially on hills and southern exposures on Saturday. Classic tracks may be glazed and fast depending on aspect. Skate lanes especially Mountain Road W. were surprisingly good this afternoon, once west of the first cattle guard. Expect a mixed bag of conditions throughout the area for the weekend. Be COVID aware!

  3. Baker Creek to Castle Junction

    It hasn’t been reported on the Parks Canada trail report, but I saw it with my own eyes this afternoon. Baker Creek to Castle Lookout is trackset. The fresh tracksetting continues from Castle Lookout to Castle Junction, so you have 15K of trail with excellent tracks for tomorrow.

  4. Jan 14 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

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

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, fair condition, Jan. 13.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, good condition, Jan. 14.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Sled packed Jan. 14, poor condition . We hope to work on this trail tomorrow (Jan. 15) morning.

  5. Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary update:

    Trail debris cleanup help needed; grooming and track setting on the driving range loop Wednesday night…

    Many hands make light work!

    If you have sturdy footwear with ice spikes/YakTrax, and a fan rake, there is A LOT of plant debris on the Shaganappi cross country ski trail system from the wind event today that now needs to be removed to areas the wind won’t put the material back onto the trails…. The only debris-free area at the moment is the beginner area / driving range loop because that area does not have large trees around it.

    The Chinook Glaze (Chinook melt/freeze ice layer on top of the snow) has hit all trails at Shaganappi. Once the trails are plant debris-free and proper temperatures hit, we can consider re-grooming the trails for the skate skiers, and break-up and redo the track setting on the trail sections that have a deep enough base of snow where the renovator knives of the groomer won’t hit grass when breaking-up the old track setting.

    The lower advanced loop is NOT RECOMMENDED due to the icy approach to the corner and access trail.

    The Driving Range Loop (green ski loop east of the main parking lot) is the best snow conditions after Wednesday night because it has been renovated so the grooming for the skate-skiers should be really nice. The track setting was broken-up and redone as well, by a volunteer who spent 5 hours on a Skidoo Wednesday night doing all that. Breaking-up and redoing the track setting took 4 passes with the groomer to do each lane of track setting…super time consuming.

    With the lack of new snow since the 3rd week of December and the Chinook Glaze along with the wind debris on all ski trails in and around Calgary, at least the driving range is in good shape so people have an option for good skiing without driving a long way out of town.

    Have fun on the snow!

  6. Jan 13, 2021
    Heavy chinook winds will have left debris and possibly trees down on the trails system. Conditions will be variable and skiers can expect glazed tracks, ice/crusty snow, and natural hazards. Caution is advised. Snow would be welcome at this point!
    Boomer Groomer

  7. Jan 8 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

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

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, good condition, Jan. 7.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, fair condition, Jan. 6. Watch for ice patches on the ski trail.

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

  8. Mt Shark

    Jan 7th: Two grooming shifts took place on Thursday under a clear sky with all trails at Mt Shark groomed and trackset. The recent snow has improved the base significantly, and most early season hazards are now covered. However in a few places there is a small amount of brush above the snow (over the first 2 km’s of the Red 5, and some windblown areas of the extra 5k on the 15k loop), and there are rocks or dirt on two sharp corners at the top of hills, one on the Red 5 (and Yellow 10, etc.) and one on the extra 5k of the 15.

    Ribbon Creek

    Jan 7: Coal Mine, Ribbon Creek, and the Kananaskis Village trails were trackset.

    West Bragg Creek

    The Rabbit happily hopped along Moose Loop last night, renovating and resetting tracks. Lots of drifting and debris from the winds last weekend have been tamed and conditions now are very good on Moose Loop, East and West Crystal and Sundog. Conditions on other trails remains marginal. Happy Skiing!

  9. Jan 7 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, fair condition, Jan. 5. We hope to trackset this tomorrow morning, Jan.8.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, good condition, Jan. 7.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, fair condition, Jan. 6. Watch for slush/ice patches on the ski and walking trails.

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

  10. My wife and I skied at Boulton Ck today. Our route was Whiskey Jack, Pocaterra, Lynx, Amos and then we returned on Wheeler. Wheeler was the only trail that had been recently groomed and trackset (Jan 5 ?). The other trails are in good shape however some attention to grooming/tracksetting would preserve a great base and tidy up the trails.

  11. Jan 6 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

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

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, fair condition, Jan. 3.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, fair condition, Jan. 6. Watch for slush/ice patches on the ski and walking trails.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, poor condition, Jan. 2.

  12. Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary update:

    No new grooming or track setting over the last few days due to the Chinook temperatures and shallow base of snow that is sublimating with the warm temps and winds….we want to preserve the snow as much as possible.

    Skate-ski lanes are hard-packed and fast, and the track-setting is in great shape with no reports of icy conditions in the track setting.

    We may re-groom the skate-ski lanes next time the temperatures are forecasted to be several degrees below zero overnight, it depends on volunteer willingness and availability.

    We are hoping for more snow to increase the base, but conditions are excellent as they are! ?

  13. Jan 4 Update from Kicking Horse Ski Club in Yoho:

    The weather cooled off a wee bit and Joe was able to do the Tally Ho today and drop off the track setter at the base of the Connector to machine groom & cut lots more trees all the way up to the Lake!!! The Connector is NOT ready yet by any means—needs many more passes with just the sled, then at least a few with the groomer to get it some what safe and skiable. when Joe stepped off his sled to cut trees–he was down to his armpits! AND— he did track set all of the Emerald Trails— Could be the BEST skee of your winter!!!!! Also—Avalanche control tells us–This is the last time we can track set underneath the AVI path—gotta work that trail on the ice(as we usually do)—away form most of the avalanche dangers–! We will still use the picnic area(not the usual drop down by the boathouse) to start our new trail and veer RIGHT towards the bridge, the point cabin and swing around to get up the Horse Trail.

  14. Jan 5 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

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

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, fair condition, Jan. 3.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, fair condition, Jan. 5. Watch for slush/ice patches on the ski trail.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Fair condition, Jan. 2. We hope to work on this tomorrow afternoon (Jan .6).

  15. Tracksetting on the evening of Jan 3:

    The Kananaskis Village trails and Ribbon Creek. The only portion of Coal Mine which is trackset is the 600 metres which is used to access Ribbon Creek.

    In PLPP, the trails on the west side of the road including Lodgepole, Braille, Sinclair, Meadow, and Spruce road.

    Cascade Valley and Upper Bankhead in Banff National Park.

    Most of the trails at Confederation golf course.

  16. Pipestone heaven
    New snow over grooming was fun with great track balance. As I discussed with another group “the trails were far from excellent but the skiing was great”. The groomers arrived at the junction at the bottom of the lake.
    We didn’t wait and out ran them to the parking lot.
    A great day just making your way!

  17. Jan 3 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

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

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, good condition, Jan. 3. This looks to have been substantially walked on.

    Lake Trail (#4): Bad Slush layer on the lake. Ski trail not track set. This will be worked on (Tuesday Jan 5) when the slush layer freezes more. Separate path for walkers, rolled but not in the best condition, Jan. 3.
    Both the walking and ski path are very slushy, there is a thick slush layer on a good portion of the length of the lake use caution when skiing and walking. See notes below for why slush layer has occurred.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Fair condition, Jan. 2.

  18. Bragg Creek Trails 1800h Jan. 2,2021

    The skiers dreaded ‘snow eater’ took it’s toll on the well loved trails today. Warm temperatures and this afternoon’s fierce winds have drastically transformed snow surface and deteriorated skier conditions —in and out of the tracks. Extreme scouring and drifting in open areas and several downed trees —some around blind corners, with abundant littering of needle/branch debris is widespread. The glistening ‘Holiday’ snow is gone at WBC and conditions are now marginal so adjust your expectations until more snow and the grooming team is able to repair some of the damage.

    —groomer jeremy

  19. Jan 2 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

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

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Fair condition, Jan. 1. This looks to have been substantially walked on.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, fair condition, Jan. 1. Both the walking and ski path are quite rough and icy in places, use caution. Walkers are everywhere.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, good condition, Jan. 2.

  20. Shaganappi Point in Calgary update:

    All skate ski lanes were groomed the morning of the 31st by a volunteer on a Skidoo, and trails are hard packed and in great shape.

    The night of the 31st most track setting was redone over a 5 hour period by another volunteer on a Skidoo.

    Because of the week-long Chinook coming in, we did not redo the track setting on the Bow Trail loop due to the fact that section of trail is notorious for microclimates where the snow melts fast because the south facing trees act as heat collectors, and the trail is on an asphalt cart path.

    Skiing is fantastic!

    We have increased parking capacity until January 3rd inclusive, by plowing and opening the overflow parking in the upper lots north of the clubhouse. The gate to this parking lot is locked daily at 5pm but the lower lots are open 24/7.

    Please stay off any hills with a flat top, as those likely are tee boxes and the grass underneath is easily damaged by compacted snow.

    Have fun out there!

  21. Shaganappi Point in Calgary update:

    All skate ski lanes were groomed the morning of the 31st by a volunteer on a Skidoo, and trails are hard packed and in great shape.

    The night of the 31st most track setting was redone over a 5 hour period by another volunteer on a Skidoo. Due to the Chinook coming in, we did not redo the track setting on the Bow Trail loop due to the fact that section of trail is notorious for microclimates where the snow melts fast due to the south facing trees that act as heat collectors, and the trail being on the black asphalt cart path.

    Skiing is fantastic!

    Please stay off any hills with a flat top, as those likely are tee boxes and the grass underneath is easily damaged by compacted snow.

    Have fun out there!

  22. The trails at West Bragg Creek which are groomed by Alberta Parks, Elbow South and Iron Springs South, were trackset within the past 24 hours. I was there today and they were in excellent condition.

  23. Jan 1 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Happy New Year!

    Below you will find the trail update for the cross-country ski trails that surround the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double track set, fair condition, Dec. 27. We hope to work on this tomorrow morning (Jan. 2).

    Shoreline (#4): Double track set, good condition, Jan. 1.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, fair condition, Jan. 1. Both the walking and ski path are quite rough and icy in places, use caution.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, fair condition. Dec 26. We hope to work on this tomorrow afternoon (Jan. 2) if everything goes well.

  24. Jan 1, 2021: Mt Shark trail report

    “Happy New Year!  The 35 to 40 plus cm’s that had accumulated on the Mt Shark trails last week has now been groomed out on all trails at Mt Shark.  On New Year’s Eve, the full 15km loop was groomed and trackset, as well as the biathlon area. With all the previously ungroomed snow on most of that loop, expect some soft and uneven surfaces on anything that was not groomed last week, especially on the extra 5k of the 15.  There has only been a couple of cm’s of snow over the last week, and the machine set tracks on Watridge Lake trail have had the new snow skier packed, and are well defined.  The recent snow has improved the base significantly, and most early season hazards are now covered, though there is still a small amount of brush above the snow in a few places.”

  25. 0900h Dec. 30, 2020 Bragg Creek Trails

    Another beautiful morning! Skate lanes have all been renovated. New track setting on East Crystal, Iron Springs N., and Elbow N. Iron Springs south has been packed only.
    Conditions are very good to excellent throughout the system.

  26. Dec 28 Tracksetting

    Peter Lougheed Provincial Park: Tyrwhitt, Lookout, Hydroline, and the first 2K of Elk Pass. All the trails in PLPP have now been groomed and/or trackset since the big snowfall one week ago.

    Kananaskis Village: Aspen, Kovach, and Terrace.

    West Bragg Creek: Mountain Road, West Crystal and Moose Loop. Telephone has been rolled.

    Canmore Nordic Centre natural snow: Banff, Bow, Meadowview, Wooded Bliss, Cold Shoulder.

    Lake Louise: Great Divide, Lower Telemark.

    Emerald Lake: Nordic trail, Alluvial Fan Loop, Horse trail.

    Sundre: All trails trackset.

  27. Dec 27 Upper Lake update from the Chateau grooming team…

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double track set, good condition, Dec. 27.

    Shoreline (#4): Double track set, good condition, Dec. 27.

    Lake Trail (#4): The slush layer has frozen on both the walking trail and ski trail. However, they are both VERY icy and extremely rough in places. We need quite a bit more snow in order to cover the ice and set a ski track. Poor condition. (plan to work on this tomorrow Dec 28, will start working on leveling out ice build up)

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Track set, good condition. Dec 26.

  28. Yoho update from the Kicking Horse Ski Club:

    Emerald trails are ready to ski !!

    Tracks set down today—Dec 26. It’s snowing pretty good, milder & beautiful. The Tree Hugger Trail starts at the picnic area—past the bathrooms. Ski with caution as pole plants may be soft. Careful of the downhill run at the picnic area—to the slush on the lake…….no shame in walking….same at the bottom of the Horse Trail’s big hill !!!!! Set up the bench at the back end if you’re taking a break there (please)—it’s still hanging in the tree! Joe brought a shovel to the big benches at the end of the lake– so skiers and walkers can scrape them off and use them more. One donation box out by the bathrooms with the big map. Nothing on the Connector yet. Enjoy enjoy enjoy

  29. Dec 27 tracksetting at Lake Louise: Townsite; Bow River Loop; Campground Loop.

  30. Dec 27 Canmore Nordic Centre: ” Lots of natural snow trails groomed last night, also some grooming on Olympic and Centennial trails to allow better access to Meadowview top.”

  31. Dec 27: West Bragg Creek from Boomer Groomer: “Another beautiful day for skiing in the Creek. Mountain View West and Hostel Loop we re-track set this morning and all skate lanes renovated. Enjoy the great conditions and remember to social distance!”

  32. Dec 27 Peter Lougheed Provincial Park: Overnight tracksetting included Amos, Meadow(partial), Wheeler, Woolley, and Rolly Road training grid. The trail report contained these remarks:

    “A few very light flurries fell during Saturday night’s grooming of some of the middle trails, with no real accumulation by the end of the grooming period. Most of the trails have been groomed since or during the snowfall, with the exception of Tyrwhitt, Lookout, and two thirds of Hydroline- expect deep snow on these trails.”

  33. Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary grooming update:

    All trails were groomed for skate skiing the night of the 25th and most were track set until the skidoo broke down. Volunteer groomers are getting the machines stuck on a regular basis in this soft snow….they’re working hard!

    Trails are in fantastic shape.

    We intend to groom all trails the night of the 26th, see how it goes. Fingers crossed all goes well, updates to follow.

    Sign-up for email updates, access the online map:

    https://www.shaganappinordic.ca/

  34. Hey gang
    Let’s all do each other the favour of thinking about how we’re parking while out skiing. Try to park as if in a city lot from the car next to you and not the five or six feet, or more, that you often see out there. This will force fewer cars onto roads etc and make life a little easier for everyone.
    Don’t forget your parking pass and have a safe, fun ski season.
    Happy holidays.

  35. PLPP Tracksetting on Dec 25/26 included Whiskey Jack, Packers, Upper Pocaterra and Lower Lake.

    The trail report contains these remarks: “Light snow began falling just as the grooming was ending on Friday night- expect at least a skiff of new snow on all trails. During the snowfall from Sunday to Tuesday, in total, about 50 cm of snow fell in the north end of the park and about 60 cm in the south and at high elevations. Most of the trails have been groomed since or during the snowfall, with the exception of Tyrwhitt, Lookout, and two thirds of Hydroline- expect deep snow on these trails. Much of the snow is still suspended in the trees, so expect many large “tree bombs”, and other tree debris, with downed trees possible.”

  36. Dec 25 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Hi All!

    Merry Christmas,

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double track set, good condition. Dec. 23.

    Shoreline (#4): Double track set, good condition. Dec. 24.

    Lake Trail (#4): The slush layer has frozen (see description in notes below for how it forms) on both the walking trail and ski trail. However, they are both VERY icy and extremely rough in places. We need quite a bit more snow in order to cover the ice and set a ski track. Poor condition.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Leveled, Dec. 25. Poor condition. We will track set tomorrow (Dec. 26).

  37. Mt Shark trail report:

    Dec 25th: Merry Christmas! Between about 25 to 40 plus cm’s had accumulated on the Mt Shark trails in the last week. Only one shift took place on the night of Dec 24th (rather than the usual two), and the full Watridge Lake trail was groomed and trackset, as well as a little extra near the trailhead. The recent snow has improved the base significantly, and most early season hazards are now covered, though there is still a small amount of brush above the snow in a few places, and there will still be some dips over water crossings. With very strong wind over the last few days, and continuing, and a heavy snow load on the trees, expect many “snow bombs,” and other tree debris on the trails, especially on the western section of the trails system. The trails not groomed on Thursday night will still have a considerable snow depth with some hazards beneath the new snow. As long as everything goes according to plan, the remainder of the Mt Shark system will be groomed on the night of Dec 26th.

  38. Dec 24 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, good condition. Dec. 23.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, good condition. Dec. 24.

    Lake Trail (#4): The slush layer has frozen (see description in notes below for how it forms) on both the walking trail and ski trail. However they are both VERY icy and extremely rough in places. We need quite a bit more snow in order to cover the ice and set a ski track. Poor condition.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Sled packed and rolled, Dec. 24. Poor condition. We will work on this tomorrow afternoon (Dec. 25).

  39. Dec 24 Update from Kicking Horse Ski Club in Yoho:

    The sled had a minor problem after the last grooming on the Kicking Horse. The main relay switch blew out and lucky for us–Golden had one left in stock! Joe is picking it up today and….will likely track Emerald on Christmas Day. Lovely present for all skiers.

    The Fan is snowshoe packed only–good ski set
    The Tree Hugger is ski set pretty good, soft pole plants
    The Horse trail is sled packed once and ski set with one tree down
    Lake is slushy in spots—some tracks—getting colder out.
    Best — Kicking Horse from Field Info to Otterhead River. Connector is alway the last —it needs the most help and lot’s more snow.
    But things are coming along…..so is Christmas! Happy holidays.

  40. All the trails around the Village, Ribbon Creek , Bill Milne and Skogan Pass have been groomed and trackset and are in great Christmas condition. The grooming team is off until the 27 of Dec to enjoy time with their families.
    Happy and safe holidays to all the skiers who make our job so much fun.

  41. Bragg Creek Trails Grooming Report 0130 h Dec. 22,2020

    The following trails have been track set and are in good condition: West Crystal, East Crystal, Sundog, Mountain Road to 1st Cattle guard, Hostel Meadow. Elsewhere, track setting and clean up are in progress. The vast amounts of snow have made grooming challenging so expect inconsistencies.

  42. Dec 23 Upper Lake trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Sled packed and rolled, Dec 22. Fair skier set condition. We hope to finish tracksetting this afternoon (Dec. 23).

    Shoreline (#4): Sled packed and rolled, Dec 22. Fair skier set condition. We hope to finish tracksetting this afternoon (Dec. 23).

    Lake Trail (#4): Most of our day yesterday (Dec. 22) was spent trying to expose the slush layer the formed from the weight of the new snow. We are hopeful most of it froze with the colder temperatures last night. This is still going to take some time to have a ski track. Poor condition.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Dec. 19. Poor condition with new snow. We hope to work on this trail tomorrow (Dec. 24).

  43. Skogan Pass lower and upper was groomed and trackset tonight right to the top of the pass. Skogan Loop, Sunburst and High Level are track packed only. Ribbon loop groomed and trackset , Terrace, Terrace Link Groomed and Trackset.
    40+ cm throughout great conditions In most places.

  44. December 22 7pm Shaganappi golf course in Calgary update:

    Corduroy!

    After today’s soft soft conditions, and nearly 30 hours of volunteer time in 26 hours, all trails were groomed tonight, and they are setting-up (freezing) well. Beware that some trails have very uneven surfaces, especially the access trail to the lower loop.

    There are some unmarked hazards that usually aren’t hazards…ie: buried rocks that are used in the summer at the golf course to indicate distances…they’re partially or fully buried with a bit sticking out at the top.

    Volunteers are working hard to have Shaganappi ready for the holidays. … we hope to track set in the next day or two.

  45. SNOW!!! All trails at Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary were Skidoo track-packed last night, and we’re heading to Shaganappi to Skidoo track-pack a second time this morning. After the track-packing this morning, we’ll have a better idea on whether the snow depth and conditions will allow us to groom and possibly track-set the trails!

    Help is needed in the form of donations to help fund operating costs like gasoline and signage for the winter. SNO is also looking at purchasing or building two rollers, as rollers pack new snow down in half the time of Skidoo track-packing. (so…nearly half the emissions, too!)

    If you’re interested in donating to help fund free skiing at Shaganappi, e-transfers can be sent for immediate deposit to: shagtreasurerATgmailDOTcom.

    Thanks, have fun in this snow!!!

    https://www.yellowstonetrack.com/product-page/roller-compactor

  46. Dec 20 Peter Lougheed Provincial Park: On Sunday night, the trails on the west side of the road were groomed including Lodgepole, Braille, and Sinclair. William Watson Lodge access and Spruce road were trackset. The temperature at the PLPP maintenance compound at 6 a.m. was -4.

  47. Dec 19 Upper Lake trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Dec 17. Fair condition. This will change to poor with the incoming snow.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Dec. 18. Fair condition. This will change to poor with the incoming snow.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Dec. 19. Fair condition. Watch for very large slush and/or ice patches!

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Dec. 19. Good condition. This will change to fair/poor with the incoming snow.

    We will be tracksetting again on Tuesday December 22 starting with the lake and Fairview Loop in the afternoon.

  48. Dec 18 Upper Lake trails from the Chateau grooming team:

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

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

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Dec. 16. Fair condition. Watch for slush and/or ice patches!

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Dec. 10. Fair condition. with new snow. We hope to trackset this Saturday afternoon (Dec. 19).

  49. Dec 17 Upper Lake trails from the Chateau grooming team:

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

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Dec. 11. Fair condition. We hope to trackset this tomorrow afternoon (Dec. 17) if everything goes well in the morning.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Dec. 16. Fair condition with new snow. Watch for slush and/or ice patches!

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Dec. 10. Fair condition. with new snow. We hope to trackset this Saturday morning (Dec. 19).

  50. Bragg Creek Trails, Dec. 13, 2020 1100h

    We had a dusting of 2-4 cm overnight. Unfortunately, not enough to recommend skiing in our neighbourhood unless you have rock skis and can dance around some natural hazards. That being said, there is some decent corduroy to be found on some core trails and Mountain Road west of the Cattle Guard. Looking for another decent dump to get us in the groove!

  51. Wanted to give a shout out to the grooming team for their hard work on the Pipestone Trails. It was obvious they did a lot of shovelling to cover thin spots on hills and wet spots in low places. It was a magical place on Friday with the fresh snow.

  52. Dec 11 Lake Louise upper trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Dec 9. Good condition. This is skiing great!

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

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Dec. 10. Good condition. Most of the slush has frozen, so watch out for ice patches!

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Dec. 10. Good condition. This has turned out really well, although there are still the normal early season twigs, it still is in great shape.

  53. Dec 10 PLPP: Trails in the north end were roller-packed including Pocaterra, Rolly Road, Come-Along, Lynx, Woolley, Meadow, and Wheeler. Early season conditions with natural hazards. Check the Kananaskis>PLPP trail report for more details.

  54. Dec 10 Mt Shark: Watridge Lake trail was groomed and trackset in its entirety and condition is improving with some un-even surfaces and a few bushes still remaining. The spur trail down to Watridge Lake itself has a very thin with exposed ground by the lake. The new snow has covered most dirt and stones but brush poking through the tread and trackset can be found along the edges throughout.

    The other trails at Mt Shark were groomed. Check the Kananaskis>Mt Shark trail report for details on the individual trails.

  55. Dec 10 Yoho update from the Kicking Horse ski club: Kicking Horse and Yoho Valley road were trackset today.

  56. Dec 10 Lake Louise upper trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Dec 9. Good condition. This is skiing great!

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Nov. 28. Poor condition. We hope to trackset this tomorrow afternoon (Dec. 11) if everything goes well in the morning.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Dec. 10. Good condition. Most of the slush has frozen, so watch out for ice patches!

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Dec. 10. Good condition. This has turned out really well, although there are still the normal early season twigs, it still is in great shape.

  57. 2300h Dec. 9, 2020

    Temperatures dropped enough tonight to start packing some trails. The 5-7cm we got today was not enough to enable track setting, but we were able to lay some reasonable corduroy on West Crystal Line and Mountain Rd. to the cattle guard. The base is thin, so be mindful of natural hazards. Another thing to watch out for are pedestrians and other users that have been taking advantage of the lack of snow to use the ski trails for non skiing activities. They may be unaware that they shouldn’t be on them after Dec. 1, so be courteous and direct them to a more suitable trail. Most importantly have fun out there, it’s beautiful!

    boomer groomer

    • Question for you Boomer?

      Loyal followers of this site will remember how you became Boomer Groomer last year to better reflect your extensive experience at trail grooming. We got to pondering once the much anticipated arrival of the new Snow Rabbit Snow Machine (donate folks we need this) happens will one of the Great Grooming Crew at BCT be changing their name to Jack and adopt the the handle Jack Rabbit Groomer ????

      • Hi Ernie,

        I thought i got the name Boomer Groomer for being so old!

        I can’t bring myself to change to Jack Rabbit Groomer as that would be disrespectful of the man who introduced cross country skiing to Canada, Jack Rabbit Johannsen.

        I will defer to Aqua Toque for prescribing any monikers to BCT volunteers, as i believe he is the resident specialist.

  58. Sorry, not exactly a Grooming Report, but I wanted to thank the Kananaskis groomers for the very detailed and up-to-date reports they’re posting this season on the Alberta Parks website (accessible from SkierBob’s “Trail Reports” menu). Despite my failing memory, I think they’re more informative than last winter, including what was available on the now-defunct Live Grooming website.

  59. Bragg Creek Trails 0700h Dec.9, 2020

    Bragg Creek has received only 5 cm of snow overnight but it is still falling as of 7 am. Temps are expected to rise quickly today to about 3 degrees C and then fall overnight. Grooming will commence once the snow has stopped and temperatures are below freezing. Skiing is not recommended on most trails at present due to a thin base and numerous natural hazards. If you choose to ski, your best bets would be East and West Crystals, Sundog and Hostel Meadow (not Loop). Be careful out there!

  60. Dec 8 Lake Louise upper trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Dec 7. Poor condition, with the normal early season hazards like twigs, rocks, stumps and roots in random, unforgiving places. Use caution and maybe not your race skis! We hope to trackset this tomorrow morning (Dec. 9).

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Nov. 28. Poor condition. We hope to trackset this tomorrow afternoon (Dec. 9) if everything goes well in the morning.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Dec. 8. Good condition. There is a layer of slush in places on the lake trail, it is not an indication of ice thickness, it is SAFE! The slush is from the weight of new snow that forces the ice down and water to pool on top. This slush needs to be exposed to the air with cold temperatures over several days to freeze.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Dec. 5. Poor condition, with the normal early season hazards like A LOT of twigs, a few rocks, with some stumps thrown in for good measure. Use caution and definitely not your race skis!

  61. Dec 7 Lake Louise upper trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Dec 7. Fair condition, with the normal early season hazards like twigs, rocks, stumps and roots in random, unforgiving places. Use caution and maybe not your race skis!

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

    Lake Trail (#4): Over the last few days the ice thickness has increased dramatically. On the trail we maintain we have 20cm+ of ice thickness throughout the length of the lake. We have sled packed the trail but now our problem is too little snow, and in quite a few places bare ice, more snow is needed before we can trackset.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Dec. 5. Fair condition, with the normal early season hazards like A LOT of twigs, a few rocks, with some stumps thrown in for good measure. Use caution and definitely not your race skis!

  62. Dec 5 Lake Louise upper trails update from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Nov. 27. Fair condition, with the normal early season hazards like twigs, rocks, stumps and roots in random, unforgiving places. Use caution and maybe not your race skis! We hope to level and reset this on the morning Monday December 7.

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

    Lake Trail (#4): Over the last few days the ice thickness has increased dramatically. On the trail we maintain we have 20cm+ of ice thickness throughout the length of the lake. We have sled packed the trail but now our problem is too little snow, and in quite a few places bare ice, more snow is needed before we can trackset.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Dec. 5. Fair condition, with the normal early season hazards like A LOT of twigs, a few rocks, with some stumps thrown in for good measure. Use caution and definitely not your race skis!

  63. Dec 4 PLPP: Tracksetting occurred on Elk Pass, Blueberry Hill, and Patterson.

  64. Dec 3 PLPP: Tracksetting occurred on Hydroline, Lookout, Tyrwhitt and Pocaterra north of the Packers junction.

    Whiskey Jack: “Groomed and trackset on Dec 3rd only above the top of the steep S turn hill, where a decent early season base exists. The remainder was groomed and trackset on Nov 20th (no track was set below Moraine), but caution advised on this section due to shallow snowpack, resulting in some uneven surfaces with potential for exposed rocks. The downhills in this section are likely scraped very firm.”

  65. Nov 28 Lake Louise upper trails update from Chateau Tracksetter Jeff:

    Hi All!

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Nov. 27. Fair condition, with the normal early season hazards like twigs, rocks, stumps and roots in random, unforgiving places. Use caution and maybe not your race skis!

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Nov. 28. Good condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): The lake ice thickness ranges from just under 8cm to 12cm where we build our trail the width of the lake (we haven’t measured the length yet). We need at least 15cm of ice thickness to use our machinery safely.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Skier set, poor condition. Shovel and sled work has started and we hope to have it trackset for next weekend (Dec. 5-ish).

  66. PLPP: Blueberry Hill, Elk Pass, and Patterson were trackset on the evening of Nov 27. The Upper Lake Connector was groomed.

  67. Nov 27 Upper Lake Louise trails update from Tracksetter Jeff:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Nov. 27! Fair condition, with the normal early season hazards like twigs, rocks, stumps and roots in random, unforgiving places. Use caution and maybe not your race skis!

    Shoreline (#4): Sled packed, with one problem drainage 300m from the North access preventing us from pulling equipment, we are hopeful that by the weekend we can manage it.

    Lake Trail (#4): The lake ice thickness ranges from just under 8cm to 12cm where we build our trail the width of the lake (we haven’t measured the length yet). We need at least 15cm of ice thickness to use our machinery safely. Over night a slush layer developed that will certainly slow the ice thickening process, 2020 keeps sending us curve balls!

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Skier set, poor condition. Work will start tomorrow (Nov. 28) and will take at least a week. Thank you for your patience.

  68. Groomed in PLPP on the evening of Nov 26:
    Elk Pass: Trackset from Elk Pass Parking to Hydroline Junction only.
    Hydroline: Trackset
    Lookout: Groomed. Open water/creek crossing at bottom of hill of south side!
    Tyrwhitt: Mostly trackset. Some rough or uneven surfaces remain but generally in good condition. Groomed only for first 1 km south from Lookout Junction.

  69. From the Alberta Parks trail report for PLPP:

    Nov 25th: Pocaterra Trail groomed and trackset from Tyrwhitt trail junction to Packers trail junction only! Remainder of Pocaterra trail was groomed only from Packers junction to Pocaterra Hut/trailhead. The groomed only section is very thin with ruts, some dirt or rocks and un-even tread and getting worse as you travel north. Caution advised on northern sections of Pocaterra trail!
    Groomed: Nov 25 Track Set: Nov 25 Roller Packed: Nov 23

    Pocaterra grid was groomed only on November 25th. Snow pack is very shallow!
    Groomed: Nov 25

  70. Nov 25 Lake Louise Upper trails update from Tracksetter Jeff:

    Hi All!

    Looks like lots of Nordic Skiers have been enjoying a fantastic social distanced recreation! Work has been on going for the past week and progressing more slowly than normal due to the Nov. 3-5 rain crust being quite difficult to work with. We want to thank you for your patience and enthusiasm!

    Fairview Loop (#2): Sled packed from Lake Louise to the big hill. Work is ongoing and we hope to have a track in 2 or 3 days.

    Shoreline (#4): Sled packed, with one problem drainage 300m from the North access preventing us from pulling equipment, we are hopeful that by the weekend we can manage it.

    Lake Trail (#4): The lake ice thickness ranges from just under 8cm to 12cm where we build our trail width of the lake (we haven’t measured the length yet). We need at least 15cm of ice thickness to use our machinery safely.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Skier set, poor condition. When we finish with the Fairview Loop, work will begin here.

  71. Some of the trails around the Kananaskis Village were packed yesterday. These are still early days and the base is very shallow. Skiing is possible on the flat trails such as Terrace and Terrace Link. Extreme caution on any hills due to hidden surprises such as blue ice and rocks.
    Upper Skogan Pass has over 40 cm of snow but Alta Link is currently replacing power poles up there and using parts of Skogan as their access.
    Lots of great skiing in Lougheed at the moment best to wait before you try Ribbon Creek.

  72. November 19th, 2020 Shaganappi Point golf course update:

     The gates to Shaganappi were opened for the winter as of November 10th.  

    Skiing is not recommended until there is a compacted base.  

    -Skis on snow with no compacted base likely will go right through the snow down to the ground hitting grass, asphalt, and the shale cart paths, which can permanently damage your skis. 

    Feel free to go for a walk or snowshoe.  After grooming and track setting has begun, please do not walk on ski trails.

    Grooming and track setting for cross country skiing at Shaganappi will begin in December.  
    -Shaganappi Point golf course and Confederation Park golf courses have two different microclimates.  Shaganappi has significantly more year-round sun and wind exposure compared to the Confederation golf course. (Confederation has longer frost delays during the golf season due to having less sun exposure than Shaganappi)  If the snow above the turf at Shaganappi is machine compacted for skiing in November, freeze/thaw cycles of November Chinooks create an ice layer that remains in place all winter preventing air exchange within the snowpack, which kills the turf underneath.  Turf death in the spring directly equates to lower visitor numbers and revenue loss at golf courses, as golfers in general prefer to play at golf courses that are in pristine condition. 

    Please stay off tee boxes and greens, as the fragile turf is easily killed by compacted snow. 
    -All greens are  roped off. Tee boxes in general are flat areas with a hill around them. Some tee boxes are roped off, but not all. (roping off greens are the Golf course’s responsibility, roping off tee boxes near ski trails are SNO’s responsibility.  There are 80+ tee boxes, and 27 greens at Shaganappi).   

  73. More good news for PLPP. Not sure if this is the right corner of SkiHere for this, but PLPP staff have confirmed that the Visitor Information Centre (aka Discovery Centre) in PLPP will re-open for the winter on Nov. 29. Hurrah!

  74. Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary update:

    The gates to Shaganappi are open for the winter, as of today.

    Feel free to go for a walk or snowshoe, but please stay off tee boxes and greens, as the fragile turf is easily killed by compacted snow. All greens are roped off. tee boxes in general are flat areas with a hill around them. Some tee boxes are roped off, but not all.

    Skiing isn’t recommended until there’s a compacted base.

    Skis on this new snow likely will go right through the snow down to the ground hitting grass, asphalt, and the shale cart paths.

    Grooming is not allowed until December, as machine compacted snow above fragile grasses prevents air exchange through the snowpack. Gases formed from natural decomposition during the winter is prevented from escaping up through the snowpack if the snow is compacted. The decomposition gases then concentrate along the surface of the grass, and kill the grass over time.

  75. The following trails have been re track set as of 10 am Saturday morning thanks to about 5-7cm of snow overnight:
    Mountain Road, West Crystal and links, East Crystal, Loggers, Sundog, Mountian View, Moose connector and Hostel Meadow. All other trails had been track set the previous day with the exception of Telephone (roller packed only) and Elbow South (which we do not groom)
    Conditions are lovely, but expect it to be soft and some hazards exist although they are few and far between.

  76. WBC Groomers report:
    The whole trail system has now been roller packed and the following trails have been track set: West Crystal and links, East Crystal, Sundog, Loggers, Mountain Rd., Mountain View, Mountain View West, and Moose Loop.
    Snow is falling as I type and we hope to get Iron Springs, Elbow N and Iron Creek track set this afternoon.
    Skiing should be great this weekend. As it is early season watch for hazards such as subsurface rocks, uneven tread, and slushy areas where water has percolated up through the snow.
    Extra caution advised on Iron Creek where there is post holing and debris on the snow from equestrian traffic.

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