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  1. Lake O’Hara parking lot for SNOWSHOE to Ross Lake: 15-20 cms beautiful powder on our arrival and lots of AT skiers getting ready for Narao slopes. Snowshoe’d starting east on Great Divide around 9:20 and could not even see any semblance of previous grooming. Did not see anyone for next two hours. Snow stayed soft and saw lots of X-C skiers heading up O’Hara Fire Road as we were finishing at 12:30. Noted Great Divide groomed and track-set on our departure. Many happy skiers parked at O’Hara end. Should be FABULOUS tomorrow.

  2. It is spring skiing in Peter Lougheed PP.

    Light flurries this early afternoon have since stopped. On trails leaving from the Discovery Centre (Information) – meadow – amos – wooley are slick with lots of debris.
    Temperature was +1 at 1:30 pm.

  3. FOUND. Pair of gloves on Marl Lake Snowshoe Trail Friday March 5th. E-mail me at ‘’.

  4. Can I skate at Pocaterra trails?

  5. How many did not purchase a pass? How many skiers are there for each season pass? My guess would be 1.5 skiers per season pass, and 20% of skiers did not purchase a pass so that would mean there are about 12,087 skiers.

  6. Hey Bob….I might be able to help out a bit. Here is a breakdown from the combined season and day passes:
    Calgary 6030
    Canmore 649
    Okotoks 133
    Cochrane 274
    Edmonton 183
    Banff 27
    Red Deer 64
    Foothills 33
    Other 207

    Some error margin here — because these numbers include as separate counts those people who purchased more than one pass.

  7. Went out for a gorgeous night ski up to lookout tonight (Friday, March 5)
    Must have been too distracted by the clear sky and amazing stars, I left my poles sitting in the Pocaterra Parking Lot! Blue Swix

  8. Hi Bob,

    I now live in Bonnyville and I purchased a Kananaskis season pass, which I have used 2 times so far and intend to use 2 more times by the end of the season.
    Either your question is too broadly stated, or else Bonnyville is part of the greater Calgary area and SkierBob empire!
    In any case, you should come here and try the excellent trails of the Lakeland region and enjoy some night skiing lit by polar auroras!


  9. Chester Lake Trails. 10:00- 3:30 +3C -+5 C
    Snow went from glazed, granular to soft snow to icy depending on the aspect of the trails. High overcast prevented higher temps and melting.
    Parking lot wasn’t really all that full but there were way more hikers today than I’ve every seen. A few snowshoers and maybe only one other skier.
    Four of us on AT gear with skins. We skied up to Elephant Rocks and did beacon search on our way back down.
    There has been talk about foot traffic on a ski trail doing a # on the trails.
    We witnessed this today. There was significant foot traffic on the ski trail.
    The foot prints and post holes left were dangerous.
    There was confusion amongst the hikers we met on the ski trail today.
    In spite of passing signs that says ski trail only they seem to use the ski trail instead of the much firmer snowshoe trails.
    There does appear to be a new sign up at the lake that says ski trail only as well as two other signs down near the start where the the ski trail branches off from the High Rockies Trail. These hikers walked right by the signs. Our descent was bit of adventure. The sun was off the trails and the snow was setting up. The footmarks made it hard to snow plough effectively. K country does know of this issue. My recommendation is that where the snowshoe trail sign as you come up from the Parking lot is placed there should be a winter hiking trail marker with an arrow directing walkers to the right (snow shoe trail)

  10. John & Tamara Riley

    Bill Milne, Wedge Connector, Evan Thomas – March 5; 2021

    We set off at 9am this morning from the golf course with little to no others in sight. Had a great time, the trails were in great shape with some debris on the trails but in such great condition considering the warm weather.

    If your thinking of going this weekend, get an early start before the sticky snow arrives in the afternoon.

    What a great day it was 🙂

  11. HECTOR LAKE – March 5

    In case anyone is looking for another skier set track option during this heat, consider rising higher!
    Details available in the photo descriptions here:
    Happy skiing

  12. In this post I asked the question, “In the comments, tell us what you would do with the excess funds.” Please stick to the topic.

  13. Evan Thomas – Wedge Connector – Bill Milne loop

    K-Country was quite busy today!
    The grooming is holding up pretty well on this loop, but warm windy weather is taking its toll. In addition to dirty sections and tree debris, hikers have started walking in the ski tracks. EvanThomas is the worst section for all of the above, and it was rather slow going early this afternoon all around. The best snow was on Bill Milne between the campground and Evan Thomas Creek.
    Still a nice escape from the city 🙂

  14. Is classic and / or Skate skiing at Confed over for now? or is it possible to hit the skate lanes an hour or two after positive temps but before it turns to slushtown?

  15. Mar 5 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

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

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, March 3, good condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, March 3, good condition. Watch for icy patches in the mornings.

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

  16. While I like Skier Dougs’ idea of using “excess” funds to revitalize the Sawmill trails, I think that ship has sailed. The money should be held to cover any deficits in future seasons, or used to expand expand the frequency of grooming. Or- the grooming period at either end of the season, should weather and snow conditions be favourable.
    I think the success of the pass program- despite some naysayers who don’t accept that xc skiers should pay a small fee for the special services that we desire- bodes well for the future of groomed xc skiing in Kananaskis.
    Kudos to those who made it happen!

  17. First, thank you to Nordiq Alberta and all the volunteers! My main concern is to keep this funding and tracksetting permanently. There is a good possibility that volunteers will tire, and numbers of skiers (pass purchasers) will slowly decrease as Covid 19 becomes an unpleasant memory. Surplus should definitely allow equipment upgrades, I would hope even a used machine would last more than 3 years, so a purchase seems reasonable. Allowing for expected drop in numbers, I would favor a somewhat higher Season Pass, leave Day Pass the ame, as we want to encourage occasional skiers, and regular skiers are probably getting a very good deal already.

  18. The Nordiq Alberta program was certainly a success. Despite this, the government has yet to make any commitment for grooming next winter and beyond. Nordiq Alberta will hold in trust the sizeable surplus they are collecting, “pending further spending decisions regarding the use of the excess funds to support future investments in cross country ski trail grooming. … only to be spent, dispersed or utilized on the prior mutual agreement of both the Society and the Province.” See page 14 of the Alberta Parks – Nordiq Alberta Cooperating Agreement –

    Since the government hasn’t committed to grooming next winter, I wonder why the program wasn’t set up to terminate as soon as its funding goal was reached, rather than accumulating a surplus with no predefined plan on how to use it?

  19. I’m all for any surplus going to whatever is needed to keep the grooming going. However, I wonder if we need to adjust our expectations. Assuming the operations cost of grooming is $200,000, and that the expensive equipment needs to be replaced from time to time (5 years?) at $200,000 a pop (need to save $40,000/yr). Funds raised this year around $280,000 would appear to cover both operations and a fund for equipment replacement. But it doesn’t look like there would be much leftover for any expansion of the program. I don’t know how reliable the funding will be and I think we should keep our minds open to the possibilities of less trail grooming, less frequent grooming, using less sophisticated equipment, etc. to have a sustainable budget.

  20. I hope that there is going to be some kind survey done after the season is over to get everyone’s view on this. Personally I would support a higher fee if that could be put towards more equipment so that the trails could get groomed on a more timely basis after each snowfall. After a fall last week the PLPP crew were able to groom 18km of trails, while at the same time (I think) the Bragg Creek crew were able to do over 70km. For the skate ski trails especially, it is important to get to them as fast as possible after each fall. Balanced against this is a wish to keep the fee as low as possible so that we don’t price people out of our great sport.

  21. I support the money going forward to ensure the sustainability of the XC ski grooming in Kananaskis next year and beyond. The voluntary pay system this year has allowed those with less financial means to still access the superb trails in this area and this is important that access for all is maintained. Although it would be lovely if the government took over paying for this again, I’m OK with contributing a small amount each year for superb skiing, and am so heartened that the fundraising goal was met!

  22. Invest in recommisioning the Sawmill trails for future trail grooming.

    No, not 3 laps of the perfectly groomed Elk Pass trail! Rather, a partially off-trail tour taking in West Elk pass, a return up the powerline, then down Tyrwhitt and back south again into BC at East Elk pass. Despite the warm sunny weather- my trailhead VR45 waxing served me well all day, until returning on sun exposed sections of the upper Elk Pass groomed trail, where a bit of double poling was required between downhills.
    I’ll reiterate that Friday morning, there will be plenty of icy sections on todays grooming. The south facing downhill over the powerline hump may well be terrifying without metal edges! More of a trail report, below:

  24. Use surplus funds for future XC grooming services or equipment needed. Funds must be used towards XC trails. That is specifically why I bought a pass and made a donation. Kananaskis trails are key to early and late season skiing. Thank you for the great work on the trails so far, and to all the volunteers!

  25. I’m sorry to be the only dissenter here and honestly I love you Bob and all of the work that you’ve done for the cross country skiing community, but for the life of me, I can’t understand why we are volunteering to pay for a piece of equipment that the government of Alberta should be buying. They buy equipment (or hire contractors) for other facility maintenance, why should cross country ski trails be any different? I was livid that we handed them their operational funds on a silver platter without so much as a discussion amongst Albertans as to whether this is a public good or a user good and now we are proposing to buy equipment for them as well? Some options for the extra money from me:
    1) put it towards programs that encourage newcomers to try cross country skiing – maybe hire some coaches, schedule some dates, rent some equipment
    2) put it towards people who want to enrol their kids into cross country ski programs but who might struggle based on their income to do this
    3) put it towards training, coaching and equipment for young people to develop their cross country ski skills and athletic development
    4) put it towards volunteers who are willing to obtain various coaching levels who would volunteer a set amount of time to encourage cross country skiing within families of all income levels
    5) pay for those who would struggle to afford parking fees (but lets hope we don’t have to repeat this again)
    6) put it towards public engagement and lobbying the government so that ONE user group DOES NOT have to pay for trail maintenance in Kananaskis

    If we absolutely had to have a user pay system, then I would propose that we have a Park entrance fee to Kananaskis (by car not by person) that is set at a lower rate (because there’s a broader base of payers) making it more affordable for each individual. This would still encourage car pooling (charge by car not by person).

    Honestly, I hope we don’t assume that the “pay for cross country grooming via parking fees” program is going to happen again, now that there’s time to facilitate discussion amongst Albertans and even within the cross country ski community as to whether this should be a public or user pay system.

    I feel like I’m the lone wolf in this perspective. If our current government wasn’t so incompetent in managing the province’s affairs, I might feel a bit differently but on this one I really feel we completely threw ourselves into their trap setting a dangerous precedent and I’m surprised no one else is as upset by this as I am. CPAWS Alberta managed a great “Defend Parks” campaign and groups have also gained traction on the coal issues. I think Nordiq Alberta, while having their heart in the right place fell right into the UCP trap.

  26. Skied Bill Milne from Ribbon Creek to the Hwy 40 crossing and return. Started out extremely icy, not much skiing required, just double polling. Very few people on the trails. Weather was perfect, warm with only a little wind. Snow was getting sticky on the return trip but still lots of icy bits. More snow is needed to keep the tracks skiable but we sure enjoyed the day. The two people we saw skijoring with dogs were really flying along having a great time. So glad to hear Nordiq Alberta has surpassed it’s goal. I vote to keep the excess to invest in equipment.

  27. PLPP, Arrived at Elk Pass parking at 9 AM to a temp of -9. Beautiful skiing with a windless blue bird day on fresh pristine tracks. Stayed on the fresh grooming on Elk Pass, Hydroline, Patterson and Blueberry Hill. By noon the snow was getting “moist” on the south facing aspects of the trails. Temps were around +5 in the early afternoon. BUT !!! for anybody skiing Friday I would caution you to stay on trails that are groomed tonight. Ungroomed trails will likely be glazed, icy and chunky at least in the morning. So check the grooming report before you go.

  28. Yoho – Alluvial Fan and Kicking Horse. It was cold last night, so the Emerald Lake trails were rock hard when I arrived around 11:00 am. It was -4 C, but warmed nicely due to a piercing sun. Despite the crispy trails, it was just beautiful. I heard several small avalanches from the high country, especially early on. I took my time because I was in picture-taking mode, and surfaces were improving a bit by the time I finished, with a temp of +5 C. After lunch, I skied the first half of Kicking Horse, down to where the trail comes back to the river. The track was a mixture of ice, wet ice and some better sections that had softened up nicely. I was surprised that my skins performed quite well on the return climb to the parking lot. But again, simply gorgeous. It was +7 C when I finished up. The problem with skiing in Yoho is that I can’t resist stopping at Laggans or Trailhead to prepare for the ride home!

  29. Robertson Glacier Valley March 4
    We were thinking snow conditions in PLPP might be a bit challenging with the warm sunny weather so we decided to tour up the Burstall Trail to the toe of Robertson Glacier. The Burstall trail is well-hammered by numerous forms of travel but when we turned up the Robertson Valley we found pristine conditions and broke trail in beautiful supportive snow up to the last stand of trees where we had a long lunch in the warm sun. Wow, what a place. Good to have wider metal-edged xc skis of AT skis and skins, but generally this tour is very flat. Not much avalanche danger other than one seldom-running path off the north side of Burstall Peak. Most of the skier traffic is heading up toward Burstall Pass so the large area below Robertson Glacier is usually pretty peaceful.

  30. Bravo, and hearty thanks to the volunteers and to Nordiq Alberta. What a welcome success story. For the excess, ensure good equipment and consider off-loading some of the volunteer duties to a paid position.

  31. I would not mind seeing some funds used to better signage at the Ruthie / Skogan junction to clearly state that Skogan pass trails (and offshoots) are skiers only. An alternative would be to encourage snowshoers / walkers to buy a season pass (i.e. not limited to xcountry skiers) to raise funds to build a specific trail to go to Hummingbird Plume Lookout …and to avoid ruining Sunburst and High Level trails

  32. sorry but I mistyped Lower Tramline when I should have typed Lower Telemark. We did not get to ski the Tramline as we were parked at the Great Divide.

  33. Skied Great Divide and Lower Telemark today.
    The temperature was -8C at 9:30 in the Parking Lot and was 2 or 3C by the end of the day. We started out with VR40 – Blue was and skied the Lower Telemark on our way to the end of the trail at the train tracks in Yoho. Lower Tramline was fast but there was some debris on the trail (it hasn’t been trackset for several days) so we had to scrape off the needles once we were back on the Great Divide. The Great Divide tracks were great and fast, coming down the hill to the Great Divide was really fast. It only took us about 20 minutes to ski from the border to the end of the trail. Coming back we put on a VR45 wax at the border as it had warmed up. I had to scape a few needles off at that point. But the tracks held up well all the way back with just one place where you could notice a bit of moisture in the snow. A very enjoyable day.

  34. I need new pants.

    (Pay it forward to a backcountry skier who also bought a tracksetting season pass).

  35. With the extra money, the future of grooming in Kananaskis can be even better than it was before the government’s announcement. People are obviously willing to pay a reasonable amount to have groomed trails, and I bet they are willing to pay a little more than the paltry $50 to have more grooming(the snowcat could easily be operating a daily double shift in PLPP), and possibly open up some new trails. In retrospect, the government has done us a huge favour by “ending grooming” in Kananaskis. We’ve removed the threat of the government taking this away from us.

    A further benefit to skiers paying for groomed trails is that it will give us some clout when it comes to keeping the hikers off the groomed trails.

  36. March 4 – PLPP
    I skied the Cookie 42km today. There was some tree debris on the trails that haven’t been groomed since Tuesday, but not quite the “incredible amount” described on the AB Parks website. There were a couple short sections of absolute snow flea carnage on Pocaterra, where there were so many that the snow looked dirty. Tyrwhitt probably had the most tree debris and snowbombs, but it was still very skiable and beautiful as always. When I started in the morning, there were some smooth icy sections where people had snowplowed in wet snow. There was a particularly nasty spot on Whiskey Jack where I struggled to get my edges in to herringbone… wouldn’t have wanted to hit that spot on the way down before the sun started cooking it! The fresh grooming on Elk Pass was glorious. In the last ~15km, pretty much any snow that was receiving sun was getting sloppy. It’s going to be an icy morning tomorrow.

  37. CNC 10:30 -100. +1- +5 C Spring skiing Skin skis.
    Luckily the Nordic Centre has kept ahead of the weather and the skating and TS lanes are in good shape.
    Some of the skating lanes are losing their corduroy. Tracks are holding up.
    We used skin skis again today. However I saw some folks using wax and not appearing to be frustrated. The tracks are getting glazed and I’d have been tempted to use Rex Power grip or Special Red wax/ VR 55. Or maybe even into the dreaded k word Klister.
    There is lots of skiing to be had at the Nordic Centre well into April so dont despair if Calgary’s snow is suffering.

  38. PLPP – Fabulous sunny day for Elk Pass, Blueberry Hill, Hydroline, Patterson. -6C to start at 10 AM and +6C at finish at 1:30 PM. 19.2 km and 475 metres elevation gain. Perfect conditions for skin skis on newly groomed and track set trails.

  39. Does anybody have sense of what happens next year and beyond? Continuation of the approach used this year?

  40. Put the surplus towards future ops and perhaps expanded service and equipment upgrades.

    Way to go Nordiq and volunteers! Thanks.

  41. Invest towards future gear so that grooming can be continued and even trackset fresh more frequently if not needing to share equipment between different regions

  42. Emerald Lake

    Oops – forgot to submit this yesterday. Skied Emerald Lake on 03Mar. It was a beautiful day, with temperature about +1 when we started at 1045 and +5 at its peak in the afternoon. Trail was groomed recently, and is holding up well. The lakeside track is firm but starting to show some wear. We skied across the lake as well – it’s pretty uneven, and soft, but I’ve always loved being in the middle of that lake – it’s hard to beat the views.

    The Alluvial Fan was in great condition – even with the warm weather the tracksetting is still good. I was skiing with skin skis and they performed flawlessly. You do need to have glide wax on the non-kick part of your skis, though. Some people were clumping really badly, but I carry liquid glide wax with me, so applying some seemed to solve the problems.

  43. Pssst…. new update from Nordiq Alberta re: the Kananaskis Parking pass program. Looks like $270,000 was raised via passes, plus $22k in donations.

  44. I tried skiing Cascade valley yesterday and found it icy in the morning and soft an hour or so later. I think my wax was too hard ( it was a really tough day of sliding all day) , so have ordered some purple and red wax. Is my ski season done for the year? Are there any other waxes that I need for these conditions? I’d love to keep skiing as long as possible!

  45. Bill Milne-Wedge-Evan Thomas
    I couldn’t resist the temptation of new grooming on yesterdays fresh snow at the Bill Milne end of the Ribbon Creek network. We started from the small parking lot at the Kananaskis Golf course. The car thermometer read +4C, so we just took the skin skis… no point in dealing with wax once it gets above zero. We did an out-and-back to the Kananaskis Village. There was a short section from just south of the ice flow detour to the start of the climb to the village, where the snow seemed soft and slow. Otherwise, both grip and glide were good. After lunch back at the car, we did the Wedge/Evan-Thomas loop. It was cloudier and windier, so the snow stayed cooler. This provided faster glide and still plenty of grip. The Evan-Thomas trail is very popular with hikers and ice-climbers, who continue farther up the Evan-Thomas valley. While there were lots of footprints, they avoided the track-setting.
    With an overnight freeze, these trails should still be in good shape tomorrow. Probably very fast in the morning and softening as the day heats up. Thanks Jeff and Alex for the excellent grooming on these trails!
    We did come across one odd sight. A wing and the lower legs & claws were all that was left of some raptor. Something had obviously successfully captured the hunter.



    Very late afternoon ski.

    For the first 1/4 km the trail is somewhat sun glazed. My VR50 wax did not do much until I got up about 50 feet in elevation then the wax started working the way it should. The higher I got the colder the snow got. Very good trackset skiing with low to low-moderate tree debris on the Pipestone trail. It did not slow me down much though. Drummond trail was generally free of tree debris. Moderately fast skiing on winter like snow for the most part.

    XC skied the trails after a rank day skiing a lot of double black diamonds at Lake Louise until closing. The double blacks are very winter like currently. West Bowl was killer. The XC ski trail to Skoki was snowmobile packed with a skiff of fresh snow or wind sieve on top.

  47. Lake Louise Trails

    Skied several trails in the valley bottom and up towards the lake today. Our party had a combination of skin and fishscale waxless skis, all with good success. Started at the train station at about 10:30 and did the campground and Bow River loop. There was light debris through the campground and on the south side of the river. Then quite a bit of pine needle debris on the north side back to the train station.

    Then up Tramline to Moraine Lake Road with light debris. Moraine Lake Road was in great shape with clean tracks. We turned onto Fairview and climbed up through debris again until the top when the tracks were clear again. Once we hit Tramline, skied back down to the car. Overall a very nice ski and day.

  48. SKOGAN PASS, plus Skogan Loop, Hummingbird Plume, Sundance, etc. – March 3

    Good in the am with V45/V50, sticky on the way down in the afternoon. Tracks and grooming in good shape. Met a group of walkers who post holed on the new grooming from Nakiska, past the “ski trail only” signs and up Sundance to Hummingbird Lookout. Not much damage lower down on the hard-packed trail, but much carnage higher up in the softer snow. Had a polite conversation about their trail selection but don’t think they cared much. New signage in PLPP this year seems to be doing a good job at keeping species separate and preserving the work of the track setters; maybe time for some more aggressive signage around Nakiska/Ribbon Creek as well?

  49. PARADISE VALLEY via the Moraine Lake Road – March 3

    This is a magnificent destination at this time of year, with minimal use of the glazed MLR.
    Details available in the photo descriptions here:
    No avi danger to where we went today… We’ll be back for more!

  50. Wed mar 3: lake Ohara
    Nice day out with cheeky and Simona (first time there, always fun). Mild temps of course, mostly staying just below zero. Crossing the lake was wet in a few spots. Only did so to build a “quick couch” (skis for back rest). Then toured by the cabins towards and past the Mary lake turn off on an old track along the lake shore. Very nice. Mostly cloudy for majority of day, occasional sunny breaks. Descent was a bit grabby on the fishscales but not too bad. Some south facing hills on return were getting wet and “krunckley” when the sun popped out, so maybe some slick bits in the morning. Everything else stayed mostly cool and a bit slow until justs above the parking lot. No stickage on the fishscales all day other than the wet bits on the lake.

  51. Mar 3 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Feb. 24, fair condition. We will work on this tomorrow morning (March 4).

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, March 3, good condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, March 3, good condition. At 4pm it is +5c in the shade and the melt water is pooling on the lake, watch for ice in the mornings and slush in the afternoons.

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

  52. Castle Junction – Protection Mountain Campground return. 1A highway
    9:45 first vehicle in parking lot. +2C
    Started with wax VR 45, had VR 50 and 55 ready to go. Got 100M onto the trail and realized the tracks were crusty and dirty in the trees and we were needing a softer wax. Recipe for stuck needles and general slow jerky skiing. We went back and switched to Skintecs No demo skin skis today just our tried n true Skintecs.
    Great grip and glide. In the trees tracks were crusty and dirty. Once out under hydro lines clean tracks and good soft snow. Some of the hills on the stretch from Castle junction to Castle Mtn lookout are a bit narrow and sketchy. We walked one hill cause it has a right hand turn at the bottom.
    We had lunch sitting in the sun on the old roadbed overlooking the train tracks. After we turned around ran into two couples we know from Banff and had a good 2m chat.
    We ran into three dogs on leash. They were well behaved as were their masters. parking lot at Castle Junction had 4 cars when we left.

  53. Congrats Mike, that’s incredible!

    Heard about your trip from your family and it blew my mind away 🙂 Way to go!

  54. Mar 2. Skied Moraine Lake Rd and it was surprisingly good. A dusting of fresh in the tracks and not many skiers were out, parking was readily available. Used blue wax with a bit of purple and had good grip and glide. Mostly cloudy with the odd sunny break and some flakes of snow. The trail got a bit glazed coming down but that was fine, a great day.

  55. March 3rd Shaganappi Point golf course grooming update:

    Tuesday evening all trails were groomed after one volunteer worked most of the afternoon on the Bow Trail re-route. The Bow Trail re-route is quite fun but make sure you walk down any hills in icy conditions. Follow the corduroy paths!

    With the need to clear snow off the greens to protect the health of the turf under the winter tarps, golf course staff have cleared the snow off the asphalt cart path that runs parallel to Bow Trail.

    There are a couple snow bridges across the asphalt cart path with scoop shovels nearby so people can add snow to the snow bridges as it melts away.

    Snow coverage on most trails is still excellent with the exceptions of the usual suspect locations such as the bottom 1/4 to 1/3 of Condo Alley (junction 6 to 7 on the map) and a few trail sections near or under trees.

    Trail map:

    Keep in mind we are now into spring skiing in Calgary.

    Spring skiing means that typically in warm daytime temperatures the snow is saturated with water and gets really soft and slushy. If overnight temperatures drop close to or below zero, expect hard boiler plate conditions the next day that will only soften with sun exposure and/or really warm temperatures.

    Crack of noon spring ski club!

    The skiing is still quite fun when the snow softens up, and there is still a lot of nice exploring to do at Shaganappi when conditions are soft.

    Have fun while the snow lasts and the golf course is still open to the public!

  56. Selling used Salomon Prolink Vitane Boots – Size 5 / $80

    Used only 4 times this season and still in excellent condition.

    Text me: 403-561-2059 if interested.

  57. Selling used Salomon Prolink Vitane Boots – Size 5 / $80

    Used only 4 times this season and still in excellent condition.

    Text me: 403-561-2059 if interested.

  58. PLPP

    Skied the 42km Cookie race circuit. 7hrs travel time.

    Snow cover from 2-8cm over the recent grooming. Deepest at Elk pass.

    Snow was tending to ice up under the kick zones by the end. Another skier experienced the same on their fish scales.

    Workable travel on violet and blue swix. The overcast skies were a bonus. Sun would have soaked last nights flakes.

    0c at 3pm at Pocaterra. Light winds.

    Wax season isn’t over yet!

  59. Red Earth Creek to Shadow Lake ACC cabins.

    I skied up on fresh grooming with a dusting of snow from last night. It was warm… +3 in the parking lot so conditions were a bit sticky on my glide wax equipped waxless skis but it worked better than the last hour yesterday at PLPP. I am pretty sure that I was only person into the cabins today. One other skier and a couple of walkers got as far as RE7 campground. There is lots of snow but the warm weather is not going to be good for skiing in the next few days. I have got my road bike out and ready to go…

  60. PLPP – Tyrwhitt Loop. Six of us met at the upper Boulton Parking lot for a wonderful ski around the loop. The temperature was +1-2 C all day. We climbed Whiskey Jack in 6-10 cm of relatively dry snow, and the skier-set tracks were quite good. Tyrwhitt was as beautiful as ever. Again, the tracks were decent and the snow was a bit deeper. As often happens, the snow depth increased to about 15-20 cm on the Elk Pass side, and the tracks were less reliable. The snow had much more moisture as well, and some of us struggled a bit with clumping and icing up. My Crown fish scales with de-icer were fine all day. The descent on Elk Pass was extremely slow. Fox Creek and Moraine were reasonably clean with reliable tracks the whole way. Conditions will probably remain good through tomorrow, unless the trails receive a lot of direct sunlight. Overall, a fantastic ski with great company.

  61. Pipestone today. It looks like ski mania has calmed down. The parking lot was maybe 2/3 full with no mania in sight. Temperatures stayed around 3 with the snow just starting to get damp. Tracksetting was mostly in good shape with some drifting in open areas. Overall nice to ski on velvet snow for a day I expect other places may not be quite as good.

  62. Way to persevere Mike. That’s 20km more than I’ve done continuously so can attest that the last lap must’ve been a grind. There is a decade old 100km ski tradition that happens every New Years(ish) in PLPP -double round the works including blueberry that you’d be well fitted for! Hope to cross paths one day 😉

  63. March 2 – Bryant Creek warden cabin
    Fresh snow on the Shark trails, but not too much.
    Watridge trail was pretty wind affected, the tracks were filled in most of the way. Once I got into the trees, there was only ~3cm of new snow on the trail. A bit of tree debris mixed in with the fresh snow. The skier-set track from the bridge to the cabin was well-skied under the fresh snow, and pretty fast. Or it would have been, if I had brought the right skis… I was on Rode Viola Multigrade at first and that worked until 11am, then started clumping like crazy. I covered that up with Rode Violet, and that was better but slowly got clumpy and icy as the day went on. Zeros would have been the skis for the day, but I was lazy and didn’t want to scrape the storage wax off them… Whoops.

  64. PLPP – Slow and sticky day….
    Figure 8 loop from Pocaterra Hut (0C at 9:30am and only a couple of cars), approximately 5cm of new wet snow on existing grooming. Skied Pocaterra / Come Along, Lynx, Amos, Wheeler, Whiskey Jack, Lookout, Hydroline, Fox, Moraine, Packers and back on Pocaterra to the hut.
    Very limited traffic until reaching Whiskey Jack, broke trail on Lookout and Hydroline. The descent from the lookout was fun and slow until ice starting to build under my waxable skis and it was a bit like skiing on sand, I guess time to invest on skin skis! Fox and Moraine are in excellent conditions.
    At the top of the lookout as I reached 1100km today I was feeling pretty good until I had a thought of Mike W’s 100km in a day and realizing my season mileage was just 11 days for Mike, pffff…

  65. MLR – Given the warmer temperatures, we opted to drive to Lake Louise today. We lucked out again, being first up on brand new track setting on MLR, meeting the groomer coming down while we skied up. Fish scale and skin skis along with soft tracks made for a slower day than we like, especially on the downhill, but still an enjoyable outing. There was some sun, some cloud and a few snow flakes today (temp -1 to start and +2 by 1:30 pm.

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  67. Wow that’s incredible! Well done!

  68. I would guess the other cars might have been hikers hoping to catch sunrise on Ha Ling

  69. Mike W must be training for the longest race, 220 km above the Arctic Circle, in Sweden,
    last year the best times were just below 12hrs

  70. CNC 9:00 AM-11:00 +1C Skin skis on 2cm of fresh snow on top of some previously groomed trails
    Trails were is great shape. The CNC website was up to date.
    We skied out Banff/Meadow Skied across meadow on Coyote returned via Banff.
    All were groomed and TS Coyote had dust on crust skiing and the flat light when we crossed the meadow made for interesting skiing.
    We skied on Demo ESkins from Salomon. Thanks to Trail Sports and Phil Villeneuve for supplying the skis. Skin skis were the ticket today. Already up to +5 at noon.
    If you skied classic today you might have noticed some of the classic tracks were set wider than normal. We thought it was different but couldn’t tell until we got onto other trails where the tracks were normal. We also talked to some of the regular racers and coaches who had noticed as well.

  71. Browsing Google Earth I see what looks a trail branching off from old Marmot trail and then back again, maybe circumnavigate the flood area. I don’t know how to link the Earth view.
    (I did have an old Garmin track link that overlaid the route we took pre-flood, complete with map, all of a sudden, on the weekend, the map overlay disappeared.)

    Anyone know if this is the case?

    Snowshoe maybe?

  72. March 2nd Shaganappi Point golf course grooming update:

    Golf course staff removing snow off greens = snow removal on some ski trails.

    With the change in the weather, golf course staff at Shaganappi have mobilized and are working to plow the snow off all 27 greens at Shaganappi by Thursday.

    We received word that golf course staff unfortunately are also plowing the ski trails in some places in order to transport their snow clearing equipment around the golf course. We are heading to Shaganappi ( at 11am Tuesday) to determine if trail repair or trail re-routing is best, or if seasonal closing is best for public safety.

    Skiers beware that the ski trails on the map may not have snow on them along some or all of the routing as a result of the abovementioned snow clearing work the golf course staff are doing this week.

    Trail map:

    Night skiers: If you choose to ski Shaganappi at night this week, make sure you have a headlamp and are expecting the snow to not be on the ski trails in some sections so you’re not surprised.

    Keep in mind that this week due to the daytime temperatures, the snow will harden quickly in cooler night time temperatures that would then render the ski trails to be hard “bullet-proof” snow at night and in the morning. “Bullet proof” snow may last all day if the temperatures are cool and the weather is cloudy.

  73. March 1, 2 overnight tracksetting

    Skogan Pass, Skogan Loop, Sunburst, High Level, Hay Meadow and Ruthie’s.

    PLPP: Amos, Meadow, Wheeler, Woolley.


    It is nice to know I still inspire people. I just wish it was with Making Alberta A (Real) Democracy rather than night skiing!

    My secret is out on how to make mileage on skis! Ski at night fast with the headlamp so the Panthers and Griz don’t get you and get that rush effect of the trees going by real fast in the periphery vision.

    Skiing at night allows you to go full throttle on the hills cause you know no one else is on the trail- unless they are skiing without a headlamp turned on. It does happen once in a Blue Moon. Be careful skiing on the Blue Moons.

    It is always strange coming back to an empty parking lot. I never get over that feeling- where did everyone go?

    What do you use for 100k ski fuel?

  75. Thanks Bob, my second time on the front page in just over a week! – Not in costume this time though!

    Goat Creek Trailhead – Spray East – Goat Creek Trailhead – Spray West – Goat Creek Trailhead – Spray East/West junction – Goat Creek Trailhead

    -7C cloudy and windy when I pulled into the Goat Creek trailhead at 0630 with 8 vehicles already in the lot, but no people!? Had breakfast and started skiing (on skin skis) at 0700 as soon as there was enough light. The wind died down quite a bit once I was in the trees. Fresh wolf tracks on the Goat Creek section. I was hoping to take advantage of the recent grooming, but the machine-set track between the Goat Creek trailhead and the Upper Spray bridge was pretty much non-existent. Still, the snow surface was pretty hard and provided good glide. Good shallow machine trackset from the Upper Spray Bridge to Banff. Didn’t see anyone until I was about 2km from the end of Spray East. By the time I got back to the Goat Creek trailhead the sun was out and the parking lot was filling up. Virtually everyone heading onto Goat Creek were skiers.

    After a glide rewax and food and drink, I headed out for lap #2. I took Spray West this time. Despite it being about the same length as Spray East and finishing at the same elevation, Spray West has more hills and is a mind-numbing struggle to get to the end of it. By now, the weather had warmed up to about +3C. More people on the trails, but not crowded. Everyone looked like they were having a good time.

    After another rewax and refuel at Goat Creek trailhead, I headed out for my last lap, as far as the Spray East/West junction. By now, the trail was deserted. I had to pull out my headlamp for the final Goat Creek section. This turned out to be a great psychological boost, as skiing by headlamp gives you the sensation of moving at a tremendous speed. Now I know how MAAD does his epic night trips! About 3km from the end, I saw headlights from the other direction that looked like the groomer was coming my way, but it was two fat bikers. Back at the trailhead, I was the only car left in the lot, the wind had died down, and stars were out with a nearly-full moon. I can now last a week without skiing until the cold weather and snow hopefully returns!

  77. PLPP: Bolton parking to Bolton / Elk Pass to Blue Berry Hill / on to Elk Pass / Tyrwhitt / Pocaterra / Lynx / Amos back to parking

    I started out at 1100 with the temperature at 3. Conditions were good on a fair bit of new grooming. I was using waxless skis. After driving against the wind nearly all the way out it was pretty amazing that there was essentially no wind up at the park including up on Blue Berry Hill. The last hour was tough skiing as the snow changed from a few flurries to steady wet and very sticky snow. The temperature was -1 when I finished at 1630. Hopefully it gets cold tonight.

  78. Cascade to Stoney Creek

    This is a great ski on a blustery day, drifting only early on, minimal debris, and really good tracks. A Spruce Grouse flew across the trail, between us, as we were getting close to Stoney Creek. We skied slightly beyond the grooming onto a short, broken track to the small bridge, and then skied over to the picnic table for tea and lunch. The cloud moved in during lunch, along with a trace of flurries, this improved the snow on the return, as it was getting a bit sticky in the morning with partial sun.

    Today’s pics:

  79. I probably did, to be honest the $50 felt more like a donation, so it is quite difficult to answer the specific question. I’m very appreciative of all the efforts that Ken and all the volunteers put in to make this work.

    I hope that we might be able to build on the success of the program next year and perhaps increase the amount of grooming. The PLPP crew seem to be challenged to keep up with new snowfalls (I have no doubt that they are doing their best with the staff and equipment available) and wonder if more money (higher fee or more sales) might be able to help. Perhaps a survey will be done at the end of the season to get everyone’s view.

    The fact that we have to pay for K-Country grooming while Cypress Hills PP is done for free does slightly irk me.

  80. Bill Milne – Evan Thomas – Wedge Connector and back: 20km
    Jeff G and I were the only ones in the Ribbon Creek lot all day long… where was everybody? We started in sunny and warm conditions at around 11:00, not sure what to expect in terms of conditions. Although there were some messy sections with debris (especially near the village) or boot/paw prints (especially approaching and around Wedge Pond), we were pleasantly surprised with the good tracks and the great glide (me in skins and he on fishscales). It clouded over after lunch which helped prevent the tracks from becoming too wet and mushy. A lovely day overall!

  81. PLPP – Pocaterra-ComeAlong-Pocaterra-Lynx-Amos-Wheeler-WhiskeyJack-Pocaterra

    Started at the Pocaterra trailhead at 0800. Temperature was -1 when I started and +5 when I finished at about 1130. Conditions were really good but a little slick in the beginning – a touch icy. As the temperature warmed up, I started getting better grip. I was using my skin skies, and started with them in full grip mode, and as the temperatures climbed, I slowly moved them back to neutral position, giving me less grip and more glide.

    There’s some debris on the trails, more so on Lynx, Amos, and Wheeler, but compared to what we’ve seen earlier in the year, it really wasn’t bad, and Pocaterra was essentially clear. The winds were coming up as I was leaving, so I expect more debris.
    Trails are all still well-defined. There was a skiff of snow on Whiskey and the upper part of Pocaterra, but it was barely noticeable

    It was kinda fun to see a moose had wandered along the first 100-150m of Lynx. It kept, for the most part, to the side of the trail, but still managed step into the track setting here and there. Overall though, it managed to avoid the tracks better than a lot of people…

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  83. If there had been no grooming, better to get some LT gear and break your own trail (not that you would have always had to), vs. going snowshoeing. At least the down would still be fun, fast and efficient.

  84. Tunnel Mountain – Monday, March 1
    Read about the trails last being trackset on Feb 27/28. Unfortunately, skied the trails at 400, 500, 600 and 700, and they were not in the best conditions – broken, windswept and stepped on. Arrived for a late ski at noonish and there were only two other cars in the campground parking lot and did not see anyone else on the trails.

  85. For me, it’s been “waxless ski” weather all winter! I purchased a pair of Rossignol RSkin skis on clearance from Wilson Mountain Sports in Lake Louise in April last year. They’re a relatively high-end pair, just below the X-Ium race line of skis, similar to the Rossignol Delta Course waxable skis I already had. I’ve been using the RSkins exclusively if the forecast high is above -3C or so, especially if a sunny day is forecast. But I’ve also used them in temperatures as low as -20C. I’ve skied a couple of times with one RSkin and one waxable for a head-to-head comparison in -20C and -8C, and was unable to detect any difference in either grip or glide. If anything, the RSkins were marginally better. The big difference is that with the RSkins, I don’t have to spend time scraping off old grip wax and carefully applying and corking in 4 or so thin layers of new wax in a pyramid pattern to get optimal performance. And I never have to reapply grip wax during the day, or get caught out by a wrong prediction on what wax to use. Nor do I have to worry about snow fleas and tree needles and other debris getting embedded in the grip wax. This winter seems to be particularly bad for wind and tree debris.

    The RSkins are not maintenance-free however. They need to be occasionally cleaned and waterproofed. And of course both the RSkins and waxables have to be glide wax. The skin strips slowly wear out, and need to be replaced eventually at a cost of about $50, which I figure is about the same as the amount I would have spent on Swix VR grip waxes during that time period. So far, after 400km on the RSkins, there’s no noticeable skin wear.

  86. Confederation Golf Course
    Icy for us classic skiers. And maybe I should have biked today instead… I finished up by around 10:45 and it might be a bit better in the afternoon, once the snow softens. I mostly skied outside the tracks in order to take advantage of the few corduroy tracks and less treacherous snow. Still glad I got out and grateful for groomers and the snow machine in the sky.


    Over 5,3 million people is a lot of skiers for Skier Bob to count!

    I blame much of the increase numbers of skiers skiing the eastern slopes on Skier Bob and his great website that people from around the world look at. Without this website, there is less talk about XC skiing in Alberta. The more talk the more people that get interested. There is no doubt COVID helped increase numbers this year, but those new skiers got a lot of information from Skier Bob as to where to ski and crash head first into their ski tips. New skiers with ski tips imbedded in fore heads have Skier Bob to thank if they viewed his website.

  88. I felt like I got my moneys worth. I am a COVID cross country skier. I have spent the last many years spending weekends at the ski hill and chose nordic skiing this year to avoid the crowds at the hill. I am undecided whether or not I will purchase a pass next year. I wonder how many more there are like me and if passes will cover the cost of grooming next winter.

    I am extremely appreciative of the grooming. I was extremely disappointed in the government’s decision to cut funding to ski grooming. When I moved to Alberta in the 90’s it was something I was really impressed about Alberta, and as a student at the time, I appreciated the free skiing. While $50 for a year of skiing is no big deal to me now, I regret that it needs to be paid. I felt it was something that made Alberta special.

    My final consideration when I reflect on the program to groom is how many volunteer hours is needed to collect funds, administer the website and patrol parking lots. I would argue that we were better off before. Having said all of this, I would take this over no grooming at all.

    Kudos to all the volunteers that made this possible this year. I have thoroughly enjoyed my winter!

  89. I would pay more for groomed trails – love the variety. Done a ton of skiing at PLPP this season – some at Kananaskis and WBC too as well at CNC and local YYC trails, however PLPP is my fav hands down. $50 per car is a BARGAIN!!!!

  90. Haven’t got my money’s worth, but I don’t care. BC residents pay pretty much everywhere to ski AND have a PST. So those that complain (Martin & Jip), you need to realize what you have. Kinda like the GST, before it came, there was a hidden tax on a lot of things, especially imports. Out of sight out of mind….


    Lots of people enjoying the lovely ski conditions while temperatures here are still cool.
    Details available in the photo descriptions here:
    The return was fast given a strong west wind!

  92. $50 is good value. I have used my Pass over 30 times. Hoping to hit 40. In the fall, I thought I’d have to take up snowshoeing. Instead I’ve skied more than ever. Thank you to all who saved the season.

  93. Found: Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary:

    Glove (not the Descente liner) and scarf that may be hand made, random skiers found them and turned them in.

    Email us to identify and retrieve.

    shagnordic AT gmail DOT com.

  94. I lost 5cm ski skins near Mt. Norquay on January 25th, 2021.

  95. West Bragg Creek- Early sunny morning skate ski to beat the crowds. Started about 8am , a couple loops of West crystal line, Sundog, East crystal line. Saw about a dozen people and a few pups on the trail. Snow and grooming was fantastic. No ice and barely any debris. Thanks groomers! Parking lot full when we finished up just before 930.

  96. We classic skied South and North Trails at Nipika on Saturday and Fatbiked them Sunday. Great conditions for both. Friendly people and 4 legged friends.



    Fair skiing conditions with a generally very thin snowpack. I had to take the skis off a couple of times and walk. The second river crossing a few kilometers up from the trail head was wide open. I forgot the waders. I tried to hike over the cliffs to avoid 2 quick river crossings but turned back after seeing fresh panther tracks- on a panther track highway. Hiking icy cliffs with cross country ski boots would have made it too easy for a panther to dump me into the river, particularly at night on the way back.

    There has been too much warm weather and a lack of snow in the valley to make it worth skiing in the area this year. There is very little ice on the river and south facing slopes are mainly devoid of snow now.

  98. Saturday was a lovely, tranquil 35km XC ski at Yoho National Park (Emerald Lake > Natural Bridge via Connector Trail > Kicking Horse Fire Road > Field via lower Tally Ho Road > Emerald Lake). Arrived at the Emerald Lake parking lot at 8:30am and plenty of spots available. First on the Connector Trail and there was some fresh snow. Watch out for the exciting dips, twists, turns, and the final steep descent in the trees – no tracks in this section and there is no shame in taking off your skis as the sign suggests. Tracks on Kicking Horse Fire Road were crisp and great. Kudos to the Kicking Horse Ski Club for the well-maintained trails and helpful signage throughout. Amazing to see only less than a dozen people on the trails on a Saturday. Was well worth the 2.5 hour drive from Calgary.

  99. Great day on ElkPass-Blueberry Hill. Snow awesome. 2hrs up-1hr down.

  100. A resounding YES!!! PLPP is one of our favourite places to ski and the grooming and track-setting were stellar, as always. We even got in a few more skis than usual on Bill Milne. A big thanks to the groomers, and to Ken Hewitt for all his time and effort. Even volunteering was fun!

  101. Definitely worth the $50/season/car. We are so far at 12 visits (mostly PLPP) this season – not bad for weekend warriors. We ski elsewhere (CNC, WBC, LL) but Kananaskis is a bit special – scenery is beautiful and it always feels so quiet once on the trails.
    Thanks to the awesome groomers and parking volunteers for making this possible.

  102. Feb 28: Mt. Shark
    Haven’t seen too much posted on Mt. Shark lately so here goes…beautiful conditions and cooler snow still to be found. Plush snow allows for some extra speed on the downs and gives you great grip on the ups. Minus 5 today at the parking lot to start (11:00am) then minus 3 a few hours later (2:00). Did the 15km loop with only a handful of other skiers. Had the picnic bench on the 10 km loop all to ourselves. Great conditions even though not groomed in a few days. Enjoy!!

  103. Black Prince Fan and Waterfall Drainage
    Feb. 28, 2021

    Tempting fate, 5 of us decided to try the Black Prince Fan today, fully aware that the lines might be trashed. Arriving at 8:30 (-6C), we were not suprised to find the parking lot filling up. Yet, many of the people were on AST courses and the young bucks were heading for “The Tree Triangle”, so we had mellower slopes to ourselves. We skied 5-8 cm of fresh powder on a supportive surface, with no wind crust and no evidence of slides of any consequence and no surface signs. After two runs skier’s left of the pinch point, we tracked up valley toward Black Prince Lake. The drainage was in great shape. Two more runs.

    Of course, it was a luge run out the last 2 km. The parking lot was full and there were cars lining the road. It’s good to see people out enjoying our Provincial Parks, surely a reason to be happy living in southern Alberta.

  104. Sun feb 28: east elk pass.
    Temps ranged from -7 to -1 for the morning/early aft. Fox creek in good shape on the way in, some minor debri. Same with elk pass trail. Good straight tracks despite the old grooming and new snow. The track to east elk pass travelled well with some fresh snow on the old track. Should be fine for skinny skis, with some caution using small baskets. Bailey can attest as she came in for a visit on XC gear. Winds picked up from the north and started blowing in the track, but comfy enough at Couch H2.0, watching the snow Devils race through the pass. Things clouded up in the afternoon and the snow stayed cool in south PLPP. Returned via Patterson meadows.

  105. Yes absolutely worth it. Thanks to the hard work of Nordiq Alberta and the many volunteers we were able to keep these pristine, beautiful areas groomed and trackset for fantastic skiing. Worth every penny.

  106. High Rockies Trail Goat Creek parking lot to Goat pond return 13km
    -6C warming to -3C used VR 40 and a bit of VR45 Fresh snow on top of dog sledding trails soft but very skiable. We ski it with light touring metal edges but it can be done on non metal edge skis.
    This figure 8 loop has an upper and lower part to it. We usually ski it CCW IE Cross the bridge over Goat Creek and ski up the hill right in front of you. We skied the upper part which is an old logging road. Return via the more winding hummocky/swampy trail. The entrance to this lower section is roughly 50m from the west end of the dike. At the figure 8 junction you can turn back and ski the lower trail instead of going the whole way.
    Watch out for dog teams! Step well off the trail to allow them to pass. Be courteous. The drivers are quite friendly and will tell you how many other teams are coming.
    This is a multi use trail. You will meet fat bikers, snowshoers, walkers as well as dogsledders.
    There is some wildlife on the trails. Moose and wolves are around. We found big wolf tracks this AM. The tracks followed the trails all the way to Goat Pond.

  107. WBC- early Sunday. Arrived at 8:10 am with few cars in the lot. Skied East Crystaline, Elbow connector, Loggers, West Crystaline, Sundog and repeated East Crystaline, Loggers, West Crystaline and back to the lot. Great conditions! Thanks to our hard-working trail crew. When arrived back at 10:00 am, lot was completely fill and cars parked along the road for about 1 km. Glad I went early! Used Toko red and had no problems climbing or descending.

  108. Hi:
    Although I didn’t get out to PLPP as much as I would have liked to (does one ever?), I consider it money well spent, having skied there for the last ~25 years.
    With kind regards,
    P.S. I had a fantastic trip yesterday, Fairview/Lac Annette/Moraine Lake Road/Tramline. I took the trail back to the road from the first bridge along the creek. Who woulda knew!

  109. I’ll be the voice of dissent, no I haven’t purchased a pass and have not skied PLPP, Kananaskis or Mt Shark this season, I do commend Nordic for their efforts but I’m in total disagreement with the arrangement which is grossly unfair and ridiculous turning citizens into tax collectors. Thank goodness for WBC who will continue to receive my support

  110. The pass is very inexpensive and I am very grateful that Nordiq Alberta stepped up to make the grooming happen, especially this year of fewer options for travel and indoor recreation! I would pay even more for more consistent and frequent grooming but yes the pass was definitely worth it.

  111. February 28 Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary grooming update:

    Classic skiers rejoice! Track setting was mostly redone Saturday evening over the course of 5 hours. It generally took 3-5 passes of the renovator knives over the same section of trail in order to put in quality track setting that will hopefully last several days (or longer!).

    Dear skate skiers; apologies, no time to groom the skate lanes Saturday evening. A volunteer will be going out Sunday morning to groom, however the forecast is for it to warm above zero quickly which may shut grooming down. There was only one person available for grooming Saturday night and track setting was the priority this time.

    Westgate Corner, (SW corner of the golf course) typically is too wind and sun exposed to retain snow but there are three different workarounds that skiers are utilizing.

    Check Nordic Pulse for the latest grooming updates for many ski areas:

    Have fun on the snow!

  112. Confederation Golf Course

    A big thank you to Foothills Nordic ski club for maintaining the trails. This has been the best year I can remember at Confed, conditions have been good on most days since Christmas. We had another enjoyable ski yesterday on fresh snow and fresh tracks. Great to see so many kids out.

  113. Ribbon Creek- did Ribbon Creek, Coal mine, more Ribbon creek (down the s bends), Kovach past the viewpoint and then Hummingbird Plume (up on High level and down on Sunburst). Very nice day out with beautiful sunshine and mountain views, though a bit slow on the several cm of ungroomed fresh snow. Walkers are *mostly* doing an admirable job of avoiding the ski tracks, with a few minor exceptions. I wish someone would tell them to stick to the side on long downhills with no tracks though. I sure do appreciate these trails.

  114. I’ll say. The pass is peanuts for skiing on some of the best trails in North America. I have a hard time imagining more interesting and scenic trails than those at PLPP and Ribbon Creek.

  115. Skied all over the place at Pipestone today and the snow, tracksetting, and weather made it a great experience. Five centimeters of snow fell after the most recent tracksetting but all of the many skiers created beautiful, soft-edged tracks. VR40, -8C, and friendly people everywhere added up to a wonderful time.

    After tea, the skiing continued on Fairview and the Moraine Lake Road. Only 4 skiers over there but the same superb ski conditions. HIGHLY recommended!

  116. Banff Springs Hotel to Goat Creek parking up and back – Great conditions

    There was about 10 cm of fresh snow on top of yesterday’s grooming. The groomer was out this morning refreshing yesterday’s work as far as the upper Spray bridge. After that there was enough skier traffic for a good track set. The down hill sections were good. Even the toughest one, north bound down to the Goat Creek bridge was relatively easy to get down without smashing into the bridge. I only saw 2 walkers up near the Goat Creek end but unfortunately they were walking in the skier tracks as there was too much snow in the middle for them…

  117. Elizabeth Snowball Beggs

    Absolutely ! Thank you !

  118. With probably 6 weeks still left in the Kananaskis grooming season- we are already at under $6 per skier day- and that’s with buying a pass for each of our 2 vehicles. That’s quite the bargain!

  119. Definitely worth my money. In December and January when conditions in WBC were marginal at best, I did most of my skiing in Kananaskis Village / Skogan pass (10+ times) and PLPP (15+ times) and without grooming I would have been miserable and « forced » to go farther. This month I skied mostly in WBC and next week will return to Kananaskis / PLPP.

  120. Brewster Creek/Sundance Lodge

    What a wonderful ski to this hidden gem. I can’t believe with all the trails we have skied over the years that this was our first time here. We had a late start and trouble accessing the parking due to the long lineup of downhillers waiting to be allowed up the Sunshine road. Once on the trail the snow was wonderful and we enjoyed a lovely 2.5 km double pole by stunning Brewster Creek to the turnoff for Sundance Lodge 8.5 km ahead. The few cm’s of new snow was freshly trackset and our blue wax worked well. We enjoyed the climb through the forest with some undulating terrain and good viewpoints. After a refreshment stop outside the lodge the run down was great. The trail was only trackset on one side allowing a perfectly groomed area to descend and snowplow if needed. With the fresh snow the descent was perfect on our skinny skis . Love finding a new trail. We will be back.

  121. Yes, partner & I out there 3 wknds in Jan and 3 in Feb.
    And yes PLPP busier than yrs past, more youngsters.

  122. WBC- February 27

    We had a great ski at Wbc today! We started out by heading up Mtn road to Moose connector then over to Moose loop. Went counter-clockwise on Moose loop to Mountain view west. The tracks on ML were a bit wobbly but it wasn’t a problem. Mountain view west had the best tracks of the day. Amazing! Thanks groomers! We continued on Mtn road (nice tracks) to Mtn view then back to the parking lot on West Crystal Line. Get out and enjoy it before the heat wave shows up next week!

  123. PLPP Treasure
    Jamie and I skied PLPP today. We started at Boulton Creek Campground at 9:20 a.m. with 6 cm or so of new snow on the old tracks and a temperature of -11C. I broke trail on Moraine, then followed someone’s trail along the first part of Elk pass, back to breaking trail after the Hydroline Junction. Someone had gone up to Blueberry Hill ahead of us (from Elk Pass), so we followed that trail up to the lookout. There was very little wind at Blueberry Hill and good views of the lakes, in between clouds. More snow had fallen at Blueberry Hill. The decent was fun and controllable. We toured around to Elk Pass, Tyrwhitt and down Whiskey Jack. The steep downhill was fast; we had to watch the main curve of the S-turn, but it was all fun. Jamie picked me up at Elkwood Parking. Nothing that we did today was newly track set after the snowfall, but we had reasonable glide without sticking. It wasn’t very fast with the new snow.
    We sure appreciate the beautiful trails and scenery at PLPP. Recently, we also skied to Moab Lake and the Pyramid Lake Fire Road near Jasper, as well as Cooking Lake – Blackfoot east of Edmonton.

  124. CNC 9:30 -12:00 -9C VR 40 5cm fresh on top of grooming. Parking lots were 1/2 full at 9:30 and the lower parking lot, closest to the highway, still had spaces at noon.
    The Nordic Centre has really picked up its grooming game in the last few weeks. Almost everywhere we skied today had been groomed last night or within the past 48h.
    We finished off our 2021 Ski Every Trail Challenge this AM!
    We skied Centennial, Olympic above the stadium, and a small section of Rundle at the South end of the trails. Lots of backtracking finishing off small connectors between trails. The trails above the stadium are designed as race trails. They can be challenging but in the right conditions are lots of fun to ski. We started our challenge back in January, persevered though the cold and ended today in perfect ski weather. — with Cheryl Burton at Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park.

  125. WBC – Outer trails (CCW)
    -12C at 9:30am and -5C when we returned. Blue bird sky and no wind.
    We skied West Hostel, Telephone, Moose, Mountain View West, Mountain View, West Crystal, Loggers, Elbow (including the south portion), Iron Springs / Iron creek dead end, East Sundog, East Crystal and a loop around Middle Crystal to end up with 42km for the virtual Cookie Race.
    Great conditions with an inch of new snow of older grooming / tracks, excellent grip during the whole ski with two layers of V40 Blue extra and a layer of V30 Green
    Elbow after the southernmost junction with Iron Springs is quite a mess and would not be pleasant to ski…

  126. Redearth Creek:
    Having read Dana’s trip report on Redearth from yesterday, and knowing the tracksetting was only 2 days old, we decided to go there today. -9C at our 9:45am start. About 5cm fresh snow in the parking lot. We were the first skiers on this trail today, and the going was slow as we broke trail in the new snow over quite a soft trackset. Just before we reached Lost Horse Ck campground (at 7km), a group of about a dozen skiers caught and passed us, and from there on the skiing in their trackset was much easier. Lunch at the Warden’s cabin, and a very enjoyable return ski. Tracks somewhat wobbly, downhills quite manageable. -4C at our 2pm finish. Enjoyable day under mostly sunny skies.



    Take advantage of the new snow and ski East Fish Creek. There is a skier tracked trail on much of the creek east of Macleod Trail. Lots of skiing to be had and no fees. Get it before the chinooks do later this week.

  128. Barb aka Snowfairy

    opps, February 26!

  129. Barb aka Snowfairy

    February 28 Boulton Bridge-Whisky Jack-Packers-Back to Boulton
    -3 C at 11:00
    50 layers of wax applied four weeks ago-still holding up well! (just kidding! went with good ol’blue and green).
    Beautiful ski up Whiskey Jack.
    Packers had some needles, tracks a wee bit warbly.
    Grateful for a dusting of new snow to cover the needles and for a good ski down.
    Here’s my take on a new ski song. sing like you’re singing “I love to go a-wandering”.
    I love to go a-wandering
    On PLPP trails
    I slide, I glide, at times I stick
    My knapsack on my back
    Skis underneath my boots
    Valley hi, Valley lo, valley hi
    Vally Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha
    Valley hi, Valley lo

    I love to wander through the trees
    And view the snowy peaks
    So joyously it calls to me
    Come join my skiing song

    Valley hi, Valley lo, Valley hi,
    Vally ski, ski, ski, ski, ski, ski
    Valley hi, Valley lo
    Skis underneath my boots.

    Have fun!

  130. Your “farewell tour” — it’s still hard to imagine. The Empire without the Emperor front and centre. Glad to see you’re out there meeting lots of friends and fans. I’ve barely gotten out in the last two or three years, but doing a little better this year, so hoping to meet you. Having been a follower since the earliest days of SkiHere, I’m definitely going to miss your blog. But cant thank you enough for how much you’ve done for xc skiers and xc skiing.

    I’ll be able to tell people I met the Emperor when he had no clothes! Long ago and not far away … in the showers after the Lake Louise to Banff loppet 🙂

    Very best wishes, Bob. Thank you! See you out there.

  131. Sorry for the delay! It is -10 in Peter Lougheed. We received 3-5cm of snow (likely more at higher elevations) at the visitor’s centre.

    Roads were ploughed (8am) but still hard-packed snow coverage.

  132. Anyone know what the TECH refers to in the Nordic Pulse grooming report?

  133. I skied couple of laps around Hostel Loop yesterday afternoon, while my grand-daughter was at her Jackrabbits class. At the time I would have rated conditions as fair, due to some glazed tracks in spots, sometimes bumpy hardpack out of the tracks, and enough debris from winds to necessitate a good scraping afterwards. The few new cm’s this morning should take care of all that.

  134. February 27 Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary grooming update:

    Snow on top of corduroy!!!

    All trails were groomed Friday evening by one volunteer as it was snowing.

    Saturday expect soft conditions with little to no track setting due to wind depositing and the new snow. Westgate corner is down to asphalt but there are 3 doable workarounds. (SW corner of the golf course)

    Saturday morning from 10 a.m. till 1-ish p.m. volunteers will be moving snow around, manually shoveling and adding snow to trail sections along the Bow Trail corridor where the snow is thin and the tree bases face the sun. Feel free to help out! ?

    Volunteer time grooming: 2.75 hours

    Check out the live grooming and grooming reports on Nordic Pulse!

  135. My biggest disappointment about not having a real Lake Louise Banff Loppet is not getting to cheer on Janice (and everybody else) at the Baker Creek crossing. Next year I will be there with my shovel.

  136. I’ll miss your updates tremendously Bob. They start and end my day. 🙁

  137. Skied from Goat Creek parking lot to Banff Springs, excellent newly track set conditions, east Spray loop had a good amount of debris near the end but not enough to ruin the day. Skin skis worked very well with new application of glide wax.

  138. Ribbon Creek area: Hidden / Skogan Pass / Sunburst – Highlevel loop / Terrace – Terrace Link to finish up

    The route up to Skogan has not been groomed for a while. I suspect that might change this evening. As it was, there was lots of snow on what amounted to skier set tracks. I see that there are now “Trail for skiers only” signs at the Troll falls / Nakiska junction and the point where a snow shoe trail coming up from the valley reaches the trail just uphill of the old Marmot Basin junction. Sadly, that works about as well as it usually does. The “screamer” was fairly tough with the walker / snow shoe damage. Even on the fresh tracks (south of Ribbon Creek) there is already some walker damage. It should be fine tomorrow morning but with weekend traffic it will likely get pounded up pretty much by the afternoon.

  139. Thank you to whoever found my cell phone at PPLI and returned it to the KOODOO store! We spent today skiing the same loop in the opposite direction looking for it. Now to get that zipper fixed on my ski jacket!

  140. Thank you Bob for creating this huge family of like minded skiers and outdoors enthusiasts. Your big tent included many like me who are out of province, yet you made me feel most welcome.
    I wish you all the best in your future endeavors, which I am glad to hear will still include skiing.

  141. GREAT DIVIDE and TAMARACK – Feb 26

    Great ski conditions and very few people out today.
    Details available in the photo descriptions here:
    With temperatures just below zero, my VR 50 wax was perfect.

  142. Redearth Creek to Warden’s cabin. I was deciding if I should go on light touring skis or waxing skis. The trail did not look groomed and was covered with needles, but the snow looked soft and dry. So the waxing skis won. Good decision, since the surprise groomed track started just above the first hill. Even the needles disappeared soon. The rest of the trail is in excellent shape. We met maybe 15 people walking up to the Shadow Lake Lodge, carrying snowshoes in their packs. But skiing down was delightful, their footprints did not ruin anything.

  143. Cascade to the 11km mark (I would have loved to continue to the end but errands called me back to the city). Sara M’s report yesterday says it all…all I have left to add is that it was a fabulous day with perfect blue wax grip and glide and warm temps, especially when the sun came out. It was nice to chat with Helen and see her Meanderthal crew along the way!

  144. Four Norseman members started from Boulton at 9:00 am and skied up Whiskey Jack and along Tyrwhitt to Elk Pass. There was a thin layer of new snow on the tracks which made climbing easier, and had good control on the downhill sections. At the T-junction we skied up to Blueberry and back. Snow conditions were good but had some sticking as the snow built up in the kick zone with VR40; had to stop and scrape once. Fast and fun downhill run from top of Blueberry all the way to the Fox Creek junction. Although Fox Creek and Moraine had tree debris, there was just enough snow to cover the debris and make the skiing enjoyable. The lower trails could use a bit more snow and the tracks were hard packed and slightly glazed in places.

  145. First time ski up Brewster Creek to Sundance Lodge. Enjoyed a quiet trail with good snow and tracks. I met several skiers and some hikers on the return trip which was quite fast. I was on my 50 light touring skis. Snow was a bit crunchy with some bootprints in the snowmobile lane on the way down, skinny skis would have been still fine today. I agree that this trail is fine for skinny skis if you hit it right after a recent snowfall and tracksetting.

  146. CNC 10-12:00 -3C Classic VR 50 (purple) Ended up a bit slippy as typical Nordic Centre tracks tend to require a step warmer wax. Parking lot was 3/4 full.
    We tried valiantly to finish off our quest to ski every trail this year. Just a couple more sections of the race trails above the stadium left to go.
    We skied Salt Lake Connector and Sarajevo to finish off all the trails north of the stadium. We skied parts of Centennial Trail and Olympic.
    All trails were in great shape. Good tracks and skate lanes with some needles in the tracks
    Ended up our ski by dropping into Trail Sports and test skiing the brand new Salomon S/Max eSkins with the new Shift-in binding. All I can say is wow!
    The bindings allow for its position to be moved forward or back on the ski allowing for more grip or glide depending on snow conditions. This type of binding system works well on any skin ski allowing for the fact you have the same base on the snow VS changing waxes to match the conditions.
    The Salomons skied really well. Great downhill control and gave great grip and glide. They are in the mix for our next skin skis.
    If you are in the market for skis and want to try before you buy, try some Demo skis at Trail Sports in Canmore. We saw a woman testing out some new boots before she bought them!

  147. Confederation Golf Course
    A bit slick for us classic skiers but anyone who showed up in my wake today (after 12) will have been able to take advantage of fresh grooming, at least on the north-east side.

  148. Thank you Bob for your blog! Your blog and information has helped me and my friends immensely when it comes to deciding where to go skiing. Many places we’ve never even thought or heard of. Your information has been well informative and, on some occasions, humourous :-). Best of luck to you. You will be missed.

  149. We use the trip and grooming reports every time we head out for a ski. When we first started seven years ago, this site was recommended by many people, and we have since passed it on to many new skiers.
    Thank you so much for keeping the blog going, it has been fantastic. Happy retirement!
    Wendy and Rob

  150. Good Morning. It is -10 and overcast at the Peter Lougheed Discovery Centre in Kananaskis.

  151. Above all else maintain the down home dawn-of-the-internet vibe.

  152. In addition to other comments, attributes of a “ski community” information sharing web site (if that’s the goal, hopefully):
    – A public, open and inclusive platform, no membership login or exclusivity
    – Not a for profit business or overly explicit advertising or product based platform

  153. If you use the search bar on this site and look for ‘track width’ you will find:

    Track width
    A frequent question: What is the maximum width of ski that can be used in the tracks made by tracksetting equipment:

    This is a reply to the question by Tracksetter Jeff(Ribbon Creek):

    “The bottom of most track pans is 70 mm The sidewalls flare out to 140 mm at the top of the track. If you were skiing on 65mm skis there will be times when you will get a bit of drag from the sidewalls Also understand that unless you get the first tracks in a fresh trackset the sidewalls are subject to scraping from all the other skiers who went before you.
    If you are looking for performance in the track I’d go with the 59. If you are out for a nice easy ski and want good support for the hills the 65 should be fine.”

  154. Hello,
    Will it be possible to use Fischer backcountry 104-74-95 skis on this trail?
    Thanks a lot,

  155. PLPP- Boulton Creek parking: (9:30 am – 5C) Six skied Boulton > Fox Creek > Elk Pass > Blueberry > Elk Pass > Hydroline > Patterson > Elk Pass > Fox Creek > Moraine (finished 2:30 pm at -3C).
    The hill down to Bouton Bridge was frozen and very rough but everyone arrived at the bottom on their skis! Boulton’s new grooming and TS had lots of tree debris on and in the snow so slower than expected. Fox was not as littered as Boulton and was at a winter best. Elk Pass had some tree debris on and in the snow but grooming and TS were very good all the way to Elk Pass. Grooming and TS on Blueberry were great on lower half but extremely littered with black lichen on the top half. The few snow bombs and twigs on the down-side grooming were removed on the way up for our own safe return. Hydroline to Patterson was clean and crisp with no evidence of drifting. Patterson was spectacularly fast with clean grooming and sharp TS. Moraine was in very good condition without a lot of tree debris or black lichen.
    VR45, VR50 and V40 Blue Extra worked well today.

  156. Having a daily featured post is one of the things that brings me to your site every single day. Then, I go to trip reports. Like many others, I also use SkierBob as the primary link to weather stations and forecasts, webcams and grooming reports. I could save them all as “favourites” in my browser, but it is way easier to just go directly to this site.

  157. Hi Bob. You will be missed a lot 🙂

    Trip reports for sure. And pics.
    Grooming updates.
    The link to all trail maps in one place!

    Thanks for all. Cheers

  158. Hi!
    Hope this is appropriate… I would like to thank you, Bob, from the bottom of my skis for all you’ve done to keep us inspired and informed over the years.

    You probably don’t remember me but a few years back, I took your photo celebrating your 1000th kilometer (that season). It was at the top of the big hill at the beginning of Elk Pass with the splendid view of Upper and Lower Kananaskis Lakes down below.

    Wishing you many, many more kilometers, Bob!

  159. CNC this AM 9:00 -11:30. -1C windy. Sunny day using Skintecs
    Started the day demoing Fischer Twin Skins from Trail Sports. New skis in my future. We’ve had Atomic Skintecs for 5 winters now and love their versatility!
    After skiing a couple of KM on the Fischers, ended up skiing up above the stadium on Chipmunk, Osprey, Olympic,Rundle. Each winter we try to ski every trail at the Nordic Centre. We just about have them all covered. We are always amazed that other folks ski the more obscure trails too.
    Snow was great today even on the trails that haven’t been groomed or TS lately.

  160. Alberta Budget 2021 – I think a lot of us have been nervously anticipating the provincial budget for the coming year which was announced today. Now, it always takes a few days for the generalities of the budget to be broken out into specifics – such as whether they will/will not be winter ski trail grooming next year, or park closures, etc. Still… I perused the available documents for a while today, and all I could find was this: “Improve recreational access management through effective engagement and a modern and integrated approach to Crown lands management (including public lands and parks), implementation of the Alberta Trails Act and establishment of a sustainable recreation funding framework.”

    Did anyone else find anything more specific?

  161. My priorities for a new blog:
    Trip reports are #1 90% of my time is spent on Skier Bob is on trip reports. Details like snow conditions (track conditions, skate -ability, dirt on the tracks , wax used, temperature. Parking etc.
    Ability to add pics VS a link to a photo storage page.
    After a while, I get to recognize the writer and trust their reports for accurate beta.
    Grooming updates are great as well.
    Keeping it current is probably the most important.
    Having a FAQ page for those questions that seem to get asked everyday on any Facebook page.

  162. WBC entire south and west perimeter including Elbow south out and back and Dead End out and back

    Snow conditions were good on lots of freshly groomed trails. Unfortunately walkers and fat bikers, as usual, get right on that fresh grooming to mess it up. Elbow south is really rough. A couple of horses have been on that section (part of the winter equestrian network). It was cool enough (2 degrees) that melting did not occur so glazing is not going to be an issue tomorrow.

  163. Hi Bob, the trip reports for sure, the grooming updates and links to grooming reports, and the info on the loppetts were most useful to me.

  164. Shaganappi skate ski conditions are very good. The wind kept things cool so the grooming was nice and firm, pretty much perfect. A few icy sections. Condo alley was still skiable but Westgate corner is now asphalt and the detour will probably melt out on Sunday if the forecast holds. The remaining tracks were being rapidly filled by the wind and there is some drifting and debris, but not bad considering. The groomers have done a great job this winter.

  165. Philippe in Calgary

    The daily posting is where it all starts, and is a vital contribution.

  166. Kananaskis Grooming Cooperating Agreement

    Following a Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) request to Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) a few months ago, I just received the Kananaskis Grooming Cooperating Agreement between AEP and Nordiq Alberta. There is no restriction on the distribution or use of this document. There’s nothing “scandalous” about it, and I don’t know why the government and/or Nordiq Alberta were so reluctant to release it in the first place. I’ve posted the Agreement at where you can view and/or download it.

  167. Bow Summit
    Feb. 24, 2021

    A chilly start at -14 C, but the sun was quite warm. Nice glade skiing interspersed with “AST” review. Size 1 slides on east aspects dictated tree skiing and, to be honest, we needed steeper slopes in places, but it was still great with plenty of room for turns without bumping over old down-tracks. It will be used up Friday, unless the predicted storm keeps folks away. Oh! I should have written that the skiing was hellish and that no one should bother going!

  168. Noseeum North Chutes
    Feb. 23, 2021

    First time in and what a treat. Yes, we broke trail on a pile of fresh, but were able to find the old up-track most of the way to the headwall. Most of the north-facing chutes showed slides that were not brand-new. After going to the headwall, we skinned up two south-facing slopes, found decent skiing interspersed with pow over slide debris. Open water down low gave great beauty to the setting, Andromache to the south and Noseeum to the north. Protected on 3 sides from prevailing winds (sort of), it’s a fantastic place for newbies as the scenery is jaw-dropping for minimal effort (2 km access to the chutes). NOTE: If there is no roadside parking, pull in to Mosquito Creek and ski south along the road for 1 km to the bridge at Noseeum Creek. The up-track is on the south side.

  169. Molar Meadows
    Feb 22, 2021

    Poor vis and sobering avalanche risk levels motivated us to stay in the trees today, which turned out to be a wonderful choice. There was no wind and hardly anyone out. Of course, with the 20+ cm of fresh and no earlier track, it was slow going. We could “sense” an old track, occasionally, but meandered off that often enough that we didn’t make the Pass. I’m sure that those coming in the next day were thankful. A few signs of slides along the 93 and lots of wind affect.

  170. Lake Louise, Feb. 25

    Despite the dire weather warnings, as we were already out in the area, we skied from Lower Tramline to MLR to Fairview and then down Tramline. Miracle of miracles, hardly any wind and NO ONE there. Honestly! We ran into, perhaps, 10 people all day. Beautiful tracks though a bit slow. No debris to speak of. Should be great skiing tomorrow.

  171. Found prescription sunglasses at Jura Creek Feb 25/21.

  172. Found a set of ear buds on Sawmill Loop in Kananaskis around mid-day on Thursday, February 25. If you can identify them, we will get them back to you.

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  174. Feb 25 – Cascade fire road to Stoney Creek
    Skied up to Stoney Creek today. The first few km of the trail have some tree debris on the trail. There are also a couple snow drifts across the trail in the open area at the bottom of the fire road. There was another area of heavy tree debris in the flood detour beyond the campground. I was on VR45 and it worked well in the shade, but it was a struggle to get grip in the sun when I finished around 1pm. If I had started an hour later, I probably would have had to go up a few grades of wax stickiness.

  175. WBC (-5C at 8:15am and quite windy and +1C at 11:15am)
    We skied West Hostel were we met Groomer Jeremy N, Telephone, Moose loop (CCW) and back to the parking lot on Mountain Road.
    Telephone is hard packed and with little tracks until the junction with Disconnect, the downhills were fast but safe. As usual the West section has better conditions. Just be careful at the junction with Moose and there is an ice flow developing but clearly visible. Moose loop was really nice and excellent tracks / grooming.

  176. I wonder if the earthquake had anything to do with triggering an Avalanche.

  177. I’m not sure what the fuss is all about. It looks like this lynx walked with its legs splayed apart to avoid stepping in the ski track?

  178. Re: Helping people out at Bragg Creek: I am not by any means a regular there so you can stop reading right now, but from all the posts I see about Bragg Creek and all those who are passionate about the place, would it be worth while to initiate a “SNOW HOST” kind of concept as works very well at Canmore Nordic Centre? The program basically runs only on weekends, or perhaps also during Race Events, but those involved and trained “can” snow host, wearing their identifying vest, any day of the week.
    Part of the deterrent of my wanting to explore the trails at Bragg Creek more, is the entire area has such an overwhelming abundance of trails and perhaps the hikers/snow-shoers could be more efficiently managed by designating more trails JUST for them. Recently while in PLPP, I was impressed how many trails are now totally designated to walkers/snow-shoers/fat bikers. There is a big map available at the Discovery Centre “PLPP Winter Trails”, showing Elkwood Loop, Marsh Loop, Lower Lake, Canyon, Penstock, Tall Water, Frozen Toad and Torpor Loop (and likely some shorter distance ones). Yes, there have always been issues with people heading to Elk Lakes Cabin but for the most part, PLPP has done a great job of providing this many snowshoe trails. All of these are marked on this map, and alot of excellent general information also included on the back.
    Thought Mike W’s and Herbert’s comments were very well said.

  179. Hi:
    While “taking a photo and shaming them on the internet” might solve the immediate problem, society takes a small step backward.

  180. February 24 Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary grooming update:

    All skate lanes were groomed Wednesday evening by one volunteer however there wasn’t time to set new tracks on the trail sections that need it.

    Ski conditions are great overall. Expect existing track setting to be of variable quality from excellent and solid to non-existent, unfortunately. Keep in mind there are sections of trail where the snow is too shallow for track setting.

    Currently, it is taking 5 passes over the old track setting to make new track setting with our 50″automated renovator and track setter. (Our kingdom for a tiller!)

    We will do our best to get the track setting done in the next few days. Have fun on the snow!!!

    *Westgate Corner (SW corner of the golf coure) has a very thin layer over the asphalt cart path, beware, but there are skiable workarounds once the snow does disappear from sun and wind exposure.


    Volunteer hours grooming Wednesday evening: 2.25

  181. Bob, with respect to shaming the walkers, I’d start with shaming the skate skier who sliced up the trackset. He/she did way more damage than the walkers (one couple was still figuring out where to go, and the other couple had just started). And the skier couldn’t claim ignorance as to what the purpose of the trackset was.

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  183. Wed feb 24: lookout/tyrwhitt/east elk pass/elk pass.
    Chilly start but didn’t seem so bad with the sun and mild breeze in the morning. Decent track set along lower elk pass and up north end of hydroline. Freshies all the way up to lookout from the south. Lots of folk coming up the north side, but still a decent descent with the snow over the grooming (first descenders). Ankle + trail breaking off grooming to east elk pass (2 on LT, 1 on XC). A party had been in before the last storm so the old track was mostly visible in all but the most open areas. Couch H2.0 and the wind wall had morphed into breaking waves but miraculously still intact. Some rebuilding ensued to support a nice break in the heat of the day. Wind picked up in the afternoon, but couch was nice and comfy. Another party of two encountered on the way back to grooming, so 5 bodies out and back on the track will make for good travel. Bigger pole baskets still preferable but not critical. Open areas may be blown in after today, but should still be followable. Back to elk pass, and for more meadow sun, put a track through Patterson meadows via the hydroline snowshoe trail. Skier set track on Patterson grooming. Wobbly track back along elk pass trail until the newer grooming at north hydroline, which was much welcome. The descent of the big hill was perfect and easy. Stopped at wedge on the way home for a fire and sausages with cheeky and Simona. Wind wall there now for future fires. A good end to a great sunny day.

  184. Brewster Creek to Sundance Lodge

    There is a very good skier track up to Sundance Lodge and beyond. After tea and lunch on the lodge porch, we continued up a skier track to BW10, took a mini tour through the campground and headed back. This is such a beautiful area, and we found solitude here, having only met three skiers all day. The return was fantastic, we did not break any speed records due to the fresh snow, but the descent and the curves were very enjoyable. When we got down to Healy Creek, it was freshly groomed.

    Pics for today:

  185. Feb 24 – CNC
    Nice afternoon skate ski at CNC today. Trails skied: Banff, Snowshoe Hare, Coyote, Freddie’s Flip, Banff again, Silvertip, Flying Squirrel, Grey Wolf, Bow, Cold Shoulder, and then back on Banff. Nearly all of the trails I skied had been groomed since the last snow, with the exception of Cold Shoulder which is a dead-end trail and probably of lower priority. Some good, fast snow out there! Teeny tiny bit of debris on the trails that hadn’t been groomed in the last 24 hours, but nothing to write home about.

  186. PLPP. It was a chilly -19C to start at 8 am, but it warmed up to -3C. Mostly sunny with a few clouds, and some wind higher up. Starting at Pocaterra I skied Rolly Road, Pocaterra, Lookout, Hydroline, Fox Creek, Moraine, Amos, Wooley, and Meadow. Only the last trail had fresh grooming. The other trails had 5-10 cm of new snow with lots of fresh animal tracks.

  187. An amazing day at WBC. We skied Moose-Mountainview West-Mountain Road-Mountainview-Crystal West-Loggers-Sundog. Other than a couple of minor ice flows, it was perfect!

    Crystal East, Sundog West, Crystal West (Upper), Mountain View, Mountain Road, Mountain View West, Moose Loop North, Moose Connector, Mountain Road, Hostel Meadow laps

    -10C when I arrived at 0945, with the parking lot only about 1/4 full. -1C when I left in the early afternoon with the parking lot about 3/4 full. Took the skate skis for a spin with a combo of skate, double-pole, and classic technique. Awesome fresh corduroy on most of the trails, a bit soft in places. Beware of a 20cm-long strip of exposed grass in the right (east) trackset when descending a hill about 1/4 way in from the south end of Mountain View West! Also, a skate skier decided to slash most of the right (east) trackset – If you can’t or won’t ski “between the lines”, please stay off trackset trails!

    Had a friendly chat with a couple who were walking their dogs on Hostel Meadow despite the giant breadboard sign saying “skiers only”, “no walking”, etc. They said they thought the sign applied only to the trackset; not the corduroy. They apologized, turned around, and headed up Telephone. I also chatted with another couple who had spent a long time looking at the trail map at the south junction of Telephone and Hostel Loop. They said they were planning to walk up Telephone and return on Hostel East. I redirected them to return on Fisher Link and Snowshoe Hare instead.

  189. LAKE O’HARA – Feb 24

    Beautiful conditions today with recent snowfall and few cross country skiers.
    Details available in the photo descriptions here:
    No evidence of even snowmobile tracks, which makes it very pleasant, if a little slow.

  190. Has anyone skied Nipika in the past few days? Their last update is from Feb 19 so wondering what conditions are like now.

  191. Must have dropped my black left Descente xs liner glove behind the car in the Shaganappi parking lot this afternoon about 4:00 PM. I went back there and looked for it at about 5:00 PM but couldn’t find it so I am hoping someone picked up.

  192. Feb 24 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Feb. 24, good condition.

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

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Feb. 24. There are several large ice patches along the length of the lake, use caution. Fair condition.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Rolled, Feb. 24. We hope to tracket this tomorrow morning (Feb. 25)

  193. Feb 24 Skied WBC East Crystalline, Sundog, Elbow, Iron Springs and the conditions were fantastic, -7 to start warming up to -1 at noon. Lots of room in the parking lot and fresh grooming on the trails, happily paid my trail fee.

  194. Anyone want to head to West Bragg on Thursday for an intense day?

  195. Alberta Parks XC trail reports – that annoying drop down menu above the status column to increase the number of trails shown IS GONE!

    The default is now for All trails, no longer a default of 10.

    This was a quick response by Parks – it was only a couple of days ago that I suggested this change via their ‘Contact Us’ feature.

    After this small success, I am tempted to whine again to Parks Canada about getting Banff NP on Nordic Pulse.

  196. That pristine scene in my photo didn’t last long! In minutes, just around the corner, I encountered two walkers heading south, leaving pits of roughly 7 cm in depth. When I mentioned that the trail was “skiers only”, as per the prominent sandwich board sign at the south junction with Elbow, which seemed to be effective for most, given the trampling south of the junction- they claimed to be lost. I explained that they should walk off to the side rather than mangle the centre of the trail on the upcoming south facing hill, which was already a bit sun-softened and would be icy and possibly hazardous to skiers in the morning. Last I saw of them- they were still stomping down the centre of the downhill….

  197. PLPP- Elkwood 9:30 am – 10C Five skied Wheeler > Whiskey Jack > Tyrwhitt > Elk Pass > Elk Pass “big hill” and Fox Creek > Boulton Creek > Wheeler > Amos > Wheeler > Elkwood finishing at 3:15 pm at -5C.
    Peter Lougheed Park was blanketed in new snow! We were not going to find the pristine new grooming on Tyrwhitt, Lookout and Hydroline. We skied in first track on Wheeler, then had the help of two fore-runners up Whiskey Jack and south on Tyrwhitt to Elk Pass. They set a great track and we skied easily behind them – thank you. Skier tracks on last night’s grooming had the least snow depth – 5 cm. The ski down from Elk Pass to Blueberry Junction was very rough in snow depth of about 8 to 10 cm. Lower reaches of Elk Pass had better skier tracks to follow. We split up at Fox Creek junction; the big hill was very easy in the snow over last night’s grooming. Fox Creek trail was fast with good tracks and tree debris all covered. Boulton Creek had good tracks with new snow on the hills and covering the at times icy trail. Amos showed very good skier tracks so we returned to Elkwood this way for variety. Green and VR40 worked well today with icing happening only on the Whiskey Jack climb. A hard and rewarding day of skiing.

  198. WBC: logging road heading west and north of Telephone Loop (west side about 4 km north of the Moose Loop junction).

    I had noticed this logging road a number of times and today I figured I would explore it. Trail breaking made progress very slow. I turned back about 2.5 km away from Telephone. My GPS app indicates that I made it about 1/2 way to the end of Homestead road (at the rifle range) coming south from highway 68 so I guess that the entire trip would be about 5 km up and then back.

  199. Feb 23 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Sled packed and rolled, Feb. 23, skier set, poor condition. We hope to work on this tomorrow morning (Feb. 24)

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

    Lake Trail (#4): The ski trail is trackset for about half the length of the lake, beyond that there is a large amount of slush that is now exposed and we hope freezes overnight. The walking trail is packed, but like the ski trail about half way along the length slush appears, although not nearly as bad as the ski trail, those without boots will regret it. Poor condition.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Feb. 17, poor condition with new snow. We hope to work on this tomorrow afternoon (Feb. 24)

  200. WBC Snowshoe Hare

    I managed to ski up all of Snowshoe Hare to Telephone. Good fun. Just enough fresh snow. Good climbing on Red Swix. I did see another skier coming down as I was climbing up.

    It was quite hard and icy under last nights fresh snow. Definitely not a beginner trail. Metal edges would have been nice. Dropping a knee would have consequences if you found a rock or root.

    If the snowshoe users could pack the trail 3 abreast that would be awesome.

    There could be a future for this shared use trail. I will definitely ski it again after the next dump.

    Hats off to all the dog owners who had the doggos under control.

  201. 1A, Castle Lookout towards Baker Creek return.
    Overnight snow covered most of the debris but it was full of air and moisture which created some clumping. The route was trackset today as we skied and this resolved the problem, a big shout out to the groomer. I used a -2 to -7 wax and had just enough grip and excellent glide. The sun shone a lot but the snow survived well.

  202. Pipestone – We weren’t sure what to expect when we pulled in, but saw snowmobile tracks entering the unplowed parking lot, so we decided we were in luck. Sure enough – first car in the lot and first tracks in the freshly groomed and tracked Pipestone Loop. We skied the whole loop, hoping to lunch at the ‘couch’. The wind was quite strong around Pipestone Pond, and the couch was quite buried in snow, so we stopped to eat at the Merlin Jct. We then skied Drummond to Mud Lake and back up Drummond and down Lower Pipestone to Hector, up Hector to Drummond, up Merlin, down Merlin and down Lower Pipestone again, backtracking to Hector and finished at the West gate for a total of 30+kms. We skied every trail in the area, which we had always wanted to do, and today was the day to do it! The tracks were good everywhere, if a bit soft. I used fish scale skis and Ray used V40, neither of us had problems with sticking. Temp. -6C to -3C. A very quiet ski, as there were not more than 20 people out today.

  203. West Bragg Creek: Mountain Road, Moose Loop South, Mountainview West. A wee bit soft, one ice flow on Mountain Road, skier set track on Mountainview West. Fabulous way to spend a sunny Tuesday late afternoon. Should be nice and firm tomorrow, I’ll bet, The grooming is excellent, with much thanks to Jeff, Bill and the crew. Don’t forget to donate.

  204. WBC- FEBRUARY 23.
    West Crystal-Loggers-Elbow-Iron Springs-Iron Creek-East Crystal.
    Very good conditions, as you would expect. Good tracks that were decently fast, if a bit soft and easily damaged in places. A minor bit of sticky snow on the most sun exposed spots, using VR 45. A bonus was finding the south Elbow-Iron Loop groomed, set, and in pristine condition.
    Get it while you can, as south of the loop- Elbow is already trampled.

  205. Skogan Loop

    We had a great fresh powder bluebird ski to the Skogan Loop picnic table viewpoint from the Ribbon Creek parking lot and returned the same way to take advantage of our tracksetting. We got a good workout setting trail on 8 cm at the parking lot and 15 cm at the top. We did not have to snowplow at all on the return. Temperature was minus 8 degrees to begin and zero at the end. Fish scales worked quite well with no clumping. Unfortunately a large group of snowshoers walked on the trail, passing and ignoring the ski only sign on Skogan at the Ruthies junction. They continued up the Screamer, up Sunburst and returned on High Level. We met a nice ski couple on the trail that had met the group and told us that it consisted of 6 to 8 friendly seniors. The tracks covered much of the trail width with big divots and will make snowplowing difficult at best, and possibly dangerous, tomorrow after the snow cools and sets tonight. Such a pity because it was such a good trail this morning.

  206. Don’t you just HATE water when it’s not crystallized?!


    Not trackset yet, but great snow conditions with between 5 to 15 cms of fresh snow depending on elevation.
    Details in the photo descriptions here:
    A social day with so many happy skiers

  208. PLPP – Pocaterra-ComeAlong-Pocaterra-Lynx-Amos-Wheeler-WhiskeyJack-Pocaterra

    Started from the Pocaterra trailhead at about 0845, temp was -9 and there was about 4-5 cm of fresh snow on the trails. This increased to about 10 cm at the higher elevations, and my turn around point at the Whiskey Jack/Pocaterra junction.

    Trails are all in good shape, but are now skier-trackset. The fresh snow has taken care of the debris problems. I was on skin skies, which were a little slick, but others on wax skies were saying they were having problems getting the grip just right – problems with too much grip and too much glide, depending on where they were. Temp was -2 when I finished at about 1330. Beautiful conditions, with no wind and few people. Saw only about 12 during the whole time out. 8 cars in the parking lot when I left.

  209. West Bragg Creek: Mountain Road, Moose Loop, West Crystal Line, Sundog Loop, East Crystal Line

    I drove in to WBC (-8 at 9:15) without a specific plan this morning, which is unusual for me, but it ended up being a beautiful morning of following the new tracks and seeing peoples’ smiling faces as we crossed paths. My blue wax worked well for today…a bit grippy at the beginning then not quite grippy enough near the end after it warmed up, but still quite good. The tracks…what can I say about freshly laid tracks except a huge thank you to the groomers who were hard at work! It was +3 when I drove away at 11:30, happy and hungry for lunch.

  210. We skied the Telephone loop at WBC this morning. Trail was good. No exposed dirt, rocks or ice. If going, recommend early start as snow is soft.

  211. I remember the time dad read us kids “The Avalanche on Redearth Creek”.

    Worst. Bedtime. Story. Ever.

  212. February 23 Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary grooming update :

    All trails were groomed this morning, however we only had time to track set the driving range, as we had electrical issues with the automated track setter.

    At 11:45 am one volunteer is going out with our manual track setter to see if it will work for us.

    Conditions are soft, and there are thin sections around tree bases to be aware of but the skiing should be really nice at Shaganappi today!

    We hope to track set and regroom everything this evening, if all goes well.

    Check us out on Nordic Pulse!

    Volunteer time: 6 hours between 2 people.

  213. I am looking for some high end Salomon SNS Skate boots – Size 42 2/3.

  214. Is the October 23, 2013 photo of the bridge over the Spray River free for use?

  215. Probably another road closure coming for spray lakes road and avalanche control affecting access to goat creek/shark etc. next few days.

  216. To be more precise for the Red Earth Creek fireroad past km 7, with respect to the highest avalanche hazard potential and based on ancestral slide path off Copper Mountain, the section of the ski trail from km 8.2 and 8.7 is the most obvious. When the ski trail gets very close to the creek, past the Lost Horse Creek campground, you are entering that 500 meters section.

  217. My wife and I skied or should I say tried to ski Bill Milne trail today starting at one of the lower parking lots at Kananaskis Village. We skied to Highway 40 and I nearly did a couple of face plants since my ski’s went from glide to grip in an instant. I thought maybe it was the way I was skiing since I haven’t been skiing that long. I checked the bottom of the ski and there was a solid 2 to 3 inches of snow built up in the kick zone. We scrapped the snow off our ski’s and headed back to the truck. We thought the Bill Milne trail might be better up by the Kanananski Golf course so we packed up and drove there to start again. Now for the rookie mistake…. I had a can of Swix Klister which I have never used. The can said it is good for snow temperatures in the -5 to +10 temperature. This Klister stuff is sticky just like fly paper. It worked real good cause the snow stuck to the bottom even better than the V40. I read the small print on the Klister can and it said its good for Icy tracks. We finally gave up and headed home. It took me half hour and half a bottle of base cleaner to scrap and wipe off the Klister.

  218. PLPP
    10:00 to 14:30, 0C to +2C. Boulton Creek, Fox Creek, Elk Pass, Tyrwitt, Pocaterra, Packers. Skin skis and waxable used. Blue/purple had no grip, purple too much grip. Some icing on skins even with application of Swix Skin Care liquid. None of this was enough to spoil the day. Wind debris had been covered up by 4cm new snow which also meant that downhills were all easily managed. Some grauple flurries and also hints of sunshine.

  219. WBC: East and West Crystal / Moose north side of loop / both Mountain Views / Loggers / Iron Springs – Elbow figure 8 both loops / Hostel loop

    Conditions today were variable, pretty decent in shaded areas and glazed in the sunny areas. The snow pack is still good so some cooler weather and grooming should make things better. There was a bit of debris here and there due to the winds of the last few days. Hostel and the southern Iron Springs – Elbow loop have considerable damage due to walkers. South of the loops towards Fullerton the damage pretty much renders the ski trail unskiable.

    Skiing on metal edged waxless skis with an application of liquid glider wax on the fish scales made for decent progress (32 km).

  220. I need ski poles 140 cm is the size I need. Please call or text 403 835 7383

  221. I forgot my waxless skis when I headed out to the Bill Milne trail in Kananaskis so ended up trying to wax for the warm temps.. As expected it didn’t go so well. Ended up with lots of snow stuck to the kick zone and felt like I was walking on stilts.
    On the return I scraped as much of the warm wax off as possible (with my pole) and added a colder wax for a mostly double pole, glide back to the car. I seem to manage this stilt walk at least once a season repeating to myself that I’ll use my waxless skis in warm weather next time.
    Happy Skiing.

  222. Lucky, especially when getting pushed into lake water!!!! Another report from guides yesterday accessing saddleback and surprise pass at lake Louise. Conditions rapidly changed while they were travelling so they pulled the pin and headed back, only to see their up track had been hit by avalanches. It’s quite possible that some of the avalanche paths near cross country trails will run also (or hiking trails or other areas without fences or signage), increasing risk to potentially unaware cross country skiers, snowshoers and hikers. It’s that kind of time right now, and maybe another week or more of heightened risk. Avalanche terrain exposure maps are available to the public. It’s the users responsibility to inform themselves, always.

  223. To be clear, the avalanche path in question is not off the headwall at the end of the lake, but rather about half way along the lake at the base of a huge avalanche path, as seen in pictures number 5 & 6 in this photo link from March 2019:!AgTx5EOCG7eSihUV_yzr6hFjrwpR
    This avalanche regularly breaks the lake ice on impact and should never be approached. Any pictures taken should be with a long zoom lens like mine!

  224. Confederation Park Golf Course
    Slippery in parts, soft in others, but still lots of snow. Most of the classic tracks are still visible, albeit getting soft.

  225. CNC Monday 9:00-11:00
    5cm fresh 0-+1C Skin skis. In anticipation of icing conditions,I used Nikwax Ski Skin Proof on the skins.
    At 9 am, although the man made trails were showing groomed and TS they were warning about the fresh 5cm on top of the grooming.
    The natural trails showed no grooming. We skied up Banff loop through the fresh snow with a bit of icing. Icing didnt occur on the skins but directly behind my heel.
    Once we got out past the Meadow there was brand new grooming & TS on Meadowview, Banff Trail and we think Bow had been freshly groomed and TS
    We even saw fresh wolf tracks on Banff trail out past the Meadow. We returned via the Banff trail with most classic folks struggling a bit. The CNC website appears to be quite up to date and accurate as it updated between the time I checked at 8:00 and 11:30.

  226. I posted the original incident report to Avalanche Canada. Thanks for reposting here and increasing the visibility of this incident.

    I believe that Parks Canada needs better signage on this trail to indicate where the avalanche terrane begins and what that means. Currently there is a small sign, posted on a tree, that says something along the lines of “ski touring beyond this point”. This language is not clear to non-skiers (heck it’s not that clear to skiers) which are the majority of trail users these days. There are clear warnings at the trailhead but they are lost in the clutter of maps etc.

  227. Thanks the update Bob, regarding the Boom lake avalanche incident, I have seen over the last months a few posts on Hike Alberta of folks wanted the « perfect Instagram shot » of themselves near the frozen waterfall below the avalanche path. Even from their photos you could see right away they were putting themselves in danger and many comments were like « stunning photo » lets go there!

  228. Shaganappi: Was there yesterday, about 15h00. Classic, loop starting w/ “expert” of to right from parking lot. Mixed conditions, first hill was fine w/ decent snow as was field on other side, then hit slush on back side of that field, crossing the creek the snow was soft but still a lot of it, coming up toward the condos conditions deteriorated quickly, snow turned to slush w/ icy patches, that was pretty much the “top” part of the loop. Lot of bare patches, but easily avoidable. Tracks were largely non existent.
    On the flip side, the place was quatro gatos empty as they say way down south.
    Snow preservation is the right call.

  229. February 22 Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary grooming update: No grooming!

    +8 Sunday +temps overnight = no grooming at Shaganappi

    Sorry to report, we are opting for snow preservation over grooming at Shaganappi right now so be warned! The skiing may not be enjoyable.

    The temperature at 8pm Sunday was +8 at the airport. There is a very shallow base of snow on most sections of trail at Shaganappi, so we are choosing to not groom until below 0 temperatures return. The temperature dropped this morning from +3 at 6am to 0 degrees with a windchill of -4 at 7am at the airport, but it is +2 in the community of Shaganappi.

    If you venture out to Shaganappi today, do let us know what the skiing is like and what time you were there…how hard or soft the snow was, whether you were on classic or skate skis, whether your skis sunk down into the snow and how deep…the skate lanes likely will be rough from Sunday’s ski and foot traffic.

    Trail reports can be emailed to us at shagnordic AT gmail DOT com.

    We hope to groom this evening, depending on temperatures around 5pm. Right now, the hourly temperature forecast for today is for + temperatures until midnight, so grooming is unlikely to be done until early Tuesday morning from 7am onward.

    We’ll update on Nordic-Pulse, this page, and our blog when we do venture forth to groom the trails.

    Nordic Pulse live grooming website:

    Our website and blog:

    In the meantime, Shaganappi likely needs a LOT of snow moved onto the notoriously thin sections of trail…so feel free to do so if you see a scoop shovel on the side of a trail and are so inclined, that’s what they’re there for! Help keep Shaganappi open through the first few weeks of March.

    Next winter we hope to do a lot more snow farming and harvesting of snow to add to the ski trails. Since Calgary’s snowpack typically is shallow, we need to be creative!

  230. Skied Mount Shark today. Was planning on going to Cascade fire road, but forgot to bring classic boots. Oh well.

    It was very windy. Didn’t feel the wind in the trees, but it was very noticeable on watridge. On the upside, wind had blown the new snow off the trails, exposing perfect grooming in most places. On the downside, there were some snowdrifts which were quite slow. I actually took a bad spill going through one on a downhill. It totally caught me flat footed. Also, not sure how much fun it would have been to collect debris with classic wax.

    Overall, pretty good conditions. Just gotta watch out for those snow drifts. They’ll sneak up on ya.

  231. Started the day with a 9 am lesson on the Great Divide trail at Lake Louise. Great shape – then skied Telemark & Peyto with just a little debris and snow bombs but all good and weather better than expected. Saturday traffic & parking was insane but Sunday there were 4 cars at Moraine Lake at 2 pm.

  232. Yoho – Natural bridge to Emarald Lk then around the alluvial fan and back to ELL for a drink and a snack before heading back to the Natural bridge. 22km for the KHSC Virual Challenge. -3C to start @~11am +3C when we finished @~5pm. And what a difference those 6 degrees made. Quite slick to start but manageable with fast downhills. Track holding up well. Started getting soft on the alluvial fan with some sinking. The return on the Connector was a trial. Very slick, lots of debris and snow bombs turned to ice marbles. It wasn’t windy so just the warm temps to blame. Waxless skis were the ticket today, the waxed ones had no grip making for a big poling effort. Will feel it tomorrow. Dinner at Truffle Pigs in Field capped the day off nicely.

  233. Out and back along Pocaterra to the Whiskey Jack junction. Pocaterra was recently groomed and trackset so made it all the more worth it once we reached the top. Was a little slower than you would expect on the descent due to fresh snowfall but still a very enjoyable day. Wind was negligible in the trees which made it worth the trip into PLPP.

  234. PLPP – Pocaterra Trail
    Started at 9:45am at Pocaterra Hut to -3C. The drive south on Hwy 40 gave us some fierce winds, especially in the golf course area and near Fortress Junction. However, it was mostly calm in PLPP early on. The first trail section, hut to Lynx Jct, was in good shape, with quite a few needles in the tracks, but not bothersome. The second section, Lynx to Packers, again had good tracks, but needles and debris were more prominent. The third section, Packers to Whiskey jack, groomed last night, was pristine and delightful – only a few needles. Quite a crowd when we arrived at WJ – maybe 15 happy people. Temp here -2C, with flurries. A short ski then to our turn-around point, the Lookout Jct. The return trip on the same trails was good, though needles were certainly more prevalent north of Packers, due to the strengthening wind gusts. Finished on Come-Along and Rolly Road, now nearing needlemania as the gusts were getting very strong. Temp +3C. Super gusty at times on the drive back north on Hwy40

  235. PLPP – arrived at Boulton at 9AM, Air temp was -3. Applied to coats of VR45 and then two coats of VR40. Whiskey Jack was fresh groomed and a dream. Grooming continued until Lookout Turnout. Tyrwhitt tracks were a few days old but still good albeit quite a few tree bombs on the trail Coming down Elk Pass trail made for some excitement with lots of snow balls rolling onto the trail. Heard that Fox Creek had a lot of debris and some postholes so took the big hill down to the Boulton Creek turnoff. A little windblown at the top of the big downhill but the big hill was in great shape. Moraine was fun as always even on days old Track-setting. Needles and lichen were around but no Armegeddon as yet. Finished off on wheeler which was a nice fast ending to a great day.

  236. I would like to post to sell my ski

  237. CNC 9:00-11:00. 0C Skin skis
    Parking lot 1/4 full but at 11:00 it was vultures circling looking for a parking spots.
    We skied straight up Banff Trail over through the the meadow on Coyote then back onto Banff to Silvertip to the end. Returned via Bow TR.
    Major trails were all groomed and TS. Fantastic conditions! Even the trails that hadn’t been groomed like Slivertip, had good tracks and soft enough snow for skating or snow ploughing. Kudos to the trail crew.
    By skiing early we missed a lot of skiers. The return on Bow had a lot of traffic.

  238. Left at Mt Shark Sunday Jan 31

    Children’s white, fish scale Salamon ski’s – Team Racer


  239. I finally made it to the SkierBob front page photo! Small correction on the photo credit: The photo was provided by me, but not taken by me. I don’t know who took the photo.

  240. Now you tell us!

    And to top it off you post up drone footage!

  241. Got any with “lignum vitae” edges?

  242. Hi I’m looking for some kids cross country ski boots size 4-5 for an SNS bi ding set up. Pls contact me at if you have any thx

  243. Good Morning.
    It is -5 and overcast at the Peter Lougheed Information Centre in Kananaskis.

  244. WBC
    Skied Telephone Loop Saturday morning, beginning just before 9 am. Conditions were quite good, the snow was fast and most of the loop had a decent track. Though there was evidence of foot traffic along the entire trail, almost all of it avoided the track. Returned to the parking lot just before noon and it was bonkers.

  245. February 20 Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary grooming update:

    Once the rest of the trails were groomed Saturday morning, the skiing was awesome all day! It is great to see Shaganappi being used by more people this winter, it’s indeed a hidden gem in the middle of Calgary. A nice urban playground!

    All trails were groomed on this beautiful moonlit Saturday evening. The Chinook wind is forecasted to be persistent tonight, so expect drifting on the trails and especially in the track setting. It might just be a case of see if you can even find the track setting on some stretches of trail!

    The Chinook and the fact the sun is getting stronger as we progress toward March is melting the snow quickly around tree bases, so we are losing snow fast in areas of trail near tree and asphalt heat collectors.

    Hopefully some snow angels will pick-up one of the many scoop shovels that are in strategic locations around Shaganappi…to move snow onto some trail sections with thin coverage.

    Sunday is the return of the Adaptive Ski program through Ultimate Wheelchair Sports… let’s hope Mr. B with the program won’t have another verbal disagreement with that pesky rock that seems to be a ski magnet on the Valley 5 fairway! 😉

    Have fun in the Sunday sunshine on the snow!!!

    Volunteer hours:

    Saturday morning: 2 hours grooming

    Saturday evening: 3 hours grooming

  246. Strange goings-on at Emerald Lake today. A White Rabbit was rushing along the trails muttering “Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!” with the Queen of Hearts, a Mad Hatter, and someone named Alice desperately trying to keep up with her. Rumour has it they rushed around for 45km, followed by a never-ending tea party at Truffle Pigs!

    PS Only 4 days left for the Kicking Horse Ski Club Virtual Loppet –

  247. Hi Ulrike,
    I skied with « race » xcountry skis (i.e. no metal edges), it’s a bit rough in some areas but nothing too scary, the issue sometimes is your skis getting lightly stuck in a snowmobile gouge, therefore not directing your skis where you would like them to go…. In any case the steepest parts have been already smoothed out as Mr Democracy mentioned. I don’t consider myself as an advanced skier but I am not afraid of downhills and / or to fall….Hope you will enjoy this trail.

  248. Redearth to Shadow Lake
    Overcast and light snow, -3c at 10am, +1 at 3pm, at the parking lot which was full.
    Pleasant skiing on a cm of new snow; the old track is rather washed out, and a refresh would be nice to have.
    About 20 skiers today, on AT, light touring, and skinny skis, all seemed to have a great day.

  249. Skied the Sandy McNabb Loop on the south of the highway this morning. Conditions were decent- a bit of debris in the tracks, hiker tracks on some sections of the ski trails, and some drifting snow covering the tracks in open areas, but otherwise the skiing was pretty good. +2C and very windy when we left around 1:00. Sun exposed areas will probably be somewhat icy tomorrow.

  250. PLPP- February 20

    After a bit of a late start (2:15) we skied Packers, Pocaterra, Lynx, the west section of Amos, and Wheeler which made a nice loop. The best conditions were on Pocaterra and Lynx. The wind was blowing on and off throughout the afternoon so there were tree debris in some of the tracks. It was also surprisingly quiet for a Saturday.


    Good conditions on the trackset trail to the Warden Cabin, and then good skier set conditions to the river crossing.
    Details available in the photo descriptions here:
    Sara M… this is not a ‘request’ to improve on previously reported wet crossings!

  252. WBC
    Arrived 944am and already cars were circling the parking lot and taking every available conceivable and inconceivable spot. Lucky to land a spot after an early bird pulled out in front of us. Frustrating getting there and seeing excessive “social distancing” between vehicles. 3-4’ should be enough space, no need for 6-8’ between vehicles.

    Warmer snow yielded amazing glide but my older Skintecs (was of hairy waxless) did not like gripping the finer grains so it was a lot of arm work. Significant winds were picking up through the morning which made for a “parasail-like” flight home on the trails. Hopefully not too much blowdown.

    Saw lots of signage around the various Crystal off shoots. What was going on? Anyone know?

  253. Brewster creek / Sundance lodge
    Only a couple of cars in the parking lot at 9:15am. The trail is in great shape with the recent grooming and we enjoyed our lunch on the lodge porch. We had a brief chat with a lodge employee, nowadays they accommodate up to 2 groups of 6 people max vs 32 people pre-Covid times. The return was fast and we decided to ski Healy Creek towards Banff until the trail is closed due to some works in the area.
    Back in the parking lot we had a few persons asking were the trailhead was…maybe it deserves a better signage.

  254. Just curious Skier Bob of the location the middle header photo is taken? It is stunning and perhaps one day I would love to ski that trail.

    Thanks for all you do and your website is a Godsend!!

    Connie Singer

  255. Good Morning.
    It is -6 degrees C at the Peter Lougheed Information Centre.

  256. February 19 Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary update:

    All trails were groomed Thursday morning, and most were groomed again Friday evening.

    Track setting is finally done, except where it’s not (think thin areas of snow like Condo Alley (Junction 6 to 7) and other notoriously thin areas).

    THANKS to Jamie @ Confed for reaching out to give us advice about adding weight to our wee little baby Ginzu…that combined with putting the renovator knives shallower in the snow resulted in 3 to a maximum of 5 passes to break and then redo the track setting, yaaay for not having to do 8 passes!

    Skiing should be AWESOME this weekend!

    Volunteer hours:

    Volunteer #1: 3 hours

    Volunteer #2: 6.5 hours

    Trail map:

    Check the grooming updates on Nordic-Pulse!

  257. Did a quasi-epic trip at Sandy McNabb today. Starting from the visitors center, I went up Pine Ridge, then broke trail north along the very nice ungroomed Pine Ridge North trail. Descending the west slope of Pine Ridge into Death Valley on this trail didn’t really work as there wasn’t enough snow, but it’s very scenic. Then I headed west up the Windy Point trail to the pass between Foran Grade Ridge and Windy Point ridge and traversed across Foran Grade Ridge (which also had many unskiable sections) down to the road, and then took Sheep trail and outer Meadow Loop back to the visitors centre. Beautiful day. The conditions on the groomed trails are still excellent, with nice fast tracks.

  258. Goat Creek & Spray River West
    Such a beautiful ski! Fast and glidey snow in all the right places, and good grip on the big hill down to the bridge (my blue wax couldn’t have been better). The tracks were better than expected considering it’s been a while since they have been set. The warm sun made today feel a lot different than my polar vortex ski adventures last week… clearly many others agreed because I have never seen the GC lot so full or run into so many skiers on the trail!

  259. Bill Milne (all of it) / Wedge – Evan Thomas loop

    Conditions were quite good today in terms of snow and air temperature so it should be good for tomorrow. The track is drifted in a bit now and then in wind exposed area. The trip down Evan – Thomas was pleasant. There has been a fair bit of walker traffic there since the last grooming but it is still decent if one has to snow plow a bit in the middle.


    Wasn’t expecting to encounter Virtual Canadian Birkie racers along this route today!
    It appears that the race has been extended to February 28.
    Details available in the photo descriptions here:
    Don’t worry if it’s too late to register, just get out and enjoy this great trackset trail like so many other happy folk. Note no more tracksetting west of Baker Creek, and no tracksetting in Protection Campground as Olivia is denning in the area.

  261. Cascade Fire Road

    Jeff and I started a bit late today – met at trailhead around 11 AM. Temp was a few degrees below zero. Despite not having been groomed/track set since Feb 7 – the conditions were superb. In particular the trail to the first bridge – silky tracks and amazing glide. Beyond the first bridge – conditions remain excellent.

    Don’t know how long these pristine conditions will last – so we would encourage folks to get there soon!!! Enjoy!!!

  262. Hi, does anyone know if Maple Ridge Golf Course is groomed and trackset?

  263. We skied Kicking Horse trails today Connecter from Natural Bridge -Emerald Lake return .
    -11C at 10:00 only one other vehicle in the lot. VR40 out and added VR 45 on the way back.
    We met the groomer as we turned up onto the connector. He had come from Field along Tallyho Trail . We met him again on his return, close to Emerald Lake. So we had groomed trail for 7km and Track set for the return 7km. We tried to stay out of the fresh tracks letting them set up.
    This trip is truly an Intermediate trail. It’s narrow with lots of woopdedos (undulations) and quick changes of direction. The base is soft so my racing baskets tended to punch through. I did a couple of snow studies after my pole sunk down. Old time skiing!
    On our return we met 7 other skiers, 3 folks on woodies.
    Good news for the weekend is fresh grooming and TS.

  264. No wax skis. Fischer Sporty Crown from MEC. 197 cm. NNN bindings.
    Available free if you are out of a job. If not, it will cost you a donation to the Calgary Food Bank of whatever your conscience says. Use e-mail or text me at 587 777 5868.

  265. Fri feb 19: WBC again
    Despite the warmish temps, thin cloud moved in just before lunch to keep the snow cold for the heat of the day, preserving the good tracks for tomorrow. Nice silky quiet gliding ensued. Did a section of the great trail paralleling moose, which was very nice with powdery wind sift. Good times visiting various meadows out of the wind (not always easy today) with cheeky and Simona.

  266. Confederation Park Golf Course – night and day
    I popped by last night, Thursday, and while it was too peoply for my liking, I also really loved seeing the headlights zooming around the course. They look like fireflies. I also did a few loops this morning and with the glorious weather, night and day from the recent cold snap, there were many people out and the classic tracks are getting soft but still very workable.

  267. Yesterday Gary M and I decided to tackle the Skoki-Pipestone 43 km loop. We figured with no new snow for awhile we might get lucky and find broken trails for most of it. The upshot was that it took us 13 hours, the last 4 hours in the dark! We both meant to bring headlamps but both forgot them, luckily a half moon provided some illumination. We did the trip counter-clockwise and had hard packed trails to Merlin meadows then we were on our own. Trail breaking was slow with 8″-10″ ski penetration. The meadows when we connected with the Little Pipestone were particularly beautiful, they are named Governors Meadows?? At that point we connected with the summer trail from the Pipestone Valley following Wolverine tracks that also favoured the summer trail. At 8 PM we finally connected with a skier set trail at the 29 km mark (14 km from Pipestone parking, thanks to Sarah and/or Chuck who skied up the Pipestone that far), the going was much faster then. The most dangerous part was careening down the steep hills on the grooming near the end in the dark with tired and wobbly legs! Definitely underestimated the time of this trip. I had done the same trip 8 years ago, clockwise, in April but was able to crust ski up the Pipestone so much faster.
    There is a broken trail until the next snowfall.

  268. Good Morning,

    It is -11 with just scattered clouds
    From the Peter Lougheed Info Centre.

    Happy Trails.


  269. Another thing I’ve been trying to sort out this week is my wax. How should the ideal wax feel? Especially for trails with lots of ups and downs. I was doing pretty well sorting out wax for the flats. And now that I’m adding in elevation, sometimes it feels too sticky or not sticky enough for the uphilks. Thanks again!!!

  270. Hi! Thanks again for this wonderful portion of the site! I’ve been out enjoying great skiing this week. But I’ve also developed quite this blisters on my heels, and On the bottom of my second toe. Any suggestions?

  271. Sandy McNabb:

    At the risk of being repetitive, I skied up Macabee and Pine Ridge, which were in great shape (especially for Sandy). My green wax worked surprisingly well.

    Note for the group I met at the picnic table at the top of Pine Ridge: I did decide to break with tradition and ski back down the east side. I found it substantially easier than the west side, and the descent was fast, fun and way too short!

  272. Just a thank you for the great response from skierbob fans, we saw many on the Castle->Baker Creek trail and everyone knew about my lost cell phone already!
    As it turned out, a young Edmonton couple found it near the Castle Cliff parking lot and got it back to me. A big shout out to Edmonton!
    thanks so much for all the assistance looking, and to Bob for mentioning it in his mailout. And what a sunny, blue-skied day it was yesterday!

    Patrick Parno

  273. Feb 18 – Brewster Creek and Sundance warden cabin
    At MAAD’s “request”, I set out for the Sundance warden cabin up Brewster Creek today. On the way up, I took the horse trail shortcut. It has been snowshoe-packed and the skiing was good! A couple easily-avoided rocks near the bottom, a couple downed trees, but not bad at all for an ungroomed trail! The groomed trail was good to Sundance Lodge. From there, I followed skier-set track for about 5km. Once I got to the end of the track and started breaking trail, I slowed riiiiiiight down. MAAD was a little optimistic when he guessed there was 4km to go, it turned out to be closer to 6km. The final challenge before I reached the cabin was crossing the creek. Took some poking around before I found a spot that seemed safe enough. After a late lunch on the sunny cabin porch, I headed back. The going was a fair bit quicker on the way back. Shortly after I got back to the skier-set track, I came across Mr Democracy himself! We had a quick chat and then continued on our ways. I took the normal groomed trail down to Healy Creek on the way back. The snowmobiles seem to be preventing it from coming too hollowed out, but they also make the surface more lumpy so I’m not sure which I would prefer. It was a looooong day for me, 9 hours including all breaks. 5.5 hours up, 3.5 hours down. Time for some rest!

  274. PIPESTONE RIVER – Feb 18

    Thanks to previous trail breakers, including ourselves, Sara M. and Rob, we had no new trail to break!
    Details available in the photo descriptions here:
    Beautiful snow conditions and a fine 28 km day on the river.

  275. Ribbon Creek Parking Lot:
    -20C at 9:00 am / -3C at 1:30
    VR40 worked well until noon and then no more lazy technique was possible.
    From the parking lot we skied Hidden > new Ribbon Creek trail > Kovach Link. My first venture down the switchbacks which gave up spicy fun. The snow plows have been out on the hill! Skied up Kovach to the high point and cruised to the south side of K-Village. Circled around and skied all the trails above K-Village. Until noon-ish all trails had very good clean tracks. Early afternoon the winds came up and were blowing snow into exposed tracks, particularly Terrace and Terrace Link. The Terrace hill down to Ribbon Creek parking was in good condition. Ventured north but didn’t get far. Hidden was skier track only, beyond Ribbon Creek, so we dropped back to finish the day.

  276. Sandy McNabb

    Glorious day in the foothills, Sandy doesn’t get any better than this, conditions are stellar. Skied the north side in the morning, Macabee Loop was the trail of the day, felt like we were floating down, the corduroy was so good. Skied up Pine Ridge, then down Balsam and back on Long Prairie Loop. We crossed the highway to the south side and skied off of Loggers Loop on a snowy snowshoe trail, deep into the trees, for tea and lunch in a clearing. After lunch, we futzed around in the meadow, near the Sheep River.
    Pics for today:

  277. February 18 Shaganappi Point golf course grooming update:

    All trails have been groomed by two volunteers the morning of February 18th, and track setting is slowly getting done when volunteers are able to.

    Due to the hard-packed conditions, it is taking 8 passes over the old track setting to break the snow up enough so that it will take on the shape of the track setter for new track setting.

    Ski conditions are excellent, hopefully we’ll see more people out at Shaganappi now that the temperatures aren’t Arctic!!!

    Volunteer time: Total of 11.5 hours Wednesday and Thursday

    Volunteer #1: 3.5 hours Wednesday night, 5 hours Thursday

    Volunteer #2: 3 hours Thursday

  278. WBC – Ze grand tour
    Inspired by Mike W and Sara M and seeing that all the trails had been groomed, I decided to ski for the first time the outer trails.
    Temperature was -18C at 9:30am and skied Hostel West, Telephone, Moose, Mountain View West, Mountain, Mountain View, West Crystal, Loggers, Elbow, Iron Springs / Iron Creek dead end, Sundog East, East Crystal.
    All the trails were in great shape (including Telephone and Elbow South).
    A very pleasant outing, getting ready for the famous Elk Trap 🙂

  279. As MaSid says it was a wonderful day at WBC, new grooming on some trails and lots of smiling faces on all of them. No wind and the sun was shining. Plus it was not all that busy in the parking lot. Get out there before the winds wreak havoc.

  280. Hi,
    I am looking for a pair of skate (or combi) boots (size 10-10.5 men) that are compatible with SNS bindings.
    Thank yoou!!!!

  281. Thu Feb 18: WBC (mountain road/view/loggers/elbow/iron springs/east crystal).
    Conditions very good throughout. Mainly sunny with a thin cloud, so snow stayed cool (even iron springs south slope) but picnic tables in the sun were comfortable and getting lots of use. Prime couch skiing weather! Parking lot maybe 2/3 to 3/4 full at 10AM.

  282. CNC 9:00am -15C Wax classic Vauhti blue with Swix VR40 Parking lots were quite empty.
    Skied the Biathlon trails: Salt Lake, Nogano,Albertville Lots of fun hills from a quick scoot to longer protracted ones wit a few screamers. Great grooming and TS These trails are usually empty and being at a lower elevation, snow cover can be thin. Skiing in the AM means you do run into Team athletes working out. Keep your heads up or go later in the AM or PM.

  283. I lost a stone and silver bracelet at West Bragg yesterday Feb 17/21 Our little ski jaunt took us along Mtn road to Moose connector . Thinking the junction of Moose Connector, Snowy Owl and West Crystal Line is a possibility of it’s location since I took a layer off. We continued along WCL to ECL and then across the bridge that is kind of perpendicular to the parking lot. (further west of the equestrian parking area.) My Mom passed recently and it was hers, a treasured memory I would really like to have again.
    Thanks. 403 217 2230

  284. Hi – anyone have an old set of bindings lying around? I’m looking for SNS profil bindings, to match the boots I have.
    Please text 4035409424 if you are selling and for how much – thank you!

  285. February 16 Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary grooming update:

    One volunteer was able to go out Tuesday evening to groom the trails and try out the Nordic-pulse app on their phone for the first time at Shaganappi. Nordic-pulse is awesome!

    All skate lanes have been mostly groomed the evening of Feb 16, during at times a heavy snowfall.

    Skiers will be encountering new corduroy covered with fresh powder. No track setting was done, as the polar vortex has hardened up the existing snow base. (sorry classic skiers!!!

    We’re trying to get the track setting done but with the hard base of snow, it literally takes 8 passes with the knives of the drag groomer to first break-up that hard base of snow and then have that snow broken into small enough particles from the repeat passes over it to be able to set a good quality track)

    Should be some nice soft skiing Wednesday to Friday depending on the overnight snow. Skier set tracks mostly….we’re slowly getting the new track setting in.

    Volunteer hours: 3

  286. Goat Creek trail from Canmore to Banff. A picture perfect day of blue sky & sunshine & winter magic! The trails had some fresh snow cover since they were last groomed & track set. Tracks were soft & made for easy going cruising for the day. Even managed to negotiate the quick turn onto the Goat Creek Bridge without impaling myself 😉 Yay! VR30 was the ticket for the day!

  287. Short 9K at Lake Louise – lower telemark, old 1A and peyto. All in great shape. Looks like it was groomed very recently. Some foot traffic in the skating lane for the first couple k. -8 at 3PM. Pretty much deserted.

    And I know I’m a bit late on this but just wanted to say a great big thanks to Skier Bob for all your fantastic work in running this site and keeping this community thriving. You’ll be missed – enjoy your internet retirement!!!!

  288. Keith – I was askking about the Stoney Trail that follows the powerline from Skogan Pass / Troll Falls / Hay Meadow trailhead north along the west side of the Kananaskis River and Barrier Lake to Bow Valley PP. A couple of days ago, under the Home page, Bob wrote about it being newly groomed for 5 km at the south end. I have ridden it on mountain bike in the summer.

  289. Fairview, Lake Louise. Even though the grooming report says last tracksetting was 6 days ago, the tracks are still in fabulous condition. Beautiful morning blue skies, no clouds, couch in very good shape and well used. Few skiers here today. Snow crunchy.

  290. Taylor / Panorama Ridge. This are has seen quite a bit of traffic in the past while, but the skiing is still good. One postholer hiked all the way up to Panorama ridge in the skin track. There were two trees down on the trail, both near the bottom. It was nice and sunny and warm in the meadows below the ridge. Ski pen about 20 cm with moderate trailbreaking. The midpack is still very supportive, and the cold snap didn’t rot it all out. I skied a few laps, managing to find some freshies each time. Ski-out was hardpacked and very fast.

  291. ELK MEADOWS in PLPP – Skied on fresh snow with green Role wax up to the junction with Blueberry Hill, then skied to Elk Meadows; the ski trail through the meadows to the hydroline had a few cm fresh snow as well. Very quiet today, only saw about a dozen skiers. Lots of room in Elk parking lot all day. Variable sun and cloud, when the sun was out it was quite hot. Looks like spring skiing has arrived early. Superb ski day.

  292. Wed feb 17: Simpson pass/heally pass P-loop.
    Started up heally pass trail and took the first junction left up to Simpson pass. Skier tracked to the junction. Downhill tracks from the pass but no up track direct to pass. Ankle to boot top ski pen (AT) away from the tracks and up towards the south end of the monarch rampart and across to heally, linking meadows and lakes. Eventually hit a prior ski track towards heally. Pretty good descending conditions on heally pass trail with moderately packed cold powder, easy to scrub speed. Two trees to dodge around below Simpson junction with slightly awkward detours but not in a fast descent spot, so easy enough. Evidence of a party of two? on the heally trail but never saw anybody all day.

  293. Telephone loop counter clockwise – absolutely FABULOUS conditions and…didn’t run into a soul (?). Fresh grooming – only thing we missed was a bit of sunshine. Even the boot tracks in the tracks didn’t bother us – much. But hey, can’t have everything, right? Thank you, groomers, for the amazing job you do! I always throw in at least a toonie for Hubbie and me. Thanks, Boomer groomer et al.

  294. Matt: you made me smile. One of the best trips we ever took with our two young sons (then ages 5 and 8), now 28 and 31) was to the Trickle Creek Lodge in Kimberley. Such a great place for families!

  295. Skogan Pass- very nice conditions with a bit of powder over the old snow on top of the grooming. Took Skogan Loop both up and down. Beautiful sunny day. Could use some fresh grooming though: the Screamer is covered in boot prints outside the track which makes snowplowing harder.

  296. PLPP Feb 17th
    -10C, calm and sunny at the Pocaterra parking lot at 10:30am. Not a lot of vehicles. A centimetre or two of fresh snow. The three of us skied Pocaterra> Lynx> Woolley> Meadow> Wheeler> Packers and back down Pocaterra. Great conditions all along the trail from very good trackset from a few days ago to many segments of heavenly, fresh trackset. Can’t say enough good stuff about the groomers! Gawd, we are so lucky to have this on our doorstep.

  297. We spent the Family Day weekend in Kimberley, BC. Stayed at Trickle Creek Lodge; being able to bring in our own groceries and cook for ourselves was a bonus plus being able to take a soak in the hot tub after an afternoon / evening of hitting the trails was awesome.

    1. Feb 12: Kimberley Nordic Club charged only $8 a head due to the cold conditions; as we had the boys, did a single loop out on Centennial, then to Snowbird (I bit it on a downhill pretty hard; tracks were icy and I popped out on the corner and faceplanted) onto Trapline and the group split between Meadow and Spruce on the way back. The trip was normally 6.5k but I think there was about an additional 1.5k added factoring in turning back to check on the kids and keep encouraging them forward.

    2. Feb 13: Still chilly; started at the Trickle Creek Golf Course as it is pet friendly; not track-set and would need to break trail. Not good for the skis I had, so after about 15min there, went back to the Nordic Club for a single loop. BONUS: Came back with my wife for lit evening skiing on the Centennial / Spruce loop. Was probably warmer than during the day.

    3. Feb 14: Took kids again on a loop of Centennial, Snowbird, Moose Pasture, Trapline then a finish on Meadow. Drove the kids back to where we were staying and then came back and did a reverse loop with my wife; Spruce, Landem, Biathlon, Snowbird, Centennial, Lowrider and finished at the stadium. Was a great day and way to spend Valentine’s with the family!

  298. Feb 17 – WBC
    Skied a shortened version of the WBC perimeter today: East Crystal Line, Sundog East, Iron Springs + Iron Creek deadend, Elbow, Loggers, West Crystal, Mountain View, Mountain Road, Mountain View West, Moose Loop, and the last bit on Mountain Road again. I was planning on doing the full perimeter, but a pounding headache that started on Moose Loop made me skip Telephone and Hostel. Conditions were fantastic! Every trail I skied was freshly groomed except for Mountain View West, which had some fresh powder on top but still had very fast tracks.

  299. Hi! I’m looking for xc poles 145cm. Also, if someone has those xc ski pole baskets, I need 2.

    Thanks! 🙂

  300. Did Moose Loop in WBC per website it says that was groomed today but wasnt..tracks were in pretty good condition anyway..

  301. Has anyone lost a Mail key while skiing at Maple ridge golf course recently.

  302. Q: What did one moose say to the other moose?

    A: Waoh…. that is one BIG rabbit!

  303. Checked out the new Stoney Trail grooming yesterday for about a km. Wondering if a classic track will be put in? Classic skiing on corduroy gets a little tiring.

  304. Maple Ridge Golf Course, 16 Feb 21
    We made the best of some disappointing skier track set conditions as the sun was setting. The tracks are wobbly through out the usual course. ( The track setting snob inside of me kept thinking a herd of cats could make better parallel tracks.) There is plenty of snow coverage so hopefully the city does some track setting soon.

  305. Shaganappi Golf Course, 16 Feb 21
    SOME groomed classic trails but mostly designed for skate skiers, and beautifully so, with very wide paths. Some of the classic tracks have been tramped down a bit but all in all, it was a good run. Plenty of snow and very little debris.

  306. Looks like a nice treat for a happy hungry skier. (-:

  307. Sundance Lodge is in Banff National Park, about 10 km up Brewster Creek.
    Trailhead is at the base of the Sunshine Ski Resort access road off Highway #1, along Healy Creek.

  308. WBC: Telephone CCW / South half of Moose Loop / Mountain Views / Loggers / Sundog west

    Conditions were still pretty good after a 3 day long weekend. Some of the track setting is a bit worn but that was good for me on my wide 3 pin bindings. The 3 km on the east side and the last km on the west side are fairly rough due to walkers and fat bikers. One person made it all the way around on foot so there are divots all the way around although for the most part the track is okay. There is a enough snow and the grooming is recent enough that the down hills are reasonable. Metal edges made it pretty simple. There is an ice flow immediately north of the intersection with Moose Loop that can be avoided by keeping left (if you are going down).

    The other trails were in pretty good shape. I was surprised at the lack of walker damage after a 3 day weekend.

  309. Hi Bob,
    When you say Sundance Lodge I think of Sundace Lodges off hwy 40. I’m starting to gather there are two places with similar names.
    Rhonda W

  310. Yoho Virtual Challenge: 22 Kms return from Field to Emerald Lake today. -12 at 11 and -6 when we got back. I had forgotten how strenuous the trail up is! It was lovely to stop for lunch at Emerald Lake Lodge and even lovelier to realize the trail back down would be much easier and faster. A great day, topped off with hot drinks at Truffle Pigs lodge. to register….

  311. Skogan

    Sensational day on Skogan, the lower trail, along with Sunburst to Hummingbird Plume, was much travelled by hikers over the weekend. We timed it perfectly to have tea and lunch at Hummingbird Plume, in full sun, prior to cloud moving in. High Level was really great with no boot divots. We skied up Skogan Loop in a cw direction, the downhill side after the big hill was a bit rough, skiing over herringbone tracks that are quite firm. The divots posed no problem on the descent at speed, as the snow made for super control. The tracks were nice and fast. Only encountered four other skiers, met more hikers than skiers. If we didn’t muck this up, some pics:

    Thanks for adding the photos, beautiful! -Bob

  312. PLPP Skierbob special. Great ski and conditions. Whiskey Jack was in good shape and Tyrwhitt was freshly groomed. Elk Pass trail was in decent condition too. Raced my wife from top of Elk Pass. She took Hydroline on fresh grooming and I took Elk Pass on slightly older grooming. Apparently the older grooming was faster than the fresh grooming. Returned to Boulton Parking through Fox and Moraine. Skiing was too much fun, so my wife drove the car to Pocaterra to wait for me. Wheeler was in great fast condition, as was Meadow and Woolley. Lynx had some snow on the grooming and Pocaterra had great grooming. Skiing was so good that I “got lost” on the way to Pocaterra. Snow was -20 at start, with air of -10. Air warmed to -5 by end of day. My VR 30 was getting slippy, but trail was mostly downhill…and fast glide.

  313. Smith Dorrien Highway-Burstall Pass Trail-Parking Lot-Meadow below the headwall-Approach to Robertson Glacier
    Before the introduction of track setting to the area trails, the Burstall Pass trail was a popular route for tourers It was one of the first trails one could ski in the fall. Today, it is a popular route for backcountry, telemarkers, snow boarders and skiers on AT equipment. Snow shoers and trekkers are also on the trail. To my mind, it is a trail that should be done once a year particularly on a sunny day as the views are spectacular once you get to the meadow. An awareness of avalanche conditions are important as you proceed to either Robertson Glacier or above the headwall towards Burstall Pass. It is not necessary to achieve either goal but rather favour time constraints. The assessment of the Robertson route can be done visually and a center left route should be chosen Avalanche conditions for the path above the headwall towards Burstall Pass should be known before hand and conditions become worse for avalanches the further you get away from the headwall.
    The route from the parking lot to the meadow consists of a gentle slightly rolling climb to the meadows. The return is a rewarding steady descent. An option on return at the meadow is to take the lake and avoid the tight trail through the trees.The route rejoins the trail further down The trip has been done by many types of skis but if you have a pair of steel edges, take them to give you a little more bite on the skier tracked trail

  314. Never been to Emerald lake trails. Which ones do you recommend? I am an avid skier from Canmore

  315. Feb 16 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Feb. 11, fair condition.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Feb. 16, good condition.

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

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

  316. West Bragg Creek. The Bragg Creek trails are holding up well, despite all the skiers that come out every day. This morning at 11:00, the parking lot was quite full despite it being mid-week. We headed up Moose Loop at around 11:00, in glorious sunshine, and temperatures hovering around -7. We had on V45 wax, which seemed to work well. The tracks are a bit skied out on this loop, but still quite skiable, and the hills had a nice covering of snow, which made them ideal for someone like me who likes to snowplough. After lunch we went the other direction, and did the West Crystaline Loop, which was in much better condition. All in all, it was a great ski, albeit short. Bragg Creek is a wonderful facility thanks to the groomers and the West Bragg Creek Trail Association who keep it in great shape. Let’s hope for more snow so we can enjoy it for the rest of the season.

  317. Skied Castle Mtn to Baker today, and lost my cell phone. Possibly close to where you cross the road on the way to Baker (near Baker).


    Adding to CMS’s excellent report from yesterday, it is nice to have another trackset trail to choose from.
    Details available in the photo descriptions here:
    Glad we chose to go the day after the long weekend, but all guests seem to have been skiers, so no fat tire tracks.

  319. Blueberry-Elk Pass. Super day at the South end of PLPP today. Only -13 to start , and -5 at 2:30 pm. We encountered new tracksetting on the Elk Pass Trail to Hydroline. Fox Creek has not been groomed in a while and was a bit needley. The tracks on Elk Pass Trail and Blueberry were in great shape, except for the countless snow bombs. We did lots of trail maintenance on Blueberry to try to remove some of the bombs, to make our descent safer. Luckily, we survived the downhill with a bit of snazzy slalom, but this is a trail that requires caution! Nice to talk to a couple of women at the top of Blueberry, a group from the West Winds Ski Club at the BlueElk Table, and some friends we encountered at the end of the day. After skiing down Blueberry, we skied up to Elk Pass and then down Hydroline. The tracks were absolutely perfect: fresh grooming and tracks strobed by sunlight, and NO SNOW BOMBS! We made a quick descent back to Elk Pass Trail and up and over the big hill, which was firm, fresh and fast. It was great to end on such a high note!

  320. Check out the Feb 2021 Trip Reports. There’s a Sandy McNabb report that was posted yesterday evening.

  321. Does anyone know the current condition of Sandy McNabb? I looked at the interactive map and it says some trails were track set about 5 days ago. I went out there 4 weeks back and there was nothing… no tracks no trails, everything was pulverized by people walking on them. I used to ski there as a kid and would love to take my kids out there but don’t want to get out there and be disappointed again 🙁

  322. Hello,how are you. My wife and daughter and I live in the Okotoks area and are beginners to novice skiers. We are looking for a nice user friendly course relatively close to Calgary. As well we will need to find equipment to rent. We are planning just a day trip,so we’d need to rent for just the day. Can you direct me to the best way to go about this? Thank you

  323. Skiied up Brewster Creek to Sundance Lodge yesterday. Packed all the way. Trackset in varying conditions: skiied out along Healy Creek portion of trail, pretty good in most places to the double bridge before the Lodge, then no track after that as they can’t get the tracksetter across those bridges and the creek is still open. Narrow snowplowing on most of the downhill and getting pretty hard-packed in places. Could do with more snow and a refresh on the grooming. Maybe a dozen people seen throughout.

  324. I found the same thing at the nordic centre. The air was warm, but the snow was still very cold and slow

  325. YOHO
    Skiing on the connector trail from natural Bridge to emerald lake. Which way has more downhill ? How much ?
    *i would assume emerald Lake to natural bridge

  326. We also lost Marmot to mid-mountain in the flood too.



    Monday afternoon/ night ski.

    Nice straight tracksetting in excellent shape all the way to Spray River. Moderate speed snow on polar wax at night.

    From the Spray River to beyond BR17 Allenby Junction campground there is a well used skier tracked trail in excellent snow condition.. The trail was painfully narrow so I did my best to widen it. Some people were staying in the warden cabin at BR14. Beautiful golden lighting on the top of the mountains as the sun went down up at Allenby Junction campground. Skies were mainly clear with a breeze at night. Temperatures hit about -5c in the afternoon and dipped likely to about -15c after dark.

    The trail to Marvel lake is skier tracked.

    The trail to Assiniboine is said to be skier tracked all the way to the lodge. Much of the trail beyond BR14 is cut in the meadow which makes for great mountain viewing.

  328. MAAD wouldn’t have turned around.

  329. Looks great! Stoney Trail NE of Troll Falls perhaps? Maybe route was originally packed for powerline access?

  330. Cascade Fire Road
    Monday 1:30 – 4pm, turned around about 1km after the bridge. Loads of happy skiers today in the -8 temps so the tracks are getting a little sloppy, but the snow is soft and thus very forgiving on that beautiful trail. I have to put in a plug for my new Rossi skin (sport, low end) skis with adjustable bindings – they have been good to great on everything from glazed tracks at CNC when it rained to falling spring-like snow, and in temps from -12 to +4 – I’m shocked at how versatile they are. Happy trails everyone- thanks to this awesome community for all the information and encouragement!

  331. Looking for a three pin size 13 men’s ski boot. Have the skis and poles, just missing the boot.

  332. Anyone know anything about potential XC skiing fees in National Parks? Just saw the following at

    In 2019, Parks Canada conducted public and stakeholder consultations on fees. Canadians from across the country took part in these conversations, and their feedback helped inform upcoming fee changes that will take effect beginning in January 2023.

    These updates will not affect admission or front-country camping, but will result in changes to fees that offer a high level of individual benefits to visitors, such as enhanced experiences, facility rentals and special event permits.

    These updates will help Parks Canada recover a greater portion of the costs of service delivery by reflecting changes to the cost of living since fees were last reviewed in 2008. These changes will also bring some Parks Canada fees closer to those charged by nearby tourism providers, helping to avoid unfair competition with local businesses providing similar services and experiences. Examples include special guided tours, CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING, golfing, and access to hot pools.

  333. Skier Bob Special in PLPP.
    We also wanted to take a detour to East Elk Pass but nobody had visited the area recently and we were hoping for tracks to follow (never been there before.)
    We did make it to West Elk Pass and thankfully we had tracks to follow (though I’m quite familiar with this trail.)
    We stopped by the site of Ma Sid’s snow couch but it had been heavily snowed under and you could barely make out the furniture. It just looked like lumps of snow.
    We had also thought about taking the upper meadow route out towards Blueberry but the trail was buried under enough snow to warrant backcountry skis so we returned the way we came.
    We did break trail to visit the big sign though.

    I guess this is all a big plea for some backcountry skiers with fat skis to go break trail in the East/West Elk Pass areas. 🙂

  334. Lake O’hara Fire road.

    There is a skin track up to lake O’hara, It is approximately the width of a city sidewalk. It is well packed but not trackset.

    Decent climbing on green swix. We dabbed some blue on near the lake where the trail steepens. The cold snow helped moderate our decent. The track wasn’t quite wide enough to snow plow. There is lots of soft snow on either side of the skin track if you needed to scrub some speed.

    It warmed up from -17 to -10 by the time we got back to the vehicle.

  335. I was volunteering with Nordiq Alberta today at Pocaterra Parking Lot and someone turned in a phone that they found out on the ski trail. I took it to the Alberta Parks Information Centre in PLP (just down the road from Pocaterra). If you lost your phone, and ID that was with it, you can contact the Parks Information Centre. They were going to contact the RCMP so perhaps they have tracked you down already.

  336. WBC: north Iron Spring / Elbow loop via Sundog West and Loggers (plus Mountain Views / Moose reported on below). Snow conditions were quite good. I started out at 1315 (-6 in the parking lot). It warmed up to -2 by the time I got to Mountain View west but then cooled off back to -6 for the Iron Springs / Elbow loop. It was nice to get out somewhere and not have to worry about freezing my face off.

  337. Sandy McNabb-superb. Skied around the north side trails on excellent fast tracks with a bit of tree debris here and there (worst on Macabee). Much warmer than Calgary (-5 when I left at 4) and sunny south facing slopes were starting to get a tiny bit sun affected. For some reason the north leg of Long Prairie hasn’t been groomed. Amazing to watch the dashboard thermometer drop on the way home.

  338. Mt Shark

    -11 and sunny at the Mt Shark Trailhead at 1330 this afternoon. Beautiful weather with only a little bit of wind, noticeable here and there. Did the Watridge Lake trail to the end of Spray and back. Trail is in great condition. Single trackset pretty well the whole way. No one’s walked on it! Yet. Which was great. Tracks are hard and holding up really well. Side trails looked to be in excellent condition. The snow on the hill down to Spray was soft enough that I was relatively in control the whole way down (anytime I make it down that hill without wiping out is a good day…).

    Lots of people out with their families, which was nice to see.

  339. Feb 15 – Pipestone and beyond
    I was the first one at the Pipestone parking lot at 9:30 this morning. I skied out along the Pipestone trail counterclockwise, with a little detour to Mud Lake which looked lovely in the sun. The tracks on Pipestone were already a bit washed out in places, but still pretty good. At the far end of the trail, I hopped on the skier-set trail on the river. The track was well-skied for the first 1km, then snow-covered and less solid for the next 3km. After the end of the old, covered track, I pushed the trail out another 3km to the big meadow/swamp visible on the satellite map, which was my objective for the day. Other than one short section on the actual trail, I skied beside/on the river the whole time. The sun was HOT on the way back, and I don’t think my SPF60 sunscreen was strong enough! Once I got back to the groomed trail, I completed the Pipestone loop in the counterclockwise direction. I passed a few groups on the way out, and the parking lot was full! Looks like people are happy to be out in the warm(er) weather.

  340. What time are you allowed to get on the trails at the Nordic centre in the morning? I know the official hours are at 9am but with the sun coming up earlier wondering if we can access earlier or is this time dedicated to trail grooming etc?

  341. Quick ski at CNC this PM 2:00 pm parking lots were FULL!.
    Classic day -8C Wax VR 40 sunny
    We skied up the old service road, up Beckies on Olympic out Meadowview up onto Rundle to the high point and return via Rundle, Wapiti,Bruin, Meadowview and deked onto Osprey which has just been groomed & TS in the last week. Great little ridge trail! Al these trails were groomed and TS.
    We’re starting to see trail runners tracks on the groomed ski and fat tiretrails. The footprints left behind, depending on snow conditions, can be dangerous especially on the hills.

  342. Bill Milne

    Jeff and I zipped up from Ribbon to the Wedge – beautiful conditions, scenery and WARMTH! Ate our lunch in brilliant sunshine at the Wedge parking lot. And it was a bluebird day to boot! The return was a smooth glide. Life is good.

  343. WBC , parking 1/4 full at 9:30am (-20C). We skied Moose loop (CCW), Moose Connector, Loggers, Elbow (until the Snagmore junction), Iron Springs & Creek, Sundog, East Crystal, West Crystal and back on Middle Crystal.
    Overall good conditions and good glide, Swix V20 green was perfect for today.

    Before we had the pleasure to meet MaSid, we were really surprised and concerned while skiing Moose (half way between Telephone junction and Mountain View West junction at 10:30 am ish and -20C at that time) to encounter a little boy who looked to be 7 -10 years old on the trail by himself eating a snack. We checked on him and he told us his parents were « over there ». We checked with all the adults we encountered if they knew the boy and it was just at the junction with Mountain View West that two gentlemen told us the father was somewhere ahead of them …Anyway we did not catch up the father who presumably skis ahead and then turns back. The boy had to be by himself for at minimum 30 -45 minutes (? Guess), a weird family day…..

    Back at around 2:00pm, the temperature was a mild -6C and the parking lot full!

  344. Great conditions West Bragg this morning. Was warmer then Calgary with no wind and great sun.

  345. PLPP: **LOST CELL PHONE** my friend lost her cell phone on our beautiful morning out around Pocaterra/Come Along etc.! If you found it, can you please call 403-815-6547. Thanks so much!!!

    So grateful for a lovely community of skiers, gorgeous trail maintenance and relatively balmy weather today!

  346. Do you know if the Little Red Trail paths for XC skiing and open and groomed this year?

  347. February 15 Shaganappi Point golf course grooming update:

    All skate lanes have been groomed the evening of February 14 by one volunteer after discovering an electrical issue made it impossible to use the track setter or knives on the drag groomer. (sorry classic skiers!!!) So, we have corduroy!

    Three of the resident Coyotes were having a great time playing in the snow and following the groomer. One Coyote did a fancy boxing move while on their hind legs, like they were daring the groomer to get into it with them. Hilariously playful!

    Forecast for Monday in Calgary is still indicating cold weather, fingers crossed the warmer air mass in the mountains will make an early appearance.

    Westgate Corner (SW corner of the golf course) has some of the asphalt cart path coming through the ski trail.

    Condo Alley (trail between junction 6 and 7) has some thin sections at the bottom of the hill…other than that we have great coverage on the trails.

    Trail map for reference:

    Skiing is great, just keep the face, hands and toes warm Monday and you’ll have a great time…have fun in the snow!

    Volunteer hours: 3.5 grooming all trails with the Ginzu

  348. WBC Arrived ~3:45pm. Lots of cars heading out but still a fair number of cars in the lots. -18C and pretty much NO wind so quite pleasant. Skied Mountian Rd-Mountian View-West Crystal (what a blast coming down the tracks) -East Crystal. Classic tracks were in great shape. Saw relatively few people. A great end to Valentine’s day! 🙂

  349. We were at Confed late afternoon Thursday (11th) and saw the Valentine’s sentiment on the hill. Glad it lasted and hope whoever it was intended for saw it!

  350. Evan-Thomas Recreation Area – Bill Milne Trail:
    Parked under the power lines north of the Kananaskis Golf Course access road. (-17C at 11:00 am; -10C at 12:30 pm; -15C at 3:30 pm) VR30 kick wax worked well all day. Grooming and tracks on Bill Milne are in very good condition outside the detour. Skied north to inspect the ice flow and take the detour through to the north end. Cautionary signs on the Bill Milne trail are in place at both ends. The detour was groomed with the Piston Bully and is not track set at this time. Then skied south on Bill Milne to do Evan-Thomas and Wedge Connector loop clockwise. Evan Thomas trail is in good shape with walkers respecting the ski tracks. Snow is covering the boulders under the skier set track across Evan-Thomas creek bed. The Wedge Connector tracks were in excellent shape, all be it slow in the shade. A beautiful sunny day with moderate south winds. This is, in my opinion, the most scenic ski trail in K-Country.

  351. Yoho Park
    Went out to Emerald to do my Virtual Yoho Challenge. Parked at the Natural Bridge. It was -18C at the parking lot at 10:30. Which was better than temps around Lake Louise. Easy wax choices VR 30 and some Cera. LF3 powder for glide. Worked well till later in the afternoon when waxed with VR40. Skied up the Connector to Emerald Lake. Connector is skier set-hasn’t been groomed for a while. Still good to ski with caution. The lake and the alluvial fan trail were track set and in good shape once you got away from the hotel and it’s walkers. Back down the Connector to Tally ho which was trackset to Field. Back to the Natural Bridge and on to the Kicking horse trail out to just past the Otterhead bridge. The kicking horse trail was in great shape and freshly track set. Then back to the truck which was at -12C. Great day out and thanks Kicking Horse Ski Club for maintaining the trails and setting up the Virtual Challenge

  352. Banff Springs to Goat Creek Parking lot & back

    Jamie and I skied from Banff Springs up to Goat Creek and back today. The conditions were quite good; track set a few days ago, with some minor trail damage. We didn’t see anyone until we got to Goat Creek itself. We started at 10 a.m. with the temperature of -20C under a bright sun and a perfectly blue sky. The trees are still laden with snow which made for beautiful vistas. The Goat Creek Parking area did not have much wind. We met some walkers and more skiers at that end of the trail. No fat bikes have been on the trail lately. Some people walked from the Goat Creek parking lot to 1 km or so from Goat Creek. They damaged the trail, but not the tracks. Upon our return, we met many skiers on the last 5 km stretch. The sun hid after lunch and it became cloudy. We finished with a temperature of -8C, which felt warm.

    Yesterday, we skied most of the north trails at Sandy McNabb. They are track set, with a few sections of thin snow and a few hazards. The hills were fast but mostly controllable. The south side Loggers Loop was track set only for a short section. The temperature stayed at -19C throughout our ski yesterday.

  353. CASTLE Lookout: arrived about noon, minus 15 degrees, there were about 8 cars parked. Skied to Baker Creek and back, only saw 10 skiers until 4 pm. Tracks in great shape.

  354. Catherine McClelland

    Believe the weather reports! It really was 10 degrees warmer in Kananaskis. Skied Evan Thomas, Wedge Connector, Bill Milne and the tracks were excellent.

  355. Thanks so much to the Ribbon Creek groomers for grooming a detour around the ice floe so quickly! We didn’t ski it today but saw it as we drove past and several folks were out on it. BTW the temp. at Evan Thomas/Wedge Connector/Bill Milne was around -10C early afternoon and more people out than yesterday.

  356. Cascade Fire Road was still there and still in very good shape after the earthquake. :). -14 when we arrived at noon to find 2 perfect parking spots in what otherwise looked like a very full lot. Not that many folks on the trail though so where is everyone going? Skating, walking around the lake maybe…. the tracks are in great shape and the Sunshine made it feel like much warmer than it was!

  357. Sun feb 14: WBC (sunny moose loop/great trail)
    Good times, even with a light wind. Almost spring like after the last week. Broke trail along sections of the great trail paralleling moose loop north. Thin in places, especially where it dodges into the trees. I’ll wait for more snow. Moose tracks in fine shape and not that busy. RCMP cruised through the lot at the end of my day and later was ticketing on the 80k redwood meadows section of highway.

  358. Looking for Salomon Profil X-Country ski boots Mens size 11 US / 45 EU to fit Salomon Profil Bindings.
    Ph or Txt 403.875.1834

  359. Kananaskis Village

    TEMP: @8ish -24 degrees C @ 11ish -13 degrees C (used Polar wax)

    PARKED: Ribbon Creek Parking Lot.
    Skied UP Coal Mine. Saw some animal tracks. Skied DOWN Coal Mine, turned right onto Ribbon Creek > Link > Kovach > Terrace. Ended at the Ribbon Creek Parking lot.

    CONDITIONS: great ! fresh track setting. Steep downhill corners a touch slick and just minor debris mixed in with grooming on Coal Mine.

  360. Historically, Telephone loop (along with many of the trails in WB) was designed specifically as a ski trail by Don Gardener in the late 1970’s. It was not groomed consistently until a few years ago when the GBCTA took over responsibility for it from Parks.

    The east half of it has been deemed multi use which has led to heavy amounts of foot and bike traffic.

    Maintaining this as a groomed ski trail is proving to be impractical, and we see it as being possibly delegated to a primitive ski trail. Our efforts to provide a quality experience for tracked skiing are better suited to areas that are restricted to skiing only.

    In an effort to be all things to all users, the original intent of this trail has been lost.

  361. Jennifer MacPherson

    Hi Bob. I’m trying to find a trail where I will have cell phone coverage because I need to be reachable. I am wondering about the Cascade Valley trail starting at Minnewanka. I know there is cell coverage at the parking lot but not sure beyond there. West Bragg is too spotty.

  362. After volunteering for Ski Nordique on February 13th I decided to ski up Pocaterra to the Whiskeyjack trail junction. It was a frosty day but clear and sunny with not a whisper of a breeze. Trail conditions were soft since there had been maybe a few cm of snow overnight. Very few people out and on the return trip I did not see a soul. I opted to use SWIX Polar (-15 to -30 deg C) which covered the temperature range nicely and had some good glide on the way back.

  363. WBC – Telephone Loop et al – Feb 13

    Start skiing at 10:30 am, likely in the ski strides of Jean-Francois. About same path, without West Hostel but adding Loggers, Sundog and East Crystal Line. Except for the first 3-4 km on Telephone East, great conditions throughout. The best track set conditions ever seen on Telephone Loop in years. Not that many people, but will sure be the place to ski over the next week. LF4 as glider work decently, along VR 20 (green) wax. Not the fastest conditions, but better than I expected.

    Will donate tonight online to the trail maintenance; those guys do such a great job. All that gas money saved and more in a donation, for being so close to YYC. Bravo.



    There was a 4.4 magnitude earthquake in Banff roughly at 6:40 pm today.

    If any night skiers felt that please let the ski nation know. Such an earthquake could trigger avalanches and landslides potentially.

    Skiers wanting more information can search Earth Quake Tracker and look under “recent.”

  365. High Rockies Trail from Goat creek to Goat pond return. 1:00-4:00 12km -18 C
    Light Touring skis with Vauhti Blue/Rex Mantaranta and some Rex green. Glide was slow.
    Dog sledders have kept the whole route open and well groomed. Evidence of hikers,PITA. Admire their tenacity but post holes are annoying. Didn’t see anyone else all afternoon!

  366. The thought occurs: If it is a multi-use trail then why set ski tracks? Or think for even one second that non-skiers should stay off our precious ski tracks? I think the non-skiers should be free to enjoy a trail without having to tiptoe around ski tracks. Guess I won’t make any new ski friends with this remark.

  367. Bill Milne “double”
    My humans finally (!) decreed it warm enough to ski – after several days of shorter than usual trips to the dog parks, I was ready to go skiing! We parked (initially) at Kovach and skied south to the ice flow – it must have grown since the groomer’s report as there was no way around it without getting wet feet/boots/skis so we back-tracked. Then we drove to the Golf Course and did another section heading back north to the iceflow. Immaculate grooming everywhere (not that it matters to me!), “balmy” temps of -15C between around 1.30 – 3.30 pm (I didn’t even get cold feet!). Apparantly polar wax or green provided good grip and surprisingly decent glide. Very quiet – seemed almost spooky for a long weekend (did we miss something?) – very few humans and no other doggies for me to say hello to but I had a great outing.

  368. Confederation Park: Sunshine and minimal wind at 10:30 am, parking lot half full. As Bob wrote yesterday about Strathmore golf course, two light layers of polar wax gave excellent grip. Cold glide wax yielded surprisingly good glide in the well used, well groomed tracks. Parking lot starting to fill when we left at 12. If lot is full, plenty of room along Constable Rd/31 Ave NW, with gaps in the fence. Beautiful day.

  369. A couple possibilities would include:
    1. Nordic Alberta’s website (would require modifications to have SkierBob functionality)
    2. Creating a subreddit on Reddit for Alberta xc skiing
    3. Discord

  370. WBC (-22C at 10:15am and no wind, -16C when we returned to the parking lot)
    We skied West Hostel – Telephone – Moose – Mountain View West – Mountain View – West & Middle Crystal.
    All the trails are in great shape, as usual for Telephone, the West part has the best snow / tracks although the East part was quite good (except for a « humility check » as my friend Vanita put it, as I was not paying attention to a deep bike rut…).
    The glide was excellent (compared to earlier in the week) and Swix V05 Polar provided good grip.

  371. Ribbon Creek
    We headed out for a leisurely arrival of 11am and the parking lot was only half full. Nobody in the second lot. Quite amazing and the first good thing I’ve found about the polar vortex!
    It was -26 with wind chill, never warmed up, but we were never cold. We had dressed warm and you just had to fully cover your face coming down hills.
    Loop skied: Coal Mine to the lookout (hadn’t been groomed since the last big snow fall. Felt more like ski touring than Nordic skiing.)
    We continued on Ribbon Creek which also hadn’t been freshly groomed in a while and had a lot of fresh snow. It was a bit challenging skiing down the steep descent to the creek because it was a mess of frozen herringbone and snowplow tracks, along with numerous boot holes.
    I’d wait till this trail has been groomed again before attempting it.
    We took the short cut retreat back down the snowshoe trail because the bridges are fun to ski over. It was skiable. Better with fresh powder though.

  372. Well done Skier Bob. Thank you for all of the wonderful ski updates and the service you provided for us all. You’ve served the community well and I wish you all the best!

  373. Sat feb 13: skogan pass powerline
    -27 at nakiska 830. -15 back just after lunch. Bomber grip going up skogan and hummingbird with the old green wax on the AT skis. Skins for the powerline track laid down today by a local park resident doing some laps before work (thanks!). Much nicer temps in the sun of the powerline than the XC trail. Descent down powerline a bit punchy off old tracks with a week of faceting and a breakable thin crust down about 20 cm. Elected not to ski the lower section (balam) given shallower pack and faceting. Skogan and high level grooming both still in good shape for easy travel up and down and it’s wasn’t seeing much traffic today.

  374. Dear Skier Bob,
    Although our paths probably have crossed when the Regina ski club made it’s annual 4 day trip to Canmore area I don’t think we’ve actually met. We would often pick your brain/blog for the best skiing options for us flatlanders and your prompt replies always sent us in the right direction. I believe one year you told us not to do Goat Creek unless we we’re planning on doing it with a luge. It’s another “end of an era” but it’s totally understandable. On behalf of the Regina Ski Club thank you so much for countless hours you’ve spent to make this a better world. ?

  375. Sandy McNabb – Feb. 12
    I did a late afternoon ski on the south side of Sandy McNabb. Conditions were quite good, though a few spots in the track setting are thin or down to some ice. Also, most of the connector trails are groomed but not track set. Loggers Loop and Sandy McNabb Loop are groomed and track set.

    There were already some footprints on some of the trails close to the campground road so I’m guessing that will only increase this weekend.

  376. It is -32 degrees at the discovery centre in peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Kananaskis.
    Blue skies, sunshine, and only a trace of clouds (and a trace of snow on the ground).

    Happy Trails,


  377. I know I’m late to the game, but better late than never! Skier Bob, you’re a regular part of my winter routine. Every week I check out your posts to find out where to ski and have explored so much more of the Rockies because of you. Thank you so much for all you’ve done to advance XC skiing for all Albertans!

  378. Lake Windermere WHITEWAY (Advertised as The World’s Longest Skating Rink): Friday Feb 12th Started at Kinsmen Beach in temps around -20 and warmed to -15 (blasting bright sun: where were the Eskimo Slit Goggles?) After skiing all loops and to far end of lake, we reached our desired goal of 31 kms. Supper at FUZE was wonderful, especially to sit down warm and cosy inside. Almost needed “extracting” out of the car at 9pm, but Mission Accomplished for our Virtual Birkie on two opposing teams.

  379. Thanks Steve! Sounds great!

  380. I have a friend in Norway, in Sandvika near Oslo, who ski often, here is their map of ski trails and info on grooming/tracking near Oslo.
    On their web site of the ski association
    I am reading:
    “A total of 16,265 kilometers of ski trails were prepared in 2020. Compared to 43,585 kilometers the year before(2019), it is understood that it was a demanding winter. In some terrain trails, there was not enough snow to prepare at all.”
    Info might be of interest to our groomers and others,
    anyway, thanks for your contribution over the last 13 years,

  381. Beautiful conditions at WBC this afternoon! Hubby and I started out just before 2pm at -16…balmy compared to every other day this week. We were pleased to find Mountain Road, Moose Loop (and Connector), and Mountain View West very freshly groomed and trackset with silky snow. My green wax was perfect, and hubby’s skins were slightly slower but gave great grip. With the warmer weather coming, it’s sure to be a busy place this weekend!

    As an aside, my HUGE thanks to Skier Bob for everything he has done to support skiing and skiers over the years!! This blog has become my go-to on my days off work during the ski season, and it’s hard to imagine not having this community and resource to turn to for life’s most important questions (i.e., where are the freshest tracks? Which skis to use today? Where is the best snow? How to avoid the crowds?). Enjoy your recreational retirement skiing Bob!

  382. CNC. The Nordic Centre was in great shape this afternoon. The natural snow tracks may have been a touch slower than the artificial snow tracks, but they were all pretty good. The temperature ranged between -17 C at the start and -13 C at the finish. I only sampled Lower and Upper Banff Loop, Meadowview, Bow and Banff, and conditions were excellent everywhere. All the skiers were really happy!

  383. Emerald Lake / Alluvial Fan – It’s hard to complain when the sun is shining and you almost have the place to yourself! Tricky trail conditions, along the lake, wide tracks from ski touring folks going up the fan, nice going down, them pretty wind blown and crusty coming out of the fan. Benches are cleared off and a great place to take in the beauty of this place. Set your expectations if you go before it gets track set again.

  384. Good Morning,

    It is -30 degrees C at the Peter Lougheed Discovery Centre in Kananaskis.

    Skier Bob – Wishing you all the best with your retirement. Come visit us today – it’s cold and slow.


  385. P.s. We live in Cochrane, so if there are any other trails close to us for the busier work/school days, that would be great to know too!

  386. Hello! My family is new to Calgary and my 9 year old daughter is new to skiing. We’ve been loving WBC and working up through the trails. Moose loop was beautiful on Sunday, if a little slow. Technically the trail was perfect for my daughter, and she is excited to go again, but the length was at her upper limit. Any suggestions for the next set of trails for us that would have nice mountain or trees or any nature scenery views? We are willing to drive a couple of hours. Thank you! Happy skiing! And happy Chinese New Year!

  387. February 12 Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary grooming update:

    All trails were groomed Thursday evening by 2 volunteers and conditions will be excellent this weekend!

    We’ll try our best to round up a couple volunteers to get the track setting done on Friday sometime, as there was only time to groom Thursday night. (sorry classic skiers…some of the skier-set track setting was groomed away because it made for too narrow a skate lane in the middle).

    Have fun on the snow!!!

    Volunteer hours grooming Thursday night: Total of 9.75
    Volunteer #1: 5 hours
    Volunteer #2: 4.75 hours

  388. I have loved your blog and will miss it immensely! Thank you for all the time and effort you’ve put into it over the past years. I met you once on Goat Creek and it was a real highlight!

    Could a trail in the Empire be renamed the SkierBob Classic or the Bob Truman Trail!?

  389. Feb 11 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Feb. 11, good condition.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Feb. 9, good condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Feb. 9, good condition.

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

  390. No problem keeping comfortable this afternoon at Confederation, if you were properly dressed. In fact, once I warmed up I had to start opening zippers and peeling back face coverings. That heat was partly thanks to working harder on some slow sections of track, due to a bit of windblown snow, but otherwise conditions were decently quick and enjoyable in the afternoon sun.

  391. Not a trip report, apart from just checking the webcam at WBC. Not much busier than posted this morning at 10 am, with only 3 cars seen in the main parking lot. Should fill up a bit starting tomorrow, with a projected balmy high of -17 C and hard dedicated work on the track setting.

  392. I emailed Banff NP info centre about whether Parks Canada could join Nordic Pulse. This has been ‘passed along to management.’

  393. Bob,
    Thanks SO SO much for bringing together the Nordic community through your website.
    I still hope to meet you on the trail someday.
    Best wishes to you,

  394. East Village (Calgary)
    This 1k loop is mostly open to the elements so while I could KIND OF see where the groomed tracks were, I broke trail on every loop. It’s worth it, but bundle up…

  395. Hi Bob,
    I concur with your comments regarding the utmost importance of trip reports, on a personal note, the groomers reports are equally important as they provide first hand information and usually before the « official » website.
    Regarding the grooming as seems to only work for Kananaskis Village greater area trails, I have noticed that WBC uses Nordic Pulse to provide a similar colour coded map. What do you think to « push » this option to other ski areas?

  396. I’m still having a hard time accepting the new reality that this blog will not be available next season.
    If someone is going to design a new blog, a few suggestions come to mind:
    1) Anyone wanting to post should be required to create an account including a unique UserName linked to their email. This would eliminate the confusion when two people use the same name, knowingly or unknowingly!
    2) The ‘Search’ function should be allowed to work on contributed Trip Reports. At the moment the ‘Search’ function only works on the Home Page. The Administrator(s) can’t be expected to ski everywhere! Year’s ago our reports did go directly to the Home Page, but that became unmanageable. Users often want to check out the recent reports for a particular trail (or by a particular reporter), so this would facilitate their search.

  397. Confederation Park Golf Course – 10 Feb
    Like Alf, once the temperature warmed up to -24, I ventured out, and it wasn’t that bad! I think I’m getting used to the blistering cold… There weren’t many people out, but the tracks were still in quite good shape and I was grateful for the sunshine.

  398. West Bragg Creek
    From the weather forecast on Tuesday, it didn’t look as if today would be a viable ski day. But, by mid-day the thermometer at WBC had shot all the way up to -24C, so it seemed like it might be worth a try.
    Finding a parking spot was no problem. And we decided to do one of those “Alf” tours that doesn’t actually involve skiing on a ski trail. We started on the Interpretive Trail at the east end of the parking lot and then went around Snowshoe Hare and up DemiTel. From there, it turned into an off-trail tour, following the powder-slope cut-blocks parallel to the Long Distance Trail. And then we returned on Whitetail.
    There were no frozen toes, fingers or noses… so it was a pretty good ski day!

  399. I’m so sad!! Checking in on your website has been a part of almost every winter day for many years – that being said I realize this is a tremendous amount of work and those are hours you could be out on the trails. Thank you so very very much Bob! Your dedication to sharing good information has been so valuable to a huge community. Thanks for so many years of great service!!

  400. Thank you Bob for creating this wonderful resource for the x-country skiing community! Your site has been the go to place for current trail conditions and everything else x-country skiing for myself and many others for the last 13 years. I’m sure I’ll bump into you on the trails in the future. Until then wishing you all the best!

  401. Feb 10 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Feb. 6, fair condition. We hope to work on this tomorrow, Feb. 11.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Feb. 9, good condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Feb. 9, good condition.

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

  402. Thanks, Jeff. I always enjoyed skiing your tracksetting. Skogan Pass, my favorite, has the most elevation of any trails I ski. And Bill Milne – well, its the flattest. So you covered both ends of the spectrum. Enjoy your retirement , and thank you..

  403. Thank you Bob! The positive, welcoming style of your updates has done much more than just inform us about conditions and entertain us with stories. It has created a community of cross country skiers. It has embraced and celebrated all the different ways that we enjoy skiing. Many of us check SkierBob every day, often several times. There was always something new on the site- a new post, fresh trip reports, grooming reports and it was the hub that linked us to more details about weather, grooming reports, etc. But, to accomplish that, you had to be working on the website every single day. What a huge commitment!

    I’m hopeful that your remarkable example will inspire some others to pick up the torch to ensure that something similar will continue on. I expect it may require a team effort.
    Thanks for all that you have done to bring us together! See you on the trails!

  404. Thanks so much Bob for all you have done. I read your blog and the trip reports nearly every day during the x-c ski season. What you created has had value beyond belief. Congratulations

  405. Mr. Bob, a few years ago we stumbled onto some expertly groomed cross country trails but cannot remember if they were off the 40, 3 Sisters Parkway or beyond. They looked like they could be used for competitions. Might you have any idea where they might be? With thanks, Ann.

  406. Spray East, West and Connector
    Frosty and pretty out there today. Tracks on WS in great shape. ES had only a little foot damage – most walkers doing a good job of staying to the side. Only non tracked portion being the Connector.
    The nice thing about this weather is you don’t need to go very far to get a good workout!

  407. We really can’t add many more accolades Bob. You have a huge loyal fan club, and they have stated it quite eloquently and we echo their sentiments.
    There is nothing but respect and admiration for all your hard work. You give up a lot of your own ski time to help others out, always with a big smile on your face. (And a happy greeting for the canine)
    Thankyou !!

  408. When I read it on CBC today my reaction was Oh No! Will REALLY miss your blog!! Thanks so much for all your work over the years

  409. South Glenmore Park is trackset.
    Cloud veil is thin, sun rays still working.

  410. On behalf of myself, and my humans Chris & Peter, thanks so much for all you’ve done for the XC community, especially where pupsters on trails are concerned – it’s been great to have access for doggies clarified. I know my humans check your page regularly before deciding where we will ski – this input will be sorely missed! Hope to see you on the trails soon!

  411. Chris, Peter & Kazzy Thomas

    So long Jeff, and thanks for all the tracks!

  412. thanks thanks thanks
    Thx BOB, amazing to have used this for so many years

    PLEASE not a FB page. Not all of us rejoice with FB or have accounts.

  413. Cross paths in the future

    the “end “
    So many great comments from all your followers , friends and admirers!
    You deserve them all and more- You covered the basics 10 times over, Always relevant ,interesting ,helpful and sometimes funny!
    I don’t know how you had time to ski!
    And all work on getting PeterLPP Back And successful
    It won’t be the same.
    Sad to hear, but you must need a rest
    hope we will Cross paths in the future

  414. Jeff – Thanks for the many years of great tracksetting! When the weather is very cold, Skogan Pass is my favourite trail. The extreme cold greatly improves grip on the ascent and reduces the need to snowplow on the descent. Very little of the trail is flat or low angle descent where you’d notice the impaired glide. Having enough layers to survive the wind chill on the descent is challenging though!

    Enjoy your retirement in Quebec. I’m sure Alex has been well-trained to carry on the great work the two of you (and others?) have been doing.

  415. Merci Jeff pour ton travail assidu à tracer les pistes pendant toutes ces années. Grâce à toi et ton expertise, on a pu pratiquer un sport de glisse dans des conditions excellentes. Bon retour au Québec et fais-nous savoir qu’elles seront les pistes que tu y traceras!

  416. East Village (Calgary) 9 Feb 21
    Very cold and tracks were slightly visible but blown over so I created my own. Again, great little 1k loop if you don’t have much time and live close by.

  417. Hello Jeff, I had the pleasure to meet you a few years ago and I remember you telling me all about pre-Nakiska trails that you had groomed. Just for my sake, on YouTube there is 2015 video of the Skogan pass grooming, was it you?
    Skogan pass and shootouts are my favourite place for a good workout and many thanks for the prefect grooming.
    Bonne retraite au Quebec et un grand merci pour toutes ces années!

  418. Looking for package men’s classic ski gear. 190 cm fish scale (weight 160 lbs) size 9 boots.

  419. Wow, everyone is retiring this winter. What a shame, we’ll miss Jeff’s tracks. Hopefully someone will take over and this isn’t an excuse for the government to end grooming at Ribbon Creek?

  420. It’s good to hear that your knowledge and skills will continue to benefit skiers. And bikers too, I’m guessing. Sounds like Alberta’s loss is Quebec’s gain! Thanks for going above and beyond, Jeff.

  421. Owning a place in Lac Des Arcs (purchased in ’93) made this whole area at Ribbon Creek “my” Nordic Centre. Those many deep snowfalls made Ribbon Creek such a joy to ski. It was and still is a Winter Wonderland. Just last Friday we skied up Coal Mine in perfect conditions; I guess in hindsight, it was in your honour although Alex, your well trained successor, might have groomed it. After Kovach’s loop we skied down from the Hotel (is that trail really called Bill Milne Paved Trail as my Gaia would suggest?) back down to the car, a wonderful pot pourri. It would be awesome if you would list the Top Ten Beefs from an EXPERT Groomer’s perspective before you leave us. Thank you Jeff for your years of service to our deeply loved Kananaskis Country.

  422. What was the second announcement? 🙂

    The second announcement was Ribbon Creek Tracksetter Jeff’s retirement. -Bob

  423. Hey there, thanks for the Trip Report, glad you liked it at Shag. We don’t have enough trained volunteer groomers who have the capacity/ability to mobilize according to the weather and track setting needs at Shaganappi.

    We’re working to increase the track setting capacity…fingers crossed!

    Latest grooming update:

  424. Thank you, Jeff, for your years of dedication! Your retirement is well-deserved! You will surely be missed. All the best to you in your future adventures!

  425. Thanks for all your hard work on the trails, Jeff. I skied on your tracksetting in the 1980’s . How lucky we all were — and are — to have teams like yours. Best wishes for your move to Quebec!

  426. Many thanks to tracksetter Jeff for the his superb tracks in Kananaskis country. You’ll be missed.

  427. What a week of announcements for the x-country community. Another loss it feels but a very deserved retirement for Jeff. Hopefully he is able to pass on his skills before he leaves!
    Thank you Jeff for hours of blissful trails we enjoyed because of you. We have been skiing here since the mid 90’s so we owe a lot of memorable skiing days to you!


    What a fantastic story of the early days of Jeff the Groomer. His early grooming career occurred at a time when the Alberta economy was hurting from very high interest rates, the American oil pull out in protest of the National Energy Program and oil as low as $12 per barrel, about 4 times lower than todays rate of $58.27/ WTI per barrel. This was an age that people in Calgary were selling homes for $1 because the economy was so brutal. Yet the Alberta Government had some intelligence to expand cross country skiing at the time to benefit the health of Albertans and to expand our tourism industry which would help the government books in the longer run. The Progressive Conservative government of the day had so much more tourism vision back in the 1980’s as compared to recent years with the elimination of new open pit coal mines in the mountains, expansion of parks and xc ski trails.

    It would be great to expand the story on Jeff and get more details. I wonder how much input he had on expanding the xc ski trails to make way for the first Piston Bully. It must have been a glorious day to step into such modern technology. He could have been stuck in a Tucker Cat instead!

    To hear that the first Piston Bulley used in the Eastern Slopes of Alberta, which was bought way back in the last century, is still in use today in the glorious Eastern Alberta Cypress Hills is fabulous That is another clear example of why it is better for the government to buy good equipment rather than leasing it. The savings are superior this way and it reduces the cost for xc tracksetting and grooming which is something we all want to see.

    Too bad Jeff is heading to Quebec to retire. Lucky Quebec that will benefit from Alberta’s brain drain. Jeff’s experience would be valuable for the next new Alberta Government after the 2023 election in order to upgrade the Alberta XC ski tourism industry here for the next 7 generations.

  429. Thank you Jeff – wish you all the best in the move!! The trails are always such a dream to glide on. Ribbon creek is where we discovered our love for XC skiing !

  430. All the best to Jeff, wishing him a long and happy retirement. Many thanks for a great job on the trails, I am fortunate enough to have been able to enjoy them these last few years.

  431. Like everyone else who has commented, thank you for your tireless efforts promoting and advocating for cross-country skiing in southern Alberta and eastern BC! May you enjoy whatever you have planned next.

    A coupe of years ago we relocated to B.C.’s Lower Mainland for work. I knew one thing I would truly miss was cross-country skiing in K-Country and WBC. I was right: I’ve been on my skis three times since moving here (and the skiing isn’t the same). I ski vicariously through this blog. =)

  432. Skiing on your tracks in Kananaskis has been pure pleasure! I’m so glad my toddlers got to enjoy your trails on your last season with us too! Your retirement plans sound perfect. Best wishes to you, your wife, and those lucky Quebecois skiers! 🙂

  433. Thank you Skierbob! For all your work putting together timely info and also your generosity in sharing it. Your blog is positive and upbeat, filled with great photos, current conditions, etc. Everyone who submits trip reports has been so willing to give info and tips to help us all have a better experience… Your website has so much helpful info/tips – webcams, weather, maps, competitions, gear, etc. We may not have known about the grooming kerfuffle with the gov but your website rallied us all and hopefully the user pay passes will have made a difference to keeping the tracksetting going. Enjoy your skiing next winter but know that you will be missed a lot.

  434. Thank you Bob for all you and your blog has done for the X-C ski community over the years. Also thank you for bringing together a group of great, thoughtful, kind and generous individuals through the blog. Everyone needs to retire at sometime and you have decided it is your time, so go for it. See you on the trails!

  435. Hi does anyone know if Mt Shark has any picnic tables and fire pits there or near by … gonna miss this Bob!!

  436. Confederation- February 9
    Plenty of skiers out in minus 24 enjoying the excellent conditions and brilliant afternoon sun. Highly recommended if you are beginning to suffer from cabin fever!
    Firmly defined tracks with polar glider giving fast glide. I scraped off almost all of the V05 polar grip wax from Sunday, and still had plenty of kick.

  437. Shaganappi Point golf course grooming and track setting update:

    Excellent skiing due to the new snow! Grooming done Saturday. Track setting to come Thursday evening.

    Two hardy volunteers were out on Snowmobiles Saturday morning and afternoon, packing down and grooming the new snow on all trails with our drag-grooming equipment. Hopefully the new snow will harden fast so skate-ski tracks aren’t sinking down too much!

    Track setting for the classic skiers will hopefully be done Thursday evening as that’s the soonest someone from our volunteer grooming team is available who also has the capacity/time/desire to track set using our manual shallow track setter on the Tidd Tech. (on many sections of trail, the snow base is too shallow for the regular depth track setter)

    On the weekend the parking lot had over 30 cars in the afternoon! It’s great to see so many people out even in the cold, kudos to all of you!

    Remember the parking lot may look “full” meaning vehicles are parking in the lower lot, but the trails likely won’t be busy. People visiting Shaganappi spread out quickly which is the bonus of the large parcel of land Shaganappi is on compared to Confed!

    Volunteer time: total of 8 hours
    Volunteer #1: 2.5 hours snowmobile grooming
    Volunteer #2: 3 hours snowmobile grooming
    Volunteer #3: 2 hours doing a gas run/other work in a support role
    Volunteer #4: 0.5 hours enabling snowmobile access, starting help, etc.

  438. Heartbreaking news. Wonderful to have had this blog for as long as we did – always something to look forward to. All the best!

  439. Feb 9 – Packers Pass Peak
    Skied up towards the Skoki area today on AT gear. I left the trail on Ptarmigan Lake and skied up towards “Packers Pass Peak”, between Packers Pass and Deception Pass. The last ~150m of elevation gain was windblown and I hiked up. Not a breath of wind until I got to the top! It was -35 when I started and -20 when I got back to the car. The track in to Skoki is well-packed by snowshoers, skiers, and snowmobiles, and with this cold, slow snow, would probably be fine with waxed track skis.

  440. WBC – Afternoon ski, -23C at 1:30pm and no wind.
    Skied Moose, Mountain View West, Mountain. Plenty of cold snow, excellent grip with V05 Swix polar and poor glide…

  441. I left a pair of G3 collapsible poles in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park on Feb 7. They were left on a little pullout on Kananaskis Lakes Trail just south of Lake Shore Drive.

    One is black and orange and the other is white and orange.
    If you found them, please give me a text at 403-466-8473



  442. Feb 9 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

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

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Feb. 9, good condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Feb. 9, good condition.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Feb. 5, poor condition. We hope to work on these trails tomorrow, Feb. 10.

  443. Thank you, Bob, for all you have done for cross country skiing. I will miss your posts.

  444. Love, love, love the updates and seek them out before heading out. I will certainly miss seeing what Skier Bob says.

  445. Bob you truly paved the way and kept us up to speed on where to go for incredible skiing. Thank you for taking the time to do this! I fondly remember the Lake Louise to Banff relay we did together with the others. Will hopefully see you on the trails!

  446. Thank you for providing such an amazing platform for the xc ski community!! When we moved back to Canada last year our friends told us that we had to follow SkierBob to get the best info about xc skiing…it completely exceeded our expectations. We follow all of your posts & website to help us plan all of our xc ski days. You are going to be sorrily missed and have left a legacy that will live on forever!! Good luck to you and Happy Trails!!!

  447. Bob, your support of the southern Alberta / eastern BC XC community has been outstanding. A hearty congratulations and many thanks.

  448. RIP (retire in peace) SkierBob! It’s been a fantastic journey, for you and many many others. What you have created will endure in more ways than just the technical cogs of a web site. It really is a wonderful inclusive community. Thank you so much for that. Retire with pride. We all look forward to a post covid retirement party when it’s ok to hug again. Maybe one last raffle/contest is in order though: It’s time to pass on the SkiHere toque (literally and figuratively) and don a trip reporter hat. Happy care free skiing Bob and see you on the trail, or better yet, at a relaxing comfortable couch. (-:

  449. Bob, thanks for all that you have done for the Calgary and area cross country ski community. You will be missed! Best of luck for your future endeavours.

  450. My family and I will miss all the comments, trip reports and insight. As with many it was an honour to meet you on the trail a few years ago.

  451. Yes, me too. Will miss you Bob. I check your site every day before I go to sleep and as soon as I wake up. Plus some days even more often. I probably would not have to do it, since I ski with Helen often and I think she is on your web every hour. But I do not blame you, I also am trying to limit my time on the computer and the contrary is happening right now. Maybe you will still change your mind when the next winter comes. Enjoy this one.

  452. Confederation Golf Course – 8 Feb
    REAALY cold and few brave souls out there but wow!!! on gorgeous fresh track-setting! Thank you groomers! Just gorgeous!

  453. The first question I always ask a fellow cross country skier, “Do you follow Skierbob”. The answer is always “Yes”! This site provides so much information and inspiration. It is the first (and pretty much only) site I check on before we head to the trails. Your blog posts,Bob; trip reports; answers to questions, trails conditions; your site is such a huge part of our winter. You will be greatly missed!! Thank you for all you have done for this ski community.

  454. I secretly hoped that somehow, miraculously, this site will go on forever; can’t imagine heading off to the mountains without looking for info here first. Thank you, Mr. Truman, for your great service to the community.

  455. Well, they say that “all good things must come to an end” 🙁
    It’s just that “WE” – the XC Skiers of the EMPIRE aren’t ready to say farewell to what has felt like home base for so many of us for so long. “” has become every skier’s BFF 😉
    BOB: Thanks for your dedication & the many hours you devoted to your exceptional website – a true labour of love! So grateful to you for sharing it with us for these many years!
    Best wishes to you as you “retire” to the freedom of the many happy trails ahead!
    Cheers to you!

  456. Bob, you deserve our thanks! I recall when we first started to xc ski, how frustrating it was to glean a little information from the websites, and then just how relieved we were to find your humble “home page”. Kudos for what you’ve accomplished here! Grateful that your webpage doesn’t demand to turn us into a product.

  457. Thank you Bob for all the work you did over the years.
    For years you have been our #1 resource to decide where we would ski.
    I also love how positive you were and always stayed away from criticizing anyone or anything.
    Whoever is thinking to take over will have BIG shoes to fill.
    Thank you, thank you and looking forward to meeting on the trails for many more years.
    Sophie & Andrew

  458. Bob… you’ve built a wonderful following thanks to your ongoing passion, engagement, and willingness to tackle/facilitate many challenging issues. You’ve given voice to the average person (comments, reports, etc), enabled and solicited engagement and participation from many, and even though this is a very simplistic blog/forum it is true to it’s cause and maximizes utility. You’ve managed to help keep much of the cr@p off this site (ie: poor comments, trolls, bad advertising, “selling out”, etc…).
    Between you, and the many contributors, you’ve helped so so many of us find anticipation, joy, and share our crazy/gleeful moments on ye ‘ole misery sticks.
    Hopefully you will entertain many out on the trails as we encounter you. Hopefully you have some swag you can find a way to offload (hint: fundraiser for ski-related services).
    Hopefully you will consider some form of “hand-off” and/or continuation in whatever form this site and you would support?

    Thank you for the few times you referenced any of my posts. Thank you for some of the personal notes over the years too. Thank you.

    As you ski off to the end of the tracks… be proud man. Be proud.

    Thank you.

    (dangit… dunno how this became a long drawn-out note)…

  459. Tears are running down my face. What will we do without you Bob??? You leave a lasting legacy and the XC community was very fortunate to have you for as long as we did. Thanks for everything!!! Happy Trails 🙂

  460. Nipika Resort today (saw it was -13 in Invermere cemented the decision) Besides the terror of meeting three massive mining and logging trucks driving FAST on the 14 kms road in, we enjoyed the easier South trails first, temperature -13. Their numbering system had its challenges but trails were groomed and tracked in perfect condition with a couple of cms. fresh snow. We stopped for lunch upstairs in the barn (maybe 6-10 cars in total in parking lot) at 1:30 and temp was -9. Skied some of the North trails, but as we passed the toboggan hill, took a toboggan ride down there. I know how much this is one of Skier Bob’s favorite places, so ironic that I can write a report on it today for him. An incredible resort for families, especially those with dogs. If any skate skiers in particular are looking for a skate skiing paradise, it was a 2 hr drive from Canmore and great to get out of the deep freeze for even a day. $12. fee/cash or Visa.

  461. Bob thanks for all you have done for the cross country ski community with much appreciation from Janice and Charlie Perry .

    One last poem for the Blog for you Bob by Janice

    When looking for a good cross country ski source
    Everybody tunes in to Skier Bob’s Blog of course

    Information on trails, conditions, maps, and stories
    Anecdotes and photos of skiers in all their glory

    Bob’s camera ensures a picture says a thousand words
    As we see scenic trails, happy skiers, mammals and birds

    Let’s not forget all the contests and prizes
    There’s always something wonderful to surprise us

    Informative trip reports bring our ski community together
    Details of trails, waxes, conditions and weather

    Everything you need is in one place
    Hopefully the info won’t disappear without a trace

    If you lost something on the trail don’t sob
    Look for it in the Lost and Found section of Skier Bob

    Looking for information on Loppets to try
    Find this on Skier Bob in a blink of an eye

    Not sure where to ski with your dog
    There’s even a section to help on Bob’s blog

    Need to write a letter to the government to lobby
    Get all the information on the Blog of skier Bobby

    Want to ensure you have great conditions for your favorite sport
    Just click on the section titled Grooming Reports

    Bob you have made so many friends on the trail
    Now its time to just ski and enjoy your fan mail.

  462. BARB aka the snow fairy

    Thank you for your beautiful blogs and excellent reporting. You’ll be missed Bob! Happy Ski Trails.

  463. All of my friends and I say (when deciding anything relating to xc skiing) “but what does it say on SkierBob?”. You will be missed greatly. THANK YOU so much for everything that you have done, and the way you have done it – such grace and positivity – what a great spokesperson for xc skiing.

    Hope to see you on the trails!

  464. Bob, what will we do without you! You’ve become a legend in the xc ski community. Thank you so much for your years of dedication to providing us with so much information about our favourite sport! I certainly hope you never lose your passion for skiing – maybe you can get out even more now! We’ll be looking forward to seeing your trip reports in whatever new blog rises from the ashes! Happy ski trails, Bob!

  465. Looking big for vintage rossignol avalanche ski boot size 41. I have size 40 and now too small

  466. Thanks a lot Bob for the commitment on your website over the years, in being the common thread of the skiing community in the Calgary and Rocky Mountain areas. Whether it was for track-set, flat-pack, knee-deep trail breaking or powder turns, there was always a good snow all-you-can-climb’nglide buffet on the website. It will be a tough task to replicate the same standards and wealth of info we could find before and after any ski adventures. Hopefully, there will be a unique place for all the regular contributors to share their stories and all of us to gain valuable information.

    I enjoyed reading all accounts daily, especially those from Helen, Alf, Chuck, MaSid, MAAD, Mike W. et al. Knowing where all those contributors will post their reports starting this fall, to get accurate info on trail and snow conditions as well as photo galleries, would be great to fuel up on each other outings. Ski safe.

  467. Bob, Empires come and go, but not many, if any, depart at the height of their powers. Skierbob has been an invaluable resource to me over the past many years. Many thanks for your significant contribution to our winter pleasure.

  468. Devasting news – just devasting! We are mourning the loss of this exceptional website.
    We actually get “all the news we need” on the Skierbob report!
    What will we do every evening and early morning without checking out who went where, and what they found?
    We luckily discovered this site about 8 years ago and what a blessing it was. We learned so much and were incredibly inspired by so many of your Trip Reporter’s exploits. What an incredible crew of reporters.
    Great job Bob – you are star and we can’t thank you enough for all your hard work and dedication to the sport. Your website is REALLY going to be missed in our household.
    Enjoy your new schedule and we look forward to seeing you the Skierbob Special in PLPP.
    3 Cheers to you – JR & Karen

  469. You are a LEGEND. Thank you for the years of information, insight and communication. I hope someone can fill the BIG shoes you leave behind so we can continue this awesome community of active peeps sharing knowledge and trail tips.

    Thanks again ROCKSTAR BOB!!

  470. Wow! You’ve been my go-to website to figure out where to go skiing for the last decade!
    I will miss this structure (as opposed to the FB structure), but understand the need to step-back at times.
    Thanks for everything you’ve done for the community.

  471. Bob,
    I can’t imagine a ski season without you and your BLog Bob. 🙁 . But I completely understand your decision. I was just saying to a friend on the weekend it must be so much work for you to maintain this blog as well as you do. I can’t remember how many years ago I started tuning in but it was many.
    Thank you so much for all you’ve done for the x country ski community and for announcing this now instead of end of the season. Other bloggers may take on this challenge but it’ll never be the same or as great as yours.

    Rhonda W

  472. Thank you SkierBob!

    Identifying primarily as a backcountry skier I have nevertheless found your blog to be extremely valuable and entertaining.

    Hopefully someone with a lot of time on their hands will *just get off the couch* and pick up the reins.

  473. Thanks Bob for your great contribution over the years.

    I, and some friends were some of the first groups (from Edmonton and Vancouver) greeting you on Pocatera 15 or so years ago, and followed you on this blog ever since.

    Your notes, friendly banter and pix lightened up the day:-). Now that the Long Loop (cca 30km) from WWL is too much of a challenge for me , I do my skiing in Edmonton and view this blog to reminisce!! Alas, with warmer winters the XC tracks are rather unreliable here. So I went to the dark side, to down-hill skiing at Snow Valley, Edmonton. They groom every night, so ice is not a problem.
    Thanks again, good health and all the best, Emry

  474. Thanks Bob, I refer to your blog often. I appreciate all the effort you have contributed to our community.

  475. Thanks Bob for all the years of providing a great platform for trail information. This has been a big part of our trip planning. While Skierbob blog may ski into the sunset, hope to see you on the trails. Warm hearted thank you.

  476. Thanks for everything that you do for cross country skiing Bob, we are very grateful for the vast amount of information you provided, and for the community you have fostered with your website. It will always be the SkierBob Empire, best wishes!

  477. Thanks for all your hard work over the years, I don’t know how to manage without this site. I hope someone else can take it over, or start a similar one.

  478. CNC 12:00 12:00 -23C Parking lots pretty empty. Slight east wind.
    Lots of new grooming and TS all over the Nordic Centre.
    Wax was Rex Mantaranta and Vauhti Blue. Both extreme cold waxes, tough and fast. ( I had to root around in my wax boxes to find them )

    Due to the prevailing east wind we skied out Banff Tr dropped down onto Bruin Cub and returned Bow Trail. We hoped to miss the wind but did find it cooler on the way back. Just wear more layers.
    We found some sunny patches with no wind which was a treat.

    Manmade snow tracks were like sandpaper due to fine snow drifting into them. We skied the corduroy which was quite fast.
    Natural snow had normal cold weather speed. Tracks were fast especially compared to man made.

  479. Thanks Bob, for all the effort you’ve put into this website over the years. I find that just posting a trip report with photos is a lot of work, let alone what you have to do on a daily basis. Hopefully you’ll have more time now to go skiing! Just post your phone number at the top of your home page so we can all phone you to find out where to ski! <>

    Similar to MAAD’s idea, perhaps a XC ski shop or a ski club would be interested in setting up a similar website. That way, the work could be split between several people.

  480. Thanks for all your hard work! I have treasured this site and the community it has forged. Wishing all the best in your new adventures!

  481. I just wanted to say thanks, Bob! We appreciate everything you’ve done for our local ski community. Enjoy the next chapter, you deserve it.

  482. Skier Bob,

    Thank you for all the years I’ve turned to Skierbob to check trail conditions & reports & enjoy folks’ shares!

    Enjoy retirement from managing the blog & hopefully see you on a trail!

  483. Our small group has found your blog so helpful over the years. So so appreciated! Thank you for your tireless efforts. Wishing you the best.

  484. Absolutely new to cross country. Have never tried and really want to try. I am a single mother and have a very athletic and coordinated 9 yr old and was hoping there was a place I could get a quick lesson or an intro lesson for half of a day ( a couple of hours ) in the Canmore area

    Does such a thing exist ?

  485. It won’t be the same, but you’ve certainly done more than your share for the rest of us over the years. Thanks, Bob!

  486. Skierbob's Groupie

    You are Skierbob, professional, star quality, ski royalty extraordinaire. You started your own blog, Skierbob Banana Republic in 2008 because you found your passion for skiing. It was a great idea as you wanted to provide all the information that you became interested in, in one location.This information took a tremendous amount of time to accumulate as well as providing a one-stop blog to obtain all the answers for others who enjoyed this sport as well, and wanted this same knowledge and could find it all in one place. I am sure it took you a lot of time to contact all of your support people, experts, government contacts, groomers, and of course introduce yourself to each of them to explain your idea and concept of your blog.

    By reading your blog today, I can see why many people read it as they all can see the amount of time and effort you put into it. I can also see it has been a time consuming passion of yours. Not only did you get the support from others, you compiled excessive amounts of material from individual sites to provide complete and necessary information to aficionados like yourself who are looking for similar information also for enthusiastic beginners. You answer so many questions daily on your blog and while some of the questions don’t appear to pertain directly to this sport, you still faithfully supply what information you can. I am amazed at how you find some of the information sometimes to help others. So may enthusiasts want to know: the weather today, tomorrow and the amounts of snowfall, the condition of the snow, and even potential storms, when the trails were last groomed, the condition of the trails, any trail hazards, or hidden curves and training or speed hills. Besides all that people want to know wax treatments for the skis in any weather, parking availability or restrictions. On top of all of this you took the lead in compiling more information and contacting everyone to help push the voluntary purchase of parking passes, to support the continued upkeep of the ski trails. So once everyone reads these facts, you further entice them to go skiing right now by showing all those gorgeous pictures taken by your friends and of course your own. As one person stated on your blog, this is a gold mine!

    This blog isn’t all hard work for you though there is a lot to do. You must get off the ski couch and ski around yourself, talk to numerous people, say hello to all the beautiful dogs (you talk to them all). You talk to as many people as you can, you are friendly and concerned, asking everyone how they are and if they have any issues. It is all about your ambassadorship for skiing and treating everyone as part of your skiing family, Skierbob Banana Republic X-Country Skiing.

    No wonder you are known as a celebrity on the slopes Skierbob! You blog is a one-stop dynamite place where you have provided your own attachments and insight into the contribution from others. This sight is a part of you, the humour, the honesty, it is your heart. It’s a joy for all of us to read and take advantage of your knowledge and facts. Thank you for all of your dedication.

  487. This and Kamloops trails are my two favorite, resourceful and most helpful blogs I’ve ever subscribed to.

    Well done and your work was most appreciated!

    Hopefully someone will carry on all the resources you’ve built up.

  488. I have been reading your blog for many years. Thanks for all you have done! Catch you on the trails 🙂

  489. Nooooooooooooooooooooo!

    Rats. Thanks a lot for all the work you’ve put into this site over the years. Thanks to you and the people you’ve brought into your world, I’ve discovered new places to ski, learned a lot about the sport, and have found a community I’m happy to be part of. I’m convinced that a big reason there are so many people on the trails this year is due to the access to information you’ve been providing.

    Thanks again, and hopefully I’ll finally run into you on the trails one day!

  490. As the novice XC Skier 7 years ago, Bob, your blog was the first source I found which inspirited and informatized my wife and myself searching for joys of freezing winters. Thank you very much for over-years efforts running the blog. Wish you all the best.

  491. Bob you have made a measurable and considerable impact on our xc skiing community. Thank you so much for your dedication and enthusiasm for this wonderful sport. Wishing you a happy “retirement” and now more time for getting out on those trails you love. All the very best!

  492. Thanks for everything you’ve done. I promise to do my part to keep things going in the Facebook group (apparently we have 6000 members!)
    Starting a new blog isn’t in my future but I hope somebody is inspired to do so.

    You’ll be missed. I’ve visited your site nearly daily over the past several years.

  493. It’s clear this website has been a labour of love for you over the years, Bob. We cross country skiers have benefited significantly from your commitment and dedication to providing this forum to share information and encouraging a sense of community for all us. Thank you! and Happy Trails!

  494. Bob, it’s just the start of a new trail for you! Thanks so much, your blog has done so much for cross-country skiing.

  495. Annika Lindh Cully

    I’m sorry to hear this as your site has been a real source of inspiration for me! When I moved to Calgary from my home country of Sweden I found your site pretty fast and it has helped me feel more at home here, it has inspired many trips with my family. Thanks for all the work with keeping it such a current and relevant site. I will miss it!

  496. But I just signed up yesterday!! Sounds like you have been a great asset to this community and will be missed. All the best:)

  497. Hi Bob, all of my university students have their reading break coming up, and I want to get them out to all of the different trail networks that we never get a chance to ski because we are usually so busy with racing. I was hoping you know in general what days of the week some of these places typically do their grooming? My experience often gets me out their with shin deep powder;) Pocaterra, Skogan Pass/Ribbon Creek, Yoho? Thanks, and keep up the great job on the blog.

  498. Hi Bob
    I’m sad to hear that you’re intending to end your website this season. It’s an amazing site. I wish I had known it in 2008. I’ve recommended it to many skiers.
    I understand that it’s a lot of work to keep it up.
    I’m sure you will be out on your skis on the trails you love.
    Take care and keep skiing!

  499. Will miss you Bob! Thanks for an amazing blog – we read it all the time and will continue to look back on all the wealth of information you have provided to the cross-country skiing community! Thanks for keeping the site on.
    Hope you can enjoy your skiing even more now!

  500. Thanks so much for your dedication and hard work, Bob. The terrific information in your blogg has been a great help to our small cross-country ski group. We will miss you!

  501. Your blog will be sorely missed! There’s such a community feel to it- skiers sharing photos, trail updates, photos of wildlife or dogs encountered, etc.
    I hope there is someone out there willing to continue with a blog as many folks prefer an emailed blog to using Facebook, although it’s great to have both.
    Thank you and happy trails.


    Shutting down SkierBob will harsh the XC Ski Nation’s buzz.

    I hope you are going to shift to Making Alberta A Democracy now!

    Thanks for the great service Bob.

    Ski long and prosper.

    (PS Sell your website to a ski shop)

  503. Bob, you have done a fabulous job in conveying a worth of info to hundreds of enthusiastic Skiers. I am blind and your blogs really helped me to choose where I could to and safely ski. Truly, we will miss you. Thanks indeed. I hope someone else takes over to administer your site or starts another one. May God bless you.

  504. AJ and Ellen Flesch

    We’ve really appreciated this site for a wealth of reasons. You have created a community and injected us all with tremendous spirit for the winter season. We will all miss you. Does one have to have a FB account to access the FB site? We do not have a FB account. Please someone think about picking up the mantle. I nominate Helen. But I know there are several others that get out daily.

  505. There is not a day in winter when I don’t read all the updates / trip reports to plan my next outing……the blog will be sorely missed and for sure you would deserve a proper send off at the end of the ski season from all the readers / trip reporters! Would you consider letting a group of aficionados take over the blog and continue your “oeuvre” or are you more inclined to just close the blog?
    In any case many many thanks for the time and energy you dedicated to the ski community and being such a great ambassador to this sport.

  506. I just got back into XC skiing before Christmas and your site as recommended by a long time follower of yours (thanks Rhonda) was instrumental in getting me the information needed to facilitate a fast and informative launch! Thank you so much, Bob!

  507. Thank you for a great website So nice to have access to all the information! A job well done!

  508. In the market for some used classic skis with SNS!
    ~160lbs skier

  509. Thanks Bob, for doing so much for the xc ski community!
    Don’t put that camera away, though.

  510. Wow, this blog will sure be missed! I’ve only started cross country skiing this year but I appreciate all the work you (and others) have put in over the years. Also, meeting you on the trail and having my photo make it onto the blog was a special memory from this year – yes, I sent it to my parents because I think it’s a big deal! I’ve really enjoyed visiting and I’ll be sad to not check this site every morning next winter. Thank you again!!!

  511. Warren Smith, Olds.

    Is there a more useful, comprehensive and appreciated xc ski blog in the Universe than the skierbob universe? I think not. Entertaining and helpful, principled and ethical. Thank you, Bob.

  512. I feel as though a dear friend is about to pass away. The memories will linger on, long after a “new” initiative emerges.
    Happy trails Bob!

  513. Thank you so much for your enormous volunteer contribution to the XC skiing community. Your site contains so much valuable information. You will be missed, I hope to thank you in person soon.

  514. Mary Catherine MacLaren

    Thanks so much Bob! My husband and I have Loved your blog and have viewed it for years as we love x-country skiing and find your blog to be so informative!
    you will be sorely missed!

  515. A heartfelt thank you. Your work on behalf of the skiing community is so greatly appreciated.

  516. Its a very sad day to hear this news Bob, thank you for all you’ve done for our skiing community, I’m personally very appreciative of the tremendous energy you’ve put into Skier Bob, awesome, awesome job

  517. Wow you will be sorely missed! This blog has been such a benefit to all of us who love cross country skiing… hope to meet you on the trail someday and thank you in person.

  518. Thanks for all you have done Bob. I have enjoyed reading your blog for years and I appreciate the huge volunteer commitment you have provided.

  519. Looking for gently used leather Nordic Norm ski boots, mens size 9 – Not big heavy “tele touring” boots of the late eighties/nineties, the lighter-weight ones from the seventies/eighties. Thanks!

  520. Healy Creek was great today! A little slow on my waxless skis, but winter wonderland!

  521. Volunteer parking shift at Ribbon creek this am & the masses missed a beauty! Hardly any traffic & though it was -31 for a small part of the westbound drive on the trans-Canada this morning, by early aft ‘ski time’, the car thermometer registered -15.

    The Village trails had all been freshly trackset and were world class; the ‘setter’ deserves some kind of reward!!! At those temps, a cocktail of Swix Polar & Toko green grip waxes made traction easy-peasy. No breeze in the trees, so downhills on Kovach, etc. were an absolute joy! Go get some!!!

  522. Hello, I am looking for a pair of women’s skate skis, maybe package with boots and poles. Size 170 to 175 cm, boot size 38.
    Please phone or text me at 250 306 5386

  523. Sun feb 7: hummingbird plume/skogan pass (from ribbon).
    Yep, cold start, but bluebird and almost calm, making for manageable conditions and a nice day out. A dusting of snow on the grooming made for good grip and smooth descending, albeit slow cold snow, which kept the wind chill down at least. Enjoyed the odd pleasure of wearing a face mask on descent for non-covid reasons. An insulated codpiece might have been beneficial too. Only saw two other skiers all day and less than a handful of cars in the lot on return. Descended the north side of the pass a bit on an AT track for some wind free sun and views away from the power line. Returned via hay meadow, perhaps my first time on that trail? Some Walker traffic on that section.

  524. Answering Bob’s query about why the Bragg Creek Trails Snow Rabbit is called Erica:

    The ‘Erica‘ decal on the front windscreen recognizes our primary benefactor, Erica Frischkorn, who is a keen XC skier and who loves the fact that she can take her pooches along when she and her husband are out enjoying the trails. The Frischkorn Family Foundation stepped up as the anchor donor for the $172,000 Snow Rabbit. Following along with substantial donations were Pieridae Energy and the Shell Legacy Fund.
    To make up the bulk of the remaining money needed, our trail users responded to an appeal and collectively contributed an amazing $68,000. The final $9,000 came from Bragg Creek Trails’ general funds. From the Board and the leadership team, thank you to all of our awesome supporters. The Snow Rabbit has been a game changer this winter, providing a huge boost to the efficiency of Bragg Creek Trails’ grooming operations.

  525. WBC
    New personal best starting temp…maybe best isn’t the right word.
    -28 is what the Subie thermometer said. Brrr

    But what a beautiful bluebird day.

    Handful of vehicles to start. Not much more after that.

    A light dusting of snow covered the setting from yesterday, making everything a bit slower. I think this what they call working snow…definitely no issue with grip.

    Started on East Crystal, Iron Springs, Elbow, Packers, home on West Crystal.

    Kept a nice pace, trying to keep sweat down to prevent chilling down. Stops were at a minimum, but sunny spots were definitely the place to do it.

    Overall a nice morning of earning super bowl snacks.

  526. Shaganappi Golf Course
    Continuing our golf course forays we checked out Shaganappi for the first time this afternoon in the cold temps (-21C @ 1pm) but brilliant sunshine. Although only skier tracked it was pretty good for the most part on the recent grooming. Did a loop of the upper trail, then the expert track and then a smaller inside loop of the upper trails followed by one scoot around the learning area. No trouble staying warm as the wind was minimal. We will definitely have to come back following some tracksetting. Parking lot perhaps a quarter full.

  527. Selling women’s black salomon skate boots ,, in good shape for 75$ . Would need the pilot bindings on their skis.

  528. Saturday Feb 6 3pm at Maple Ridge Golf Course
    – skier set, will be awesome if the city could trackset. There is excellent snow cover
    – not busy, maybe 15 cars in the lot and I only encountered 7 people on the trails
    – dang cold and I forgot to wear contacts so my glasses kept icing up!

  529. ALSO – A Mat & Nat Purse was left in the washrooms at the Discovery Centre (Information Centre in Peter Lougheed PP in Kananaskis). If this belongs to you please reply in this thread.

  530. Brrr Morning!

    It is -28 at the Peter Lougheed Discovery Centre.
    The roads were cleared but both had hard packed snow on them.
    Kananaskis Cross Country Parking Passes are now being sold at the discovery centre with cash or cheque.

    Stay Warm Everyone!

  531. West Bragg Creek
    As Bob said in his report, snow and grooming conditions were good at West Bragg Creek. I didn’t update my glide wax, so my glide was slower than it should have been. My afternoon of skiing included Hostel Loop and Moose Loop. It was cold, but comfortable enough, with the right clothing. No photos… camera froze up.

  532. Spray River / Goat Creek was excellent today. Superb tracksetting after the recent storm snow and lots of loose and minimally skied snow on the hills made it easy to manage the downhill approaches to the bridges and left me smiling. 🙂

    If you’re going out, be careful with clothing and food; at -20C, a day outside is draining. The wind within 1 km of the Goat Creek parking lot was savage.

  533. Lake Louise, starting from Great Divide: -17 around 10:30 warming to -15. We skier tracked down Upper Tramline. MLR had a couple of passes of packing down with skier tracks, and arrived at Fairview to soft but beautiful new grooming and track-setting. Took shortcut to Lk. Louise and skied on new tracks there to check out ice climbers. Our fingers were frozen just looking at them. A few other walkers climbed all the way up, but our thumbs were too cold to watch them sliding back down that very steep slope. Took Peyto (could see yesterday’s track under 7 cms of fresh snow) back to the car and drive to our very favorite “LAGGAN’s trail” for the last two of their Hazelnut Macaroons and a Latte. NO wind all day until nearing Banff on Trans Canada coming home.

  534. Cold but rewarding,

    We were inspired by MAKE ALBERTA A DEMOCRACY’s post and skied to Sundance Lodge today. We were lucky to encounter two martens up in a tree by the trail, nearing the viewpoint. One of the martens was carrying a squirrel while the other barked at me trying to distract me. Eventually, the marten with the squirrel jumped to another tree and had its lunch. When we arrived at Sundance Lodge, the thermometer showed -16C. We had lunch, then ventured past the lodge for 15 minutes or so on the beautiful trail. It was getting blustery when we got back to the vehicle. We only met one other skier all day, nearing the parking lot. The temperature stayed pretty consistent all day.

    We stayed warm skiing. It’s definitely more of an effort to ski without track setting but it was so pretty with snow all over the trees. The highway was in good shape with one clear lane, and sometimes two.

  535. Peter Lougheed Provincial Park-Elkwood Parking Lot – Wheeler -Amos -Wheeler counterclockwise
    Skier tracked, good snow.

  536. Confederation Golf Course
    3pm -21C and no wind. A surprising number of brave souls. Parking lot close to full. No problem keeping warm enough for an hour on the trails. Did all of the classic trails except orange. All in reasonable shape for the most part.

  537. Selling: Woman’s Salomon X-country Elite S Skate Skiis, 171 cm, G4 Base. – Hardly been used.

    Women’s Salomon Boots, size 7.5, Eur 39.3 cm 24.5

    Fisher poles 145 cm All in excellent shape. In SW Calgary. $200 for entire package.
    Text me at 867-444-0515 if interested

  538. If you’re looking for somewhere to ski without the extreme cold, I suggest Mars. The latest weather (Feb 4) from the Curiosity Rover is sunny with a high of -6C! You don’t have to worry about wind chill because of Mars’ minimal atmosphere. Because Mars has only a third of Earth’s gravity, getting up hills will be a breeze (without the breeze). Great views everywhere! (Unfortunately Mars is a bit too far from Earth to spot MaSid’s East Elk Pass wind wall.)

    I recommend skin skis with a Teflon base. As an extra bonus, a Parking Pass is not required. Safety Tip – Get back before dark; the overnight low is -74C. – Hey Bob, how about adding this link to your Weather menu?

  539. Feb. 6, 2021 0800h
    West Bragg Creek received another 3-5cm of snow overnight. Most trails have been groomed and track set today with the exception of Telephone and Mountain View West. Although cold and slow, ski conditions should be excellent. Dress for the weather, the forecast is for cold temps for the next few days!
    Happy Trails!
    Boomer Groomer

  540. Shaganappi
    A chilly -21 start. Weird…no other cars or skiers seen today 😉

    Lots of new snow, followed the skier set on green loop for a couple spins, then a loop on the expert track.

    First time there. Very enjoyable ski. Glide was pretty good considering the temps.

    Good gear and you will stay warm. Have fun.

  541. The population of the Calgary/Southern Alberta region has tripled since the 1980’s.
    Except for the creation of the Canmore Nordic Centre and the addition of new trails by West Bragg Creek volunteers, the actual amount of XC ski trails in Kananaskis Country has decreased. There has been no comprehensive plan in the past 30 years to address the increased demand for outdoor recreation that results from this regional population increase. Successive governments since Don Getty and Ralph Klein have cut funding for trails. The NDP did create the Castle Parks and invested in trail and infrastructure upgrades in Kananaskis.
    The UCP governments helpful plan is to have Australian companies remove mountain tops and sell the coal for nothing to China… and to turn the rest of the public lands over to OHV users.
    Peter Lougheed would be ashamed of the lack of leadership and vision.