Satisfaction survey

March 22, 2017

Foothills Nordic Ski Club would like your feedback: Click here to complete the Satisfaction Survey Less than a year ago, Nordic ski clubs in Calgary learned that WinSport would no longer be supporting cross country skiing at Canada Olympic Park. With the generous support of Calgarians and a vibrant cross country skiing community that stepped […]

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Emerald Lake avalanche update

March 21, 2017

This photo which I took on March 9 shows the avalanche path but not the recent avalanche. This update is from the Kicking Horse Ski Club: The slide path got dropped on Sunday! We have up to 30’ of snow & debris blocking the summer walking trail. It did reach out onto the lake ice […]

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A good (birth)day at Lake Louise

March 20, 2017
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I skied for an hour on the Pipestone trails with Tessa this afternoon. Waxable skis were still working but sun-exposed areas were getting wet. I expect there will be some icy sections in the morning.

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Yet another Lynx sighting

March 20, 2017

Thanks to Alf Skrastins for this photo of a lynx in the Sawmill area of Kananaskis Country. You can see the lynx tracks and more photos of Alf’s ski trip High Rockies Trail Sawmill-Blackshale Welcome to spring! In Calgary, it arrived today at 4:29 a.m.

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Lots of “blog people” sightings today in PLPP

March 19, 2017
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-Charlie and Janice on Upper Pocaterra(near Whiskey Jack junction)- Mike, Sheila and Ross, Janice and Charlie, Ian, Heather and Bob. Nice running into everyone

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Avalanche on Redearth Creek

March 17, 2017

No sooner were Hugh and Pete commenting about avalanche danger on Lake O’Hara fire road, and I received a photo and a report re Redearth Creek. It’s very unusual to experience an avalanche on a groomed xc ski trail, but Redearth Creek is one trail where they do occur,

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SkiNationals at Canmore Nordic Centre

March 16, 2017
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-Alec MacLean and Jessica Roach from Hardwood Hills ski club in Ontario were getting in some practice at Canmore Nordic Centre today-

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Snowing in Canmore, poor driving conditions

March 16, 2017

Update 9:55 a.m: The snow has stopped and the sun is shining in Canmore. The webcams show snow-covered roads. The trails at Canmore Nordic Centre are being groomed. Thursday Mar 16 @8:20 a.m: I woke up to a huge dump of snow

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Canmore Nordic Centre

March 14, 2017
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Update: The CNC’s trail report has the following information re: closures for the Ski Nationals March 18 – 25: Closures will include Olympic, Centennial, King of Sweden, Osprey and parts of Meadowview and Coyote. 

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Snow and rain on the way

March 14, 2017

Snowfall warning in effect for: Banff Banff Nat. Park near Lake Louise Banff Nat. Park near Saskatchewan River Crossing Snowfall, with total amounts of 10 to 20 cm is expected. Heavy snow will begin overnight tonight in mountain passes and along Highway 93 near Lake Louise. 

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“Edelweiss” conditions on Goat Creek & Spray River

March 12, 2017
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I’ve never seen Goat Creek and Spray River West so clean, bright, and sparkling white! It was smooth, silky, immaculate and flawless with no debris or thin spots.

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Dog-friendly trail reports

March 12, 2017

Hi Bob, Here’s a couple of photos of me and Mom.  I’m a one-year-old Husky X from a reserve in Northern Saskatchewan, via the Cochrane Humane Society, and I’m so happy my new humans adopted me.  I’m a real sweety (but then I’m biased!) and I’m gonna be a real snow dog! This is Kazzy’s […]

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Saturday night update

March 11, 2017
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-Skogan Pass below High Level junction. Photo by Ray Perrott- I didn’t ski today, so I’m posting some photos from Ray and Mary Perrott’s trip to Skogan Pass.

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Friday night update

March 10, 2017

What a difference a day makes. All of yesterday’s beautiful tracksetting at Emerald Lake is now covered with 10 cm of fresh snow.  We left around 11 a.m. and it had almost stopped snowing. Emerald Lake is truly a magical place for xc skiers

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Emerald Lake: Picture perfect

March 9, 2017
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The skiing today, surrounded by some of the Rockies most impressive peaks, with spectacular blue skies, was beyond expectations. The 2 cm of new snow which was predicted was only a skiff

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Perfect timing for Emerald Lake

March 8, 2017
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The Emerald Lake trails were being packed late this afternoon while I was skiing on them. Tracksetter Hans finished packing Tree Hugger, Horse trail, Alluvial Fan, and the trail across the lake.

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Heaven for XC skiers

March 7, 2017
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Fallsalot mentioned playing hooky and “skiing orgy.” Tomorrow would be a perfect day to do it. I wish I had thought of “skiing orgy” because that would have described this wonderful day.

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A shout-out to parents who encourage their kids

March 7, 2017
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-Caitlin Irwin with her gold medal from the Lake Louise Loppet which was on Sunday- Pete Irwin is one of our regulars who posts trip reports(under “Pete”). He is also

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This was a ten!

March 6, 2017
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My tenth trip down Goat Creek was definitely the most beautiful, if slow. It was like skiing in a picture postcard. Trees laden with snow, occasionally producing clouds of mist

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The aftermath

March 6, 2017

Monday @ 8:00 a.m: I’ve received more snow overnight in Canmore, about 3 cm, and the grand total since this started on Friday is 19 cm. Now the sun is shining and the temperature is -15°C. The weather forecast shows a solid 7 days

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