Kicking Horse Ski Club 30-Year Celebration

January 3, 2017

The Kicking Horse Ski Club does us all a huge service by grooming and tracksetting the ski trails in Yoho and Emerald Lake. They will be holding their 30-year anniversary party on Feb 16

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Hi-lites

January 3, 2017

It is -28°C in Canmore this morning. With year-end and lots of other housekeeping tasks, it’s a good day to stay inside and get some of the tedious chores done. Here are a few things that you should know about…

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Goat Creek to Banff showing some improvement

January 2, 2017
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I had it pretty easy compared to Chuck(not THE Chuck) who had skied from Banff to Goat Creek trailhead and was turning

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Prepare for cold weather

January 2, 2017

At least for this bout of cold temperatures we have snow! You might want to refer back to this Cold Weather Gear posting with 22 comments from readers for suggestions on preparing to ski in cold weather. At 8:15 a.m. It’s -23°C at SkiHere in

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First trip reports of 2017

January 1, 2017

“We then broke trail through perhaps 15cm of fluffy fresh powder on Mountain View, until snowmobiles appeared coming towards us. They stopped, and cheerfully explained that there was too much snow for one machine to handle” -Diana

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Update from Kananaskis Village trails

January 1, 2017

Tracksetter Jeff sent this photo and note: “10 cm at the Village. Still dirt showing through in places but getting better.” You can watch Jeff’s progress in real time on the Ribbon Creek Live Grooming Report. 

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Happy New Year!

December 31, 2016

Update Jan 1, 2017 @ 8:15 a.m: I’ve received 4-5 cm of snow in Canmore, and another 5 cm is forecast for today. This is great news for the natural snow trails at the nordic centre. I sure hope Ribbon Creek and West Bragg are getting this, too.  I remembered to add a Trip Reports […]

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18K of Cross-country ski heaven

December 30, 2016

Fantastic and beautiful. I’m thrilled to say this day has finally arrived! I skied the Tyrwhitt loop for the first time this season on wonderful conditions, but wait! It will be even better tomorrow as Jody was grooming the 20 cm of fresh snow on Elk Pass.

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Unusual sighting on Tyrwhitt

December 30, 2016

I was already grinning ear-to-ear as I started through the Tyrwhitt meadows, but this sighting made it even bigger. I took 154 photos today, so you know it was a fantastic day and it will take me a while to go through them.  Update coming later.  

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PLPP Grooming Update

December 30, 2016

Update Dec 30 @9:35 a.m: The Live Grooming Report has been fixed and now shows the trails which were groomed/trackset last night. Update from Tracksetter Jody on Friday, Dec 30 @ 2:04 a.m:

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Snowing at Redearth Creek

December 29, 2016
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-Redearth Creek at 8K has 10-12 cm of new snow- It was a good omen meeting Andrea on the trail because the snow started falling exactly the moment I took her picture. Environment Canada is predicting 5 cm

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More grooming completed in PLPP

December 29, 2016

The PLPP Live Grooming Report indicates the north end trails have been snowmobile packed and groomed including Pocaterra from the hut. The snow depth is obviously too shallow to use the big snowcat. Take note these trails are groomed

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Goat Creek/Spray River to Banff

December 28, 2016
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–Spray River West at 11K.- I encountered Doreen and Laura about five minutes into today’s ski down Goat Creek/Spray River. They weren’t getting any grip so had stopped to wax their skis.

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Overwhelmed with choices

December 28, 2016

Wed Dec 28 @ 9:45 a.m: This is a totally new experience this winter, having so many options for skiing! In addition to everything we’ve had available already, more new trails have been groomed and/or trackset including:

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Bill Milne from Wedge Pond

December 27, 2016
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Thanks for all the trip reports today. Nice to see the cougar and wolf tracks in Chuck’s photos. Chuck did an epic 36K yesterday and 29K today.

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Goat Creek – no more ridge!

December 26, 2016
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-Goat Creek at 4.2K. With a dedicated lane, the multi-users are staying out of the ski tracks.- I’ll admit it was a rockfest but I’d do it again. There are at least 70 fewer rocks on the first 7K than when I started out this

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Boxing day options for skiing

December 26, 2016

Ate too much yesterday? Need some vigorous exercise? With the recent snow, many new trails have been groomed and/or trackset, so skip the malls and go skiing! I know that skiers with children especially enjoy places like Pocaterra because of the hut. Lower Pocaterra(first 4K)

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Christmas on Cascade Valley

December 25, 2016
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About 5-6 cm of new snow already covered yesterday’s tracksetting on Cascade Valley. The tracks were well skied-in by the time I got there, but skaters would have had a good workout.

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Goat Creek and Spray River West are trackset

December 25, 2016

The Banff tracksetter has given skiers a great Christmas present. Tracksetter Don obviously spent his Christmas working in -24 weather on an open snowmobile to groom and trackset Goat Creek and Spray River West.

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Christmas Gifts

December 25, 2016
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-Access to Cascade Valley and Upper Bankhead via the Lake Minnewanka road (file photo)- We have a few more choices for skiing today, thanks to the recent snow and hard work of the groomers and tracksetters.

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