Snow update

February 4, 2017

  Sat Feb 4 @7:45 a.m: I’ve received 3 cm of snow overnight in Canmore. The temperature is -18°C. Elk Pass, Blueberry Hill, and Hydroline were trackset last night, but will have varying amounts of fresh snow on top of the grooming.

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Snowing at Mt Shark

February 3, 2017
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Mt Shark is normally a location where you can get spectacular photos, but not today. The light was so dull it was impossible to get a vivid photo. On the other hand, the skiing was excellent.

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A skier’s rant

February 2, 2017

Hi Bob. I’ve scratched this out over coffee this morning for you to guest-post somewhere on your blog; to generate discussion hopefully.  Thanks. I’m going to opine about something here that not everyone may agree with, though I believe this is an appropriate forum and a topic that I hope to generate feedback from. And […]

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Goat Creek, Spray River to Banff: 17/19

February 1, 2017
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  I’ve got to give the wolves credit, they seem to have better trail etiquette than some people. In the photo above, I believe there were three wolves

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Don’t ski here

January 31, 2017
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After nine years of coming up with titles for blog updates, I was surprised that I’ve never used this one. Healy Creek and Brewster Creek are in bad shape.

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Snow update

January 30, 2017

Needles be gone! Just received a call from a skier who has a cabin in PLPP and it is snowing there. So far about 3 cm and temp is -5°C. I also received about 3 cm overnight in Canmore.

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The Lynx photos

January 29, 2017

(All the photos can be made much larger by clicking on them.) You know you’ve stumbled upon something pretty special when people ask if it’s for real.

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Found it!

January 28, 2017
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-Kelli and her crew from Edmonton on Tyrwhitt- I was tempted by all the great reports to head west to Emerald Lake, where I haven’t been this winter, but

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Goat Creek surprise

January 27, 2017
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I’m sure that Aldona and her group from Regina aren’t the only ones wondering what the conditions are like on Goat Creek, so I made a

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Beautiful Pipestone

January 26, 2017
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Skiers have been submitting glowing trip reports about the Pipestone trails over the past two days. I’ll add one more.

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Confed: “Approved and Underway”

January 25, 2017

I received this email and news release from Foothills Nordic Ski Club: “Foothills Nordic Ski Club volunteers have been busy securing a new operating agreement with the City for proposed cross-country ski

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Forest of Sound by Mary Perrott

January 24, 2017

This is how Mary’s trip report should appear: Mary has a way of making words come alive, and I can paint a vivid picture in my mind. Beautiful! Thanks to everyone for the updates. I’m still down with this horrible flu/cold/cough. I don’t think I’ve

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Banff would like our input

January 24, 2017

I check the Banff Trail Report for grooming updates, but after that, I pretty much ignore the portion of the report where it gives the conditions. It can be very misleading as this email from blog reader Greg Burt illustrates:

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Lake Louise to Banff Loppet

January 22, 2017
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-Charlotte at Morant’s Curve. Can you see the train coming?- Results have been posted Update Jan 25 @ 7 pm: I just added more photos to the gallery. All 200 photos are now displayed. 

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Silver City to Johnston Canyon

January 21, 2017
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-The Silver City hand-off is where the road intersects the ski trail.- I didn’t want to pass up this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to use the historic location of Silver

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A unique opportunity

January 20, 2017
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-Skiers on Morant’s Curve in the LL to Banff loppet- Once per year, in preparation for the Lake Louise to Banff loppet, a trail is groomed through Banff National Park. This year

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The best options for skiing

January 19, 2017

Lots of grooming occurred yesterday/last night on the south trails in PLPP including the single-track trails. The trail report indicates a couple cm of new snow fell on the north end trails which might make them skiable but with some icy sections

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Good conditions in Yoho

January 18, 2017

Update from Kicking Horse Ski Club: Joe says–The Tally Ho trail from Field to Nat. Bridge is the best it will ever get– right now! Go ski it. He also refreshed trails at Emerald today–I had a few minutes to ski to the back on the Tree Hugger and it was like butter! What beautiful […]

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Not this again

January 17, 2017
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  We had a nice little run of cold snow, pleasant weather and good trail conditions. It’s over for now. This warm weather(and rain in Canmore) is going to be brutal for the ski trails.

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Goat Creek: Fast, fun, safe, and in time for lunch

January 16, 2017
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-Everyone can smile and be happy on Goat Creek with the new configuration. Lots of room for snowshoers, and good tracks for skiers.-

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