Brass monkey boxing day

December 26, 2017
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How many of you know the origin of this phrase? I thought it meant something completely different:

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Santa delivers wonderful conditions on Redearth Creek

December 25, 2017
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I had reached my turnaround point. The return trip is mostly downhill and fast, so I was changing jackets, adding a toque, buff, and mitts, when Santa came skiing

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Merry Christmas update

December 25, 2017

I’ve added all the photos in the Emerald Lake Lodge contest. Hopefully I didn’t miss any, but if you don’t see yours, send me an email and I’ll backtrack and find it. For those who sent two or more photos, I enjoyed seeing them, but I had to

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The best Christmas present…

December 24, 2017
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… is new tracksetting on Pocaterra! Excellent conditions on last night’s tracksetting between Lynx and Packers, good conditions between the hut and Lynx.

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Pocaterra is trackset

December 24, 2017

It appears the snowcat mechanical problems have been repaired and a lot of grooming and tracksetting occurred last night in the north end of Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.  Canmore Nordic Centre: Here’s what I can see from the

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An inspiring message

December 23, 2017

I’ve added six more photos to the Emerald Lake Lodge contest page. Kristen sent the above photo for the contest. She also sent me this message and has given me permission to post it: “Here’s a photo of my late husband towing our son on a sled on the Bow River trail in Lake Louise. […]

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Saturday news

December 23, 2017

Amazing news, brought to our attention by Helen, that Lake O’Hara fire road has been trackset, a month earlier than usual.  Peter Lougheed Provincial Park:

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Friday night update

December 22, 2017
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Just a reminder, check the Trip Reports for first-hand accounts from skiers who were out on the trails today. Great news from Hugh regarding the Canmore Nordic

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Friday morning update

December 22, 2017

The above photo is Christine’s entry in the Emerald Lake Lodge contest. The deadline for entries is approaching quickly, so get your entry in. I enjoy looking at all the interesting photos and reading the comments.

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The SkierBob Special

December 21, 2017
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I always referred to this, my all-time favourite, as the Tyrwhitt Loop but Helen renamed it the “SkierBob Special” a few years ago. I see from Helen’s report

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West Bragg Creek update

December 20, 2017

Update Dec 21: Lots of new grooming overnight in PLPP(Tyrwhitt is now trackset) and the Canmore Nordic Centre. Check the Live Grooming Reports for details.

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Cascade Valley is trackset

December 20, 2017
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-Cascade Valley was trackset today. Photo by Chuck.- Thanks to Chuck for this welcome news. Cascade Valley in Banff National Park is double trackset to the Cascade

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How much snow?

December 20, 2017

I’m still in Calgary, and this morning at 9 a.m. there’s an accumulation of 10 – 12 cm. How much did you get? The first grooming of the season occurred at Mount Shark yesterday:

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Advice for Shawn’s road trip?

December 19, 2017

Dear Bob, Cool website!  I was wondering if you might be able to help me? I am trying to put together a North American Nordic “Cross Country Ski” road trip leaving sometime

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Snow on the way

December 18, 2017

I was happy to see Adam’s trip report indicating 7 cm of new snow already in the north end of PLPP, and Gord F’s 15 cm at Boulton Creek.  I’m in Calgary for a few days so I won’t be able to report any snowfall amounts from my deck in

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Help wanted

December 17, 2017

Here’s a live link to the email address: tracksetting@calgaryskiclub.org As a former member of the Calgary Ski Club, I remember when this project was only a fantasy with little chance of coming to fruition, and many obstacles

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Yoho Valley road

December 16, 2017
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This trail was not groomed last winter, so it was nice to get back early this season and get reacquainted. Tracksetting occurred yesterday, and the tracks were firm

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Friday night update

December 15, 2017
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-Sandra and Keith on Fairview- Jessica had just finished skiing to the end of Moraine Lake road and back when I met her at the MLR trailhead as I was starting out

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It’s been a while…

December 15, 2017

Finally we are seeing some snow in the forecast. Small amounts are predicted for today, but the “long ranger” shows much more for next week. The Ventusky interactive map predicts 32 cm in Yoho by Wednesday.  It’s not just Yoho

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Canmore Nordic Centre

December 14, 2017

Banff trail is now trackset for 1.1K at the Canmore Nordic Centre. I skied late this afternoon after the IPC World Cup races were over.  The race course had some interesting grooming configurations including one track

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