Banff

Goat creek/Spray river bridge update

July 24, 2014
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- Chuck is fording the Spray river with the almost-repaired bridge in the background – There is one last obstacle to having the entire

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Update on Banff trails

March 15, 2014

Get prepared for a big dump of snow in Banff tonight and Sunday. In the mean time, Leona and Carl have sent this update: Hello Skier Bob; We have been visiting Banff this week and have used your website to figure out where to ski. I wasn’t sure how to add a trip report, so […]

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Beware if you’re skiing Goat creek to Banff

February 19, 2014
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The newly trackset Spray river may be tempting you to ski Goat creek and Spray river from Canmore to Banff. You’ll be walking on thin ice.

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Fresh snow

February 12, 2014

I didn’t do any skiing for the past two days, but I did have a look at the Spray River trail in Banff today. It appears to have received about 3 cm of new snow. The tracks were skied-in and conditions looked good. The snow temperature was probably around -1 or -2. The above Iphone […]

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Goat creek to Banff

January 27, 2014
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There’s only one little problem… Overall, the conditions were pretty good. Good tracks on all the trackset portions, and a reasonably good skier-set track on

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An excellent ski with a few “conditions”

January 21, 2014
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We climbed the hill from the Redearth creek parking lot on nice cold snow. My VR45 was gripping well and I didn’t even have to herringbone.

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Great skiing conditions everywhere

January 8, 2014
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 - The Emerald connector was in great shape – As enjoyable as it is to stay at Emerald Lake Lodge, it’s probably a good

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Everyone on Redearth creek reads this blog

December 22, 2013
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 - John and Susan were enjoying the great conditions on Redearth creek – I met five groups of skiers on Redearth creek today and every one of them was a reader of this blog.

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Goat creek

December 21, 2013
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Welcome to the shortest day of the year. I made sure I started early today and was on the trail by 2 pm! The conditions on Goat creek are very good. It was rare to see any pine needles

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Redearth creek

December 11, 2013
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Nothing could be as exciting as crossing the ice on the Cascade river as Chuck did today(see trip reports), but coming back down Redearth creek might be a close second. Conditions are

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Splendid conditions on Goat creek

December 9, 2013
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The snow was a lot faster today than on Saturday, and I made it to the Goat creek bridge in 28 minutes, a distance of 7K but mostly downhill. Net elevation loss is 180 metres.

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Goat creek was awesome

December 7, 2013
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Until today, we’ve never had tracksetting on the first 900 metres of the Goat creek trail. The initial section of the trail is in Kananaskis country, the remaining portion

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Sundance and Healy creek

November 22, 2013
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Sundance canyon offers unparallelled scenery but the trail can have quite variable conditions. After skiing 2.4K you’ll come to the Healy creek

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End of the trail

November 21, 2013
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 - At the end of Terrace trail, skiers stare in anguish at the insurmountable barrier of Ribbon creek -  Hmmm…it could be an appropriate title for the last post

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More trails being trackset daily

November 20, 2013
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Update Nov 21: Canmore Nordic Centre The popular natural-snow trails, Bow, Meadowview, and Banff(beyond Mine Meadow) have been

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Banff National Park’s reply

November 20, 2013

“Thanks for catching this Bob – the Goat Creek information is indeed a bit confusing. We have updated the page that will hopefully clarify some of what you mention. At this point tracksetting is scheduled for the Spray East and West

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What trails will be open in Banff?

November 19, 2013

Update Nov 20: Banff Trail Report indicates that Sundance Canyon and Healy Creek have been trackset. Access only from the Cave and Basin. ****** Just found this from Banff National Park. It’s very confusing.

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Moraine Lake and Flint’s Park

March 26, 2013
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If you haven’t checked the photos on Chuck’s trip reports, you’re missing some spectacular sights. MORAINE LAKE Perfectly groomed to the viewpoint and

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Cascade Valley

March 18, 2013
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It was -4°C at Lake Minnewanka at 2:30 pm with about 6 – 8 cm of new snow on the Cascade Valley trail. There were decent skier-set tracks and VR45(-2/-8) was giving excellent grip.

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Spring skiing

March 9, 2013
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To repeat something I’ve already heard today on the trip reports, “Fabulous! Awesome!”  Goat creek received more snow and was trackset again

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