Banff

Cascade Valley

April 8, 2018
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Yesterday I said I was finished skiing for the season, but I really mean it this time. I’ve never seen Banff tracksetting in April, so I wanted to verify it with my own eyes.

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The amazing 80K bison trip

March 17, 2018
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-Now complete with Radio Collars, the bison are awaiting release this summer. Photo by Chuck- Chuck has made some epic ski trips but this one surpasses all in distance, tough conditions, and the ultimate

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My lucky day

March 4, 2018
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I was surmising that Goat Creek might have new tracksetting today and I was correct. 10 cm of new snow has completely refreshed the hard-packed conditions of last

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Goat Creek and Spray River West

February 28, 2018
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That missile speeding down Goat Creek today was me. If you want to go breakneck fast, Goat Creek is your trail.

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Cascade Valley

February 24, 2018
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Judging from all the skiers on the Cascade Valley trail, I think people took the advice and left PLPP to the racers.  Many of our popular ski trails start

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Goat Creek Olympics

February 18, 2018
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I have some photos of Goat Creek to go along with Nikolai’s trip report. He probably was long gone by the time I arrived at 1:40 pm. Thanks for breaking trail in the fresh snow!

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Goat Creek at its best!

February 15, 2018
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It’s rare to experience such exceptionally good conditions on Goat Creek. New tracksetting, cold, clean snow, bluebird skies and nobody walking in the tracks. A day of skiing to be savoured!

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Castle to Baker: Dazzling!

February 10, 2018
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You need to ski this trail when there’s no wind, the the sun is shining and the snow is pristine. It’s a bonus if it’s been recently trackset. The scenery is spectacular.

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Spray River Loop and beyond

February 9, 2018
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I remember too many ski seasons where we didn’t have very good conditions on Spray River East and West so I’m getting my fill this winter.

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Spray River Loop was interesting

January 31, 2018
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Today’s skiing was a lot of fun. Baby Pippa in the chariot would normally have been the feature photo but I also had the good fortune to encounter

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A fairy trail

January 29, 2018
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(I’m confident that some of our eloquent and articulate trip reporters could take these photos and make a nice bedtime story.) It’s tempting to poke the gnomes and

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Goat Creek and Spray River West

January 27, 2018
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The air temperature at the Goat Creek trailhead was -12°C at 1:15 pm and a light, gentle snowfall was beginning.  There was not a breath of wind and it seemed a lot

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The winning streak continues

January 23, 2018
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You’ve heard all about the great conditions on Redearth Creek from DonC and NancyR with words like “fabulous” and “stellar” which might even be understating

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Brewster Creek was trackset today

January 19, 2018
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When I started up Brewster Creek I had a snowmobile packed trail with the usual ridges and ruts. It didn’t bother me, however, because I was wearing my

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Soul-mending rhythm of XC skiing

January 14, 2018
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Too bad my friend Chip, who coined the above phrase, went to Mexico for the month of January. He is not only having to endure hot weather, but he’s missing

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Goat Creek and Spray River

January 13, 2018
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I don’t know about you, but I eagerly anticipate reading all the trip reports every day. Chuck did the epic ski to the elk trap today. Not sure how many Ks he did

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Goat Creek and Spray River

January 9, 2018
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The weather forecast was correct: “Snow beginning in the afternoon.” To be precise it started at 12:15 pm as I reached the Spray bridge at 9K.

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West Bragg Creek

January 3, 2018
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Wonderful trip reports coming in from all over today, thanks! West Bragg Creek is a showcase for how to develop a multi-use recreation area and it was great to see

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Goat Creek(packed) and Spray River(trackset)

December 30, 2017
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Update Dec 30 @ 8:30 pm: I’ve learned from Chuck that Spray River West from Banff to the Spray bridge at 9.9K has been trackset.

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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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