Goat Creek

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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Brutal weather

March 1, 2014
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It was sunny and bright. The snow and trail conditions were excellent. Parking spots were easy to find. Those are the only good things I have to say about skiing in this windy deep freeze.

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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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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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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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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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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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Bridges in Banff post-flooding update

October 23, 2013
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 – The bridge over the Spray River is the last obstacle to having the entire Goat Creek – Spray River trail repaired.  Photo by Chuck O’Callaghan – 

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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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Bigfoot spotted in Banff

March 7, 2013

Now that was fun!! I skied Goat creek and Spray river east yesterday. Excellent snow and fantastic tracks from the Goat creek trailhead to the Goat creek bridge. Just the absolute best.

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Excellent skiing on Goat creek and Spray river

February 19, 2013

As you’ve already read from Helen, conditions on Goat creek were wonderful. Chuck reported the new tracksetting yesterday and I couldn’t

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Goat creek scouting report

February 7, 2013
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This is one of my all-time favourite trails, and I’m reluctant to ski it when conditions are poor. When it’s good, it’s fantastic, but when conditions

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Bill Milne trail in Kananaskis

January 25, 2013
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Tessa the springer spaniel, my friend Ruth and I headed to Kananaskis to check out the freshly groomed Bill Milne trail today. It was snowing lightly, and the

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Goat creek and Spray river

January 12, 2013
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Greg beat me to it, but I will share some details and photos of my wonderful ski trip on Goat creek and Spray river west, one-way from Canmore to Banff.

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How long can this last?

January 1, 2013
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The conditions we’ve had on Goat creek and Spray river are something to smile about As Jan said in her Trip Report today, it was a spectacular holiday season for x-c skiing.

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We’re zoned in

December 27, 2012
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 – Exceptionally good conditions on Spray river and Goat creek – Can you ski anywhere in the mountains right now where conditions aren’t great? Every day I go to a different trail and they’re all terrific.

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Goat creek and Spray river (west and east)

December 14, 2012
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Skiing on Goat creek was surprisingly good, considering how beat up the trail is. This photo shows conditions about 2k from the trailhead. The tracksetting is now nine days old, but the skiing is still fun

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Canmore Nordic Centre

November 26, 2012
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Update Nov 28, 2012: Check this link to see the morning’s grooming report. The Pisten-Bully has a GPS that sends real-time reports.

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