Spray River

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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Goat Creek to Banff showing some improvement

January 2, 2017
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I had it pretty easy compared to Chuck(not THE Chuck) who had skied from Banff to Goat Creek trailhead and was turning

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Goat Creek/Spray River to Banff

December 28, 2016
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–Spray River West at 11K.- I encountered Doreen and Laura about five minutes into today’s ski down Goat Creek/Spray River. They weren’t getting any grip so had stopped to wax their skis.

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Goat Creek – no more ridge!

December 26, 2016
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-Goat Creek at 4.2K. With a dedicated lane, the multi-users are staying out of the ski tracks.- I’ll admit it was a rockfest but I’d do it again. There are at least 70 fewer rocks on the first 7K than when I started out this

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Goat Creek and Spray River West are trackset

December 25, 2016

The Banff tracksetter has given skiers a great Christmas present. Tracksetter Don obviously spent his Christmas working in -24 weather on an open snowmobile to groom and trackset Goat Creek and Spray River West.

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Goat Creek and Spray River recon

February 16, 2016
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-Goat Creek with some fresh snow which has been well packed- I’m sure some of you were wondering why I was skiing Goat Creek so often

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Still enjoying Goat creek

January 18, 2016
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Lovely weather and 3 cm of fresh snow made for a nice 19K trip along Goat creek and Spray river west yesterday(Sunday), with the usual “conditions.”

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Spray river loop and connector

January 11, 2016
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-The bridge at 5.5K which connects Spray river east and west- Yesterday, the Banff trail report indicated that Spray river east and west had been groomed and trackset,

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The magic number on Goat creek is 3.8

January 8, 2016
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I’ve come to expect a lot of multi-users on the initial section of Goat creek. Today, all the snowshoers turned around at 3.8K, at which time a nice set of tracks

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“Got any duct tape?”

December 30, 2015
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This is the second time I’ve heard that desperate plea from a stranded skier, and luckily I had duct tape with me again today.

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The Goat creek social club

December 27, 2015
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Between talking with numerous people on Goat creek/Spray river I managed to fit in 20.4K of skiing.

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Goat creek and Spray river

December 24, 2015
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I went five days without skiing this trail! Goat creek and Spray river west were simply spectacular today. The 2-3 cm of cold snow we received in the past 24 hours has improved conditions.

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Goat creek; Just in time for lunch

December 18, 2015
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The challenge today was to get to Banff in time to have the lunch special at the Silver Dragon. I was dropped off at the Goat creek trailhead above Canmore at 12 noon

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Goat creek 1 of 2

December 14, 2015
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Another two-post. This update will be about my ski on Goat creek which was lovely except for a couple of serious problems for which I am going

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Goat creek and Spray River on bike

September 25, 2015
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I’ve biked Goat creek/Spray river at least a half-dozen times this summer, but only posted one update which was back on May 24.

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Shirtsleeve skiing in January

January 25, 2015
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-It’s odd to see skiers in shirtsleeves in January- Thanks for all the trip reports today. Good to see there is still some skiing to be enjoyed in this freaky weather.

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Goat creek and Spray river east

January 10, 2015
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-Happy skiers at the Goat creek bridge- I don’t know about you, but I had a difficult time deciding where to ski today because of so many excellent choices.

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Goat creek and Spray river

December 2, 2014
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Goat creek was trackset yesterday and was in excellent condition. I can’t blame the woman from Calgary who didn’t want her photo on here because she was playing hookey

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An excellent beginner’s trail

December 1, 2014
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Groomer’s Report from Parks Canada tracksetter Jeff at Lake Louise: Hi Bob, Great Divide trackset to O’Hara and back. Skate lane as well. The Dog Sled operation started today on the 1A. Jeff

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Spray River, backcountry style

November 29, 2014
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-Spray river east side. Photo by Chuck O’Callaghan.- Before I get started, let’s look at some grooming/snowfall updates:

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