Spray River

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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Grooves in the snow desired by skiers

January 4, 2014
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This trail was trackset yesterday, but with 6-8 cm of new snow overnight, the tracksetter was back at it again today.

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Spray River is packed

December 13, 2013
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- Spray river between 6 – 10K – Chuck gave a detailed Trip Report but this news is worthy of featuring on the home page. Thanks to Chuck for checking this out: BANFF’S BEST KEPT SECRET… UNTIL NOW!

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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 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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Three cute chicks on Spray river

December 4, 2012
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When I encountered Laurie, Sue and Sue, they had already skied 14.3k from the Goat creek trailhead, and were having lunch at the junction where Spray river west

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Sensational skiing on Goat creek

November 24, 2012
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I haven’t seen early-season conditions like this on Goat creek for years. That must be why everyone I met today was smiling, happy, and friendly. Before you grab your skis and dash for the trailhead, make sure you read all of this post.

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Bear on Goat Creek/Spray River

August 16, 2012
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The Goat Creek and Spray River trails from Canmore to Banff are among my favourites for skiing and biking. Seeing a bear while biking along this beautiful trail

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Goat creek will be a bit muddy

June 22, 2012
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Muddy or bloody, you choose I never get tired of doing this trail, whether it be biking or skiing.

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