There are a number of attractive options if you want to ski in or near the city right now:
The Calgary Ski Club’s website has this to say about Shaganappi Golf Course(posted Dec 18):
“Shaganappi is OPEN – Best snow & trail conditions seen since 2000 – Hooray!- There is some drifting snow but trails have been packed wide & double trackset where possible”
There are 6K of classic tracks and 7K groomed for skating. For more details, go to Calgary Ski Club Shaganappi report
Just talked to Peter who was at Hawkridge today. He said it was in pretty good condition except for a few places where the wind-blown snow had covered the tracks.
If you are not familiar with Hawkridge, it’s on the southwest outskirts of Calgary. Take 22x to 69 St SW and go south approx 2 K. There are a variety of trails for beginnners to intermediate skiers. See their website Hawkridge. I believe there is a $5.00 fee to ski there. There’s a warm daylodge with tables, chairs, bathrooms, and showers. They do a terrific job of “farming” the snow. See photos on their website for more details.
Bruce Johnson from Foothills Nordic Ski Club sends this report on Confederation Park Golf Course:
“Confederation Golf course has been groomed for classic only. Over all it is in good condition with a few bare spots. I myself would use my good skis on it. Myself and the other groomer will only be grooming Confed for classic.”
Cheryl and I skied at Canmore Nordic Centre yesterday. The natural snow trails are still a bit rough with some natural hazards such as dirt/grass/rock. I wouldn’t recommend using your best skis unless you stick to the man-made snow where the trails are excellent. We lasted about 90 minutes in the frigid temperatures.
If anyone else braved the cold weather to ski this weekend, let us know how the conditions were. Click on “Comments” below.