If you’re a beginner or novice skier, chances are you’ve never heard of it. It’s easier than Ribbon Creek, it’s an hour closer to Calgary than those fabulous, easy trails at Lake Louise, and today, it was groomed and trackset for the first time this winter. Not only that, but they’re shooting a movie about 1 kilometre away(okay, that’s actually a disadvantage). The movie people should be gone soon.
Note: Check the trail reports and/or at the Barrier Lake visitro centre before going to this destination, as snow conditions can be poor. It would be best to go after a recent grooming/tracksetting.
To get to the the Wedge Connector, drive about 7K south of the Kananaskis Village/Ribbon Creek turn-off, and park at the Wedge Pond day use area. You’ll find the easiest trail in Kananaskis there, and very few people, so you can fall down in anonymity.
You can ski 2.8K to the Evan-Thomas creek. You’ll find a bridge there, and possibly some grooming on the Evan-Thomas fire road, although I’m not sure if Jeff was able to go there with the Pisten-Bully today because of the movie infrastructure.
You can also ski a slightly hillier trail(when you’re ready to practice the snowplowing technique) which takes you across the highway, through Mt Kidd RV park, and up to the golf course. It’s the Bill Milne trail, which actually goes all the way to Kananaskis Village, but I believe the conditions from the golf course to the village aren’t ideal.
These trails are wide enough for skaters.
Ribbon Creek & Kananaskis Village
Ribbon Creek now has its first tracks of the season and are mostly in nice condition. There are still a few icy patches from the ice storm we had about three weeks ago.
As you reach higher elevations on Kovach, the conditions are terrific. Coming down from the Lookout was easy and fun, as the S-turns still have lots of snow. Terrace, heading out from the village, has older tracksetting but is still in very good condition. New tracks start after 700 metres.
The final 1K on Terrace heading down to Ribbon Creek parking lot is so much fun it makes you glad to be alive.
Graham has a question re: Backcountry trails
I love your site. I just moved to Calgary last winter and have found lots of great information here.
I ski classic and skate but what I really like is to break trail in fresh snow. I’m wondering if you could recommend some trails that are not groomed.
I’m at a bit of a loss about where to start looking. The mellow terrain of the foothills doesn’t seem to get much snow while the beautiful snow in the mountains is usually way too steep for XC skiing or and anything below tree line is thick with spruce trees.
Anyway, I’m sure you’re a busy guy, but any feedback would be greatly appreciated!