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. What I can decipher from this information is that Spray West will be the end of the tracksetting(10K from Banff), so why do they even mention the Goat Creek Bridge(at 12K) if they are not going to trackset beyond 10K?
It says, “travel is not recommended from Canmore to Banff due to the absence of the bridge.” The Goat creek bridge is still there, isn’t it? It is the bridge at 12K from Banff. Maybe I’m misunderstanding something. Can anyone figure this out?
I know the bridges are okay on Redearth Creek, so I’m assuming it will be trackset as usual.
Here is an update on some XC ski information for areas of the park affected by 2013 flooding.
Skiers will be able to ski 6.4 km to the Cascade River. The trail from the Cascade River to Stoney Creek will not be trackset due to the washed-out bridge over Cascade River. The bridge will be replaced in spring/summer 2014.
New trails will be groomed from the trailhead (Lake Minnewanka day-use area) to Upper Bankhead.
Spray River Trail West and East
A new bridge at the end of Spray West trail will arrive by helicopter on December 23, 2013, with immediate installation to follow. Depending on construction and weather conditions, Spray West and East trails may be trackset and available for skiing as early as Christmas.
Goat Creek Trail
Bridge reconstruction at the Goat Creek junction (12km from the Spray Trailhead) is scheduled for spring 2014. The Goat Creek trail will not be trackset. Although the trail remains open, travel is not recommended from Canmore to Banff due to the absence of the bridge.
New: Skiing at Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court
When conditions permit, Banff volunteers will groom Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court Campground.