Dec 23, 2020: Ski mania continues: this blog set a record yesterday with 19,303 views. It’s averaging about 60% more readers than last winter. I’d like to welcome all new readers and the new contributors to the Trip Reports page. Your valuable information helps skiers decide where to go tomorrow.
Another group I’d like to acknowledge are beginner skiers. Until a few days ago, the only excellent snow conditions and easy trails were at Lake Louise.
If you’re looking for a trail with wilderness ambience, the hidden gem of beginner’s trails is the Wedge. About five kilometres south of the Kananaskis Village turnoff, with the trailhead at Wedge Pond, this is an outstanding trail for beginners. It’s seldom busy, and the trail is super easy.
It’s a delightful 2.6K through aspen and spruce to the Evan-Thomas creek, where you can enjoy spectacular views while enjoying a snack in the sun. On the return, you’ll have magnificent views of the Wedge and Mt Kidd. You may have the added bonus of seeing a variety of animal tracks along this very secluded trail.
The Wedge Connector is perfect for a raw beginner because there is very little elevation change, although you have a few small inclines to make it interesting. It’s wide enough to be safe, and right now the snow is at its finest.
Today, the parking lot hadn’t been completely plowed, and there was only room for five vehicles, but under normal circumstances, I’ve never seen this parking lot busy. You can probably be assured of a place to park in this, the year of ski mania.
Starting at Wedge Pond, officially the trail is called the Bill Milne trail for the first 400 metres but the entire 2.6K one-way is more commonly referred to as the Wedge.
At 400 metres, the Bill Milne trail makes a sharp left turn and continues north. Straight ahead for the next 2.2K is the Wedge Connector.
When I arrived at the junction, who should I see coming the other way but Tracksetter Alex himself. He had packed the entire Bill Milne and Wedge trails twice, a third pass with grooming, and now the final tracksetting pass.
The little bridge at the end of the trail over Evan-Thomas creek is gone. The Evan-Thomas trail has not been groomed yet.
This trail is also dog-friendly, so you can bring along your faithful companion on-leash.
Just a reminder, if you’re a new skier, check the Resources tab on the main menu for a lot of helpful information.
Don’t forget your Kananaskis parking pass.
Black ice on the highway between the casino and Morley. Five cars in the ditch. Poor visibility in blowing snow.
If you live in downtown Calgary, there is now a 1K cross-country track in East Village.