March 1, 2021: I had to read Mike W’s late night trip report twice before it registered with me that he had just skied 100K on Goat Creek/Spray River.
Starting at 7 a.m from Goat Creek trailhead, he did two round trips to Banff, then finished his epic trip as follows…
“After another rewax and refuel at Goat Creek trailhead, I headed out for my last lap, as far as the Spray East/West junction. By now, the trail was deserted. I had to pull out my headlamp for the final Goat Creek section. This turned out to be a great psychological boost, as skiing by headlamp gives you the sensation of moving at a tremendous speed. Now I know how MAAD does his epic night trips!
About 3km from the end, I saw headlights from the other direction that looked like the groomer was coming my way, but it was two fat bikers. Back at the trailhead, I was the only car left in the lot, the wind had died down, and stars were out with a nearly-full moon. I can now last a week without skiing until the cold weather and snow hopefully returns!”