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  1. Mar 30 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, March 30, good spring condition. Icy in places during the morning, slushy and sticky in the later afternoon.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, March 30, good spring condition. Icy in places during the morning, slushy and sticky in the later afternoon.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, March 30, good spring condition. Icy in places during the morning, slushy and sticky in the later afternoon.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, March 26, poor condition. Icy in places during the morning, slushy and sticky in the later afternoon.

  2. Mar 26 Yoho update from Kicking Horse Ski Club:

    Skied the Kicking Horse around noon–after we got a few inches of fresh snow overnight and Joe tried to scratch a new track in a few days ago. It was quite perfect–considering late March! Snow off track was isothermal but the track itself is well packed and good. Joe moved the track setter to the Natural Bridge so he won’t be doing the section from Field–on the Tally Ho anymore. He plans to trailer the sled if he needs it –for the Kicking Horse or Emerald. Trails at Emerald are still skiable–good ski set track on the lake, good crust off track(and it will get better with more sun). The bridge at the top of the fan is melting out and quite bumpy–good to walk across and be safe. Fan trail is fine. Horse trail is in the shade and needs new snow or is too icy & fast. Tree hugger is a bit of a spring mess. Thats the scoop.

  3. Mar 26 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, March 24, fair spring condition. Icy in places during the morning, slushy and sticky in the later afternoon.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, March 26 good spring condition. Icy in places during the morning, slushy and sticky in the later afternoon.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, March 26, good spring condition. Icy in places during the morning, slushy and sticky in the later afternoon.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, March 26, good spring condition. Icy in places during the morning, slushy and sticky in the later afternoon.

  4. March 24 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, March 24, good spring condition. Icy in the morning, slushy and sticky in the later afternoon.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, March 24, good spring condition. Icy in the morning, slushy and sticky in the later afternoon.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, March 24, good spring condition. Icy in the morning, slushy and sticky in the later afternoon.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, March 20, fair spring condition. Icy in the morning, slushy and sticky in the later afternoon.

  5. Mar 19 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, March 19, good spring condition. Icy in the morning, slushy and sticky in the later afternoon.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, March 11, poor condition. Icy in the morning, slushy and sticky in the later afternoon

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, March 19, good spring condition. Icy in the morning, slushy and sticky in the later afternoon

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, March 12, poor condition. Icy in the morning, slushy and sticky in the later afternoon

  6. Mar 17 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    We have certainly transitioned into spring like weather quite quickly over the past week. The trails are icy and very hard in the mornings and slushy in the late afternoon with overall conditions deteriorating fast. At 4pm on March 17 it is +5c in the shade, don’t forget your sunscreen!

    Below you will find the trail update for the cross-country ski and snowshoe trails that surround the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, March 11, fair condition. Icy in the morning, slushy in the later afternoon.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, March 11, fair condition.Icy in the morning, slushy in the later afternoon

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, March 11, fair condition. Icy in the morning, slushy in the later afternoon

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, March 12, fair condition. Icy in the morning, slushy in the later afternoon

  7. March 13 Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary update:

    Skiing is over at Shaganappi.

    This past week sublimated most of the snow away. There is a little bit of snow left in the driving range but essentially it’s spring, just in time for daylight savings!

    We are already making plans and brainstorming ideas on how to make next winter at Shaganappi even more fun….

    Stay tuned.

    Five volunteers were at Shag this afternoon for 3-4 hours doing a lot of the winter teardown… with how quickly the snow is disappearing, it is quite possible golfers will be utilizing Shag very soon!

  8. March 12 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, March 11, good condition.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, March 11, good condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, March 11, good condition. Watch for icy patches in the mornings.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, March 12, good condition.

  9. Update from Jessica at Kicking Horse Ski Club:

    Kicking Horse River trail still in good conditions. I had a great ski yesterday on the KHFR, there is still a little dusting of snow on top of the crust so get out there and enjoy before it gets warm again!

  10. The Sledhead Team

    Update for Banff Tunnel Mtn Trails March 11-
    We have been unable to trackset our trails as both of our sleds have mechanical issues. We will be back at it as soon as we can.

  11. Skogan Pass groomed for perhaps the last time this season. It’s great skiing up there at the moment. A big shout out to our guest groomer Tracksetter Darwyn from Cypress hills Who was behind the wheel tonight getting some grooming training. Let him know how he did for anyone who skis up there.

  12. March 10 Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary update:

    This evening Altius Ski Club was out on the snow at Shaganappi in the Driving Range and on Alasdair’s Alley skate-skiing, playing tag, and having a lot of fun. The coaches mentioned the skiing is still good, even though the snow surface is somewhat uneven because Shaganappi has not been groomed for over a week. The snow surface is chalky rather than icy, and fairly easy to skate-ski on.

    Classic track setting where it hasn’t melted away is really icy in the colder temperatures but it’s nearly mid-March, so no surprise there!

    Alasdair’s Alley (from junction 1 to 8) is still good skiing, as is the Driving Range loop.

    Trail map:

    https://www.shaganappinordic.ca/trails-updates

    The skiing this weekend should be fun and soft so if you want a last hurrah, get out to Shaganappi! It is highly likely this will be the last few days of skiing at Shaganappi due to the warm temperatures and rapid wind-induced sublimation of the snow.

  13. March 9 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, March 6, fair condition.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, March 6, fair condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, March 9, good condition. Watch for icy patches in the mornings.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, March 9, good condition.

  14. March 8 Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary update:

    No new grooming or track setting, driving range and Alasdair’s Alley are good when soft.

    The decision has been made to cease grooming (and track setting) operations at Shaganappi due to the weather-related rapid loss of snow in Calgary combined with the horrid environmental footprint of the 2-stroke snowmobiles and the exhaust they produce.

    Snow coverage is still good in the driving range (green loop directly east of the winter parking lot) and along Alasdair’s Alley (junction 1 to 8, see the trail map).

    Trail map:

    https://www.shaganappinordic.ca/trails-updates

    Best time to ski is after the snow has softened, which isn’t until around 11am or noon on a sunny warm day. Icy conditions exist every morning and possibly all day if there is no sun exposure or the temperatures don’t warm up enough. Track setting if present will likely be icy just due to the fact they are frozen overnight.

    All other trails are not recommended for skiing as there are potentially dangerous conditions especially when the trails are icy. There are un-skiable/potentially dangerous trail conditions due to bare asphalt and/or rocks and/or grass in one or many spots or along long sections of trail.

    This is likely the last week and weekend that conditions are skiable at Shaganappi around the driving range and along Alasdair’s Alley. Have fun if you go!!!

    Thanks a LOT to all the volunteers and individuals who provided support to Shaganappi winter operations on the ground, in the background, and also in mentoring/advisory roles. (Mentors/Advisors for on-the-ground operations: Jamie at Confed; Jeff aka Boomer Groomer @ WBC; Jeff @ Ribbon/K Country; Jasper from Cremona’s XC Trail network; Larry T, Graham S, and Alasdair F: retired grooming volunteers from the Calgary Ski Club; and likely more…)

    It truly is a collective effort to keep SNO going as a non-profit society and also make skiing possible at Shaganappi every winter with the track setting and grooming frequency that SNO provides and is working to improve upon.

  15. March 6 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, March 6, good condition.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, March 6, good condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, March 6, good condition. Watch for icy patches in the mornings.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, March 3, poor condition. We hope to work on this on Tuesday March 9

  16. Mar 5 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, March 5, good condition.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, March 3, good condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, March 3, good condition. Watch for icy patches in the mornings.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, March 3, good condition

  17. Mar 3 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Feb. 24, fair condition. We will work on this tomorrow morning (March 4).

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, March 3, good condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, March 3, good condition. At 4pm it is +5c in the shade and the melt water is pooling on the lake, watch for ice in the mornings and slush in the afternoons.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, March 3, good condition.

  18. March 3rd Shaganappi Point golf course grooming update:

    Tuesday evening all trails were groomed after one volunteer worked most of the afternoon on the Bow Trail re-route. The Bow Trail re-route is quite fun but make sure you walk down any hills in icy conditions. Follow the corduroy paths!

    With the need to clear snow off the greens to protect the health of the turf under the winter tarps, golf course staff have cleared the snow off the asphalt cart path that runs parallel to Bow Trail.

    There are a couple snow bridges across the asphalt cart path with scoop shovels nearby so people can add snow to the snow bridges as it melts away.

    Snow coverage on most trails is still excellent with the exceptions of the usual suspect locations such as the bottom 1/4 to 1/3 of Condo Alley (junction 6 to 7 on the map) and a few trail sections near or under trees.

    Trail map:

    https://www.shaganappinordic.ca/trails-updates

    Keep in mind we are now into spring skiing in Calgary.

    Spring skiing means that typically in warm daytime temperatures the snow is saturated with water and gets really soft and slushy. If overnight temperatures drop close to or below zero, expect hard boiler plate conditions the next day that will only soften with sun exposure and/or really warm temperatures.

    Crack of noon spring ski club!

    The skiing is still quite fun when the snow softens up, and there is still a lot of nice exploring to do at Shaganappi when conditions are soft.

    Have fun while the snow lasts and the golf course is still open to the public!

  19. March 2nd Shaganappi Point golf course grooming update:

    Golf course staff removing snow off greens = snow removal on some ski trails.

    With the change in the weather, golf course staff at Shaganappi have mobilized and are working to plow the snow off all 27 greens at Shaganappi by Thursday.

    We received word that golf course staff unfortunately are also plowing the ski trails in some places in order to transport their snow clearing equipment around the golf course. We are heading to Shaganappi ( at 11am Tuesday) to determine if trail repair or trail re-routing is best, or if seasonal closing is best for public safety.

    Skiers beware that the ski trails on the map may not have snow on them along some or all of the routing as a result of the abovementioned snow clearing work the golf course staff are doing this week.

    Trail map:

    https://www.shaganappinordic.ca/trails-updates

    Night skiers: If you choose to ski Shaganappi at night this week, make sure you have a headlamp and are expecting the snow to not be on the ski trails in some sections so you’re not surprised.

    Keep in mind that this week due to the daytime temperatures, the snow will harden quickly in cooler night time temperatures that would then render the ski trails to be hard “bullet-proof” snow at night and in the morning. “Bullet proof” snow may last all day if the temperatures are cool and the weather is cloudy.

  20. March 1, 2 overnight tracksetting

    Skogan Pass, Skogan Loop, Sunburst, High Level, Hay Meadow and Ruthie’s.

    PLPP: Amos, Meadow, Wheeler, Woolley.

  21. February 28 Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary grooming update:

    Classic skiers rejoice! Track setting was mostly redone Saturday evening over the course of 5 hours. It generally took 3-5 passes of the renovator knives over the same section of trail in order to put in quality track setting that will hopefully last several days (or longer!).

    Dear skate skiers; apologies, no time to groom the skate lanes Saturday evening. A volunteer will be going out Sunday morning to groom, however the forecast is for it to warm above zero quickly which may shut grooming down. There was only one person available for grooming Saturday night and track setting was the priority this time.

    Westgate Corner, (SW corner of the golf course) typically is too wind and sun exposed to retain snow but there are three different workarounds that skiers are utilizing.

    Check Nordic Pulse for the latest grooming updates for many ski areas:

    https://www.nordic-pulse.com/ski-areas/AB/Calgary-Shaganappi

    Have fun on the snow!

  22. February 27 Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary grooming update:

    Snow on top of corduroy!!!

    All trails were groomed Friday evening by one volunteer as it was snowing.

    Saturday expect soft conditions with little to no track setting due to wind depositing and the new snow. Westgate corner is down to asphalt but there are 3 doable workarounds. (SW corner of the golf course)

    Saturday morning from 10 a.m. till 1-ish p.m. volunteers will be moving snow around, manually shoveling and adding snow to trail sections along the Bow Trail corridor where the snow is thin and the tree bases face the sun. Feel free to help out! ?

    Volunteer time grooming: 2.75 hours

    Check out the live grooming and grooming reports on Nordic Pulse!

    https://www.nordic-pulse.com/ski-areas/AB/Calgary-Shaganappi

  23. February 24 Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary grooming update:

    All skate lanes were groomed Wednesday evening by one volunteer however there wasn’t time to set new tracks on the trail sections that need it.

    Ski conditions are great overall. Expect existing track setting to be of variable quality from excellent and solid to non-existent, unfortunately. Keep in mind there are sections of trail where the snow is too shallow for track setting.

    Currently, it is taking 5 passes over the old track setting to make new track setting with our 50″automated renovator and track setter. (Our kingdom for a tiller!)

    We will do our best to get the track setting done in the next few days. Have fun on the snow!!!

    *Westgate Corner (SW corner of the golf coure) has a very thin layer over the asphalt cart path, beware, but there are skiable workarounds once the snow does disappear from sun and wind exposure.

    Map:
    https://www.shaganappinordic.ca/trails-updates

    Volunteer hours grooming Wednesday evening: 2.25

  24. Feb 24 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Feb. 24, good condition.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Feb. 23, good condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Feb. 24. There are several large ice patches along the length of the lake, use caution. Fair condition.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Rolled, Feb. 24. We hope to tracket this tomorrow morning (Feb. 25)

  25. Feb 23 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Sled packed and rolled, Feb. 23, skier set, poor condition. We hope to work on this tomorrow morning (Feb. 24)

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Feb. 23, good condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): The ski trail is trackset for about half the length of the lake, beyond that there is a large amount of slush that is now exposed and we hope freezes overnight. The walking trail is packed, but like the ski trail about half way along the length slush appears, although not nearly as bad as the ski trail, those without boots will regret it. Poor condition.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Feb. 17, poor condition with new snow. We hope to work on this tomorrow afternoon (Feb. 24)

  26. February 23 Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary grooming update :

    All trails were groomed this morning, however we only had time to track set the driving range, as we had electrical issues with the automated track setter.

    At 11:45 am one volunteer is going out with our manual track setter to see if it will work for us.

    Conditions are soft, and there are thin sections around tree bases to be aware of but the skiing should be really nice at Shaganappi today!

    We hope to track set and regroom everything this evening, if all goes well.

    Check us out on Nordic Pulse!

    https://www.nordic-pulse.com/ski-areas/AB/Calgary-Shaganappi

    Volunteer time: 6 hours between 2 people.

  27. February 22 Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary grooming update: No grooming!

    +8 Sunday +temps overnight = no grooming at Shaganappi

    Sorry to report, we are opting for snow preservation over grooming at Shaganappi right now so be warned! The skiing may not be enjoyable.

    The temperature at 8pm Sunday was +8 at the airport. There is a very shallow base of snow on most sections of trail at Shaganappi, so we are choosing to not groom until below 0 temperatures return. The temperature dropped this morning from +3 at 6am to 0 degrees with a windchill of -4 at 7am at the airport, but it is +2 in the community of Shaganappi.

    If you venture out to Shaganappi today, do let us know what the skiing is like and what time you were there…how hard or soft the snow was, whether you were on classic or skate skis, whether your skis sunk down into the snow and how deep…the skate lanes likely will be rough from Sunday’s ski and foot traffic.

    Trail reports can be emailed to us at shagnordic AT gmail DOT com.

    We hope to groom this evening, depending on temperatures around 5pm. Right now, the hourly temperature forecast for today is for + temperatures until midnight, so grooming is unlikely to be done until early Tuesday morning from 7am onward.

    We’ll update on Nordic-Pulse, this page, and our blog when we do venture forth to groom the trails.

    Nordic Pulse live grooming website:

    https://www.nordic-pulse.com/ski-areas/AB/Calgary-Shaganappi

    Our website and blog:

    https://www.shaganappinordic.ca/trail-conditions

    In the meantime, Shaganappi likely needs a LOT of snow moved onto the notoriously thin sections of trail…so feel free to do so if you see a scoop shovel on the side of a trail and are so inclined, that’s what they’re there for! Help keep Shaganappi open through the first few weeks of March.

    Next winter we hope to do a lot more snow farming and harvesting of snow to add to the ski trails. Since Calgary’s snowpack typically is shallow, we need to be creative!

  28. February 20 Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary grooming update:

    Once the rest of the trails were groomed Saturday morning, the skiing was awesome all day! It is great to see Shaganappi being used by more people this winter, it’s indeed a hidden gem in the middle of Calgary. A nice urban playground!

    All trails were groomed on this beautiful moonlit Saturday evening. The Chinook wind is forecasted to be persistent tonight, so expect drifting on the trails and especially in the track setting. It might just be a case of see if you can even find the track setting on some stretches of trail!

    The Chinook and the fact the sun is getting stronger as we progress toward March is melting the snow quickly around tree bases, so we are losing snow fast in areas of trail near tree and asphalt heat collectors.

    Hopefully some snow angels will pick-up one of the many scoop shovels that are in strategic locations around Shaganappi…to move snow onto some trail sections with thin coverage.

    Sunday is the return of the Adaptive Ski program through Ultimate Wheelchair Sports… let’s hope Mr. B with the program won’t have another verbal disagreement with that pesky rock that seems to be a ski magnet on the Valley 5 fairway! 😉

    Have fun in the Sunday sunshine on the snow!!!

    Volunteer hours:

    Saturday morning: 2 hours grooming

    Saturday evening: 3 hours grooming

  29. February 19 Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary update:

    All trails were groomed Thursday morning, and most were groomed again Friday evening.

    Track setting is finally done, except where it’s not (think thin areas of snow like Condo Alley (Junction 6 to 7) and other notoriously thin areas).

    THANKS to Jamie @ Confed for reaching out to give us advice about adding weight to our wee little baby Ginzu…that combined with putting the renovator knives shallower in the snow resulted in 3 to a maximum of 5 passes to break and then redo the track setting, yaaay for not having to do 8 passes!

    Skiing should be AWESOME this weekend!

    Volunteer hours:

    Volunteer #1: 3 hours

    Volunteer #2: 6.5 hours

    Trail map: https://www.shaganappinordic.ca/trails-updates

    Check the grooming updates on Nordic-Pulse!

    https://www.nordic-pulse.com/ski-areas/AB/Calgary-Shaganappi

  30. Hi, does anyone know if Maple Ridge Golf Course is groomed and trackset?
    Thanks

  31. February 18 Shaganappi Point golf course grooming update:

    All trails have been groomed by two volunteers the morning of February 18th, and track setting is slowly getting done when volunteers are able to.

    Due to the hard-packed conditions, it is taking 8 passes over the old track setting to break the snow up enough so that it will take on the shape of the track setter for new track setting.

    Ski conditions are excellent, hopefully we’ll see more people out at Shaganappi now that the temperatures aren’t Arctic!!!

    Volunteer time: Total of 11.5 hours Wednesday and Thursday

    Volunteer #1: 3.5 hours Wednesday night, 5 hours Thursday

    Volunteer #2: 3 hours Thursday

  32. February 16 Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary grooming update:

    One volunteer was able to go out Tuesday evening to groom the trails and try out the Nordic-pulse app on their phone for the first time at Shaganappi. Nordic-pulse is awesome!

    https://www.nordic-pulse.com/ski-areas/AB/Calgary-Shaganappi

    All skate lanes have been mostly groomed the evening of Feb 16, during at times a heavy snowfall.

    Skiers will be encountering new corduroy covered with fresh powder. No track setting was done, as the polar vortex has hardened up the existing snow base. (sorry classic skiers!!!

    We’re trying to get the track setting done but with the hard base of snow, it literally takes 8 passes with the knives of the drag groomer to first break-up that hard base of snow and then have that snow broken into small enough particles from the repeat passes over it to be able to set a good quality track)

    Should be some nice soft skiing Wednesday to Friday depending on the overnight snow. Skier set tracks mostly….we’re slowly getting the new track setting in.

    Volunteer hours: 3

  33. Feb 16 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Feb. 11, fair condition.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Feb. 16, good condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Feb. 16, good condition.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Feb. 10, fair condition

  34. February 15 Shaganappi Point golf course grooming update:

    All skate lanes have been groomed the evening of February 14 by one volunteer after discovering an electrical issue made it impossible to use the track setter or knives on the drag groomer. (sorry classic skiers!!!) So, we have corduroy!

    Three of the resident Coyotes were having a great time playing in the snow and following the groomer. One Coyote did a fancy boxing move while on their hind legs, like they were daring the groomer to get into it with them. Hilariously playful!

    Forecast for Monday in Calgary is still indicating cold weather, fingers crossed the warmer air mass in the mountains will make an early appearance.

    Westgate Corner (SW corner of the golf course) has some of the asphalt cart path coming through the ski trail.

    Condo Alley (trail between junction 6 and 7) has some thin sections at the bottom of the hill…other than that we have great coverage on the trails.

    Trail map for reference: https://www.shaganappinordic.ca/trails-updates

    Skiing is great, just keep the face, hands and toes warm Monday and you’ll have a great time…have fun in the snow!

    Volunteer hours: 3.5 grooming all trails with the Ginzu

  35. February 12 Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary grooming update:

    All trails were groomed Thursday evening by 2 volunteers and conditions will be excellent this weekend!

    We’ll try our best to round up a couple volunteers to get the track setting done on Friday sometime, as there was only time to groom Thursday night. (sorry classic skiers…some of the skier-set track setting was groomed away because it made for too narrow a skate lane in the middle).

    Have fun on the snow!!!

    Volunteer hours grooming Thursday night: Total of 9.75
    Volunteer #1: 5 hours
    Volunteer #2: 4.75 hours

  36. Feb 11 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Feb. 11, good condition.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Feb. 9, good condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Feb. 9, good condition.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Feb. 10, good condition.

  37. Feb 10 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Feb. 6, fair condition. We hope to work on this tomorrow, Feb. 11.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Feb. 9, good condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Feb. 9, good condition.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Feb. 10, good condition.

  38. Shaganappi Point golf course grooming and track setting update:

    Excellent skiing due to the new snow! Grooming done Saturday. Track setting to come Thursday evening.

    Two hardy volunteers were out on Snowmobiles Saturday morning and afternoon, packing down and grooming the new snow on all trails with our drag-grooming equipment. Hopefully the new snow will harden fast so skate-ski tracks aren’t sinking down too much!

    Track setting for the classic skiers will hopefully be done Thursday evening as that’s the soonest someone from our volunteer grooming team is available who also has the capacity/time/desire to track set using our manual shallow track setter on the Tidd Tech. (on many sections of trail, the snow base is too shallow for the regular depth track setter)

    On the weekend the parking lot had over 30 cars in the afternoon! It’s great to see so many people out even in the cold, kudos to all of you!

    Remember the parking lot may look “full” meaning vehicles are parking in the lower lot, but the trails likely won’t be busy. People visiting Shaganappi spread out quickly which is the bonus of the large parcel of land Shaganappi is on compared to Confed!

    Volunteer time: total of 8 hours
    Volunteer #1: 2.5 hours snowmobile grooming
    Volunteer #2: 3 hours snowmobile grooming
    Volunteer #3: 2 hours doing a gas run/other work in a support role
    Volunteer #4: 0.5 hours enabling snowmobile access, starting help, etc.

  39. Feb 9 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Feb. 6, fair condition.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Feb. 9, good condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Feb. 9, good condition.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Feb. 5, poor condition. We hope to work on these trails tomorrow, Feb. 10.

  40. Feb. 6, 2021 0800h
    West Bragg Creek received another 3-5cm of snow overnight. Most trails have been groomed and track set today with the exception of Telephone and Mountain View West. Although cold and slow, ski conditions should be excellent. Dress for the weather, the forecast is for cold temps for the next few days!
    Happy Trails!
    Boomer Groomer

  41. Feb 6: Last night’s tracksetting will have varying amounts of fresh snow on top.

    PLPP: Elk Pass, Blueberry Hill, Patterson, and Upper Lake. Hydroline was groomed only. The temperature at the Lower Lake is -17

    Skogan Pass, Sunburst, High Level, Skogan Loop, Hay Meadow, Ruthie’s.

    Healy Creek in Banff.

    Confederation golf course: Blue, green, and orange.

  42. Feb 4 Yoho from Kicking Horse Ski Club:

    Emerald got groomed and tracked today. There was tons of snow in that valley. The Connector and Tally-Ho are done also. Enjoy!

  43. Feb 4 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, good condition, Feb. 4.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, good condition, Feb. 3.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Feb. 4, fair condition. Caution, there are two large ice patches near the south end of the lake.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Sled packed, skier set, poor condition, Feb. 4. We hope to trackset this tomorrow morning (Feb. 5).

    • Just a big THANKS – for the grooming of course, but also for the great advice from whoever we crossed paths with yesterday morning on Fairview (our return) and then on the lake, suggesting the upper Lake Trail. We took your advice, and it was wonderful!! You guys are great!

  44. After the beating Mountain Road took yesterday, we decided to re track set it to the cattle guard. Also track set last night were Mountain View, and Moose Connector. Temp last night was -17 so the new track setting should be solid!Within the last 24 hrs, the whole system with the exception of Telephone has been groomed and track set. More snow is on the way.

  45. Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary grooming update:

    14cm of fresh snow!!!

    All trails were groomed Wednesday night by two volunteers, but unfortunately there was not time to do any track setting. Thursday morning one volunteer may be able to go out to track-set no promises, though…they were out for 7 hours Wednesday already!

    Wednesday afternoon three volunteers Skidoo track-packed the new snow on the trails, then two volunteers groomed over the Skidoo track-packing in the evening leaving some nice corduroy!

    Coverage is great on most trails with the exception of the notes below:

    Areas to be aware of:

    Westgate corner
    (SW corner of the golf course) is not recommended, as it’s got just a little bit of snow on top of the asphalt cart path. We are not sure if our volunteers have the capacity to move snow onto that section of trail, as it requires a lot of snow to make it last through March. There are two skiable workarounds that were used a lot last winter, we may just let nature win that one.

    Condo run:
    This trail between junctions 7 and 8 still has thin coverage with rocks just below the snow, and is not recommended. Snow farming would be really helpful there. Se may put some scoop shovels at the bottom of the hill, hoping some skiers will help that section of trail out!

    Trail map link for junction references mentioned above:
    https://www.shaganappinordic.ca/trails-updates

    Thanks to volunteer Lynn B
    … the super amazing snow angel for dedicating 10+ hours of time over multiple days moving snow back onto the asphalt cart path between Junctions 1 and 2 from the huge snow pile in the parking lot, that trail section is now mostly skiable!!! Beware of one thin area of snow that is juuust covering the asphalt cart path by the 1st tee for the Valley 9. We suspect that will be covered up in the next few days by the snow angel, or other snow angels!

    Volunteer time Skidoo track-packing the new snow Wednesday afternoon:
    Volunteer 1: 4 hours
    Volunteer 2: 4.5 hours
    Volunteer 3: 4.5 hours

    Volunteer time grooming Wednesday evening:
    Volunteer 3: 4 hours
    Volunteer 4: 2.75 hours

  46. In case readers didn’t notice it, Alberta Parks has provided some guidance on how to search for the most recent grooming reports on their website http://www.albertaparks.ca.

    Specifically:
    To search for most recent grooming…

    a) Use the drop down menu above the status column to increase the number of trails shown.
    b) Sort by activity type by clicking the top of the permitted activities column.
    c) You can also use the same search box above the Trail Name column to search for specific dates.

    • Thanks, Ken. I had figured out how to display all the trails, but hadn’t noticed that I could group all the XC trails at the top by clicking on the Permitted Activities column heading!

  47. Trails groomed on Jan 30(Saturday) and early Sunday:

    Ribbon Creek and Kananaskis Village trails groomed overnight after 4 or 5 cms new snow fell the last few days. Temperature steady at -3 during the night. Good conditions. A couple shallow spots exist on Ribbon Creek and Hidden trails.

    PLPP: Whiskey Jack, Packers, Upper Pocaterra, Lower Lake. Very light snow began falling just as the grooming was ending, under a partly cloudy sky; at least a trace of snow is likely on the trails groomed over the last two nights.

    Lake Louise: Lake Louise surface and shoreline; Fairview; Great Divide; Bow River Loop; Campground Loop.

    Banff: Goat Creek, Spray River West and East.

  48. Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary grooming update:

    Skate lanes were groomed Saturday evening, and we discovered the snow is too shallow in many areas to redo the track setting, sorry classic skiers. Keep in mind the existing track setting is still in great shape!

    Hopefully the sit skiers that will be out Sunday with Ultimate Wheelchair sports will have fun on the fresh grooming…and fingers crossed Mr. B and “the rock” at the side of the Valley 5 fairway don’t have another verbal disagreement like they did the other week! 😉

    Please remember Calgary’s had very little snow since December. If there’s no track setting on some trail sections, there is a very good reason: the snow is likely too shallow and we’re trying to preserve it as much as possible.

    Trails to avoid:

    Condo Alley (trail between junctions 6 & 7 ) is not recommended and has barriers up warning folks the skiing is marginal at best. Beware that the bottom of the hill has the shale cart path rocks melting through the snow.

    Trail between junctions 1 & 2: There is bare asphalt in the usual locations in between the trees, and the snow has been plowed away on one half of the ski trail going down the first part of the hill to enable contractor access to the pump house by the Valley 5 green. This trail under the trees has had one dedicated volunteer spending 4.5 hours in the past few days moving snow back onto the trail from the monster snowpile nearby…it may be skiable now…thanks Lynn B!!!

    Westgate corner: (SW corner of the golf course) Westgate corner is bare and done for the season unless we get a good March snowfall. No point fighting nature on that one. There is a workaround nearby that is skiable that takes skiers down to the straight away from Westgate corner to junction 5 or 6.

    Map for reference: https://www.shaganappinordic.ca/trails-updates

    Have fun on the snow!!!

    Volunteer time this evening: (total of 9 hours)

    Volunteer#1: grooming: 4 hours; breaking and redoing the track setting between junctions five and six: 30 minutes

    Volunteer#2: 4.5 hours grooming

  49. Jan 30 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, good condition, Jan. 30.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, good condition, Jan. 30.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, good condition, Jan. 30.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, fair condition, Jan. 22. We will work on this in the morning of Feb. 2.

  50. Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary grooming Update:

    Corduroy and another skiff of new snow!

    Skate lanes have been groomed tonight, and with the new snow and cold temperatures the skiing at Shaganappi this weekend will be fantastic!

    Existing track setting is in good shape with the additional snow, and the Bow Trail loop running parallel to Bow Trail is too shallow for track setting right now.

    Please be aware there are some spots where the asphalt or shale (rocky) cart path is coming through on trails but in general, coverage is really good considering there hasn’t been significant snow in Calgary since the December snowfall before Christmas.

    Get out on the snow this weekend, the weather is going to be fantastic!

    Trails to avoid:

    Condo Alley (trail between junctions 6 & 7 ) is not recommended and has barriers up warning folks the skiing is marginal at best. The trail now has just enough snow on it to hide the rocks that were melting through from the sun. Beware that the bottom of the hill has the shale cart path rocks melting through.

    Trail between junctions 1 & 2: There is bare asphalt in the usual locations in between the trees, and the snow has been plowed away on one half of the ski trail going down the first part of the hill to enable contractor access to the pump house by the Valley 5 green. This trail under the trees may not be salvageable unfortunately, not without a LOT of volunteer work, one volunteer spent 2 hours putting snow on that section of trail, got about 10 meters done.

    Westgate corner: (SW corner of the golf course) Westgate corner is bare and done for the season unless we get a good March snowfall. No point fighting nature on that one. There is a workaround nearby that is skiable that takes skiers down to the straight away from Westgate corner to junction 5 or 6.

    Link to online map for references mentioned above:

    https://www.shaganappinordic.ca/trails-updates

    Volunteer hours on snow Friday night: (total of 8 hours)

    Volunteer#1: 4.5 hours

    Volunteer#2: 3.5 hours

  51. Jan 28 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, fair condition, Jan. 20. We will work on this on the afternoon of Saturday Jan. 30.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, good condition, Jan. 28.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, good condition, Jan. 28.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, fair condition, Jan. 22.

  52. Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary grooming update:

    Corduroy is back and luckily we finally have cold temperatures to help preserve the snow in Calgary. Yaaay for that!!! (happy-dance time!)

    All skate lanes have been groomed and we are leaving the track setting as there’s now a light dusting of fresh snow on it.

    It took 8 hours of volunteer time Tuesday evening to renovate and groom the skate lanes at Shaganappi.

    Skiing is awesome on the trails where Shaganappi’s managed to keep the snow. Winter’s back, so the skiing will be fantastic this week and through the weekend if the weather holds!

    Get out on your skis the skiing’s awesome, even in the colder temps!

    Trail sections to avoid:

    Condo Alley (trail between junctions 6 & 7 ) is not recommended and has barriers up warning folks the skiing is closed and marginal at best. The trail will be icy, and the bottom of the hill has the shale cart path rocks melting through by the sun heating up the rocks, even on these cold days.

    Trail between junctions 1 & 2: The snow has been plowed away on part of the ski trail to enable contractor access to the pump house by the Valley 5 green. This trail may not be salvageable unfortunately, not without a LOT of volunteer work moving snow back onto the trail.

    Westgate corner: (SW corner of the golf course) Westgate corner is bare and done for the season unless we get a good March snowfall. No point fighting nature on that one. There is a workaround nearby that is skiable that takes skiers down to the straight away from Westgate corner to junction 5 or 6.

    Trail map for references listed above: https://www.shaganappinordic.ca/trails-updates

    Volunteer hours on snow Tuesday night: (total of 12 hours of volunteer effort for the evening)

    Volunteer #1: Skate lane grooming: 4, and 0.5 hours breaking and resetting one short section of track setting in the driving range (5 or 6 passes to get the snow to the right consistency to set the new track)

    Volunteer #2: Skate lane grooming: 3.5 hours

    Volunteer #3 mentoring hours: 4.5 hours tutoring the two volunteers on the two drag groomers then guiding/advising them throughout the evening on areas of deep and shallow snow, where to renovate and not renovate to hopefully avoid hitting the grass in the shallower areas!

  53. Shaganappi Point golf course grooming and track setting update:

    Skate lanes were groomed!

    Track setting was redone on trails where the snow coverage is still deep enough for grooming and track setting, we’ve had to move to the shallower track setter on some trails.

    The endless January Chinook definitely hit the ski trails, as well as the sublimation from the warm winds and microclimates caused by the sun hitting the south facing trees and asphalt or shale cart paths under the snow on some trail sections.

    Considering the above and the fact that Calgary hasn’t received any measurable snow since the third week of December, the skiing is actually really good at Shaganappi.

    Two volunteers were out grooming the skate lanes and redoing the track setting Saturday night. Alasdair’s Alley (junction 1 to 8) along with junction 8 to 9 and those central trails are in good shape with a thin section here and there. The Bow trail loop is still skiable and in good shape (not skiable from junction 1 to 2).

    Trails to avoid:

    Condo Alley (trail between junctions 6 & 7 ) is not recommended. The trail will be icy, and the bottom of the hill has the shale cart path rocks melting through by the sun heating up the rocks, even on these cold days.

    Trail between junctions 1 & 2: due to the fact that the snow has been plowed away on part of the ski trail to enable contractor access to the pump house by the Valley 5 green. This trail may not be salvageable unfortunately, not without a LOT of volunteer work moving snow back onto the trail.

    Westgate corner: (SW corner of the golf course) Westgate corner is bare and done for the season unless we get a good March snowfall. No point fighting nature on that one. There is a workaround nearby that is skiable that takes skiers down to the straight away from Westgate corner to junction 5 or 6.

    Volunteer hours on snow last night: (total of 6.5; 9.5 for the day)

    Volunteer #1: Skate lane grooming: 3 hours; 0.5 hours putting in track setting with the shallow track setter (Tidd Tech)

    Volunteer #2: Track setting breaking, followed by multiple passes breaking-up the snow into sugary snow that would take the track setting: 3 hours

    Volunteer hours on snow in the morning: (total of 3)

    Volunteer #2 (same person as above): 3 hours breaking the old track-setting and redoing the track along Alasdair’s Alley (junction 1 to 8) east to west; track-breaking the old track setting on other trails in preparation for the evening’s redo of the track setting.

  54. West Bragg Creek from Boomer Groomer:

    Jan 24 at 3 a.m: All skate lanes renovated and in good condition. Most core trails classic tracks re set in last 48 hrs and in decent condition. Considering we haven’t had any snow in about one month we are lucky to have had the Snow Rabbit. It has kept us ‘in the game’ so to speak. That being said, only core trails such as the Crystal Lines, Sundog, Mountain Road, and Loggers are recommended at present. Out lying trails are very exposed to the elements and have been battered by sun and wind and are in poor shape. If you stick to the recommended trails you should have a good ski!

    Ribbon Creek/Skogan Pass tracksetting last night:

    Skogan Pass, Sunburst, High Level, Skogan Loop, Hay Meadow, Ruthie’s

    Trails are in good condition, particularly above Sunburst junction with more winter-like snow. Below this point expect snow to be fast and firm.

    PLPP tracksetting last night:

    Whiskey Jack, Packers, and Upper Pocaterra

  55. Jan 22 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, good condition, Jan. 20.

    Shorelin (#4): Double trackset, fair condition, Jan. 19.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, good condition, Jan. 19.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, good condition, Jan. 22.

  56. Jan 20 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, good condition, Jan. 20.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, good condition, Jan. 19.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, good condition, Jan. 19.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, fair condition, Jan. 16. We hope to work on this tomorrow afternoon (Jan. 21).

  57. Jan 19 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, fair condition, Jan. 14. We plan on working on this tomorrow (Jan. 20) afternoon.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, good condition, Jan. 19.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, good condition, Jan. 19.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, fair condition, Jan. 16.

  58. January 19 Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary grooming update:

    Two volunteers were out Monday evening, doing their best…

    Skate lane grooming:

    Most of the trail system skate lanes have been renovated, now the thin layer of Chinook Glaze from the past two days is gone off the surface of the skate lanes! (We got rid of a lot of the sunken pedestrian footprints, too!) The lower expert loop was not done, snowmobile throttle-thumb soreness shortened the grooming shift for one volunteer, unfortunately. 🙁

    Trail system track setting:

    Expect the track setting to have icy areas throughout, we’re likely leaving it for the week. No time to redo it, and there is such shallow snow around Shaganappi, we are trying to preserve the snow as much as possible by reducing the amount of times we break-up old track setting and renovate deep down into the snow base.

    Driving range re-do:

    The skate lane surface around the loop was tickled by the renovator teeth and groomed, and the track setting was redone. The south teaching area just east of the parking lot now has a corduroy finish along with five, (yes, five!) fresh teaching-grid lanes.

    Things to note: Condo Alley (trail section between Junctions 6 & 7 on the map)
    Map: https://www.shaganappinordic.ca/trails-updates

    Condo Alley now has sketchy and/or marginal conditions on the lower 100+ meters, and is not recommended. The shale cart path is now exposed at the bottom of the hill in the sun-exposed are unfortunately, and that area of rock likely will grow exponentially from the solar heating combined with the Chinook breezes in the next few days. (sadness) We’re considering some significant snow farming effort organizing during the cold spell that may involve a pick-up truck or two transporting some of the huge snow pile from the upper parking lot if we can make it happen/gather enough volunteers on both ends ( the harvest and dump locations) …stay tuned…

    Volunteer effort this evening:
    Renovating/grooming trail-system skate-lanes: 4 hours
    Renovating/grooming and re-doing the driving range track setting: 3.75 hours
    Track setting trail-breaking effort: In these snow conditions, it took 4 passes renovating/breaking up the chunks of snow with the renovator knives into smaller and smaller bits before with one last pass, the volunteer was able to put in the new track-setting (crazy time consuming, but it’s beauuuutiful now)

    Have fun out there!!!

    Yer Shaganappi grooming vollies.

  59. Shaganappi Point golf course update: Corduroy and fresh track setting!!!

    Yes, it is true. Two volunteers were out Saturday night making the snow surfaces nice for the Sunday skiers, most especially the sit skiers who will be out in the afternoon, have fun!!!

    Conditions:
    Almost all skate lanes were groomed, and most track setting was redone with the exception of the Bow Trail loop because there wasn’t enough time, and the shallow track setter was already put to bed for the night. *the Quarry Road Trail loop was again missed, we just ran out of time…expect it to be hideously icy with the Chinook Glaze.

    Expect the snow to be fast, and the track setting likely will ice up due to the volume of skiers on Sunday.

    There are a few asphalt sections where the cart paths are bare, predominantly a couple spots between junctions 1 and 2, and of course as usual, Westgate corner (SW corner of the golf course) is bare for about 10 meters but a little bird mentioned they saw a workaround is possible where one can keep their skis on… hopefully the snow along the workaround won’t be too soft for the sit skiers, hope they give it a try!!!

    **If you see pedestrians walking in the middle of the trails please stop and say hello, remark on what a beautiful day it is to be outside, then let them know sunken footprints in the middle of the groomed trails are a fall hazard to skiers and they also make the snow melt faster and, boy, if they wouldn’t mind, it would be so very very verrry nice if they would walk on the snow that is not groomed or track set….the outside edges of the trails, or anywhere else on the golf course that isn’t ski trails or roped off fragile grasses.*** (two nights in a row, there have been 2 sets of sunken footprints in the middle of the skate lanes along the 9th fairway between junctions 1 and 8, running down the hill to junction 9 . The lower expert loop also got a LOT of foot traffic these past two days, all on the ski trail when there’s not much snow, so why walk there!!!????? Aaaargh say the volunteer groomers!!!! 😉

    Volunteer time grooming and track setting Saturday night:
    Skate lane grooming: 3.5 hours
    Track setting: 4.5 hours

    • You guys did a great job. I skied Saturday morning and id a hard workout and a total of 15km. It was a very pleasant way to start my day. Thank you.

  60. Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, good condition, Jan. 14.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, good condition, Jan. 16.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, good condition, Jan. 14.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, good condition, Jan. 16.

  61. Jan 16 Yoho/Emerald Lake update from Kicking Horse Ski Club:

    We still cannot chance driving the sled across Emerald Lake —to avoid the avalanche area. It is just too mild and slushy…and all the new snow we got recently is not helping the slush freeze up. The hardest part is getting the Ginzu Groomer across the lake — because it is super heavy and can easily get totally bogged down in this slush. Not a good situation. We have been told by Avalanche Control(early January) NOT to sled or groom the walking trail or ski trail under the danger zone and that is understandable! It leaves us no option right now… All we can say is– “Sorry the trails are such a mess at Emerald Lake”. We will not take a risk like that with our sled and driver! Hate to ask for Super Cold Weather—but that is what we need!

  62. Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary update:

    Sign-up for email updates on conditions via our website:

    https://www.shaganappinordic.ca/trail-conditions

    Renovating and grooming of the Chinook Glaze has been done on all trails with the exception of the loop to the Quarry Road Trail entrance. That likely needs more trail debris clearing…and there just wasn’t enough time to venture in that direction.

    All the trails that were groomed in the evening on the 15th are in great shape, and there may be a Chinook Glaze developing on the trails that were groomed in the morning, those morning grooming trails are indicated by the red lines on the map below.

    The Expert loop north of the driving range was renovated and groomed the morning of the 15th as well, there may be a Chinook Glaze (icy layer) on top of the trail by now too.

    Quick thank-you to everyone who went to Shaganappi these past few days to clear the wind-blown debris off the trails so we could then groom them, that was a HUGE help!!!

    Track setting:

    All the glazed and icy track setting was broken, but there wasn’t enough time to redo the track setting everywhere.

    Track setting has been completed in both directions from junction 1 to 8 the night of the 15th, and the driving range track setting was done the night before. The driving range was re-groomed the night of the 15th.

    THINGS TO NOTE DUE TO THE ENDLESS JANUARY CHINOOK CYCLES:

    1) Westgate corner is bare asphalt for about 10 meters (SW corner of the golf course), and there doesn’t look to be any do-able workarounds. As a result, we did not groom in that direction after junction 3.

    2) The trail section between junction 1 and junction 2 has a couple bare spots of asphalt and there wasn’t enough time to look for workable workarounds, so expect icy conditions.

    Volunteer time grooming on the 15th:

    The renovating/destruction of the Chinook Glaze (ice layer) on the trails and grooming was done with 3 hours of work in the morning, and another 4 hours in the evening of the 15th, by the same volunteer.

  63. West Bragg Creek from Boomer Groomer

    1900h Jan. 15, 2021
    Still no new snow and temps got up to +6C on the trails this afternoon. Subzero temps tonight means the possibility of ice and crusty conditions in many areas especially on hills and southern exposures on Saturday. Classic tracks may be glazed and fast depending on aspect. Skate lanes especially Mountain Road W. were surprisingly good this afternoon, once west of the first cattle guard. Expect a mixed bag of conditions throughout the area for the weekend. Be COVID aware!

  64. Baker Creek to Castle Junction

    It hasn’t been reported on the Parks Canada trail report, but I saw it with my own eyes this afternoon. Baker Creek to Castle Lookout is trackset. The fresh tracksetting continues from Castle Lookout to Castle Junction, so you have 15K of trail with excellent tracks for tomorrow.

  65. Jan 14 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, good condition, Jan. 14.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, fair condition, Jan. 13.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, good condition, Jan. 14.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Sled packed Jan. 14, poor condition . We hope to work on this trail tomorrow (Jan. 15) morning.

  66. Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary update:

    Trail debris cleanup help needed; grooming and track setting on the driving range loop Wednesday night…

    Many hands make light work!

    If you have sturdy footwear with ice spikes/YakTrax, and a fan rake, there is A LOT of plant debris on the Shaganappi cross country ski trail system from the wind event today that now needs to be removed to areas the wind won’t put the material back onto the trails…. The only debris-free area at the moment is the beginner area / driving range loop because that area does not have large trees around it.

    The Chinook Glaze (Chinook melt/freeze ice layer on top of the snow) has hit all trails at Shaganappi. Once the trails are plant debris-free and proper temperatures hit, we can consider re-grooming the trails for the skate skiers, and break-up and redo the track setting on the trail sections that have a deep enough base of snow where the renovator knives of the groomer won’t hit grass when breaking-up the old track setting.

    The lower advanced loop is NOT RECOMMENDED due to the icy approach to the corner and access trail.

    The Driving Range Loop (green ski loop east of the main parking lot) is the best snow conditions after Wednesday night because it has been renovated so the grooming for the skate-skiers should be really nice. The track setting was broken-up and redone as well, by a volunteer who spent 5 hours on a Skidoo Wednesday night doing all that. Breaking-up and redoing the track setting took 4 passes with the groomer to do each lane of track setting…super time consuming.

    With the lack of new snow since the 3rd week of December and the Chinook Glaze along with the wind debris on all ski trails in and around Calgary, at least the driving range is in good shape so people have an option for good skiing without driving a long way out of town.

    Have fun on the snow!

  67. Jan 13, 2021
    Heavy chinook winds will have left debris and possibly trees down on the trails system. Conditions will be variable and skiers can expect glazed tracks, ice/crusty snow, and natural hazards. Caution is advised. Snow would be welcome at this point!
    Boomer Groomer

  68. Jan 8 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, good condition, Jan. 8

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, good condition, Jan. 7.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, fair condition, Jan. 6. Watch for ice patches on the ski trail.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, good condition, Jan. 7.

  69. Mt Shark

    Jan 7th: Two grooming shifts took place on Thursday under a clear sky with all trails at Mt Shark groomed and trackset. The recent snow has improved the base significantly, and most early season hazards are now covered. However in a few places there is a small amount of brush above the snow (over the first 2 km’s of the Red 5, and some windblown areas of the extra 5k on the 15k loop), and there are rocks or dirt on two sharp corners at the top of hills, one on the Red 5 (and Yellow 10, etc.) and one on the extra 5k of the 15.

    Ribbon Creek

    Jan 7: Coal Mine, Ribbon Creek, and the Kananaskis Village trails were trackset.

    West Bragg Creek

    The Rabbit happily hopped along Moose Loop last night, renovating and resetting tracks. Lots of drifting and debris from the winds last weekend have been tamed and conditions now are very good on Moose Loop, East and West Crystal and Sundog. Conditions on other trails remains marginal. Happy Skiing!

  70. Jan 7 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, fair condition, Jan. 5. We hope to trackset this tomorrow morning, Jan.8.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, good condition, Jan. 7.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, fair condition, Jan. 6. Watch for slush/ice patches on the ski and walking trails.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, good condition, Jan. 7.

  71. My wife and I skied at Boulton Ck today. Our route was Whiskey Jack, Pocaterra, Lynx, Amos and then we returned on Wheeler. Wheeler was the only trail that had been recently groomed and trackset (Jan 5 ?). The other trails are in good shape however some attention to grooming/tracksetting would preserve a great base and tidy up the trails.

  72. Jan 6 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, fair condition, Jan. 5.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, fair condition, Jan. 3.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, fair condition, Jan. 6. Watch for slush/ice patches on the ski and walking trails.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, poor condition, Jan. 2.

  73. Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary update:

    No new grooming or track setting over the last few days due to the Chinook temperatures and shallow base of snow that is sublimating with the warm temps and winds….we want to preserve the snow as much as possible.

    Skate-ski lanes are hard-packed and fast, and the track-setting is in great shape with no reports of icy conditions in the track setting.

    We may re-groom the skate-ski lanes next time the temperatures are forecasted to be several degrees below zero overnight, it depends on volunteer willingness and availability.

    We are hoping for more snow to increase the base, but conditions are excellent as they are! ?

  74. Jan 4 Update from Kicking Horse Ski Club in Yoho:

    The weather cooled off a wee bit and Joe was able to do the Tally Ho today and drop off the track setter at the base of the Connector to machine groom & cut lots more trees all the way up to the Lake!!! The Connector is NOT ready yet by any means—needs many more passes with just the sled, then at least a few with the groomer to get it some what safe and skiable. when Joe stepped off his sled to cut trees–he was down to his armpits! AND— he did track set all of the Emerald Trails— Could be the BEST skee of your winter!!!!! Also—Avalanche control tells us–This is the last time we can track set underneath the AVI path—gotta work that trail on the ice(as we usually do)—away form most of the avalanche dangers–! We will still use the picnic area(not the usual drop down by the boathouse) to start our new trail and veer RIGHT towards the bridge, the point cabin and swing around to get up the Horse Trail.

  75. Jan 5 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, good condition, Jan. 5.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, fair condition, Jan. 3.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, fair condition, Jan. 5. Watch for slush/ice patches on the ski trail.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Fair condition, Jan. 2. We hope to work on this tomorrow afternoon (Jan .6).

  76. Tracksetting on the evening of Jan 3:

    The Kananaskis Village trails and Ribbon Creek. The only portion of Coal Mine which is trackset is the 600 metres which is used to access Ribbon Creek.

    In PLPP, the trails on the west side of the road including Lodgepole, Braille, Sinclair, Meadow, and Spruce road.

    Cascade Valley and Upper Bankhead in Banff National Park.

    Most of the trails at Confederation golf course.

  77. Pipestone heaven
    New snow over grooming was fun with great track balance. As I discussed with another group “the trails were far from excellent but the skiing was great”. The groomers arrived at the junction at the bottom of the lake.
    We didn’t wait and out ran them to the parking lot.
    A great day just making your way!

  78. Jan 3 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Fair condition, Jan 2.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, good condition, Jan. 3. This looks to have been substantially walked on.

    Lake Trail (#4): Bad Slush layer on the lake. Ski trail not track set. This will be worked on (Tuesday Jan 5) when the slush layer freezes more. Separate path for walkers, rolled but not in the best condition, Jan. 3.
    Both the walking and ski path are very slushy, there is a thick slush layer on a good portion of the length of the lake use caution when skiing and walking. See notes below for why slush layer has occurred.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Fair condition, Jan. 2.

  79. Bragg Creek Trails 1800h Jan. 2,2021

    The skiers dreaded ‘snow eater’ took it’s toll on the well loved trails today. Warm temperatures and this afternoon’s fierce winds have drastically transformed snow surface and deteriorated skier conditions —in and out of the tracks. Extreme scouring and drifting in open areas and several downed trees —some around blind corners, with abundant littering of needle/branch debris is widespread. The glistening ‘Holiday’ snow is gone at WBC and conditions are now marginal so adjust your expectations until more snow and the grooming team is able to repair some of the damage.

    —groomer jeremy

  80. Jan 2 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, good condition, Jan 2.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Fair condition, Jan. 1. This looks to have been substantially walked on.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, fair condition, Jan. 1. Both the walking and ski path are quite rough and icy in places, use caution. Walkers are everywhere.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, good condition, Jan. 2.

  81. Shaganappi Point in Calgary update:

    All skate ski lanes were groomed the morning of the 31st by a volunteer on a Skidoo, and trails are hard packed and in great shape.

    The night of the 31st most track setting was redone over a 5 hour period by another volunteer on a Skidoo.

    Because of the week-long Chinook coming in, we did not redo the track setting on the Bow Trail loop due to the fact that section of trail is notorious for microclimates where the snow melts fast because the south facing trees act as heat collectors, and the trail is on an asphalt cart path.

    Skiing is fantastic!

    We have increased parking capacity until January 3rd inclusive, by plowing and opening the overflow parking in the upper lots north of the clubhouse. The gate to this parking lot is locked daily at 5pm but the lower lots are open 24/7.

    Please stay off any hills with a flat top, as those likely are tee boxes and the grass underneath is easily damaged by compacted snow.

    Have fun out there!

  82. Shaganappi Point in Calgary update:

    All skate ski lanes were groomed the morning of the 31st by a volunteer on a Skidoo, and trails are hard packed and in great shape.

    The night of the 31st most track setting was redone over a 5 hour period by another volunteer on a Skidoo. Due to the Chinook coming in, we did not redo the track setting on the Bow Trail loop due to the fact that section of trail is notorious for microclimates where the snow melts fast due to the south facing trees that act as heat collectors, and the trail being on the black asphalt cart path.

    Skiing is fantastic!

    Please stay off any hills with a flat top, as those likely are tee boxes and the grass underneath is easily damaged by compacted snow.

    Have fun out there!

  83. The trails at West Bragg Creek which are groomed by Alberta Parks, Elbow South and Iron Springs South, were trackset within the past 24 hours. I was there today and they were in excellent condition.

  84. Jan 1 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Happy New Year!

    Below you will find the trail update for the cross-country ski trails that surround the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double track set, fair condition, Dec. 27. We hope to work on this tomorrow morning (Jan. 2).

    Shoreline (#4): Double track set, good condition, Jan. 1.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, fair condition, Jan. 1. Both the walking and ski path are quite rough and icy in places, use caution.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, fair condition. Dec 26. We hope to work on this tomorrow afternoon (Jan. 2) if everything goes well.

  85. Jan 1, 2021: Mt Shark trail report

    “Happy New Year!  The 35 to 40 plus cm’s that had accumulated on the Mt Shark trails last week has now been groomed out on all trails at Mt Shark.  On New Year’s Eve, the full 15km loop was groomed and trackset, as well as the biathlon area. With all the previously ungroomed snow on most of that loop, expect some soft and uneven surfaces on anything that was not groomed last week, especially on the extra 5k of the 15.  There has only been a couple of cm’s of snow over the last week, and the machine set tracks on Watridge Lake trail have had the new snow skier packed, and are well defined.  The recent snow has improved the base significantly, and most early season hazards are now covered, though there is still a small amount of brush above the snow in a few places.”

  86. 0900h Dec. 30, 2020 Bragg Creek Trails

    Another beautiful morning! Skate lanes have all been renovated. New track setting on East Crystal, Iron Springs N., and Elbow N. Iron Springs south has been packed only.
    Conditions are very good to excellent throughout the system.

  87. Dec 28 Tracksetting

    Peter Lougheed Provincial Park: Tyrwhitt, Lookout, Hydroline, and the first 2K of Elk Pass. All the trails in PLPP have now been groomed and/or trackset since the big snowfall one week ago.

    Kananaskis Village: Aspen, Kovach, and Terrace.

    West Bragg Creek: Mountain Road, West Crystal and Moose Loop. Telephone has been rolled.

    Canmore Nordic Centre natural snow: Banff, Bow, Meadowview, Wooded Bliss, Cold Shoulder.

    Lake Louise: Great Divide, Lower Telemark.

    Emerald Lake: Nordic trail, Alluvial Fan Loop, Horse trail.

    Sundre: All trails trackset.

  88. Dec 27 Upper Lake update from the Chateau grooming team…

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double track set, good condition, Dec. 27.

    Shoreline (#4): Double track set, good condition, Dec. 27.

    Lake Trail (#4): The slush layer has frozen on both the walking trail and ski trail. However, they are both VERY icy and extremely rough in places. We need quite a bit more snow in order to cover the ice and set a ski track. Poor condition. (plan to work on this tomorrow Dec 28, will start working on leveling out ice build up)

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Track set, good condition. Dec 26.

  89. Yoho update from the Kicking Horse Ski Club:

    Emerald trails are ready to ski !!

    Tracks set down today—Dec 26. It’s snowing pretty good, milder & beautiful. The Tree Hugger Trail starts at the picnic area—past the bathrooms. Ski with caution as pole plants may be soft. Careful of the downhill run at the picnic area—to the slush on the lake…….no shame in walking….same at the bottom of the Horse Trail’s big hill !!!!! Set up the bench at the back end if you’re taking a break there (please)—it’s still hanging in the tree! Joe brought a shovel to the big benches at the end of the lake– so skiers and walkers can scrape them off and use them more. One donation box out by the bathrooms with the big map. Nothing on the Connector yet. Enjoy enjoy enjoy

  90. Dec 27 tracksetting at Lake Louise: Townsite; Bow River Loop; Campground Loop.

  91. Dec 27 Canmore Nordic Centre: ” Lots of natural snow trails groomed last night, also some grooming on Olympic and Centennial trails to allow better access to Meadowview top.”

  92. Dec 27: West Bragg Creek from Boomer Groomer: “Another beautiful day for skiing in the Creek. Mountain View West and Hostel Loop we re-track set this morning and all skate lanes renovated. Enjoy the great conditions and remember to social distance!”

  93. Dec 27 Peter Lougheed Provincial Park: Overnight tracksetting included Amos, Meadow(partial), Wheeler, Woolley, and Rolly Road training grid. The trail report contained these remarks:

    “A few very light flurries fell during Saturday night’s grooming of some of the middle trails, with no real accumulation by the end of the grooming period. Most of the trails have been groomed since or during the snowfall, with the exception of Tyrwhitt, Lookout, and two thirds of Hydroline- expect deep snow on these trails.”

  94. Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary grooming update:

    All trails were groomed for skate skiing the night of the 25th and most were track set until the skidoo broke down. Volunteer groomers are getting the machines stuck on a regular basis in this soft snow….they’re working hard!

    Trails are in fantastic shape.

    We intend to groom all trails the night of the 26th, see how it goes. Fingers crossed all goes well, updates to follow.

    Sign-up for email updates, access the online map:

    https://www.shaganappinordic.ca/

  95. Hey gang
    Let’s all do each other the favour of thinking about how we’re parking while out skiing. Try to park as if in a city lot from the car next to you and not the five or six feet, or more, that you often see out there. This will force fewer cars onto roads etc and make life a little easier for everyone.
    Don’t forget your parking pass and have a safe, fun ski season.
    Happy holidays.

  96. PLPP Tracksetting on Dec 25/26 included Whiskey Jack, Packers, Upper Pocaterra and Lower Lake.

    The trail report contains these remarks: “Light snow began falling just as the grooming was ending on Friday night- expect at least a skiff of new snow on all trails. During the snowfall from Sunday to Tuesday, in total, about 50 cm of snow fell in the north end of the park and about 60 cm in the south and at high elevations. Most of the trails have been groomed since or during the snowfall, with the exception of Tyrwhitt, Lookout, and two thirds of Hydroline- expect deep snow on these trails. Much of the snow is still suspended in the trees, so expect many large “tree bombs”, and other tree debris, with downed trees possible.”

  97. Dec 25 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Hi All!

    Merry Christmas,

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double track set, good condition. Dec. 23.

    Shoreline (#4): Double track set, good condition. Dec. 24.

    Lake Trail (#4): The slush layer has frozen (see description in notes below for how it forms) on both the walking trail and ski trail. However, they are both VERY icy and extremely rough in places. We need quite a bit more snow in order to cover the ice and set a ski track. Poor condition.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Leveled, Dec. 25. Poor condition. We will track set tomorrow (Dec. 26).

  98. Mt Shark trail report:

    Dec 25th: Merry Christmas! Between about 25 to 40 plus cm’s had accumulated on the Mt Shark trails in the last week. Only one shift took place on the night of Dec 24th (rather than the usual two), and the full Watridge Lake trail was groomed and trackset, as well as a little extra near the trailhead. The recent snow has improved the base significantly, and most early season hazards are now covered, though there is still a small amount of brush above the snow in a few places, and there will still be some dips over water crossings. With very strong wind over the last few days, and continuing, and a heavy snow load on the trees, expect many “snow bombs,” and other tree debris on the trails, especially on the western section of the trails system. The trails not groomed on Thursday night will still have a considerable snow depth with some hazards beneath the new snow. As long as everything goes according to plan, the remainder of the Mt Shark system will be groomed on the night of Dec 26th.

  99. Dec 24 Upper Lake Louise trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, good condition. Dec. 23.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, good condition. Dec. 24.

    Lake Trail (#4): The slush layer has frozen (see description in notes below for how it forms) on both the walking trail and ski trail. However they are both VERY icy and extremely rough in places. We need quite a bit more snow in order to cover the ice and set a ski track. Poor condition.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Sled packed and rolled, Dec. 24. Poor condition. We will work on this tomorrow afternoon (Dec. 25).

  100. Dec 24 Update from Kicking Horse Ski Club in Yoho:

    The sled had a minor problem after the last grooming on the Kicking Horse. The main relay switch blew out and lucky for us–Golden had one left in stock! Joe is picking it up today and….will likely track Emerald on Christmas Day. Lovely present for all skiers.

    The Fan is snowshoe packed only–good ski set
    The Tree Hugger is ski set pretty good, soft pole plants
    The Horse trail is sled packed once and ski set with one tree down
    Lake is slushy in spots—some tracks—getting colder out.
    Best — Kicking Horse from Field Info to Otterhead River. Connector is alway the last —it needs the most help and lot’s more snow.
    But things are coming along…..so is Christmas! Happy holidays.

  101. All the trails around the Village, Ribbon Creek , Bill Milne and Skogan Pass have been groomed and trackset and are in great Christmas condition. The grooming team is off until the 27 of Dec to enjoy time with their families.
    Happy and safe holidays to all the skiers who make our job so much fun.

  102. Bragg Creek Trails Grooming Report 0130 h Dec. 22,2020

    The following trails have been track set and are in good condition: West Crystal, East Crystal, Sundog, Mountain Road to 1st Cattle guard, Hostel Meadow. Elsewhere, track setting and clean up are in progress. The vast amounts of snow have made grooming challenging so expect inconsistencies.

  103. Dec 23 Upper Lake trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Sled packed and rolled, Dec 22. Fair skier set condition. We hope to finish tracksetting this afternoon (Dec. 23).

    Shoreline (#4): Sled packed and rolled, Dec 22. Fair skier set condition. We hope to finish tracksetting this afternoon (Dec. 23).

    Lake Trail (#4): Most of our day yesterday (Dec. 22) was spent trying to expose the slush layer the formed from the weight of the new snow. We are hopeful most of it froze with the colder temperatures last night. This is still going to take some time to have a ski track. Poor condition.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Dec. 19. Poor condition with new snow. We hope to work on this trail tomorrow (Dec. 24).

  104. Skogan Pass lower and upper was groomed and trackset tonight right to the top of the pass. Skogan Loop, Sunburst and High Level are track packed only. Ribbon loop groomed and trackset , Terrace, Terrace Link Groomed and Trackset.
    40+ cm throughout great conditions In most places.

  105. December 22 7pm Shaganappi golf course in Calgary update:

    Corduroy!

    After today’s soft soft conditions, and nearly 30 hours of volunteer time in 26 hours, all trails were groomed tonight, and they are setting-up (freezing) well. Beware that some trails have very uneven surfaces, especially the access trail to the lower loop.

    There are some unmarked hazards that usually aren’t hazards…ie: buried rocks that are used in the summer at the golf course to indicate distances…they’re partially or fully buried with a bit sticking out at the top.

    Volunteers are working hard to have Shaganappi ready for the holidays. … we hope to track set in the next day or two.

  106. SNOW!!! All trails at Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary were Skidoo track-packed last night, and we’re heading to Shaganappi to Skidoo track-pack a second time this morning. After the track-packing this morning, we’ll have a better idea on whether the snow depth and conditions will allow us to groom and possibly track-set the trails!

    Help is needed in the form of donations to help fund operating costs like gasoline and signage for the winter. SNO is also looking at purchasing or building two rollers, as rollers pack new snow down in half the time of Skidoo track-packing. (so…nearly half the emissions, too!)

    If you’re interested in donating to help fund free skiing at Shaganappi, e-transfers can be sent for immediate deposit to: shagtreasurerATgmailDOTcom.

    Thanks, have fun in this snow!!!

    https://www.yellowstonetrack.com/product-page/roller-compactor

  107. Dec 20 Peter Lougheed Provincial Park: On Sunday night, the trails on the west side of the road were groomed including Lodgepole, Braille, and Sinclair. William Watson Lodge access and Spruce road were trackset. The temperature at the PLPP maintenance compound at 6 a.m. was -4.

  108. Dec 19 Upper Lake trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Dec 17. Fair condition. This will change to poor with the incoming snow.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Dec. 18. Fair condition. This will change to poor with the incoming snow.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Dec. 19. Fair condition. Watch for very large slush and/or ice patches!

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Dec. 19. Good condition. This will change to fair/poor with the incoming snow.

    We will be tracksetting again on Tuesday December 22 starting with the lake and Fairview Loop in the afternoon.

  109. Dec 18 Upper Lake trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Dec 17. Good condition.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Dec. 18. Good condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Dec. 16. Fair condition. Watch for slush and/or ice patches!

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Dec. 10. Fair condition. with new snow. We hope to trackset this Saturday afternoon (Dec. 19).

  110. Dec 17 Upper Lake trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Dec 17. Good condition.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Dec. 11. Fair condition. We hope to trackset this tomorrow afternoon (Dec. 17) if everything goes well in the morning.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Dec. 16. Fair condition with new snow. Watch for slush and/or ice patches!

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Dec. 10. Fair condition. with new snow. We hope to trackset this Saturday morning (Dec. 19).

  111. Bragg Creek Trails, Dec. 13, 2020 1100h

    We had a dusting of 2-4 cm overnight. Unfortunately, not enough to recommend skiing in our neighbourhood unless you have rock skis and can dance around some natural hazards. That being said, there is some decent corduroy to be found on some core trails and Mountain Road west of the Cattle Guard. Looking for another decent dump to get us in the groove!

  112. Wanted to give a shout out to the grooming team for their hard work on the Pipestone Trails. It was obvious they did a lot of shovelling to cover thin spots on hills and wet spots in low places. It was a magical place on Friday with the fresh snow.

  113. Dec 11 Lake Louise upper trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Dec 9. Good condition. This is skiing great!

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Dec. 11. Good condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Dec. 10. Good condition. Most of the slush has frozen, so watch out for ice patches!

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Dec. 10. Good condition. This has turned out really well, although there are still the normal early season twigs, it still is in great shape.

  114. Dec 10 PLPP: Trails in the north end were roller-packed including Pocaterra, Rolly Road, Come-Along, Lynx, Woolley, Meadow, and Wheeler. Early season conditions with natural hazards. Check the Kananaskis>PLPP trail report for more details.

  115. Dec 10 Mt Shark: Watridge Lake trail was groomed and trackset in its entirety and condition is improving with some un-even surfaces and a few bushes still remaining. The spur trail down to Watridge Lake itself has a very thin with exposed ground by the lake. The new snow has covered most dirt and stones but brush poking through the tread and trackset can be found along the edges throughout.

    The other trails at Mt Shark were groomed. Check the Kananaskis>Mt Shark trail report for details on the individual trails.

  116. Dec 10 Yoho update from the Kicking Horse ski club: Kicking Horse and Yoho Valley road were trackset today.

  117. Dec 10 Lake Louise upper trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Dec 9. Good condition. This is skiing great!

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Nov. 28. Poor condition. We hope to trackset this tomorrow afternoon (Dec. 11) if everything goes well in the morning.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Dec. 10. Good condition. Most of the slush has frozen, so watch out for ice patches!

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Dec. 10. Good condition. This has turned out really well, although there are still the normal early season twigs, it still is in great shape.

  118. 2300h Dec. 9, 2020

    Temperatures dropped enough tonight to start packing some trails. The 5-7cm we got today was not enough to enable track setting, but we were able to lay some reasonable corduroy on West Crystal Line and Mountain Rd. to the cattle guard. The base is thin, so be mindful of natural hazards. Another thing to watch out for are pedestrians and other users that have been taking advantage of the lack of snow to use the ski trails for non skiing activities. They may be unaware that they shouldn’t be on them after Dec. 1, so be courteous and direct them to a more suitable trail. Most importantly have fun out there, it’s beautiful!

    boomer groomer

    • Question for you Boomer?

      Loyal followers of this site will remember how you became Boomer Groomer last year to better reflect your extensive experience at trail grooming. We got to pondering once the much anticipated arrival of the new Snow Rabbit Snow Machine (donate folks we need this) happens will one of the Great Grooming Crew at BCT be changing their name to Jack and adopt the the handle Jack Rabbit Groomer ????

      • Hi Ernie,

        I thought i got the name Boomer Groomer for being so old!

        I can’t bring myself to change to Jack Rabbit Groomer as that would be disrespectful of the man who introduced cross country skiing to Canada, Jack Rabbit Johannsen.

        I will defer to Aqua Toque for prescribing any monikers to BCT volunteers, as i believe he is the resident specialist.

  119. Sorry, not exactly a Grooming Report, but I wanted to thank the Kananaskis groomers for the very detailed and up-to-date reports they’re posting this season on the Alberta Parks website (accessible from SkierBob’s “Trail Reports” menu). Despite my failing memory, I think they’re more informative than last winter, including what was available on the now-defunct Live Grooming website.

  120. Bragg Creek Trails 0700h Dec.9, 2020

    Bragg Creek has received only 5 cm of snow overnight but it is still falling as of 7 am. Temps are expected to rise quickly today to about 3 degrees C and then fall overnight. Grooming will commence once the snow has stopped and temperatures are below freezing. Skiing is not recommended on most trails at present due to a thin base and numerous natural hazards. If you choose to ski, your best bets would be East and West Crystals, Sundog and Hostel Meadow (not Loop). Be careful out there!

  121. Dec 8 Lake Louise upper trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Dec 7. Poor condition, with the normal early season hazards like twigs, rocks, stumps and roots in random, unforgiving places. Use caution and maybe not your race skis! We hope to trackset this tomorrow morning (Dec. 9).

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Nov. 28. Poor condition. We hope to trackset this tomorrow afternoon (Dec. 9) if everything goes well in the morning.

    Lake Trail (#4): Double trackset with a separate path for walkers, Dec. 8. Good condition. There is a layer of slush in places on the lake trail, it is not an indication of ice thickness, it is SAFE! The slush is from the weight of new snow that forces the ice down and water to pool on top. This slush needs to be exposed to the air with cold temperatures over several days to freeze.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Dec. 5. Poor condition, with the normal early season hazards like A LOT of twigs, a few rocks, with some stumps thrown in for good measure. Use caution and definitely not your race skis!

  122. Dec 7 Lake Louise upper trails from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Dec 7. Fair condition, with the normal early season hazards like twigs, rocks, stumps and roots in random, unforgiving places. Use caution and maybe not your race skis!

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Nov. 28. Fair condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): Over the last few days the ice thickness has increased dramatically. On the trail we maintain we have 20cm+ of ice thickness throughout the length of the lake. We have sled packed the trail but now our problem is too little snow, and in quite a few places bare ice, more snow is needed before we can trackset.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Dec. 5. Fair condition, with the normal early season hazards like A LOT of twigs, a few rocks, with some stumps thrown in for good measure. Use caution and definitely not your race skis!

  123. Dec 5 Lake Louise upper trails update from the Chateau grooming team:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Nov. 27. Fair condition, with the normal early season hazards like twigs, rocks, stumps and roots in random, unforgiving places. Use caution and maybe not your race skis! We hope to level and reset this on the morning Monday December 7.

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Nov. 28. Fair condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): Over the last few days the ice thickness has increased dramatically. On the trail we maintain we have 20cm+ of ice thickness throughout the length of the lake. We have sled packed the trail but now our problem is too little snow, and in quite a few places bare ice, more snow is needed before we can trackset.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Double trackset, Dec. 5. Fair condition, with the normal early season hazards like A LOT of twigs, a few rocks, with some stumps thrown in for good measure. Use caution and definitely not your race skis!

  124. Dec 4 PLPP: Tracksetting occurred on Elk Pass, Blueberry Hill, and Patterson.

  125. Dec 3 PLPP: Tracksetting occurred on Hydroline, Lookout, Tyrwhitt and Pocaterra north of the Packers junction.

    Whiskey Jack: “Groomed and trackset on Dec 3rd only above the top of the steep S turn hill, where a decent early season base exists. The remainder was groomed and trackset on Nov 20th (no track was set below Moraine), but caution advised on this section due to shallow snowpack, resulting in some uneven surfaces with potential for exposed rocks. The downhills in this section are likely scraped very firm.”

  126. Nov 28 Lake Louise upper trails update from Chateau Tracksetter Jeff:

    Hi All!

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Nov. 27. Fair condition, with the normal early season hazards like twigs, rocks, stumps and roots in random, unforgiving places. Use caution and maybe not your race skis!

    Shoreline (#4): Double trackset, Nov. 28. Good condition.

    Lake Trail (#4): The lake ice thickness ranges from just under 8cm to 12cm where we build our trail the width of the lake (we haven’t measured the length yet). We need at least 15cm of ice thickness to use our machinery safely.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Skier set, poor condition. Shovel and sled work has started and we hope to have it trackset for next weekend (Dec. 5-ish).

  127. PLPP: Blueberry Hill, Elk Pass, and Patterson were trackset on the evening of Nov 27. The Upper Lake Connector was groomed.

  128. Nov 27 Upper Lake Louise trails update from Tracksetter Jeff:

    Fairview Loop (#2): Double trackset, Nov. 27! Fair condition, with the normal early season hazards like twigs, rocks, stumps and roots in random, unforgiving places. Use caution and maybe not your race skis!

    Shoreline (#4): Sled packed, with one problem drainage 300m from the North access preventing us from pulling equipment, we are hopeful that by the weekend we can manage it.

    Lake Trail (#4): The lake ice thickness ranges from just under 8cm to 12cm where we build our trail the width of the lake (we haven’t measured the length yet). We need at least 15cm of ice thickness to use our machinery safely. Over night a slush layer developed that will certainly slow the ice thickening process, 2020 keeps sending us curve balls!

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Skier set, poor condition. Work will start tomorrow (Nov. 28) and will take at least a week. Thank you for your patience.

  129. Groomed in PLPP on the evening of Nov 26:
    Elk Pass: Trackset from Elk Pass Parking to Hydroline Junction only.
    Hydroline: Trackset
    Lookout: Groomed. Open water/creek crossing at bottom of hill of south side!
    Tyrwhitt: Mostly trackset. Some rough or uneven surfaces remain but generally in good condition. Groomed only for first 1 km south from Lookout Junction.

  130. From the Alberta Parks trail report for PLPP:

    Nov 25th: Pocaterra Trail groomed and trackset from Tyrwhitt trail junction to Packers trail junction only! Remainder of Pocaterra trail was groomed only from Packers junction to Pocaterra Hut/trailhead. The groomed only section is very thin with ruts, some dirt or rocks and un-even tread and getting worse as you travel north. Caution advised on northern sections of Pocaterra trail!
    Groomed: Nov 25 Track Set: Nov 25 Roller Packed: Nov 23

    Pocaterra grid was groomed only on November 25th. Snow pack is very shallow!
    Groomed: Nov 25

  131. Nov 25 Lake Louise Upper trails update from Tracksetter Jeff:

    Hi All!

    Looks like lots of Nordic Skiers have been enjoying a fantastic social distanced recreation! Work has been on going for the past week and progressing more slowly than normal due to the Nov. 3-5 rain crust being quite difficult to work with. We want to thank you for your patience and enthusiasm!

    Fairview Loop (#2): Sled packed from Lake Louise to the big hill. Work is ongoing and we hope to have a track in 2 or 3 days.

    Shoreline (#4): Sled packed, with one problem drainage 300m from the North access preventing us from pulling equipment, we are hopeful that by the weekend we can manage it.

    Lake Trail (#4): The lake ice thickness ranges from just under 8cm to 12cm where we build our trail width of the lake (we haven’t measured the length yet). We need at least 15cm of ice thickness to use our machinery safely.

    Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5&#7): Skier set, poor condition. When we finish with the Fairview Loop, work will begin here.

  132. Some of the trails around the Kananaskis Village were packed yesterday. These are still early days and the base is very shallow. Skiing is possible on the flat trails such as Terrace and Terrace Link. Extreme caution on any hills due to hidden surprises such as blue ice and rocks.
    Upper Skogan Pass has over 40 cm of snow but Alta Link is currently replacing power poles up there and using parts of Skogan as their access.
    Lots of great skiing in Lougheed at the moment best to wait before you try Ribbon Creek.

  133. November 19th, 2020 Shaganappi Point golf course update:

     The gates to Shaganappi were opened for the winter as of November 10th.  

    Skiing is not recommended until there is a compacted base.  

    -Skis on snow with no compacted base likely will go right through the snow down to the ground hitting grass, asphalt, and the shale cart paths, which can permanently damage your skis. 

    Feel free to go for a walk or snowshoe.  After grooming and track setting has begun, please do not walk on ski trails.

    Grooming and track setting for cross country skiing at Shaganappi will begin in December.  
    -Shaganappi Point golf course and Confederation Park golf courses have two different microclimates.  Shaganappi has significantly more year-round sun and wind exposure compared to the Confederation golf course. (Confederation has longer frost delays during the golf season due to having less sun exposure than Shaganappi)  If the snow above the turf at Shaganappi is machine compacted for skiing in November, freeze/thaw cycles of November Chinooks create an ice layer that remains in place all winter preventing air exchange within the snowpack, which kills the turf underneath.  Turf death in the spring directly equates to lower visitor numbers and revenue loss at golf courses, as golfers in general prefer to play at golf courses that are in pristine condition. 

    Please stay off tee boxes and greens, as the fragile turf is easily killed by compacted snow. 
    -All greens are  roped off. Tee boxes in general are flat areas with a hill around them. Some tee boxes are roped off, but not all. (roping off greens are the Golf course’s responsibility, roping off tee boxes near ski trails are SNO’s responsibility.  There are 80+ tee boxes, and 27 greens at Shaganappi).   

  134. More good news for PLPP. Not sure if this is the right corner of SkiHere for this, but PLPP staff have confirmed that the Visitor Information Centre (aka Discovery Centre) in PLPP will re-open for the winter on Nov. 29. Hurrah!

  135. Shaganappi Point golf course in Calgary update:

    The gates to Shaganappi are open for the winter, as of today.

    Feel free to go for a walk or snowshoe, but please stay off tee boxes and greens, as the fragile turf is easily killed by compacted snow. All greens are roped off. tee boxes in general are flat areas with a hill around them. Some tee boxes are roped off, but not all.

    Skiing isn’t recommended until there’s a compacted base.

    Skis on this new snow likely will go right through the snow down to the ground hitting grass, asphalt, and the shale cart paths.

    Grooming is not allowed until December, as machine compacted snow above fragile grasses prevents air exchange through the snowpack. Gases formed from natural decomposition during the winter is prevented from escaping up through the snowpack if the snow is compacted. The decomposition gases then concentrate along the surface of the grass, and kill the grass over time.

  136. The following trails have been re track set as of 10 am Saturday morning thanks to about 5-7cm of snow overnight:
    Mountain Road, West Crystal and links, East Crystal, Loggers, Sundog, Mountian View, Moose connector and Hostel Meadow. All other trails had been track set the previous day with the exception of Telephone (roller packed only) and Elbow South (which we do not groom)
    Conditions are lovely, but expect it to be soft and some hazards exist although they are few and far between.

  137. WBC Groomers report:
    The whole trail system has now been roller packed and the following trails have been track set: West Crystal and links, East Crystal, Sundog, Loggers, Mountain Rd., Mountain View, Mountain View West, and Moose Loop.
    Snow is falling as I type and we hope to get Iron Springs, Elbow N and Iron Creek track set this afternoon.
    Skiing should be great this weekend. As it is early season watch for hazards such as subsurface rocks, uneven tread, and slushy areas where water has percolated up through the snow.
    Extra caution advised on Iron Creek where there is post holing and debris on the snow from equestrian traffic.

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