Wedge, Bill Milne, and Terrace

by Bob Truman on February 19, 2019

in Kananaskis, Wedge Connector

Lorenzo and Peter on the Bill Milne trail as it leaves Wedge Pond

It’s the first day in weeks where it’s been mild enough to take Tessa for a ski. Her favourite trail is Wedge Connector so we went there for a pleasant ski on nice conditions. 

Wedge Connector

There’s about 6-8 cm of new snow on the Wedge and Bill Milne trails. The tracks are still in great shape and were reasonably fast. It’s a different story if you were skating but my friend Peter skated the Bill  Milne trail from Ribbon Creek to Wedge Pond and back. 

Terrace trail

The air and snow temperature were both -6°C at Wedge Pond. Officially, the first 400 metres from Wedge Pond is considered the Bill Milne trail. At the 400 metre junction, you can turn left and continue on Bill Milne all the way to Kananaskis Village. We continued straight on the Wedge Connector for another 2.1K. 

Ice sculpture at Kananaskis Village. Photo by Peter Neumann

 I also skied on brand new tracksetting on Terrace trail from the village to Ribbon Creek. It was wonderful, especially the final downhill to Ribbon Creek.

It was overcast and trying to snow. Forecasts are predicting 2-3 cm of snow, so I expect there will be a bit of new snow on the trails tomorrow.

Skogan Pass, Skogan Loop, Sunburst, High Level, Hay Meadow, Ruthie’s and Hidden were also trackset today.

If you start your trip to Skogan Pass from Ribbon Creek parking, take Hidden for the first 500 metres. There’s a new trail which branches off Hidden that takes you to Lower Skogan. This new trail was constructed to avoid the ice flow near the Ribbon Creek parking lot. Be aware there are still two ice flows a little higher up on Lower Skogan. 

Banff National Park: Cascade Valley and Upper Bankhead were trackset today. 

Deadline to register for the Cookie Race is tomorrow(Wednesday) at 9:30 pm. 

Congratulations to Helen Read. She chose one of her favourite places, West Elk Meadows, to reach 1000K. I’d hate to tell you how far behind her I am. 

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Strathmore update

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They have been battling strong winds and drifting snow at Strathmore. Ed Meyer sent this update and the photos yesterday… We had a lot of wind out here. Things are in a bit of disarray.  We have great snow coverage for the most part. There are a few spots that are blown out but passable. I […]

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Sunday morning update

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Saturday morning update

February 16, 2019
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-Loggers loop at West Bragg Creek. Photo by Groomer Jeff.- Thanks to West Bragg Creek Groomer Jeff for the photo and the following report

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Interesting experiment

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Skiing at its best!

February 14, 2019
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Beautiful day at West Bragg Creek

February 13, 2019
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Strathmore golf course

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Wednesday morning update

February 13, 2019

Alf Skrastins submitted the above photo. Can you spot the two deer? Snow on the way All the weather forecasts are predicting a significant amount of snowfall starting on Thursday night. Windy.com is forecasting 12.6 cm

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Confederation golf course

February 12, 2019
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-Confederation golf course on Tues Feb 12, 2019. Photo by Dasha Atkins.- Thank you to Dasha from Space Dogs Ski Club for submitting the above photo

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More snow at West Bragg Creek

February 11, 2019
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Monday morning update

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What trails would you recommend to visitors?

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In the beginning…..

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Saturday morning update

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West Bragg Creek

February 8, 2019
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West Bragg Creek update from Groomer Jeff: “Your intrepid grooming team has not let the cold get the best of them!

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Bill Milne trail

February 8, 2019
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Skiers are enjoying the excellent conditions on the Bill Milne trail, but the monstrous ice flow has presented some challenges.  The tracksetting crew is working

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Connecting Evan-Thomas to the Wedge Connector

February 7, 2019
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If only I had worked for Esso, I could join this fun group of retirees who I met on the trail today. I was happy to briefly join the fun, long enough for me to lead them

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