Summer weather on first day of spring: +19

by Bob Truman on March 20, 2019

in West Bragg Creek, XC

Mountain road at West Bragg Creek

It seems like we’ve gone directly from winter to summer, bypassing spring. I enjoyed a number of ski trips at West Bragg Creek this winter which I am grateful for, but it’s always sad to see the snow disappear. Thanks to Alf Skrastins for this WBC update. All the photos were taken by Alf.

Moose Loop

The temperature only went down to 0°C for an hour or so last night, then it shot up to 19C this afternoon at West Bragg Creek. With 12 hours of bright sunshine beating down on a thin snowpack, XC skiing conditions are rapidly drawing to an end. 

Moose Loop, shady side

Typically sun exposed area like the first kilometre on Mountain Road, the open areas along Moose Loop and the sunny corners on Iron Springs are already reduced to water skiing.

In more sheltered areas, the base is still intact, but tracks and hills are either icy or slushy. With each day of hot weather, the snow just tends more towards ice.  If you get the timing right, between the overnight freeze and the afternoon melt, the best conditions can be found in the core Crystal Line-Sundog trails.

Click to see all Alf’s photos. 

Chuck is managing to find colder snow near Lake Louise. He mentioned that Lake O’Hara fire road appeared to have recent tracksetting. Check his trip report for photos. 


No rest for Chuck

March 18, 2019

Chuck continues to scout out interesting trails and provide amazing photos. Not only is it lucky for skiers searching out new destinations, but it’s a source of spectacular photos for this blog! Thanks, Chuck.  In the below photo, was he

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A beautiful day in the mountains

March 17, 2019

The above photo goes with MaSid’s trip report.  Below is a photo by Chuck from Chickadee Valley. You can see an additional 12 photos on Chuck’s trip report. Where is your final resting place? It’s possible that some of my readers may

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Not yet in the clutches of the meltdown

March 16, 2019

Lots of positive trip reports coming in today, so the meltdown hasn’t yet taken a firm hold on the ski trails. Keith has come up with a name befitting of the big ice flow on the Bill Milne

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Late shift on Wedge Connector, Evan-Thomas, Bill Milne

March 15, 2019
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Sabrina and MaSid have submitted reports, now I’ll give my two cents.  It was a nice day of skiing

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Thursday night update

March 14, 2019

Lots of informative trip reports today, thanks everyone! Lucky we have Chuck to give us grooming updates on the Banff trails.  The meltdown is imminent so don’t delay. Most trails should be okay through the weekend

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Good day for a grooming

March 13, 2019
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I was thrilled to get Chuck’s report this morning at 9:10 a.m. about the Banff tracksetter working on Spray River and was hoping he’d also be doing Goat Creek.

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Wednesday morning update

March 13, 2019

Good news already this morning from Chuck at 9:10 a.m…. “Spray River is currently being trackset! Ski you there!” I don’t know how much snow fell yesterday/last night in Canmore and Banff but from the road reports it sounded like

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Snow on the way

March 12, 2019

We’ve had some spectacular photos attached to the trip reports over the past few days, so I’m showcasing a few of them in this update.  After studying all the weather forecasts, it appears that Ribbon Creek, PLPP, and Canmore are going to

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A good read: GBCTA annual report

March 11, 2019

This annual report with lots of photos summarizes more than just the accomplishments of 2018; it looks back as far as 2011 and to how far the organization has come since then. Thanks

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R.I.P. Pipestone couch

March 10, 2019
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MaSid’s couch on the Pipestone River made the snowcouch accessible to the masses. Well, not exactly the masses, but to a lot of skiers who don’t venture off the trackset

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Big sky country

March 9, 2019
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Just as Cheryl, Tessa, and I finished skiing the Strathmore golf course, who should pull up to go skiing but the man himself.  It was a thrill to finally meet

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“We skied every trail at West Bragg Creek”

March 9, 2019

Hello Bob, Three of us (Tom Maier, Mike Brewster and me) went out to ski every maintained ski track at WBC yesterday. 

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Another place to ski: Sundre

March 8, 2019

Hi Skier Bob! My name is Katie Jo Munro and I am the treasurer for the Sundre Bike “n” Ski club. Our club sets trail as often as we can on our Snake Hill, through town and along the Red deer River.

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Horse “grooming” at Sandy McNabb

March 8, 2019

Update Mar 8 @6:35 pm: Most of the north side trails were groomed today. The horse damage should be repaired. Live Grooming Report. Pine Ridge trail at Sandy McNabb is a hilly, mostly

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Sandy McNabb

March 7, 2019
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The one thing Steve didn’t mention in his Sandy McNabb trip report was the temperature.  When we arrived at 3 pm, the air temperature was +3°C and sun-exposed

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How many deer?

March 7, 2019

Can you spot the deer in this photo which was taken along the Sandy McNabb Loop on the Sandy McNabb trails? Steve Riggs covered it pretty well in his trip report, but I’ll have a short update with more photos later. 

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West Bragg Creek

March 6, 2019

Update Mar 7 @8:27 a.m: The PLPP snowcat is back in operation and a number of trails in the north end were groomed last night. Moraine and Fox Creek were groomed yesterday.  The following report is from WBC Groomer Jeff…

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Troll Falls

March 6, 2019
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Yesterday we took Tessa on the scenic Hay Meadow trail and did the extra 300 metres to Troll Falls. It’s worth seeing the frozen waterfall at least once every winter.

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Hilly fun at Sandy McNabb

March 4, 2019
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My old Sandy McNabb brochure from 20 years ago describes the Pine Ridge trail like this… Offering the most challenging and exciting terrain

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