Sunday night update

by Bob Truman on December 16, 2018

in XC

Haywood Noram World Jr/U23 trials in Canmore. Photo by Chuck. 

Thanks for all the trip reports and photos today. I’ve added a “Groomer’s Report” from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise. It sounds like Fairview is on the verge of being trackset. One more snowfall required. 

Lots of fresh snow at Yoho Valley Road today. Photo by Peter Neumann.

I would have enjoyed watching Ray attempting to keep up with the dogsleds. Chuck and Jeannette were cheering on the racers at the Noram World Jr/U23 trials in Canmore and have some photos to share. You can see the full results on Zone 4. 

East Sundog, near the junction with east Crystal Line at West Bragg Creek. Photo by Steve Riggs.

I’ll mention once again that a Facebook group has been created by Louise for anyone who wants to organize car pooling. Cross Country Skiing YYC. I see she has already added 37 members to the group today.

If you missed it, Nipika Mountain Resort has been trackset but with early-season conditions. 

Steve Riggs was biking at West Bragg Creek today and sent this remark “Surprisingly- I saw people skiing near the trailhead, despite the bulletproof conditions!  The same bulletproof conditions made for great biking on studded 2.3 tires, with at least as much dry dirt as ice or snow.”

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Sad to see the snow disappearing at WBC, and there’s not much in the forecast. I’m posting the latest snowfall predictions from Windy.com for a number of trails. If it materializes, the trails in Yoho and Emerald Lake will be getting 30 cm. 

My skis were sitting on the trail as the snowcat approached.

Did you notice anything interesting about this photo where Jody was coming into the Elk Pass trailhead with the snowcat? Yes, those are my skis and poles sitting there, waiting to get munched by the tiller. When I saw the snowcat arriving, I thought I’d be helpful and move the “No Parking” sign off to the side so he didn’t have to get out of the cab. I totally forgot about my skis, so thankfully Jody noticed them and stopped to let me rescue them. 

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Car Pooling

December 16, 2018

Louise has created a Facebook page for anyone interested in car pooling. It’s called Cross Country Skiing YYC. Click over and join. 

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Canmore Nordic Centre

December 15, 2018
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With a lack of other venues available for skiing, the Canmore Nordic Centre was incredibly busy today.  The tracksetting on Banff trail on man-made snow

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Saturday morning update

December 15, 2018

Some grooming was completed at Mount Shark yesterday: Trails groomed on Dec. 14th include the Blue 2km loop, biathlon area and Watridge Lake trail from the main parking trailhead to

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Elk Pass, Tyrwhitt, and other trails in PLPP

December 14, 2018
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Jody was just finished tracksetting Elk Pass when I arrived around 1:30 pm. Starting at 5 a.m, he also worked on Blueberry Hill, Tyrwhitt, Hydroline and Patterson. Check the PLPP Live Grooming

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This is unacceptable

December 14, 2018

The miscreants returning from the Alpine Club of Canada hut at Elk Lakes dumped their uneaten food on the picnic table at the Elk Pass – Tyrwhitt – Hydroline junction. MaSid was there and saw them do it. I’ve included his report

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Friday morning update

December 14, 2018

Update: The Banff trail report shows some trails have been packed: Spray River westside – snowmobile packed  Spray River eastside – snowmobile packed  Goat Creek – snowmobile packed 

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Snowing west of Banff

December 13, 2018

Windy.com is predicting the following snowfall amounts over the next 24 hours: Banff townsite: 5 cm Redearth Creek trailhead: 9 cm Goat Creek trailhead: 6 cm Lake Louise: 12 cm Yoho: 12 cm Elk Pass: 6 cm Pocaterra: 6 cm Mt Shark: 9 cm

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Fresh snow in PLPP!

December 12, 2018
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We arrived at the Elk Pass trailhead to 5 cm of new snow, and closer to 10 cm as we gained elevation. Windy.com was reasonably correct with their prediction

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Wednesday night update

December 12, 2018

I’ll have a good news update on Elk Pass and Blueberry Hill later tonight. In the mean time, I wanted to post the photo of Confederation parking. Thanks to Mike W for sending in the pic.  I thought we had it good at Elk Pass

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Finally, snow in the mountains

December 11, 2018

I was thrilled to read Mary’s trip report from Lake Louise where she said it was snowing “pretty good” this  afternoon. I’m wondering how much snow will greet Chip, Peter, Pat and me tomorrow morning at Elk Pass?

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Maple Ridge grooming to continue

December 11, 2018

We finally have a definitive answer to the Maple Ridge grooming question from the city of Calgary(thanks to Erika for this):

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Canmore Park is trackset; fatbike news

December 10, 2018

Let me first say that Canmore Park is not in Canmore, it’s in Calgary. It’s right across 19 St NW from Confederation golf course. These photos were taken this afternoon

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Snow predictions

December 10, 2018

This next system which is coming through is predicted to dump most of its snow along the continental divide and not in Calgary or West Bragg Creek. Predictions from the “Big Four” weather forecasts show snowfall amounts for

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Wishin’ and Hopin’

December 9, 2018

Some very interesting and enjoyable trip reports today, thanks everyone. I imagine this old Dusty Springfield song from 1964 would be banned in today’s politically correct world akin to “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”  I would bet that

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Lost and found, and a new video

December 9, 2018
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Thank you to Steve for the above spectacular photos of Jo and Piper the dog at West Bragg Creek. Just a reminder, you can get updated on the conditions of most trails

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Giving back: The generous man behind Strathmore grooming

December 9, 2018

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who is curious about the man with the Pisten-Bully (and lots of other equipment) who grooms and tracksets the Strathmore golf course. I asked Ed

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A wonderful discovery

December 8, 2018
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I had trouble deciding on a title for this blog post. Amazing news for dogs and dog owners A beautiful day at Strathmore golf course Off-leash skiing close to Calgary Don’t make assumptions The best $5 I’ve ever spent Good food and warm bathrooms

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Friday night update

December 7, 2018

I took a spin around Bowness Park this afternoon. What a lovely trail – if only it had another 10 cm of snow. I was surprised to see there was a skating lane as well as a classic track.

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Maple Ridge alert

December 7, 2018

In this exchange between Manfred and the city, they mostly ignored his concern. Does this raise more suspicion of their intentions?

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