Canmore Park is trackset

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.

Confederation golf course parking lot

These photos were taken this afternoon and the snow was still cold and in good shape. At the west end of Canmore Park, there is a grid of nine excellent tracks and a skating lane. 

The gates to the parking lot at Confederation golf course were open but I don’t know if this is going to be for skiers to use or not. There is a sign that says it’s “For Construction Vehicles Only.” Perhaps someone from Foothills can confirm. 

Maple Ridge update

Why is it so difficult to get unambiguous answers from the city? We still have no definite answer on whether the city plans to end grooming at Maple Ridge golf course. Erika managed to extract a statement from councillor Druh Farrell’s office that “they are not ceasing cross country skiing at Maple Ridge.”

Of course, that wasn’t the question. We first heard from Sarah on Dec 5 in her comment…

“the groomer was advising those who like skiing there to call the city (311) and let them know you want grooming to continue! Apparently it’s on the list of things to cut money from”

I have posed the specific question to my councillor and am still waiting for a reply. 

The first person who can ferret, pry or chisel an unequivocal answer from the city will win the prize. 

Fat bike update

Alberta Parks is allowing access for fatbikes on many snowshoe trails in K-Country. The only place in PLPP where you should see fatbikes on a ski trail is the steep Hydroline hill where snowshoers use the hill to access the snowshoe trail under the power line, maybe 300 metres or so.


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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Elk Pass and Blueberry Hill

December 6, 2018
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It was cold in PLPP today which means the snow is still in excellent condition. It was -10 at the Elk Pass parking lot at 2 pm with a bitterly cold wind so I didn’t linger.

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Volunteers required

December 6, 2018

NorAm/Calforex Biathlon Race, Canmore December 8-9, 2018 Over 300 volunteers are needed to make this race happen – approximately one volunteer is needed for every participating athlete. 

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Confederation golf course

December 5, 2018
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Chip and I had a very pleasant 8K of skiing this afternoon at Confed. As Mike mentioned on his trip report, some thin spots but they’re easy enough to avoid.

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Wed morning update; Nice to have choices

December 5, 2018

When I go skiing later today, it will be the fourth venue I’ve visited within the past week. Lake Louise, Elk Pass, West Bragg Creek, and now Confed. There are a few others still on the list,

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Freddie’s first ski trip

December 4, 2018
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We were dogsitting Freddie today. He turned one year old on Dec 1, so it was time for him to learn to ski. Off to West Bragg Creek where he can ski off-leash.

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Elk Pass is trackset

December 3, 2018
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Update: All today’s grooming/tracksetting activity is detailed on the Live Grooming Report Elk Pass was groomed for the first 2K and trackset thereafter.

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Monday morning update

December 3, 2018

We finally have some places to ski besides Lake Louise. Temperatures are staying cold, so this snow should hang around for a while.  After reading all the trip reports from yesterday, it appears the weekend snowfall was enough

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Snowfall update

December 2, 2018

Update: Sunday at 12 noon. This photo was sent in a few minutes ago from the Kicking Horse Ski Club: Now that the snow has pretty well ended, I received exactly what the forecast predicted for Calgary, 9 cm. To see which trails have been

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Lost skis

December 1, 2018

Update: I’m happy to report the skis have been found. Joanne sent this photo of the skis in the ski rack at West Bragg Creek. What perplexes me is the other set of skis with no bindings.  Snow update: At 6:30 pm, I have about 3 cm of snow

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Friday Night Update

November 30, 2018
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Kicking Horse River trail in Yoho is trackset from Natural Bridge to Otterhead. From what I can decipher, it also appears that the Tally-Ho trail from Field Info Centre

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A beautiful day at Lake Louise

November 29, 2018
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-Tina, Lori, and Dave on Moraine Lake road- The snow is slow in coming this winter, but at least we are fortunate to have excellent early snow at Lake Louise.

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I can’t ski slow enough

November 28, 2018
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The first five times I skied the west side of the Bow River Loop at Lake Louise was during the Lake Louise to Banff Loppet and I was going too fast

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