2017-18 in review: What a great ski season!

by Bob Truman on April 10, 2018

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We were sking on trackset trails at Lake Louise on Nov 4, so it’s getting close to a six-month ski season. For the real keeners, Frozen Thunder at Canmore opened on Oct 21.  Read more

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Tuesday morning update

April 10, 2018
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  “Avoid lifting anything heavier than a cup of coffee for the first six weeks after surgery” This morning I’m giving my left arm some practice for what’s to come. Tomorrow’s the big day.

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Cascade Valley

April 8, 2018
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Yesterday I said I was finished skiing for the season, but I really mean it this time. I’ve never seen Banff tracksetting in April, so I wanted to verify it with my own eyes.

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Strathmore golf course grooming update

April 8, 2018

Thanks to Ed Meyer for the photos and update: “A team effort in some challenging spring conditions for another great set at the Strathmore Golf Course today.”

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A surprising grooming update

April 8, 2018

Sunday April 8 @ 12: 20 pm: Something compelled me to check the Banff trail report around noon today and this is what I found: Could Spray River be next? The Great Divide at Lake Louise was groomed and trackset yesterday.  The usual Saturday night trails were

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Still skiing on wax

April 7, 2018
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-Breanna on Packers- I couldn’t have asked for a nicer day to end a wonderful ski season. Skiing on cold snow with beautiful tracksetting and later seeing so many of the blog “regulars” at the hut.

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Canmore Nordic Centre

April 6, 2018
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-Bella and mom Stephanie were heading for the warming hut.- Thanks for all the trip reports. Amazing conditions everywhere and Mt Shark was, according to Gwen, “like winning the lottery!”

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“Everything about your website helps me get out there”

April 6, 2018

It’s snowing in Canmore this morning with a temperature of -12°C. There’s no wind and the snow is coming straight down, looks beautiful.

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Another place to ski

April 5, 2018

I had no idea there was such a great place to ski in Strathmore. This has been a well-kept secret. They also have a creative grooming set-up for classic and fat-bike trails as you can see in the

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Shaganappi still open, but…

April 4, 2018

Shaganappi golf course is still open to skiing, but it may come to an abrupt end. Alasdair Fergusson from the Calgary Ski Club received this email from the superintendent of Shaganappi…

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Kananaskis Fire Lookout…and more

April 2, 2018
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I waited for the perfect day to finally ski up to the Kananaskis Fire Lookout this season. The snow is so amazing

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Winter conditions in April

April 1, 2018
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At the north end of the Pipestone trail system, from km6 to km8, I love the ambience and remoteness of the area, yet I can cruise along a trackset trail

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Sunday morning update

April 1, 2018

Update Apr 1 @ 5:15 pm: Parks Canada will continue to groom at Lake Louise. I was given that information today at the Lake Louise Visitor Centre. The Pipestone trails were trackset yesterday. As predicted, Whiskey Jack, Packers,

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Pocaterra Meet ‘N Greet

March 31, 2018
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Conditions don’t get any better than they were on last night’s tracksetting. The only complaint that I can make about today is that we ran out of cookies.

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Saturday morning update: blue or green?

March 31, 2018

You can be forgiven if you step outside and think it’s Jan 31 rather than March 31. It’s -15°C but the sun is shining and it looks like it will be a beautiful bluebird day for skiing with a high around -7. I just hope you didn’t store your green and blue wax yet.  The […]

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Grooming continues at West Bragg Creek

March 30, 2018

Thanks to Alf Skrastins for this report: It looked like mid-winter conditions at West Bragg Creek today. -10C, with 10cm of fresh snow… and light snow falling. Volunteer groomers Bill and Dan were out roller-packing and grooming the new snow on on the trails mentioned by GH. New snow was covering the fresh corduroy as […]

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Mt Shark and beyond

March 29, 2018

You can see all 18 of Chuck’s photos from his trip to Mt Shark and then into backcountry conditions on the Upper Spray.  My sources tell me that tracksetting will continue in PLPP until April 15. I’m not sure if that includes Mt Shark

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Season-end “meet and greet”

March 29, 2018

I’d like to meet all my readers this Saturday Mar 31 at Pocaterra Hut after skiing. I’ll break with tradition and ski early so I can be at the hut starting at 2 pm and I’ll be there ’til 4 pm.  Everyone is welcome!

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Winter returning?

March 26, 2018

Update Mar 28 at 8 a.m: The PLPP Live Grooming Report indicates that Moraine, Fox Creek, and Boulton Creek were trackset early this morning. It also says “Use caution when skiing Moraine trail due to grooming equipment

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Ski Heaven in PLPP

March 25, 2018
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Conditions on the new tracksetting were spectacular. Today’s skiing was as close to perfection as you’ll ever find, and everyone I met was echoing those

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