2018-2019 ski season in review

by Bob Truman on April 22, 2019

in Year in review

Members of Space Dogs Ski Club heading up Blueberry Hill. Dec 22, 2018

Last year when I wrote my final update, it was “What a great ski season!” Unfortunately I can’t say that this year. The snow was late in coming, and when it did arrive, we had that incredibly cold weather. So this winter will be remembered as one of those sports teams who win it all and end up in last place the next year, commonly known as “First to Worst.”

Wedge Connector Feb 7, 2019

Six months ago, on Oct 20, 2018, Frozen Thunder opened at the Canmore Nordic Centre. I’m not sure if the nordic centre will continue grooming this month, but we know that grooming is finished in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.

On the bright side, I don’t recall having to ski on a lot of tree debris or icy conditions, and we enjoyed many days of skiing under sunny skies which made for great photos.

Sandy McNabb Mar 7, 2019

I also enjoyed sking in some locations which I haven’t visited very often in past years including West Bragg Creek, Sandy McNabb, and Confederation golf course. Speaking of golf courses, I was thrilled to discover that  Strathmore golf course was dog-friendly. 

The Pipestone couch was a pleasant stop on a sunny day

Thanks for reading my blog, and a special thanks to everyone who submitted a trip report. 

I’m attaching some of my favourite pictures in the gallery below. Sprinkled among them are some photos from Chuck, Steve Riggs, and Gord Ferguson. If you’re reading here Gord, let me know where that photo was taken because I can’t remember. I’m guessing it was Burstall pass, but I’m not certain. 


Apr 22: Final grooming update

April 22, 2019

Elk Pass was groomed for the final time last night. Tyrwhitt was groomed as far as the picnic table. The grooming report mentions the following…

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Apr 21 Grooming update

April 21, 2019

Trails groomed last night in PLPP include Elk Pass, Blueberry Hill, and Hydroline. The trail report mentions the following: After the recent extended period of rain, most trails groomed on Saturday night are rather dirty, with some thin and icy spots throughout, some bare edges in a few places, as well as dirt or small […]

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Sunday Apr 14 grooming update

April 14, 2019

A number of trails were groomed overnight in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park including  Elk Pass Tyrwhitt Upper Pocaterra Blueberry Hill Hydroline Patterson

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Apr 11 grooming update

April 11, 2019

Update Apr 13: Most of the trails at MT Shark have been groomed over the past two days.  The man-made snow trails at Canmore Nordic Centre were groomed this morning.  PLPP grooming early this morning included Elk Pass, Hydroline,

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Sat Apr 6: Grooming update

April 6, 2019

Canmore Nordic Centre: Two natural snow trails were groomed(not trackset) early this morning including Rundle and Meadowview. The man-made snow on Banff trail, Centennial, and Olympic were trackset. The temperature in

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Sunday Mar 31: Grooming updates

March 31, 2019

It should be a good day of skiing on the freshly groomed trails.  Trails groomed last night in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park include 

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Elk Pass and Fox Creek

March 28, 2019
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The most enjoyable sking today was on Fox Creek on the return. It had been groomed yesterday, had about 1 cm of new snow, and was in excellent condition

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Snowfall warning for Kananaskis

March 27, 2019

Update Mar 28: PLPP grooming last night included Fox Creek, Boulton Creek, and Moraine. As reported by Ian and Darlene, Moraine Lake road at Lake Louise was trackset yesterday. Last night in PLPP, Elk Pass and

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Saturday night update

March 23, 2019

Thanks to all the skiers who are continuing to submit trip reports. We’re in the thaw-freeze cycle right now and conditions can be challenging.  This update from the Heritage Guides at Lake Louise explains the situation…

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Summer weather on first day of spring: +19

March 20, 2019

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

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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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