Banff Trail now open between Junction #1 to #5, snowmaking occurring between J# 5 to 7. Please use Banff loop to access meadow and other natural snow trails.
Groomers may be present on natural snow trails throughout the day, please ski with caution. Please see temporary signs are out on Meadowview and Olympic junctions as well as at junction 19 for best routes.
Warming Hut is now OPEN
Conditions improving with fresh snow. Classic track reset in most areas, but there isn't quite enough snow depth for it to set up nice. Boat launch area still closed and there is some construction happening on well site in the upper trails so watch for closures there.
It's the skison. The system is reset. The best tracks are to be found on moose, MVW, and IS/E watch out for dirt spots everywhere especially on the downhills. The core should be in great shape for skate skiing, the tracks are alright.
The skate lanes are in good shape throughout Goldbar/Capilano and Goldstick trails.
The new snow has bonded well to the existing base allowing for strong push off and glide with out the snow giving away or sliding.
There are a few thin sections, especially the wind-blown areas, where there is a little grass peeking through, but not enough to affect your skiing.
Caution advised: likely some thin spots in wind and sun exposed areas.
We have been able to add a classic track in: Capilano, Goldbar (Woodcutters, Hadhirgaan, select areas of the lake/tree line areas), creekcrossing). In Goldstick (switchbacks, south-loop) classical skiing is skier tracked only on the packed base.
Happy trails from your Edmonton Nordic Grooming Team
Construction is complete and grooming has begun. The Mainline road is now closed to vehicle traffic. All trails have been packed and will need additional work after this recent snowfall. As of November 30, lower trails still have early season hazards so use caution on those trails. Upper trails have good coverage but will need more packing before track setting can be done.
It's cold out there so if you go dress warmly and have fun.
All grooming done on Dec 2nd was with the snowcat and groomed only with no tracksetting. These trails are now much flatter but the base at low elevations is very thin and many early season hazards still exist.
Snow conditions are good at high elevations for early season and thin out as elevation is lost. Generally, expect early season conditions with many natural hazards such as uneven surfaces, rocks, brush, and possible open water or ice in places, with Packers deserving special mention as it needs the most snow to cover the hazards, especially if descending.
Visit the Peter Lougheed trail report for general conditions and specific trails by clicking the computer desktop icon at the top-right.
The rest of the blue trail and the hills on the green trail were groomed on Thursday night. The green hills are very thin in places as is the blue trail close to 19th St. No trackset was done as base is too hard in thin in many places.
Dec 2: yellow and purple trails were groomed but no trackset as not enough snow. Trail is rough and thin in places as it lost more snow during the last Chinook. Best skiing is on Blue, lower green and driving range.
Dec 2nd- Bill Milne, Wedge Connector, and Evan Thomas groomed and trackset after 12 to 18 cm new snow. Snow pack is still quite shallow on these trails so hazards such as uneven terrain, rocks, and particularly brush may exist. But conditions are quite good for this time of year and it's warming up!
Dec 1st- Skogan Pass trails and Coal Mine groomed and trackset today after 13 to 30 cms new snow fell since last grooming. Conditions are good, especially higher up, with the potential of some early season hazards still on lower elevation trails. A short section on Hay Meadows trail is rough due to an old ice flow. Expect a couple cms new snow on yesterday's grooming.
Nov 30th- Kananaskis Village trails and Ribbon Creek groomed and trackset this evening after 12 to 20 cm new snow. Temperature around -20. Conditions are quite good for the last day of November, but some early season hazards such as brush and uneven terrain may exist on trails, particularly on lower elevation trails and Ribbon Creek, which may still have some rocks hidden as well on the switch back hill. Also a very large rock is on the trail half way down this hill.
Ski with caution and click the computer icon above to link to the Alberta Parks Kananaskis Valley webpage.
Spruce Coulee, Highline, and Ridgetop Trails were all packed and groomed today. Conditions are fair to good with some bare and thin sections throughout, especially on the Highline- Ridgetop connector. Natural hazards exist throughout. Caution is advised
Marginal skiing conditions exist with many hazards under the new dusting of snow. Skiing is not recommended. The new dusting of snow is on top of the Chinook glaze crust, rocks, asphalt, fallen tree branches, grass.....skiing elsewhere (like in the mountains) is a good idea, or do an alternative activity!
We will update when there is more snow.....fingers crossed it comes soonish!
Most trails at Mt Shark were snowmobile rolled on Nov 30th and Dec 1st, the exceptions being the biathlon area including Orion, and the helipad access. If everything goes according to plan, uncluding a little more snow accumulation, the snowcat should be able to get on at least some of the trails next week. All trails have a fairly thin base and many natural early season hazards exist such as uneven surfaces, exposed brush, possible rocks and possible open water or ice. Caution is advised!
Visit the Alberta Parks Mt Shark trail report for details regarding general conditions and individual trails by clicking the computer desktop icon top right.
We attempted grooming but it was too warm. With a layer of wet new snow, our groomers just plowed instead of packed it down. We will be experiencing warm weather for the next several days. We will have to wait until it cools down before we can try again.