Approximately 15 cm's of snow fell over the weekend, with up to 20 cm's at higher elevations and in the south end of the park. Expect early season tracksetting on all snowcat groomed trails from last week- tracks may be uneven in areas, or left out completely as conditions allow. Snow conditions/base is good at high elevations for early season and thins out as elevation is lost. Expect early season conditions with many natural hazards such as uneven surfaces, rocks, brush, and possible open water or ice in places.
Visit the Peter Lougheed trail report for general conditions and specific trails by clicking the computer desktop icon at the top-right.
Recent new snow has provided a much needed top up to our trails. The grooming team have been hard at work to make the most of it and will be operating throughout the day. Please use caution on trails as groomers will be out on trail.
Spring Creek trails were packed and rolled today. Conditions are fair with a number of large drifts throughout. Caution is advised.
The Murray Hill Road and Golf Course Road are still open to vehicle traffic. Please use caution when crossing or using these roadways.
The Elk Management hunt continues until December 3rd. Please be aware that hunters may be in the area.
With the snow and cooler temperatures forecast for this week, groomers will be grooming and resetting track in anticipation of the warmer temps expected for this coming weekend. If you are a hardy skate skier, the core trails have been groomed this am and could be a lot of fun.
Welcome Back Winter!
The team has been out packing on all trails in Capilano, Goldbar, and Goldstick during the new snowfall.
Note: the north shore trail previously had several spots melted through to the grass and pavement – caution advised.
Goldstick/creek crossing/south loop previously icy – caution advised.
The best skiing will be found in Goldbar (two-way, treeline, Hadhirgaan) and Capilano.
Expect a softer top-layer with a hard/icy base underneath overall.
Caution advised: likely some thin spots in wind and sun exposed areas (grass coming through in select areas and some areas with gravel underneath have some gravel present) including: Esso hill, south loop east side and the steep climb at 101 ave, and the entrance climb into woodcutters, and the steep downhill/uphill at the creek crossing.
Rock skis recommended.
Please note, we still need increased snow pack depth before setting classical tracks. So at the present time, no classic tracks. Classical skiing is skier tracked only on the packed base.
Happy trails from your Edmonton Nordic Grooming Team
Monday afternoon we regroomed the Driving Range skate and classic perimeter trails and the teaching lanes. Very good conditions here except for the perimeter trail near the golf cart storage compound. The skate lane on the low snow trail linking Blue Green Orange trails was re groomed. Skating is good- no classic track here. Ice and low snow don't allow us to groom the other trails at this time. Let's hope we get snow this week so we can enjoy Confed skiing at its best!
March conditions in November, Chinook glaze is here! Whenever Calgary has a Chinook melt/freeze weather cycle, just like residential roads and alleys, ski trails get that layer of ice on top of the compacted snow.
If there is a shallow base of snow like now, then grooming and track setting decisions get tricky.
Most ski trails were groomed Saturday evening by a volunteer, however unlike Friday evening, the decision was made to not renovate the trails with the knives to dig up/break up and churn that ice layer of snow. Instead, only grooming took place. As a result, the grooming barely scratched the surface of the snow. Snow preservation takes priority, as the Chinook glaze ice layer helps preserve what little snow there is, and the weather forecast is horrid.
The skiing is relatively good in most areas, surprisingly, even the lower Expert loop that has not been groomed since Sunday evening a week ago.
The pin flagged shared fat bike/ snowshoe trail system is hard packed in most places and feedback is the riding is great. Keep in mind conditions may be slippery so snowshoes with crampons and fat bikes with studded tires are recommended.
More details found on our website conditions and updates page
No new grooming occurred this week with the warm weather and shallow snow pack. If venturing out, expect challenging conditions with icy snow when temperatures are below freezing, as well as pine needles on the trails from recent strong winds.
Early season hazards exist with the potential for rocks, brush, and the emergence of bare spots, particularly on lower elevation trails. Ski with care.
The forecasted colder weather and new snow next week will be needed to groom trails into better shape.
All trails were snowmobile-packed only on November 8th and November 9th. Only a few cm's has accumulated on top of that packing, and some trails around the biathlon area and close to the parking lot were snowmobile rolled on Nov 23rd. All trails currently have a thin base and many natural early season hazards exist such as uneven surfaces, rocks, sticks, 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.
Work is still proceeding on the Allison road down to the lake. Also, the CNSC is doing trail maintenance on a lot of the trails and that work is expected to be completed by the end of November. Expect machine tracks and bare trail sections where work is being done. We will begin grooming activity when all construction work at Allison is complete.
While you're waiting for groomed ski trails, give yourself a treat and try out the new multi-use snowshoe, fat bike & hiking trails. You'll be surprised how great the new trails are. Volunteers are still working to get all the new multi-use trails marked with orange flashes. Only a few sections remain to be marked. While you're out there, check out the new maps at major trail junctions.
Enjoy the trails.