Goldbar / Capilano Park
"I skied at Capilano today and it is in excellent shape; the best it has been all year with a deep classic track! So, both CL and SK is excellent! The Goldbar trials have been blown in quite a bit, especially the more open and exposed sections near the Pavilion and around the lake. Woodcutters has quite a bit of debris but the larger, blown down branches and twigs have been removed. A track has been set but it is shallow. Retaining Wall and 50th Street has a good track. All of the Goldbar trail has a recently renovated skate lane. As such, skating in all of Goldbar is quite good but be watchful when skiing Woodcutters.
I didn't ski up Esso Hill but it is renovated as is most of Goldstick. It is suitable for skating as the cover is thin, but has some skied in tracks as well."
As reported by Ulf Kleppe on January 9th
Blackfoot Recreational Area
"Today at Islet Lake, Blackfoot. Conditions don't get much better than this."
Posted by Julia Keenliside to ENSC Facebook on January 16th:
"We skied today up to Hare. The tracksetter was out working. When we stopped to talk to him, he said he was tracking all the way to Blackfoot staging area, including Winter and Wapiti trails. Conditions were good after they were track set. The tracksetter was using the Gater with a pull behind track setting sled. He said this unit should be equipped with a GPS tracker in the next week, which means the real time website that shows track setting status should be more up to date. He also said we need quite a bit more snow before Prince Haaken (the piston bully track setter) can be used."
As seen on Facebook on January 9th
Strathcona Wilderness Centre
"The base is starting to firm up nicely, although with only 6-8 cm to work with, we are still not able to set full depth classic tracks; however, the tracks are setting up nicely, and should remain intact for the most part. Watch for some tree debris and thin spots, particularly on corners and hills."
As reported by Bjorn Taylor on January 9th
"Pembina Nordic Ski Club hosted the 4th annual Eagle Point Loppet yesterday (Jan 14). The temperature stayed in the single digits (below zero, that is) making for a very "nice and comfortable" racing conditions! Only 1.5 hours south and east of Edmonton it is worth the drive. They have more snow than we do and have done an excellent job of converting this into very agreeable ski conditions; the grooming has been excellent!
The entire 13km trail network was used in the loppet. From the centrally located chalet the trails extend both east and west. The west trail is very forgiving, well most of it, and is gently undulating, wide enough for both skate and classic, and winds along the top bank of, and overlooking, the North Saskatchewan River. For those who want to have a closer look at the River, you can choose to dive down the extension loop at the very west end of this trail...but remember, what goes (sharply) down must come up!
The East loop starts off easy enough, gently down actually, and then drops almost to river level before heading slowly and steadily up. The North East loop is ideal for long steady diagonal striding! And some fun, turny downhills...and then a steady flat, false flat, section before, well, you climb a wall back up to the chalet!
The trails are fun, challenging, and, depending on what you are looking for, has something for everyone. They have lots of snow, the grooming is excellent and is done often, the entire trail network is suitable for both skate and classic; the drive is well worth it!!"
As reported by Ulf Kleppe on January 15th
More reports to follow as they become available.