Northern Region Trail Report

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Trail conditions at

· Bow Valley/Canmore/Kananaskis; see also the skierbob blog
· Banff National Park 
· Jasper National Park

Avalanche bulletins

Full descriptions of a number of the areas listed below can be found at Mike Stern’s Northern Alberta Skiers Guide.







Dave Storey

ENSC & Facebook



Areas from the grooming compound through half of the lake loop were renovated today including retaining wall hill, Georges chute and parking loop. The treeline has held snow very well also. Skate lanes only - no tracks set.


All other areas are quite disconnected with water, ice or grass spots. The far west of 50th and the far east of lower Gold bar / lake loop are not groomed. Snow on the center line is disappearing quickly.

Woodcutters is not recommended due to ice and water.


Grooming in Capilano and Goldstick is on hold now as equipment cannot safely access these areas.

Feb 21

Other Edmonton trails

Park Rangers

City Recreation

See the Parks & River Valley bulletin.

Updated by P&R



Sean Morrison

Area map & description

Snowing now will groom this evening trails should be good for the weekend.

Feb 10

Blackfoot Recreation Area

Doug Wiens

Birkie, Park & description

The most recent Park Report is here. Sometimes there is info on the Realtime Grooming Report. See the Cooking Lake – Blackfoot skiers Facebook page for discussion and further updates.

Feb 10


Robert Early

Camrose NSC & description

See the club’s web site and Facebook page.

Updated by the club



Parkland Tourism & description

Some info is here.

Updated by park staff


George Bernier

Devon NSC & Facebook & map

Repacked all the skate ski tracks and packed and retracked the Lions Park with a single track on the high trails just with the tracker.

Feb 10

Drayton Valley

Andy Campbell

Pembina NSCdescription & Facebook

See the club’s posting and (better) the Facebook page.

Updated by the club


Marsh Hoke


The Hornbeck Trails were groomed on Feb. 18.  They received a centimeter of snow that night.  Tracks were set on most trails (excluding the White Rabbit and 15K) on the 20th.  Conditions vary from good to poor, with icy places and spots of low snow cover.  The back of the 15K, and the White Rabbit, are not recommended because of extremely icy places and significant bare spots.


The Mooseheart Loppet will be held at the Hornbeck Trails this Saturday, February 25th.  Registration is in the warmup shelter, starting at 9 am.  The Mass Start is at 11 am.  Come out and ski in the Mooseheart Loppet!  (Information: Ralph Rix,, 780-723-5145)


For further information, call or email Marsh Hoke, Muskeg Flyers Nordic Ski Club Trails Chair, at 780-723-2460 or

Feb 21

Fort McMurray


Ptarmigan NSC

See the club’s web site and (better) the Facebook page.

Updated by the club

Fort Saskatchewan


Ft. Sask. NSC & description

See the club’s web site and Facebook page.

Updated by the club

Fossavatn Loppet, Iceland


Fossavatn Ski Marathon

The Fossavatn Ski Marathon will next be held April 29 2017. Registration opened August 1 2016.

Aug 1

Grande Cache

Denis Grenier

Smoky River Nordic

No snow and warm temperatures in Grande Cache.  We are thinking of bringing in our equipment.

See the Facebook page.

Feb 16

Grande Prairie

Eric Chislett

Wapiti NSC

Excellent conditions for classical and skating. Biathlon Races this weekend, but lots of other trails to ski.

Feb 10


Terry Dodge

Hinton NSC & map

See the club’s web site and Facebook page.

Updated by the club

Miquelon Lake Provincial Park

Dan Neath

Web site & map & description

Current conditions are now posted on the park report. Some skiers have put in a track.

Updated by park staff

Pigeon Lake

Mike Black

Pigeon Lake NSC & map

Trails at Pigeon Lake are in great shape for Classical Skiing. PLPP and Rundle’s Mission are ready for action this weekend. Grab it while you can!


If you encounter sled traffic on the trails please respectfully ask the perpetrator(s) to cease and desist and leave the trail immediately the way they entered. If possible, record and/or take pictures of the perps including (most important of all) their licence plate. Contact our Conservation Officer, Kevin Rowsell at 403-391-0911, as soon as possible. You can also contact the Park Enforcement Line at 403-350-5066 to report the incident.

Feb 11

Red Deer

Don Wales

Red Deer NSC & Area maps

Even with a well above zero heat wave the classical track between Great Chief Park and River Bend are well formed but icy and definitely require klister and rock skis. There are a few very few slushy patches in the direct sun but a skiff of snow would make them skiable again unless this melting continues  longer than forecast. If that is the case the ski season is over at Heritage. River Bend may still have good skating conditions on the lower trails but the upper trails would be treacherous and may already be closed due to construction of the Canada Winter Games trails for 2019.

Feb 18

Rocky Mountain House

Ron Leaf

Info & map

New snow this past week. Classic and skate trails were groomed yesterday and are in excellent condition. See the club’s Facebook page and twitter link for more news.


Feb 10

St. Albert

Christine Rawlins

Stanski & description

See the club's Facebook page.

Updated by the club

St. Paul

Janna Zarowny

Lakeland NSC & description

See the club’s Facebook page.

Feb 3

Strathcona Wilderness Centre

Bjorn Taylor

SWC and trail map and description

See the latest bulletin. And the webcam.

Updated weekly

Tawatinaw Valley


TVANC &  map & description

Conditions are described at TVANC under ‘runs open’ (but with no date given). There is a toll-free line - 866-698-2212 – for current grooming information. Also see the Facebook page.



Vaughn Cooper

Vermilion Nordic & description

See the club’s posting.

Updated by the club




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