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

Nothing yet.

Sept 20

Other Edmonton trails

Park Rangers

City Recreation

See the Parks & River Valley bulletin.




Sean Morrison

Area map & description

I’m told that that Athabasca has been groomed for skate but not classic yet.

Nov 20

Blackfoot Recreation Area

Doug Wiens

Birkie, Park & description

The most recent Park Report is here.

Tracksetting to start Dec 1.

Sometimes there is info on the Realtime Grooming Report.

See the Cooking Lake – Blackfoot skiers Facebook page for discussion and further updates.

Nov 17


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

Nothing yet.

Sept 20

Drayton Valley

Andy Campbell

Pembina NSCdescription & Facebook

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

Updated by the club


Marsh Hoke


We have been missed by the snow over the past two weeks.  We only have about 6 cm of snow on the ground.  The Hornbeck Trails have all been packed, but not groomed or track set.  The trails are open, and skiers have been skiing.  The trails are all snow covered, with no bare spots.  Expect early season/low snow conditions, with grass and twigs and bumpy muskegs.

I will be away until December 10th.  In my absence, trail conditions can be obtained from Ralph Rix at 780-723-5145 or

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

Nov 16

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

Grande Cache

Denis Grenier

Smoky River Nordic

Hello all from beautiful Grande Cache Alberta.

We have very little snow at the moment and trails are only being cleared at the moment. We do not have enough snow to even pack a base. If anyone can send us snow, that would be appreciated.

See the Facebook page.

Nov 17

Grande Prairie

Eric Chislett

Wapiti NSC

Mother Nature has been good to us. All trails are packed and track set. Skiing could not be any better.

See the Facebook page.

Nov 17


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

See the park report.

Updated by park staff

Pigeon Lake

Mike Black

Pigeon Lake NSC & map

Nothing yet.

Sept 20

Red Deer

Don Wales

Red Deer NSC & Area maps

We have well-formed classical ski tracks around the ball diamonds at Great Chief Park after a lot of snow blowing and there is a very presentable skier set track around downtown's Barrett Park. Apparently portions of River Bend have been packed for ski skating but probably not the newly cleared upper trails and it is unlikely there is enough snow for a classical track.

Nov 17

Rocky Mountain House

Ron Leaf

Info & map

Classic and skate trails have been set at the Pine hills golf course. The Thompson Pony Club has classic, fat tire and snowshoe trails set.


See the club’s Facebook page and twitter link for more news.

Nov 11

St. Albert

Christine Rawlins

Stanski & description

See the club's Facebook page.

Updated by the club

St. Paul

Janna Zarowny

Lakeland NSC & description

Thanks to Raymond Journault for his huge effort, with a helping hand from Darren Pratch, to groom and put our first tracks down last Friday and Saturday! Thanks to them, we’ve had the earliest “opening day” in many years! The trails are in fair to good condition for this early in the winter. Many of the trails are “twiggy” and have some grass in them, more of a nuisance then anything because the grass mainly will strip off your grip wax. Put on 2 or 3 more thin lawyers (Ha nice one Pierre J) layers than you normally would, depending on the length of time you plan to ski. More snow will help cover that grass.


SAFETY ALERT: The bottoms of Margo’s Gully – on the south section of the North-South trail – and Wayne’s World – on the west end of the East-West trail are sheer ice. More water has accumulated there than in recent years. Those 2 gullies are OUT OF BOUNDS as very hazardous. We will have those areas marked off with surveyor tape. SKIING IS NOT ALLOWED THERE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. We need more snowfall to cover the bottoms of those gullies and to re-track set there. Sounds like we may need more snow to get the trails ship shape.

Nov 21

Strathcona Wilderness Centre

Bjorn Taylor

SWC & trail map & description

See the latest bulletin. And the webcam.

Updated weekly

Tawatinaw Valley


TVANCmap & description

Conditions are described at TVANC under ‘runs open’ (but with no date given and no apparent change to the conditions all year!). 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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