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

As of 10am


Gold Bar: Trails including Woodcutters have been Packed and Tracked. Good condition though soft. Some debris.


Goldstick: Trails connecting to woodcutters packed and tracked. Intermittent tracks and grooming on the switchbacks. No grooming of the south loop.


Capilano: Packed and Tracked early in the am good for both techniques. Some debris from plows at the west end of the crescent.


Dec 6

Other Edmonton trails

Park Rangers

City Recreation

See the Parks & River Valley bulletin.




Sandra Jardine

Area map & description

Lots of new snow. Trails were packed and trackset on December 4.

Dec 6

Blackfoot Recreation Area

Doug Wiens

Birkie, Park & description

Park Report is here. Sometimes (NOW!) there is info on the Realtime Grooming Report.

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

Dec 8


Robert Early

Camrose NSC & description

See the club’s web site and Facebook page.

Updated by the club



Parkland Tourism & description

Updates here, map here.

Updated by park staff


Alan MaCaulay

Devon NSC & Facebook & map

Some details are on Facebook.  Devon has most of the trails in excellent to good condition.  We just groomed the golf course and Lions Park this afternoon. Some trails blew in on Tuesday 

Dec 6

Drayton Valley

Andy Campbell


See the club’s Facebook page.

Updated by the club


Marsh Hoke


We have received only a skiff of snow in the last week.  The big dump that hit Edmonton didn’t come to Edson.  Conditions at the Hornbeck Trails remain poor to fair.  The trails are snow-covered and mostly track set, but expect dirty, old snow.  Skiing is possible, but not ideal.  For further information, call or email Marsh Hoke, Muskeg Flyers Nordic Ski Club Trails Chair, at 780-723-2460 or

Dec 7

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

See the club’s Facebook page. They had snow but lost it to a chinook.

Dec 6

Grande Prairie

Eric Chislett

Wapiti NSC

See the club’s Facebook page; conditions are also report here. About 16 Kms for classical, fair to good tracks, and about 11 kms for skating, screened daily, excellent.

Dec 6


Terry Dodge

Hinton NSC & map

See the club’s web site and Facebook page.

Updated by the club


Brent Bouwsema

Lacombe CCSC & maps

With the recent snow we've got the trails packed but it isn't deep enough to make tracks yet. Details here and on the Facebook page.

Dec 6

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

Hidden Springs

Dear friends and fellow skiers, welcome back to another season of skiing in the Pigeon Lake Region. The Snow God has smiled upon us (again) and conditions are very good. Tracks have been set at Hidden Springs, Rundle’s and Pigeon Lake Provincial Park and trail conditions are good. A few more flakes and cooler temps will set us up nicely for the Christmas Season. Let’s get out there and grab it while we can!

More details sometimes posted here.

Dec 8

Red Deer

Don Wales

Red Deer NSC & Area maps

With a major snowfall last weekend we went from nothing to excellent skiing in Red Deer. All Great Chief Park and Heritage Ranch trails have been tracked for classical skiing. I expect River Bend is also good especially for ski skating. Portions of the upper trails at River Bend will be closed as snow moving takes place in preparation for the Canada Winter Games in February but closures will be signed.  A skied in track exists around the perimeter of Barrett Park in the downtown.

Dec 8

Rocky Mountain House

Ron Leaf

Info & map

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

Updated by the club

St. Albert

Christine Rawlins


See the club's Facebook page.

Updated by the club

St. Paul

Janna Zarowny

Lakeland NSC & desription

 The ski season is here!

The Lakeland Cross Country Ski Club will help you get out and get on skis this winter! – New ski equipment is arriving and a ski rental service is being set up. Negotiations are in progress with both Town and County for skiing at golf course in Town and at Westcove in the County this winter. 


BREAKING NEWS… With the last weekend’s snowfall our chief-of-grooming Wayne Krekoski (aka “Der Schneemeister”) has track set at the Cooknell trails the finest ski tracks we have ever had for early December! The ski trails are open at the Cooknell trail network! All skiers must sign in at the trailhead.

 This weekends’ grip wax recommendation: Nice hard grip wax! Friday and Saturday: Swix VR or V 30 or green.  Sunday: Swix VR or V 40 or blue. Blue skies and blue wax means “bluebird skiing”! Next week: Warmer conditions: Swix VR 40 or 45 or blue.

Dec 6

Strathcona Wilderness Centre

Bjorn Taylor

SWC & trail map & description

See the latest bulletin. And the webcam.

Updated weekly

Tawatinaw Valley


Website, map & description

Conditions posted on the club website. And see Friends of Tawatinaw Ski Hill.

Dec 7


Vaughn Cooper

Vermilion Nordic & description

See the club’s posting.

Updated by the club




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