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

All of the Skate lanes in Gold Bar and Capilano were renovated overnight.


Tracks throughout Gold Bar are good but a bit icy.

Tracks in Woodcutters are shallow. Downhill areas are thin.

Capilano tracks are solid but icy.

Jan 19

Other Edmonton trails

Park Rangers

City Recreation

See the Parks & River Valley bulletin.

Updated by P&R



Sean Morrison

Area map & description

Athabasca trails set classic and groomed.

Jan 5

Blackfoot Recreation Area

Doug Wiens

Birkie, Park & description

Much track setting has been done the last day or two; just about the whole system is skiable.

The most recent Park Report is here. Sometimes there is info on the Realtime Grooming Report.

Discussion and further updates on the Cooking Lake – Blackfoot skiers Facebook page.

Jan 14


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

The Devon Nordic trails are being set today.

Jan 20

Drayton Valley

Andy Campbell

Pembina NSCdescription & Facebook

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

Jan 10


Marsh Hoke


Warm weather and no new snow has made the Hornbeck Trails glazed and icy.  Grooming and track setting is planned for Saturday morning (tomorrow), when it cools down.


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

Jan 20

Fort McMurray


Ptarmigan NSC

See the club’s web site and (better, their) 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

High winds in Grande Cache have littered the trails with pine needles. Waiting for the wind to die down and will reset in the next few days.        

See their Facebook page.

Jan 13

Grande Prairie

Eric Chislett

Wapiti NSC

Rain yesterday and now freezing temperatures. However lots of trails will be ready for both skating and classical by tomorrow, sat.

Jan 20


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 have been trackset. Ski conditions at both Rundle’s and PLPP are going to be absolutely fabulous for the next couple of days. Let’s have some fun!  


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.


See the map page on the PLNSC website for directions.

Jan 13

Red Deer

Don Wales

Red Deer NSC & Area maps

Tracks are very skiable in somewhat sheltered locations in Heritage Ranch but glazed and icy in open areas due to all this warm weather. Until this heat wave ends it is a good idea to ski around 11:00 am and blue klister as a base would be advisable. The River Bend trails in the open are extremely icy and the upper trails and hills are likely treacherous due to dense spruce cover. We need a dump of new snow or even just a dusting to line the tracks as the weather returns to normal temperatures.

Jan 20

Rocky Mountain House

Ron Leaf

Info & map

New snow, trails are excellent.  Track set yesterday or today at Pine Hills Golf course, Thompson Pony Club and numerous trails at Crimson Lake Provincial Park. 


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

Jan 6

St. Albert

Christine Rawlins

Stanski & description

See the club's trail blog and Facebook page.

Updated by the club

St. Paul

Janna Zarowny

Lakeland NSC & description

Recently groomed trails and all in good condition. Some leaves and stubble in spots but not any impediment to skiing.


Iron Horse Loppet Feb. 4: Our Iron Horse Trail Ski Tour on February 4th has been moved to our own Cooknell ski trails as the amount of snow on the IHT is very minimal. We will be adding a free fun poker rally to the day. Please join other ski club members and out of town guest for an enjoyable day of skiing.


See the club’s Facebook page.


Jan 20

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’. Loppet on Sunday Jan 22.


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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