January 8, 2021
COVID-19 Notice:

Park, ski, and head home. Help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

  • Follow all provincial guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Gathering in the parking lot or on ski trails and trailheads is not permitted.
  • Maintain a physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from anyone outside of your household, at all times.
  • Once the parking lot at Strathcona Wilderness Centre is full, please visit alternate outdoor recreation areas, such as Cooking Lake – Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area or try snowshoeing at Beaver Hills Biosphere.
  • Stay home if you are sick or displaying any symptoms of COVID-19
  • Learn more about how to stay safe and prevent the spread of Covid-19 when outdoors.
Today's temperature:  -2ºC
Tomorrow’s temperature: -7ºC; Sunday: -6ºC
Snowfall in the past 48 hours: Wishful thinking...
Packed base: 3-8  cm
Hours of operation: Monday - Sunday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Welcome to 2021… Seems to be a lot like the year that just concluded thus far, but we are certainly looking forward to any improvements we can celebrate. While our snow is from a bygone epoch (circa November 2020), it is indeed still (mostly) present and relatively viable for skiing. It has undergone more than a few transformation phases but with dedicated care and coaxing from the groomers, it has aged adequately for the most part, leaving just enough malleable crystals and granules to sanction some gliding and striding beneath the polyethylene bases of our Nordic faithful. As it ages, settles, is packed, groomed, skied on, groomed, and so on without any new, replenishing snowfall, density is becoming its destiny: the base is very compact and hard. And while we can keep up the manipulations on the skate lanes, the classic tracks that were set last year (yes, they are that old) will remain and hopefully continue to maintain their venerability. There are sections that are worn out and some wiggles here and there due to all the Nordic loving they have been receiving, but the remaining sections are mostly solid and still functional – until we get more snow, they will remain.

This weekend marks the commencement of our ski instruction programs, with COVID-compliant fun on skis for all ages; please be patient with parking and follow directions from our friendly staff. Our rentals remain open, with equipment available from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm (due back by 3:30 pm); while we are doing our best to serve our ski friends as safely and efficiently as we can, there may be a line-up.
Please ski responsibly, leave your pets at home, and remember that our front gates close at 4:30 p.m.

See you on the trails!
Grooming Report:
Overall conditions fair-good; the base is very hard compact, with some thin spots and debris scattered throughout the trails. Classic tracks are hanging in there, shallow and skied out in places with some glazed sections. Rock skis recommended; ski with caution on hills and sharp corners. Skate lanes will continue to be groomed, but we need new snow for the classic tracks! 

For our real-time GPS grooming update click here here.
West Trails Last Groomed Last Track Set Rating / Comments
Multipurpose Jan. 8 Dec. 20 Fair-Good, thin sections
Moose Jan. 8 Dec. 20 Fair-Good, thin sections
Old Ridgeway Jan. 8 Dec. 20 Fair-Good, thin sections
Bennett Lake
Jan. 8
Dec. 20
Fair-Good, thin sections
East Trails Last Groomed Last Track Set Rating / Comments
Fox Jan. 8 Dec. 20 Fair-Good, thin sections
Owl Jan. 8 Dec. 20 Fair-Good, thin sections
Wagon Jan. 8 Dec. 20 Fair-Good, thin sections
Coyote North Jan. 8 Dec. 20 Fair-Good, thin sections
Coyote South Jan. 8 Dec. 20 Fair-Good, thin sections
Old Ridgeway Jan. 8 Dec. 20 Fair-Good, thin sections
Wax Recommendations:

Glide: Swix P67 or HS6
Grip: Swix KX20 Green klister base (thin!); Swix KX30 Blue klister on top, possibly a light cover of V45 Violet Special for the afternoon
Ski Season Passes (Nov. - April):

Child (2-12yr)              $21.00
Youth  (13-17yr)          $25.00

Adult                           $55.00
Family **                     $115.00

Senior 65+                  $35.00

Day Trail Passes:

Child (2-12yr)             $2.75
Youth  (13-17yr)         $3.25

Adult                           $7.00
Family **                    $14.00

Senior 65+                 $4.50
(**Family Passes are 2 adults and up to 3 children 2-17yrs related and living in the same house)
Equipment Rentals:

Our cross-country ski equipment and snowshoes are now available for rental use at SWC. In order to provide safe and efficient service, there is a maximum of 6 public at any one time in the ski rental room; this includes picking up and returning equipment. Please follow directions and instructions from our staff; masks are required inside, and please always maintain 2m spacing. And, to help expedite the process, rental waiver forms can be downloaded, printed, and filled out prior to arriving at SWC. Each adult and minor renter needs to fill out and sign the rental waiver form:

Child & Youth ski package (waxless) – $13.00
Adult ski package (waxless) – $16.00
Performance skate ski package (skis, boots, poles) – $20.00
Classic skin ski package (skis, boots, poles) – $20.00
All-terrain snowshoes – $8.75
Preschool skis – $3.75
Baby glider (ski pulk)  – $3.75

The above rentals are based on:
  • First come, first served - no reservations
  • Complete packages and partial sets available
  • Rentals for use only within the park on SWC trails
  • Equipment rental rate is for up to 3 hours
  • Rentals out available until 2:30 pm
  • Rentals must be returned by 3:30 pm
  • Photo ID required to rent equipment
All prices include GST.
 Groomed XC ski trails at the Broadmoor
Enjoy XC skiing at the Broadmoor Public Golf Course for FREE this year. Classic and skate ski tracks will be set and groomed three times a week, weather and snow conditions permitting.

Walking, tobogganing and snowshoeing are also available on the golf course. If not skiing, please stay off the groomed trails. Reminder, dogs must be leashed on site.

The exterior Clubhouse washrooms will be open for use from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. The golf course is open for winter activities 7 a.m. - 11 p.m. for daily use.​​​​​​​
Click to view trail updates for the Broadmoor