March 19, 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.
  • 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.
 
 
 
 
 
Updates
Today's temperature:  +14ºC
Tomorrow’s temperature: +10ºC; Sunday: +4ºC
Snowfall in the past 48 hours: Oh please... Where's the March snow dump?
Packed base: Going, going... gone!
Hours of operation: Monday - *Sunday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

    While I doubt that either Shakespeare or Julius Caesar would have any interest in Nordic skiing, the Ides of March that came and went on Monday may have very well been a portend to the terminus of the ski trails here – maybe not as sudden as the demise of Caesar, but a signal of the end nonetheless. For those that ventured out early this week, there were a few mornings of magic-hour skiing, where a layer of loose granular snow that had been groomed to mitigate the icy crust facilitated some very enjoyable skate skiing before it succumbed into a wet, slushy configuration under the full strength of the midday to afternoon sun.
     Despite sections of trail that seemed to defy the onslaught of Spring meltdown, the progression of exposed and icy sections increased daily, propelled by double-digit temperatures on the plus side of zero. Any remaining contiguous trail gave way to sections of snow interspersed with growing patches of grass, leaves, mud, gravel, ice, slush, and water. While some impassioned skiers, ever seeking their “last ski of the season” are portaging sections that will not safely transport their skis underfoot, it is not safe or feasible to carry on with any further grooming operations. And thus, we will wistfully observe the course of seasonal transition here, noting that even the Moose seem to recognize that the trails are now perhaps open for their enjoyment as well without disturbing the work of the groomers or the endeavors of the skiers.
    It has been an interesting and challenging season in many aspects, not the least of which is the overall deficit in snowfall. Our groomers managed to coax the November snowfall into almost three months of skiable snow before any subsequent snow came to refresh and refurbish the trails. The replenishing snow was soon followed by the deep freeze of the polar vortex, which, while preserving the snow, was not conducive to actually enjoying it. However, there were many days of glorious skiing that were thoroughly enjoyed, and thus we’ll take the overall ski season in context and call it a success: freshly groomed trails as often as we could, and happy skiers. Thanks for your “Thank-yous”, your smiles and waves, and for safely enjoying your ski time at SWC this season!

We welcome you to still enjoy the trails on foot -  dress for the weather and conditions, leave your pets at home, and remember that our front gates close at 4:30 p.m.

See you on the trails!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Grooming Report:
 
 Grooming has ceased for the season; skiing is not recommended.
 
For our real-time GPS grooming update click here and here.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Beat the Blues Boogie 2021

While the actual skiing of the Beat the Blues Boogie has been curtailed by the demise of the ski trails, we still encourage you to sign up and donate to the Alberta Cancer Research Foundation by clicking HERE
Even without any further skiing, the tradition continues with this year’s edition of the Fast Trax "Beat The Blues Boogie" to raise funds for cancer research in the name of Roger Tetrault. Roger was passionate about cross country skiing, biathlon, and all things Nordic, and was the prime instigator of the original Beat the Blues Boogie event.

 
 
 
 
 
Equipment Rentals:
 

                                                     Closed for the season!