Monday, January 25, 2016

SCAT trails just got 3-4 of new snow in the last 2 days - should be a great
On Friday - 4 of us x-c skied to Castle Falls from the West Castle road when
it was so warm out. The snow was very wet but with the no wax skis we had no

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Skiing is just fine on the Syncline Trails, but there is a log across the trail between junctions 12 to 13. It's about half way up the hill after you leave jnctn 12 on the way to 13. Not so bad if you're going up, but it's a slightly awkward surprise if you're going downhill, coming the other way. We are working on clearing it ASAP.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Packed the Syncline Cross-Country Trails for the first time this 2015-2016 season. There is actually a reasonable amount of snow out there with the Lake Loop being nicest. Must have got some recent snow. Done are the truck box, , racers loop, backlink,upper racers, mine prop, lake loop,front link and chinook. Left lower river, meadow and roller coaster. There are no slippery sections. Just nice snow. With 2 inches more it should be excellent. 
I understand skiing at Beauvais Lake Provincial Park is also very good.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Snow has been scant on the Syncline Cross-Country trails so far this winter season, and a friend tried the Lake Loop on trails, this morning, said it was very enjoyable, but still needs another 15-20 cms to make packing the trails worthwhile.
Keep your fingers crossed

Thursday, March 5, 2015

This report is a little old and with this warming weather, therefore, not quite as accurate anymore, but a friend was out skiing the Syncline Cross-Country trails on Tuesday and found them enjoyable, 6-10 inches in the open, but very little under the trees.

And from Chinook-Allison a report from another skiing friend - from yesterday: Two days ago (Tuesday), Gary reported having a great ski on the recently packed trails at Allison-Chinook. I went this morning (Thursday) on the 4.8 km of Tecumseh back trails trails of Allison with Sassy and had a good ski on un-packed, cold, light snow. I skied a bit cautiously; if you would be a little out of control, you might find the occasional protruding rock somewhat troublesome. Sassy had a great time.

And I was out in Wateron yesterday, skiing up onto Forum Ridge and the conditions were very acceptable, not as much snow as you would expect this time of year, but more than enough for a good ski.

Overall though, I wouldn't be surprised if the season is ends all too soon.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Skied Beauvais Lake trails today and I have to say they are in good condition. Packed, track set for one. Some old snow under the new.
Recommend it if you need a hit of skiing or snowshoeing.

Some new snow on the Syncline X-C Trails, and actually skiable/snowshoeable, but with care - you'll probably want to sidestep down hill.
No base underneath.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I walked some of the Syncline trails today. The conditions weren't particularly great for a hike; they certainly weren't any good for a ski or snowshoe. Deeper in and higher up the system, conditions might be passable but I didn't venture that far, so it's only a guess.
The only cure is snow and a fair amount of that.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

I was out skiing on the Syncline trails yesterday and they are holding up pretty well. Still a good base, but no new snow in a while, so they are hard packed. Good for skiing; I'm not so sure about snowshoeing.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

3-4 inches of new snow fell over the last few days, over a decent but still wanting base at the Syncline Cross-Country trails. Nevertheless, the skiing was quite nice. The trails will be packed tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

After about 8" (20 cm) of new snow last Sunday, the Syncline trails were packed and cleared of deadfall today. Parking lots are clean.
So the skiing should be best conditions of the season so far.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Friends were out yesterday on the Syncline trails and say they were very good: 2-3 inches of new snow on top of some hard pack. And since then we've had another 4 inches of powder.
So, take advantage of these sunny days, before the wind blows and try out your new snowshoes and skis.

Monday, December 15, 2014

A couple of weeks ago the skies gave the Syncline trails more than two feet of snow. A week later and the chinook hit and by this last weekend all we had left on the trails was a few inches of crust. BUT, then, on Friday night it snowed a couple of inches and the ski yesterday, December 14, was very good and quite fast (be careful on the downhill!). Still not enough snow for snowshoeing. Conditions will deteriorate with a lot of use or lack of snow, but for the next while they should be good.
P.S. the trails have been designated by the Alberta Government to become a provincial park, though when this will actually happen is unknown.

Friday, February 7, 2014

I haven't any updated reports on the Syncline X-C trails, but I expect they are in decent shape, though no new snow from the last report.
On the other hand, good news from a member about Beauvais:
i just chattted with CarolLee and she said the trails at Beauvais were being packed and even track set today!
i had only found one small trail that had been packed long long ago this season…. so this will be very nice!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

A couple of inches (5 cm) of new snow over the last 24 hours at the Syncline X-C trails, so the skiing should be good for a little while

Friday, January 24, 2014

I went out on the River Loop yesterday and with the fresh snow it was really
quite good. I used my classic skis with blue wax and even though it was
around +1, I had no problems.
I skied to the ski hill on the back trail and found that on the un-skied
area it was the best snow/no ice. Yes there was barely any snow under some
of the big trees 1/2 way to the hill by the river. There are some big moose
tracks punched along the trail and lots of coyote tracks as well. Either
wolf or cat tracks too. As this is a wildlife corridor, it is great to see
the wildlife using this route. Closer to the ski hill there are the usual
springs open on the trail - some I could ski over as there was a snow bridge
but the last ones I took my skis off and walked in the water and carried on.
It took me 2 3/4 hrs. pretty much straight skiing.... W