Thursday, December 27, 2012

Six inches of new snow on the Syncline Trails last weekend. But not over much of a base. Those cold temperatures are gone for a while, so it might be worth an outing now.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Out yesterday and looked at the Syncline Cross-Country trails, but there's still not enough snow, unless you're using your rock skis.
However, we kept driving to Castle Mountain Resort and though they don't have quite enough to open for alpine skiing, there was plenty in the valley bottom for cross-country. So, we skied up the valley to the first big opening, on snowmobile tracks, and put up with a little bit of snowmobile traffic.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

We went out 3 weeks ago and it was great skiing but now we need snow again.
Our group has been out 3 times to clear the trails and put up signs. More signs have been ordered to replace old or missing signs.
New trail maps are being printed off and ready in a couple weeks – coming from a member in Medicine Hat. We will have them in the brochure box at the main parking lot and at the Beaver Mines store, just west of Pincher Creek on the way to the Syncline X-C trails.

With enough new snow, we'll be packing the trails throughout the winter.
Pray for snow.

Friday, March 23, 2012

There's now very good snow out on the Syncline Trails and more falling as I write. The trails will be packed tomorrow, Saturday.
Have fun

Friday, March 16, 2012

Alas, the ski season might well be over on the Syncline trails. I was out on Sunday last and there's close to no snow under the evergreen trees, sometimes a little ice. The rest of the system had good coverage, though if it rained there much in the last few days it too might be gone.
I understand the Chinook Allison trails are still decent and, of course, going high (like into Waterton's Cameron Lake) you'll find good snow too.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I managed to wangle the day off today and got out on the Syncline Trails this afternoon - after a 45 minute long blizzard dropped snow nearby.
Strangely, though about 3" had fallen in Beaver Mines, only half that at the Trails. Nevertheless, the skiing was very good: that new snow over a well established base. It should be well worth your effort to get out.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Not too bad

Out skiing on the Syncline Trails this afternoon, and it wasn't too bad: a solid base with an inch and a half of new snow on top. A little skimpy under a thick overhang of conifers, the downhill sections might get skied out too soon, but with caution they should be alright.
Have fun.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Let's all take a moment to mark the passing of a friend.
Good Snow is gone.
I have to admit I haven't been out to the Syncline Trails, but it rained in the morning at the ski hill today, according to a friend, and he said the snow was gone from the parking lot. I don't expect there's anything decent to ski on at the Trails, nor will there be until we get New Snow.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Out skiing today on the Syncline Cross-Country Trails. A good base of packed snow, but with the warm weather it's a little fast and nobbly. Another 10 cm of snow and it would be very good.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

I managed to get out Saturday just before dark. Called it wrong for the wax, but limped around one loop anyway. And I can say, the ski season has begun. Not much of a base, but usually enough. The new snow adequately covers any ice or bare spots. I'm anticipating the weather forecast will be accurate and will drop another several centimetres in the valley through the week. Then it will be all that much better. If enough snow does fall, we're hoping to get a packing done before the weekend. Maybe it will warm up by then too.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Sorry for being so long in giving an update on conditions at the Syncline Cross-Country Trails, but the situation is dismal and has been for quite a while.
We need more snow.