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January 23: Shaganappi Winter Trail Conditions Update




Skidoo and roller last night, overlooking the driving range.

Sadly the forecasted Chinook has arrived. Expect a Chinook Glaze to develop on all trails this week as the temperatures warm up and stay warm overnight. Conditions on all trails will deteriorate in the warmer temperatures.


Please!!! If you are sinking into the snow, turn around and go elsewhere. Ruts and sunken tracks are a lot of work for our volunteers to repair, and they are a danger to skiers at night. In truth, we don't have the volunteer capacity nor enough snow on the ground to groom every night this week, which would be the best-case-scenario to manage ski trail snow conditions during this horrid Chinook.


Volunteers from Prospect were out on the driving range this morning, moving snow onto the ski loop along the north and east side, thanks Prospect!!!



January 22 update:

  • Cross-country ski trail grooming: All ski trails were roller groomed Monday evening in anticipation of the Chinook.

  • Cross-country ski trail tracksetting: Shallow track setting throughout the ski trail system has been done over the past few days.

  • Fat bike and snowshoe trail grooming: Green loops were snowmobile and Bächler packed Monday.

Groomer's Ratings (Underlined Apply):

  • Classic Cross-Country Skiing: Not Recommended | Marginal | Average | Good | Excellent

  • Skate Skiing: Not Recommended | Marginal | Average | Good | Excellent

  • Fat Biking:  Not Recommended | Marginal | Average | Good | Excellent

  • Snowshoeing:  Not Recommended | Marginal | Average | Good | Excellent

Trail Condition Descriptors (Underlined Apply):

  • Ski Trail Snow Coverage: <60% | 60% | 70% | 80% | 90% | 100%

  • Fat Bike & Snowshoe Trail Coverage: <60% | 60% | 70% | 80% | 90% | 100%

  • Fat Bike & Snowshoe Trail Rutting/Soft Snow: 5% | 10% | 25% | >50% UNKNOWN

  • Low Snow Areas: N NW NE E SE S SW W

  • Snow Type: New Snow | Hard Packed | Snow Over Grooming | Packed Powder | Powder | Drifting | Wind Crust | Spring Conditions | Glazed | Wet | Corn Snow | Slush


For additional photographs of conditions, go to the SNO Instagram.


Memberships: Thank you to the 70 households that have become paid members for 2023/2024 so far! We are that much closer to reaching our goal of 200 paid members, which will allow SNO to be financially self-sustaining. Thank you for your support and consider becoming a member if you haven't had a chance yet!


Chinook Blast is coming to Shaganappi in February!!!

Join SNO for a celebration of winter sports at Shaganappi Golf Course February 3rd and 4th! Free ski/snowshoe/fat bike skills clinics; free fat bike demos; free coffee and granola tastings; and trail advice and membership info from SNO volunteers. This is going to be our biggest event ever and all trail users are invited! RSVP Now!


Groomer's Ratings Classification: Groomer's ratings are based on "typical" conditions at Shaganappi. Excellent = Best conditions of the season, perfect coverage, awesome traction and grip, Good = Above-average snow pack, traction, etc., Average = Typical conditions, Poor = Thin snow cover and frequent low snow areas for skiing, difficult traction


Beautiful shot of the Prospect volunteers at work moving snow onto the ski trail around the driving range!


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