January 28th Update: Grooming and Chinook Blast Event
Cross-country Skiing Trails: Two intrepid volunteers packed the entire XC system late night. Some tracksetting was attempted and it was pretty soft so with a little luck the cold will work wonders.
Update (3:30 pm on Jan 28th): The grooming is snow covered and expect soft snow conditions and skier set tracks.
Snowshoe/Fat Biking Trails: The entire pink loop in the western portion of the golf course and about 50% of the Brown Loop Trail was packed with the Bachelor snowmobile with the packer/corduroy maker. Expect to see about an inch of fresh snow that fell after the grooming was completed, as well as blown snow from the north. Snowshoers are needed to help back down the brown trails in the eastern portion of the golf course if you're looking for a way to help and get some exercise today.
Update (3:30 pm on Jan 28th): Both the pink and brown loops got a lot of traffic today and are running well. Expect generally good conditions with some infrequent soft shoulders on the pink loop. The brown loop has some powdery snow at several of the uphills that fat bikers may have to walk but most of it is rideable.
What's Going On Today: Volunteers will re-evaluate how the grooming has set up this morning and will keep grooming until conditions are pristine! There's lots going on today at Shaganappi with free fat bike lessons for SNO members this morning and then the Chinook Blast event today. We look forward to seeing you there!
Chinook Blast Events: Shaganappi Nordic Operations Club (SNO) is hosting three Chinook Blast events on Saturdays from 11 to 2 pm on January 28th, February 4th, and February 11th as part of the city-wide winter festival. Enjoy the SNO trail advice and membership booth, beer tasting with Eighty-Eight Brewing, coffee from Crickle Creek, Big Buns Club cinnamon buns, free Bow Cycle fat bike demos, free Cycling Co fat bike sessions, and more.... RSVP now to help us determine numbers or feel free to just show up today.
Memberships: Grooming and track setting costs money (let alone updating equipment!). Help this non profit reach our goal of 200 members which will help SNO be more financially self-sustaining. Thank you to the 39 paid members and the three people who got memberships since the last grooming update! Consider becoming a member if you haven't had a chance yet. Alternatively, consider a one time donation if that works best for you, corporate donations are definitely welcome too!
Membership bonus: Free fat bike lessons! Join us Saturdays for free fat bike lessons from PMBI Certified instructor Duncan Milne from the Cycling Co January 28, February 4 and 11. RSVP and more info can be found by clicking here.
Pete T and Finn snowmobile track packing the ski trails Sunday before the snowfall: