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    Calgary / Bow Valley area trail conditions

    Hey guys,

    I was wondering what the trail conditions were like for the following: Benchlands, Prospector or Minnewanka?

    Has anyone been out on these in the last week?

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    I have a source claiming Highline in Canmore is good, and invermere valley XC is good

    The bench is pretty mucky, my friend was there yesterday

    Stay off prospector please, not the right trail to ride wet and I guarantee it ain't dry

    Minnewanka always good, even when it's not!
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    highline is ready? really?

    bikepirate has trail updates. I'd check with them first.

    lake Minniwanka after the bridge/hill might be OK in places, but odds are the first 2km are all ice.
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    Minnewanka is alternating deep snow and dry (70/30), no mud or ice but all that snow will be soon enough (ice or mud that is)
    Perfect riding on the fat bike but would be a slog for most. Highline is not ready to go despite reports to the contrary-a lot of snow in Canmore!
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    reclaimer (canmore) perfect, stony squaw not ready yet, knee deep snow

    bowmont / 12 mile perfect

    get out there!
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    prospector is all dry

    minniwanka is bit wet at bridge, dry and trail cleared to 11km

    tunnel mountain in banff is all dry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ferday View Post
    reclaimer (canmore) perfect, stony squaw not ready yet, knee deep snow
    Lower Stoney Squaw was ridden on Sunday, Apr 29.
    Unridable snow from the parking lot for the first ~2km until the trail wraps around to the front side of the mountain. From there the snow receded and the trail was in good shape, but the first 2km was a push. Upper Stoney won't be ready yet at all.
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    For Canmore:
    Highline - good but still some muddy sections, snow in avi paths
    Bench- very good no major wet/muddy areas
    G8- very good only a bit of mud near start
    Lower Nordic center- EKG, long road to ruin, Devonian/soft yogurt are all good hardly any mud, coal chutes and alternate have seepage and some muddy sections.
    Upper Nordic centre should be shaping up well from what i,e seen around the valley but haven't actually ridden it yet

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    Jumpingpound loop was in good shape a couple days ago
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    Canmore Benchlands was very dry and hot yesterday.

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    So I'm new to Calgary and looking for some good places to ride, where can I find some of these trails, I have also herd a lot about bragg creek, how are the trails there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrastories View Post
    So I'm new to Calgary and looking for some good places to ride, where can I find some of these trails, I have also herd a lot about bragg creek, how are the trails there?

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    what kind of riding are you looking for? bragg creek has amazing riding for all disciplines.

    check out mmbts.com, this one thread on pinkbike.com, potlickers, bikepirate.com

    you'll find most of what you need
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrastories View Post
    So I'm new to Calgary and looking for some good places to ride, where can I find some of these trails, I have also herd a lot about bragg creek, how are the trails there?

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    Bragg Creek is still a little early right now....there is riding out there but pick a low ride on the sunny side of the mountain.....

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    For some beta on the classic trails in the area, head on down to either MEC or one of the bike shops and pick yourself up a copy of Doug Eastcott's 'Backcountry Biking in the Canadian Rockies'. This book is lovingly referred to as the Bible of bike trails around here (for good reason).

    For beta on some of the newer trails that have been bult in the last few years have a look at the websites that Ferday mentions.

    Also, let us know what area of the city you're in as there's a few good trails around that'll let you get your fix without having to drive out of the city and you might be able to convince someone to take you out and show you some stuff!
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    I am in the south west in Killarny, I have taken a quick little rip around nose hill, and I have seen some of the trials at fish creek, however when I was there I was on my cross bike so I didn't really get a good feel for the trails they do seem a bit confusing though, and I would need to spend some time in there to get a good flow for a good loop.

    I may go pick up that book some time soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrastories View Post
    I am in the south west in Killarny, I have taken a quick little rip around nose hill, and I have seen some of the trials at fish creek, however when I was there I was on my cross bike so I didn't really get a good feel for the trails they do seem a bit confusing though, and I would need to spend some time in there to get a good flow for a good loop.

    I may go pick up that book some time soon.

    Thanks for the replies.
    Next time you are on top of Nose hill...look SW that is Bragg Creek....if you know where to look you can actually see some of the trails.....check out the snow line...

    Tree line is somewhere around 7700 ft....

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    This is a loosy picture of Banded Peak, Mt Cornwall....Bragg Creek is just north of these mountains.

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    not sure if Dougs book is still in print? but bikepirate just released a bow valley guide book
    good ski/bike deals at www.mntlion.com

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