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    Places to ride around Calgary AB in Winter

    Does anybody know of any trails that are used / packed down enough for snow riding around Calgary / Kananiskis? I was previously living in Fort McMurray, where there were plenty of options (and definitely more snow), but this will be my first winter in Calgary. I'm not too interested in poaching the Xc ski trails in west Bragg creek, but are any of the new summer trails passable? Any help would be appreciated.
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    I haven't tried the western Canada forum but figured this would be a better place to start.

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    Elbow loop is my go-to for early season, but around february the avalanche conditions are usually pretty scary.
    Snowshoe trails are the best bet, powderface creek with prairie creek are good for most of the winter.
    In Banff, the spray valley has trails groomed for skate skiing and they are nice winter rides. The parks canada snowmobiles make regular trips through almost the whole way to Canmore and you can usually ride their tracks.
    Fernie is a bit further, but has extensive trails that can make for some excellent riding.

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    I rode Penstock Loop off of Highway 40 last winter and it was great. The snowshoe tracks off that area are perfect. I also rode Lake Minnewanka, Goat creek in Canmore and the legacy trail between Canmore and Banff. The more advanced trails would be anything of Dorrien Spray Lakes Road and Peter Lougheed Park. I live in Cochrane and the trails around here were fun too.

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    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6839615761/" title="IMG_0850 by Fatbackrider, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7146/6839615761_98e0aa570e.jpg" width="375" height="500" alt="IMG_0850"></a>

    Chester Lake and Burstall Pass last winter

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    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6752498901/" title="IMG_0779 by Fatbackrider, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7156/6752498901_3b8825a8d6.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="IMG_0779"></a>

    And this was Penstock Loop off Highway 40 last winter. Perfect snow and nobody around

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    Those spots look pretty good.

    Anybody try the new all-season trails out of west bragg creek? I'm thinking braggin rights / reconnect / long distance would be fun if there was enough other traffic to pack them down. I just don't know how much use they would get.

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    I rode a fair bit at Fishcreek Park. You can take the C-Train there from a number of spots in Calgary.



    We also rode the benchland trails in Canmore which was fun singletrack.



    Then there was all the trails in the Rockies in the spring once they started to melt and solidified a bit.



    My favourite was urban assault riding in downtown during a storm as I could hit that with no driving or commute.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trevorrr View Post
    Those spots look pretty good.

    Anybody try the new all-season trails out of west bragg creek? I'm thinking braggin rights / reconnect / long distance would be fun if there was enough other traffic to pack them down. I just don't know how much use they would get.
    I went out easter weekend last year and passed through the West Bragg area and the only places I could ride were where I found quad tracks from the gas well service vehicles. A week or two earlier might have been better.

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    The trails in Bragg Creek may not be there at all soon. The area is scheduled for clear cutting by logging companies. There is a big movement to try and get it stopped but I think its a done deal. Shame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thesilversurfer View Post
    The trails in Bragg Creek may not be there at all soon. The area is scheduled for clear cutting by logging companies. There is a big movement to try and get it stopped but I think its a done deal. Shame.
    I believe itís a forestry management decision thatís being made by government, and not the logging companies. I believe thatís all government land. Theyíre concerned about the age of the forest and the fact that Bragg Creek is essentially right in the forest, and they donít want another Slave Lake type fire to happen.


    This will be my first winter with a fatbike, but some places in and close to town that Iím looking forward to trying out are Edworthy Park, the Bowmont Park area (including Bowness and Baker Parks, and right out to the Bearspaw Dam), and the new Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park between Cochrane and Calgary.

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    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8089496433/" title="First ride of the fall by Fatbackrider, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8334/8089496433_da1d8a1659.jpg" width="374" height="500" alt="First ride of the fall"></a>

    A great place to hang out. Coffee Traders in Cochrane, Alberta. Very cyclist friendly, in fact, this is the home of the Sweatlab Triathlon and Cycling Team.

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    One last bump and I'll take it to the regional forum. I'm going to try to organize a fat bike ride on November 18th (Sunday).

    Anybody who is interested see my other thread:
    http://forums.mtbr.com/western-canad...ry-823241.html

    That is all - thanks.

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    Rode West Bragg last night, the new trails out there are great all winter. A few of us ride every week through winter - West Bragg, Station Flats, Powderface / Prairie Creek all good. In town Fish Creek and 12 Mile Coulee are lots of fun.

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    Fast forward I am there next free weekend day I have. I was in fish creek last weekend and it was pretty soft but fun.

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    Nice to hear about Bragg Creek. I rode there last year but the skiers gave us terrible looks....sacred ground for them.

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