EDIT (Oct4/16): We’ve just received notice from the Crystal Ridge Golf Club General Manager that their Board is no longer interested in accommodating nordic skiers as winter users of their facility. The result is an indefinite CESSATION OF THE FACILITY USE AGREEMENT for the Crystal Ridge Nordic Ski Club.
To our surprise, this occurred despite the ski club following all proper protocol as requested by the Golf Club in addition to our displaying good will towards land owners and our members best efforts to work within very restrictive operating limitations imposed upon us over the last 6 years.
We are very disappointed and have hitherto also suspended our 2016/17 membership registrations until we determine the best course of action for the club -operationally for this year, and into the future.
We’ve opened up club memberships early this year in hopes to re-build community capacity around cross country skiing here in the foothills (early bird rates apply!). The Old Farmers Almanac is predicting a colder and wetter winter than last, so we are optimistic of a good ski season on the course. We would also like to encourage opportunity for members to connect more regularly and run a regular club ski days and a few trips into the hills!
Click here for 2016-17 CRNSC Membership Online
Couple of other things:
CRNSC is looking for a head volunteer coach & lesson coordinator (an executive position). There is (free) training provided with this duty and some logistical support from a few of our longstanding board members. Please email asap for more information if your interested.
Trail preparation work-bee will take place mid October (a fri or sat) when the golf season closes. This typically involves flagging, a significant amount of grass trimming and setting up equipment, signage etc. Stay posted or email your interest please.
Snow already, but not to stay.
It’s not very often we end August with this much moisture in southern Alberta and with recent snow blanketing higher elevations , mother nature is signalling that the beach season is nearing it’s end. Recognizing our day length is shortening and in anticipation of the pain of our first ski up Moraine Lake road in November, we may want to consider adding a little variety into fall hiking excursions by trying Nordic Walking.
Nordic walking, or for the ambitious, ski striding, is a popular exercise choice among cross country skiers during the off season as it provides a full body workout that burns more calories than regular walking, provide shoulder and back strength conditioning for poling and has less impact on the joints than running –especially going downhill. Try them out around Okotoks where with a valid Town Library membership, you can check a pair out for a weekend before purchasing and heading into the hills to enjoy the fall colours.
One last thing:
Come by for quick visit and say hello to some of the CRNSC gang at tonight’s Okotoks annual Parade of Programs (6-8:30pm).
Yup, its been a dismal cross country ski season at Crystal Ridge this winter. I thought it couldn’t get worse than last year! Though CRNSC is closed due to an apparent collision of El Nino and an atypical prolonged Chinook in S. Alberta, ski conditions west of us have been surprisingly good through much of the winter: Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Mount Shark (Spray Valley) and Lake Louise have some spectacular skiing -even lately and only a couple of (very scenic) hours drive.
So if your not a regular peruser to Bob Truman’s SkiHere blog, do check out user trip reports, or for the uninitiated, take a moment to see his GREAT beginner’s guide to cross country skiing in Kananaskis … and keep those feet moving! SKI ON!
ONLY 3cm of fine, wet snow fell so with temperatures hovering around 0 °C, the snowpack we need to reset all tracks didn’t materialize as hoped. That said, drifting occurred along the AIR RANCH loop and a modified trail was re-set so that loop is ready to ski.
CRYSTALRIDGE loop is also OPEN with “dust on crust” but definitely skiable in a defined old track -just be aware of unpredictable icy/thin hazards.
Grooming only occurred on CrystalGreen so NO TRACK exists & with such severe melting that loop remains CLOSED. Please observe posted notices and ski only on designated OPEN trails. THANKS!
Conditions are very icy this morning with significant melt & track deterioration occurring during yesterday’s Chinook. The track may softening up mid day with slush and bare patches (grass/dirt exposed) and recreational skiing is NOT advised.
CRYSTAL GREEN and CRYSTAL RIDGE loops are CLOSED
AIR RANCH OPEN but very icy and fast -expert skiers on waxless/skin skis only.
*Open house Sunday Jan 23rd is CANCELLED. Lets hope for at least 6″ of snow asap and we can be back to enjoy a winter wonderland!
The latest chinook this week has the snowpack thinning in areas. Air Ranch & Crystal Green loops are fairing very well with the last powder left in place to insulate the base; the more challenging Crystal Ridge Loop was re groomed & trackset on Thursday.
Hopefully we don’t get too much more heat to melt through the base. Ski early/late in day to avoid slushing up track and PLEASE, remember to stay on designated trails.
The last Full Moon ski and dine was great fun but it’s been a while, so we’ve decided to kick it up a notch this January 22nd. We are partnering with Executive Chef William Burridge of the Ridge House Restaurant to bring you dinner and social after our Moonlight Ski.
The Full Moon ski will be on Friday January 22nd and the fun starts with a guided ski tour at 6:00pm. The dinner will begin about 7:30pm in the clubhouse with a door prize draw at 8:30pm. We should have details on dinner offerings soon; it will likely be à la carte.
Please contact Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org in order to reserve your limited spots by Tuesday January 19th. Hope to see you there!
What: Ski Meet & Greet
Where: Orville’s Place (Lower Level) Clubhouse
When: 12-4pm Sat Jan 16 & Sun Jan 24
Who: Ski Club Members & Guests
We may know each other by first name or merely recognize one another by a passing nod exchanged on the trail but we share a fondness of skiing and together, enjoy pleasant winter days outdoors on the beautiful Crystalridge Golf course.
So, come down for a ski and fellowship with other cross-country ski club members, enthusiasts and the curious alike. We have nearly 10km of classic trails in good condition and welcome all to enjoy this afternoon skiing, sharing a hot beverage or warming the toes by the fire …
Almost 10cm of dry powder has fallen on the course and the grooming team spent the day rolling/packing in preparation for tomorrow’s task of grooming & track-setting.
Forecast calls for colder temperatures overnight followed by a warming trend which will sinter or consolidate the snow and firm up the track into the weekend when the trail network will be skiable.
One last note: PLEASE remember that skiing is ONLY allowed on machine set track per golf course management; your cooperation in not veering off track to set your own skier trails is appreciated. HAPPY SKIING!