Cross Country Skiing the Spray River Loop from Banff Springs Hotel

Catching the sun Spray River Loop

Catching the sun on Spray River Trail West

 

January 13th 2017

The Spray River Trail starts from behind the Banff Springs Hotel. Go around the traffic circle and through the arch. Continue passed the hotel parking to the trail head parking. Friday is always a good day to ski as the parks always groom trails before the weekend. This held true today. The outward bound track set was nearly worn out in places but the inbound track had just been groomed. The snow depth is very shallow and in places and gravel and dirt were showing. Conditions were good and a green wax worked well. I would guess the temperature was -10c to -14c. The sun was spectacular on the Rundle Range and the views down into the Spray River were wonderful. It is 5.7 km one way from Spray River West to the Spray River Bridge. At the bridge there are signs indicating that the Spray River East Trail is for Fat Bikes and Snowshoeing. Upon inspection a single track had been freshly set. In the passed the trail has always looked very rough but today it was in perfect condition. A few rocks had been turned out by the track setter but nothing that could not be missed. We did a bit of rock removal along the way. The only down fall of doing this loop is the walk back to the car from the golf course bridge at Bow Falls. It is 5.6km bridge to bridge. A great afternoon ski with views of mountains, rivers, ice climbers and hotels.

Greg on the Spray River Loop East

Greg on the Spray River West

Track set Spray River Loop

Track set Spray River West

 

View across the Spray River

View across the Spray River

View up the Spray River

View up the Spray River

View down the Spray River

View down the Spray River

Track with the Rundle range behind

Track west with the Rundle Range behind

Arriving at the foot bridgeto Loop West back to the Golf Course

Arriving at the foot bridge to loop east back to the Golf Course

 

Greg crossing the foot bridge. Track had just been set

Greg crossing the Spray River foot bridge. Track had just been set.

Fresh track set going to the golf course

Fresh track set going to the golf course

Snoe a bit thin but in good shape heading west

Single track going east to the Golf Course

Ice climbers on the South Banff Range which includes Sulphur Mountain

Ice climbers on the South Banff Range which includes Sulphur Mountain

Close up of the ice climbers

Close up of the ice climbers

At the end of the trail crossing the golg course with the Banff Springs Hotel

At the end of the trail crossing the golf course with the Banff Springs Hotel

Capture map

 

 

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