Goat Creek and Spray River
Moderate Cross-Country Ski
18.7 km one way
Trailhead: Goat Creek Trailhead 8 km south of Canmore on Smith-Dorrien Road
We will start at the Goat Creek Trailhead located just outside the Banff park boundaries above Canmore and ski downhill most of the way to Banff.
We will need plenty of cars and drivers as we need to set up a vehicle shuttle. We will all drive to the Spray River West Trailhead and park half the vehicles there. Then we will drive to the Goat Creek Trailhead to and ski to Banff. We will proceed to pick up the cars at the Goat Creek Trailhead, then stop for hot chocolate in Canmore.
Indicate in the comments if you can drive and how many people you can take, both comfortably, and the max you can jam in for the vehicle shuttle. Anyone who does not indicate whether they are passenger or driver may be removed from the RSVP list. Car fare will be $25 since we are driving back and forth and up a steep hill. IF YOU ARE DRIVING, YOU MUST HAVE WINTER TIRES AS THERE IS A STEEP HILL TO CLIMB TO GET TO THE GOAT CREEK TRAILHEAD. This trip will not be possible without drivers, therefore priority for RSVP will be given to drivers. We will also need Park Passes.
This is not recommended for beginners. We will be skiing far away from any assistance and there is no way out except to proceed to either trailhead. Please ensure you have all the gear, wax, clothes, water, & food you need for a full winter's day in the wilderness. Please ensure you have proper equipment and know how to use it. Please ensure you are comfortable skiing down hills with steep sections.
Waivers: As per the new policy for waivers, I will bring the group waiver form with me to both the Calgary Meetup location and the trailhead. You must sign it before you will be allowed to go on this event. You will also be asked for the name and phone number of an emergency contact. Please come prepared with this information.
You are fully aware that organizers are not professional guides and you assume all responsibility for your safety and well-being. You are fully prepared with proper gear and you're physically fit to do this event with the group.