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Up and Down at Ribbon Creek

Report Submitted by Bob Truman
(trip) Date: Friday Jan 07, 2022

Submitted: Friday Jan 07, 2022 at 19:56

Descending the steep hills on New Ribbon Creek.

The 2013 floods spared a short section of Old Ribbon Creek.

Kovach Lookout

Psyching themselves up for the drop of doom on New Ribbon Creek

The downhills on Ribbon Creek were controllable and fun with the fresh snow on the trail

Coal Mine. To reach Ribbon Creek, you first ski on Hidden and Coal Mine if going counter clockwise.


Chip, Elaine, and me


We all know there's some serious up and down on the new Ribbon Creek trail, but in this case I'm referring to the temperature.

It started out at -23 in Calgary. It was -18 at Barrier Lake. As I approached Ribbon Creek, the temperature made a sudden leap to -3 where I met Chip and Elaine at 11 a.m. I thought I overdressed with the two layers on my lower body. 10.9K later back at Ribbon Creek it was -14.

We skied the Ribbon Creek - Kovach Lookout - Village loop on wonderful conditions. The Ribbon Creek drop of doom was thoroughly enjoyable with a bit of fresh snow on the trail. The S-turns on Kovach were delightful. My favourite was the home stretch on Terrace down to Ribbon Creek. I felt like I was flying as I manouvered through the turns, passing half-a-dozen skiers and ending with the roller coaster hills near the bottom.

With acknowledgement to former tracksetter Jeff who coined the term, conditions were ultra fast but controllable and safe on the "Steppenwolf" snow.

Chip and Elaine headed for Calgary but I wasn't finished. I did the 7K Evan-Thomas loop on last night's tracksetting.

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