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2022-02-04 at 16:02 - comment by Bob Truman

Aqua Toque, I agree on both counts. I was happy for Stafford making it to the big game after years of toiling in obscurity in Detroit with a losing team. Brady's retirement was timely. I hate seeing athletes past their prime trying to hang on when they are over the hill. That's why I retired from my blog :)

2022-02-04 at 09:58 - comment by aqua toque

Oh sure, he's great and everything but it didn't hurt my feelings when LA upset them. However, nowhere near as joyful as when Cincinnati punted KC.

Tom Brady conditions G. O. A. T. Creek

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(trip) Date: Thursday Feb 03, 2022

Submitted: Thursday Feb 03, 2022 at 21:11


For those who don't follow the NFL, Tom Brady is considered the Greatest Of All Time(hence, the acronym GOAT), just like today's conditions on Goat Creek. I did a 10K out and back(20K return).

If I hadn't known there was a new grooming crew in Banff, I would have been mystified when I reached the tracksetting at the Banff boundary. The grooming on Goat Creek was about two feet wider than it has ever been in the past, and the tracksetting was excellent. The new tracksetter is obviously passionate about his job.

The snow was clean, firm and fast, but still edgeable on any of the hills where I needed to control my speed. I was even able to ski all the way down to the Goat Creek bridge(aka the death bridge) at 7K. There is a snowmobile packed track beside the ski trail on the descent to the bridge on which you can walk if conditions are too risky or scary.

I continued over the Spray River bridge and went a kilometre further on Spray River West.

I encountered Lon and Chris, two friendly gents from Prince Albert, SK. on the trail. Chris has skied here a few times so he could advise his friend about all the precarious spots on the trail to watch out for. Two years ago, Chris was delayed by an hour at the Goat Creek bridge while a helicopter rescue was in progress. A skier had an incident at the bridge and had to be flown out. I remember some discussion about this on my blog back in the day. Chris and Lon played it safe and walked down.

The air temperature at 12 noon was -8 and the snow was -10. Easy waxing with VR40(-4/-12).

Goat Creek is a multi-use trail and the dedicated lane for hikers, snowshoers, and fat bikers keeps them out of the tracks.

The tracks started at the Banff boundary. To get to this point, you have to ski on 900 metres of ungroomed but well-packed snow.

The tracksetting implement sits at the top of the hill which leads down to the death bridge. Are you going to walk or ski down?

View from the Spray river bridge at 9K.

Now on Spray River West

Lon and Chris from Prince Albert, SK. Chris was celebrating his birthday today.


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