With new snow and the promise of groomed trails we decided to ski the Sandy McNabb ski trails on Saturday. The temperature on arrival was 4°C and rising. Not wanting to put klister on our skis we ended up snowshoeing scenic Long Prairie Ridge, basking in warm sun on the crest while we ate an early lunch.
Rather than heading down the gentle grade of Long Prairie Creek we extended our day by heading up Balsam Link to the twin viewpoints on Pine Ridge. From the first we looked out across Carry Ridge to the highrises of Calgary and from the second we could easily pick out Mesa Butte in the North Fork. We finished by descending Macabee Creek and Long Prairie Creek. A pleasant 9.3 km loop.
While we could have hiked, our snowshoes did less damage to the ski trail than boots, which would have punched through to the ground in the soft snow. With care, there is enough room to snowshoe without stepping on the ski tracks.