Welcome to Skrastins Outdoor Club

Skrastins provides hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and winter walking activities in the foothills and mountains west of Calgary most Fridays of the year. Bus transportation is provided, with pickup locations in the southwest and northwest. We divide into groups to accommodate different levels of fitness and speed.

We welcome new members who are aged 55+ and guests of any age.

Please look around our website to better understand what we offer. Guests are welcome to register online for the guest waitlist for the upcoming trip by clicking on the "JOIN US" button near the top of this page. Members, after login, just scroll down the page and click on the “Register ” button.

WINTER : Banff – XC Ski: Spray River West – Snowshoe/Icer Spray River East/Banff

December 15, 2023
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General Information:

(NOTE: There are currently 40 members with a -1 status. A reset occurs when this number reaches 90.)

XC Ski:  Trail Options:

Start from Spray River trailhead (located beyond Banff Springs Hotel parkade):

Group A1/A2:  Spray River West to Goat Creek trail to Spray River Bridge – Return.

Trail rated:  Blue/Intermediate – Distance: 19.6 Km,  EL +/-300m

Group B1/B2:  Spray River West trail to Spray River Loop Junction – Return.

Trail rated:  Green/Easy – Distance: 11.4 Km,  EL +/-105m

Group C:  Spray River West Loop – AFAP – return.

Trail rated:  Green/Easy – Distance: Max. 11.4 Km,  EL +/-105m


SNOWSHOE:  Trail Options:

Start from Spray River trailhead (located beyond Banff Springs Hotel parkade):

Group A1/A2/B1/B2:  Spray River Trail East return ( or AFAP) 11.2 km EL 105m
Note: Spray River West trailhead connector loop to Spray River East trailhead (adjacent to Bow Falls) 2 km one way.
WALKING: Trail Options:
Group B2/C:   Bow River trail toward Banff, cross bridge, into Banff – return to Bow Falls – ~6-8 km total
Optional add-on:  Banff shopping and lunch and pick-up at Mount Royal Hotel – ~3-5 km total
Optional add-on:  Fenland Loop Trail 1.5 km ( follow Bow River after crossing bridge )
Bathroom Break: Canmore Information Centre
Bus drop-off:  Banff Springs – Spray River West trailhead.
Bus pick-up:   1. Bow Falls  2. Banff Springs  3. Mount Royal Hotel

SHELTER OPTIONS:  Banff Springs Hotel and Mount Royal Hotel

Departure Information:
Regular pickup locations and times: 7:45 AM Grey Eagle Casino – 3777 Grey Eagle Drive SW, 8:00 AM Montgomery Community Association – 16th Ave & Home Road NW
Monthly Bus Coordinator:
Contact Rod Wilkinson by Email rodmwilkinson@gmail.com if you have any inquiries.
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