Banff Springs Golf Course
Zosia Zgolak and I went to Banff Springs
Golf Course in Alberta's Banff National Park on 11 January 2020 to do
some easy cross-country skiing ahead of an impending cold snap.
Starting from the bridge south of Bow Falls (end of public access along
River Avenue during winter), we headed east and more or less stayed on
the golf course access road in order to avoid breaking trail through the
somewhat cruddy snow on the fairways. Following a trio of ice
climbers who were heading for Professor Falls, we eventually reached the
Rundle Riverside trailhead at the east end of the golf course.
Although we briefly tried skiing toward Canmore Nordic Centre, the heavy
foot traffic here made the trail almost unskiable, and we eventually gave
up and turned around. Instead, we completed a big loop by returning
along the fairways and cart paths near the Bow River. Overall, this
was a relatively stress-free outing for us, and I was a little surprised
that, except for a herd of elk, we had the whole golf course to
ourselves. In my opinion, the course is a great place for beginner
cross-country skiers to try out the sport as there are no hills of any
significance. The views of the surrounding mountains are a bonus
too. Perhaps someday if I save up enough money, I may even return
here with clubs and play a round of golf!
||Zosia skis along a road at Banff
Springs Golf Course. Behind her are
Mount Aylmer is
visible in the distance as Zosia continues up the road.
From the golf course, it is easy to understand why Tunnel Mountain is
known as "Sleeping Buffalo" by the indigenous Stoney people.
Zosia finds some old ski tracks to follow beside the road. Visible
at left are
Mount Inglismaldie and
Cascade Mountain looks brilliant in the morning sun.