Trail Conditions

Sunday, December 16th

Tracks at Pigeon Lake Provincial Park have been renovated. Snow and weather conditions at the Park were ideal last evening. Grooming and tracksetting went well and ski conditions at PLPP are very good. You may notice that I’m still using the shallow moulds on the tracksetter. This is necessary to allow us to ski on the precious little snow that has been allotted to us so far. Let’s hope this roller
coaster ride we’re on ends soon, with steady freezing temps and a little more white stuff! 
Trails at Rundle’s Mission and Hidden Springs remain in good condition as well.


Saturday, December 8th, 2018

Dear friends and fellow skiers, welcome back to another season of skiing in the Pigeon Lake Region. The Snow God has smiled upon us (again) and snow conditions are very good. Tracks have been set at Hidden Springs, Rundle’s and Pigeon Lake Provincial Park and trail conditions are good. A few more flakes and cooler temps will set us up nicely for the Christmas Season. 
Let’s get out there and grab it while we can! 

PS…. just have to mention 1stly, that thanks to a generous grant from the County Of Leduc, Rundle’s Mission has been able to purchase a great new set of trail signs and maps, with kudos also going out to Shane at CE Media for the great job done; and 2ndly, there has been a number of improvements to the trails at PLPP. Alberta Parks crews have brushed away many overhanging and encroaching trees and shrubbery, smoothed out some difficult curves and corners and generally contributed to a much improved skiing experience at PLPP.                                                Thanks Todd and Graham!


Saturday, April 21st

Well, after a pretty good slug of wet snow earlier this week, skiing in the Pigeon Lake Area is winding down with ice in the morning and slush in the afternoon. Tracksetting has ceased and the season is over.
A big thank you to all who supported skiing in the Park monetarily, and all who simply showed up and used the trails. Trail conditions in general were pretty good this year with the exception of Christmas and New Years.  I’m thinking there were more skiers this year than ever before.  We’ve got more than 130 folks on the PLNSC mailing list and this brings me to the next logical conclusion…..                how about transitioning from a ‘Virtual’ ski club to a real full blown non profit community club. If someone… not me, I’m just the tracksetter… were to step up to the plate and incorporate the club there could be an number of benefits. It would also mean a few people would have to do a minimum amount of paperwork and organizational duties to get things going. There’s no telling how far this could go! A Jackrabbit program, fun ski days, maybe a Mini Loppet or other social events. Anything is possible!

We also need to lobby Parks Alberta to properly maintain and hopefully groom and trackset the trails sometime in the not to distant future. I’ve been looking after the trails for about 10 years now and loving every minute of it, but the natural fact is that I won’t be around to do it forever and I’d hate to see the trails revert back to the way it was before…. dominated by snowmobiles and quads. 
If there is anyone out there who thinks they might be interested, please think it over carefully and get in touch.
I can help get things started. I would also be perfectly happy to continue the status quo as long as I’m able but there will be a time when things must change. I’m thinking the sooner the better for the sake of all the wonderful people who 
chose the Pigeon Lake Area as their go-to ski destination.    
Wishing all a great Spring/Summer/ Fall. Let’s keep in touch!
Best regards….. Mike


Thursday, April 5th

Brrrr….. It’s darn cold here at Battle Lake….. 15 below! Nevertheless, x-country skiing conditions in the Pigeon/Battle Lake area are excellent.
Trails at PLPP have been groomed/trackset, Rundle’s and Hidden Springs remain very skiable with a light dusting of fresh snow on groomed trails.
Shaping up to be a stellar weekend of fun on the snow with rising temps in the forecast. Tuesday could be the deal-breaker though with temps in the upper single digits. Could be the end of it all, so let’s get out there and milk it for all it’s worth while we can!


Saturday, March 31st

Wow. Go away for a few days and look what happens!  A generous amount of snow on Friday has changed everything here in the Pigeon Lake and area.Tracks have been set at Hidden Springs Retreat and Rundle’s Mission. Excellent ski conditions! Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get into PLPP this weekend but user tracked trails are in GREAT SHAPE as well. Spring skiing is definitely ON 


Saturday, March 17th

Trails at Pigeon Lake are in great shape, considering the warm temps of late.
Light dusting (2-3cms) of fresh snow has softened the track sufficiently to create a terrific cross county skiing experience… and it’s still snowing lightly!
Still time to get out there and have a great time in the woods before it’s all over.


Thursday, March 8th

Trails remain in excellent shape at Rundle’s, Hidden Springs and Pigeon Lake Provincial Park. Cool mornings and mild afternoons will make for somewhat challenging conditions this weekend but really, it doesn’t get much better considering we’re into the second week of March.                                          Have a great weekend and hope to see you on the trail!

Tuesday, March 6th

Better late than never! Trails at Pigeon Lake and Hidden Springs have been packed, groomed and trackset. Conditions are about as good as ever. 
Warmer temps predicted for the weekend, so get out there if you can. It’s not going to last much longer!
PS… Hat’s off to the trail breakers last Sunday. Good job!


Friday, February 23rd

Cross Country ski trails in the Pigeon Lake Region are all in great shape!
Rundle’s, Hidden Springs and PLPP are all good to go for the weekend and well into the foreseeable future. Have a Great Ski Weekend!
See…..http://rundlesmission.org/events-and-programs/events-and-programs/   
for info on Special Event this Sunday, the 25th.


Friday, February 16th

Ski trails at Rindle’s, Hidden Springs and Pigeon Lake Provincial Park have been trackset. Conditions are Stellar!

Don’t forget…… Free Family Fun Ski at Rundle’s Mission on Sunday the 25th. Basic wax and technique clinic at 12 Noon with Free hot dogs and refreshments to follow at 1:30. 

Have a great Family Day Weekend!


Friday, February 9th

Ski trails at Pigeon Lake Provincial Park, Rundle’s Mission and Hidden Springs are in excellent 
condition. Freshly groomed and trackset, it’s shaping up to be an Absolutely Fabulous weekend for X-Country Skiing! 

And, if you’re in the mood for something different, maybe try some snow shoeing or fat tire biking in the Pigeon Lake Area. 

Check out  www.lot7cycle.com  at the Village at Pigeon Lake for rentals or sales. And of course, they have skis as well.


Sunday, February 4th

Trails at Pigeon Lake Provincial Park have been trackset. 
Proper grooming and tracksetting will take place early next week.
Trails at Rundle’s Mission on the beautiful North Shore of Pigeon Lakehave been groomed and trackset. 
Trails at Hidden Springs near Winfield have been groomed and trackset as well.
Please call 780-682-2480 to make arrangements. Everyone welcome!
Remember Lot7cycle.com for all your ski rental needs.


Monday, January 29

Trails at Pigeon Lake Provincial Park and Rundle’s Mission have been skied in and are in excellent shape!


Tuesday, January 23rd

Trails at Pigeon Lake Provincial Park have been groomed and trackset.
Very good ski conditions, with the exception of a few stones turned up in a couple of places. Be watchful on the lower Lakeshore (A) and Harbor Vue(C) reaches.  Otherwise….. Smooth Sailing!

Two more noteworthy items…..  

- Evan and Mickey Blumhagen have expanded their  www.lot7cycle.com  bicycle rental/sales/repair shop to include x-country skis and fat tire bikes. They offer hourly, 1/2 day, daily and weekly rates.  Check it out if in need!  

- Rundle’s Mission will be providing free refreshments, hot dogs and x-country skiing for Family and Friends on Sunday, February 25th. There will be a free wax/technique workshop offered at 11:00AM with lunch to follow. The rest of the afternoon will be spent skiing through field and forest on the beautiful North Shore of Pigeon Lake! 

Thats all for now. Hopefully those sno flakes showing in the forecast will come our way!


Tuesday, January 16th

Good morning, and good news! Trails at Rundle’s  Mission have been groomed and trackset! 
Not much to ski on but we’re doin it. Just a little grass showing in a few places but overall
pretty good…. all things considered.
Wondering why the trails haven’t been trackset in the Park this season? Due to a very
 unfortunate accident involving a volunteer in Kananaskis Country, all volunteer work in 
Alberta Provincial Parks was suspended until further notice. I’ve learned recently that 
trail grooming and tracksetting may be allowed to resume in PLPP soon. 
 All things considered though, skiing in the Park has been steady and enjoyable 
despite the dismal snow conditions since the first part of December. 
With a little luck, and a little more snow we’ll be off to the races real soon! 
The bad news….. 40% chance of rain expected in the area this evening. 
I guess that means there’s a 60% chance that it won’t rain. 
Who knows, it might even snow!


Sunday, December 24th

It’s true! Christmas wishes can come to pass!  Pigeon Lake area has received about 4” (10cms) of beautiful fresh snow.
Although it’s not enough to groom and trackset, there’s plenty enough to ski on. 
User tracked trails in the area will be the order of the week or until more of this elusive white stuff arrives. 
Wishing all a Very Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and a safe and fun filled Holiday Season


Saturday, December 16th, 2017

Welcome to another exciting…… and challenging ski season in the Pigeon Lake area! 

Due to unavoidable circumstances, trails at Pigeon Lake Provincial Park will remain user tracked until further notice. 

At the moment all trails in the Pigeon Lake area are icy with bare spots and skiing is not recomended. Although it’s hard to complain about this balmy weather we’ve been experiencing, hopefully we will be blessed with a nice solid snowfall before Christmas. Lets keep our fingers crossed!

Best of the Season to All!



Tuesday, March28th

I think it’s safe to say the ski season here at Pigeon Lake is essentially over. Tracks are icy and disappearing fast. Although it’s been a pretty sketchy winter, as far as skiable snow was concerned, there were some pretty awsome ski days. 

Have a great summer and don’t forget these trails are great for hikin' and bikin’ as well!

Check out Lot 7 Cycle at  www.lot7cycle.com  for all your bicycle rental and repair needs.  



Thursday,March 23rd

Still skiing here at PLPP. Ground showing in a couple of spots and a few icy patches to watch out for but overall pretty good spring skiing. Won’t last long though with warmer temps on the way.



Monday, March 20th

Happy Spring and, thanks to a light skiff of snow last night, trails at PLPP are in good shape. Possibly some of the best skiing this season!



Sunday, March 19th

Trails at Pigeon Lake remain skiable. Rundle’s has a few bare spots that can be bi-passed and PLPP is in nice shape with no bare spots. we had a light skiff of snow last night which greatly helped to prolong the season.

I’ve been using Swix blue universal klister and have heard reports that waxless skis are working good as well.                                                                 



Friday, March17th

Trails at Pigeon Lake Provincial Park and Rundle’s Mission are still skiable.
Great Klister skiing. Should last at least into next week. Check our website for more up to date info as the days go by.


Saturday, March 11th

Trails at Pigeon Lake have been packed, groomed and trackset. 
Conditions are excellent at this time and we should be skiing for at least three or four more days here. Better grab it while you can!


Saturday, February 25th

Well, we’re back in the track, albeit skied in tracks, but nevertheless, on the boards again!
A couple of inches of new snow has freshened up our trails here at Pigeon Lake.
 If this trend continues, conditions will only improve and hopefully there will be a few more
weeks of good skiing left in the season.   Have a great what’s left of the weekend.


Friday, February 10th

Yesterday was a good day. The Pigeon Lake area received just enough snow to allow grooming and tracksetting.
PLPP is in great shape and Rundle’s Mission will be worked over tomorrow morning. It’s shaping up to be a great weekend of skiing but you’ll have to grab it while you can. 


Friday, January 13th

Trails at Pigeon Lake have been trackset.                 Ski conditions at both Rundle’s and PLPP are going to be absolutely fabulous for the next couple of days.   Let’s have some fun!  


Sunday, January 1st, 2017

Good morning and Happy New Year to All 

I’m happy to report that ski trails a Pigeon Lake and Rundle’s Mission have been trackset. Hopefully conditions will improve, considering all the snowmobile traffic, when regular grooming and tracksetting resume in the near future. 

If you encounter sled traffic on the trails please respectfully ask the perpetrator(s) to cease and desist and leave the trail immediately the way they entered. If possible, record and/or take pictures of the perps including (most important of all) their licence plate. 

Contact our Conservation Officer, Kevin Rowsell at 403-391-0911, as soon as possible. You can also contact the Park Enforcement Line at 403-350-5066 to report the incident. 

Apart from all that, please make the effort to get out and enjoy the wonderful outdoors as often as possible this winter. We’re off to a great start this year and we are so lucky to have these beautiful areas to ski/hike/snowshoe and enjoy nature at it’s best. 

Best wishes to all….. Mike 


Friday, December 22, 2016

Unfortunately, ski trails at Pigeon Lake are pretty thin and user tracked. Not expecting any siginificant amount of snow before Christmas but could see some by New Years.                       Trails will be groomed and trackset the moment conditions improve.                                                

Best of the Season to All 


 Sunday, January 17th

Ski trails at Pigeon Lake have been groomed and trackset. Excellent ski conditions are expected to last at least to the weekend.

We have a new refurbished website. Check it out if you have a minute.

PLNSC wishes everyone many happy trails in the New Year


Saturday, January 9th 2016

Trails at Pigeon Lake Provincial Park and Rundle's Mission remain in great shape.

Received a couple of cm’s of light snow over the past few days and tracks are skiing in nicely.

Please note that we are set up for classic skiing only.



Thursday, December 31

Ski trails at Pigeon Lake are still in great shape and the weather forecast is promising moderate temperatures in the near future. 

Let's hope it holds and doesn't get too warm.

Happy New Year to all….. Mike



Thursday, December 24th

Ski trails at Pigeon Lake Provincial Park and Rundle's Mission have been groomed and trackset.

It has been snowing all morning, with more to come.

Trail conditions at Pigeon Lake are excellent and will probably remain so well into next week.

Don't forget to try the trail at White's Hidden Springs Retreat. Give Barbara a call at 780-682-2480.

Have a great Christmas and come on out and give our trails a whirl.



Sunday, December 13th

Good morning. Ski trails at Pigeon Lake Provincial Park and Rundle's Mission have been trackset. 

Both trails are in excellent shape with Rundle's just a tad thin in a couple of spots.

Let's hope favorable conditions hold up at least into the new year.

Have a great day….. Mike



Saturday, November 28th, 2015

Welcome to a brand new season of Cross Country Skiing at Beautiful Pigeon Lake.

Ski conditions at Pigeon Lake and Rundle's Mission are good with user tracked trails. Grooming will commence when daytime temperatures stabilize below zero.

Have a great weekend!!


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