Powderface Short Loop – Video

Powderface Short Loop YYCMTB Banshee

We get a lot of questions about trails outside of West Bragg. The Powderface Short Loop is a good one to look at. This used to be one of the go-to rides in Kananaskis, long before Moose Mountain and West Bragg were developed [raise your hand if you rode it on a hardtail XC bike]. Since the early 90s, parts of it have been rebuilt 6-7 times, plus erosion and cattle have worked their magic. These days, it’s a wide-open ripper […]

Winter Biking

winter at YYCMTB

Don’t let winter keep you off the trails! UPDATE: Next ride is tentatively set for March 22, depending on trail conditions. YYCMTB is pleased to offer twice-weekly fat bike group rides on the West Bragg trail network beginning December 14. Note that there is no charge for the ride ($0.00!), although you will need to meet these mandatory requirements: Wear a helmet Have fun Get some exercise Sign the waiver Smile a lot This is your chance to flow down […]

Thar Be Bears!


We are experiencing one of the earliest starts to the Calgary-area mountain biking season in years. The warm weather means more rides, more often, but in areas that we don’t normally have access to until later in the season. Bears are up and about, and we’re seeing quite a few on local trails. Trouble may be bruin, but it doesn’t have to. Da Bears So, what do you do when you spot a bear on the trail? Alberta Environment and Parks […]

Trail Maps, Conditions and Weather

The Trailforks app provides live map, conditions and trail information.The Trailforks app provides live map, conditions and trail information.

Knowing trail conditions before you head out to mountain bike is very handy for anyone travelling from Calgary to trails 45 – 90 minutes away. At least as important is being able to find the trails in the first place! There aren’t any all-inclusive resources for weather, trail conditions and trail maps, but I like these… Trailforks Trailforks is a global, web-based, crowd-sourced, ad-free MTB-specific trail map/conditions site, with a very nice free mobile app for iOS and Android. It’s a one-stop-shop for […]