Distance: 1.0 km
Time: 3 – 5 min
Elevation Gain: 2 m
Elevation Loss: 76 m
Technical Rating: Intermediate
Physical Rating: Easy
Season: June – October
Permit Required: No
Berma-Grin is part of the Pass Powderkeg trail network on the south side of Blairmore in the Crowsnest Pass. It is a flow trail that has been built to challenge the more advanced rider yet it may be enjoyed by all. Fifty six features pepper the trail top to bottom and more advanced riders will enjoy the challenge of turning the ample rollers into fun doubles. Beautifully crafted berms wind down the trail, helping carry speed through all of the buff sections. As the trail nears the midpoint there are options of A and B lines so that riders of all abilities can find their flow. There is nothing similar in the area. Most riders will head back up for multiple laps, unable to wipe the smiles from their faces.
The upper part of the trail is rated advanced, while the lower half is more manageable for intermediate riders.
TRAILHEAD | N49 36.049 W114 26.954
Vehicle parking is available by the Skills Park/Albert Stella Arena located at the bottom of the Pass Powderkeg ski hill. The quickest access to the trailhead is via the ski hill gravel road (1.3 km) and a further 200 m on the Dale Strandquist OHV trail. For more interesting routes, use the singletrack cross-country trails (see map). Caution: the ski hill road is gated but is usually open until around 3 pm on weekdays during the summer. Do not park above the gates if you expect to return after 3 pm.
If you want to do quick repeats of Berma-Grin, return to the trailhead via the ski hill road/OHV trail.
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