Frozen Thunder going strong

by Bob Truman on October 22, 2014

in Canmore

Martin Schrama from Whitler had just completed his first lap on Frozen Thunder for this season

Martin Schrama from Whistler had just completed his first lap on Frozen Thunder for this season

Before I get started, I’d like to thank everyone for liking me on Facebook. We’ve reached a new milestone. The 500th Like came from Cait Goodfellow. 

Tonight at Frozen Thunder, I encountered another couple skiers who were taking their first strides on snow this season. Martin Schrama from Whistler(formerly from Canmore), had just completed his first lap when I accosted him for a photo.

Dakota Blackhorse von Jess arrived from Bend Oregon and was taking his first strides on Frozen Thunder

Dakota Blackhorse von Jess arrived from Bend Oregon and was taking his first strides on Frozen Thunder

Martin was suitably impressed with the snow conditions after another warm day, as was I, but let me tell you the rest of the story about the snow. The Pisten-Bully wouldn’t start this morning, so the snow didn’t even get groomed today. I was surprised that we even had a semblance of a track. There’s some extra sawdust and pine needles showing, but nothing I would consider hazardous. I continue to be amazed at how well the snow is holding up.

There is a second snowcat available, but it’s still pushing sawdust around in the pit. That’s the pit where Frozen Thunder hibernates all summer, under a thick layer of wood shavings. Jim the mechanic was fixing the starter, and the ‘cat was running by the time I had made a couple rounds.

Alaric instructs a group of enthusiastic young skiers

Alaric instructs a group of enthusiastic young skiers

As I was leaving, a very enthusiastic skier had just rolled in from Bend, Oregon. Dakota Blackhorse von Jess is here with his teamates from the Bend Endurance Academy. He was thrilled to be in Canmore and taking his first strides on the snow. Dakota won the Frozen thunder sprint race last year.

Upcoming Races

Last year, Dakota Blackhorse von Jess(#47) was the men's winner in the Frozen Thunder classic sprint

Last year, Dakota Blackhorse von Jess(#47) was the men’s winner in the Frozen Thunder classic sprint

On Friday Oct. 24, Frozen Thunder will host the first classic sprint race of the year, beginning at 9 a.m. The race tends to attract many of the best sprinters in North America. On Monday, Oct. 27, a 10 km and 15 km distance race will draw many of the country’s top skiers and biathletes.

It was quite enjoyable watching the races last year, and here’s a link to the 2013 eventI won’t be able to attend the races this year, so I hope someone will leave a comment about the conditions etc.

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Olympians skiing at Frozen Thunder

October 20, 2014
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-Olympians Brian and Caitlin Gregg from Minneapolis arrived today to train on Frozen Thunder.- I wanted to see

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Happy skiers on Frozen Thunder

October 19, 2014
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-Jesse Cockney will be racing for Canada on the World Cup circuit this winter.- Another busy day on frozen Thunder. I skied more and talked less

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How’s this for mid-October?

October 18, 2014
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Dozens of skiers were on hand for the opening of Frozen Thunder today, and I would say conditions were superb.

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Frozen Thunder is ready

October 17, 2014
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I drove over to the Canmore Nordic Centre just before sundown to see what had transpired today. Tracksetter Paul was just exiting the Pisten-Bully

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Skiers are on the way

October 16, 2014
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Welcome to Canmore and Frozen thunder! One of the things I like best about Frozen Thunder is the multitude of skiers I meet

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Skiing starts this weekend at Canmore

October 14, 2014
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Yes, I know it’s mid-October with daytime highs in excess of +10°C,  but your eyes don’t deceive you.

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Thanksgiving

October 12, 2014
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We have many things to be thankful for. If I made a complete list, it would be too long to post on this page, so here’s a short list.

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West Bragg Creek volunteers build new XC trails

October 7, 2014
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(Thanks to Alf Skrastins for the story and photos) The volunteers of the Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association have

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It would have made a great ski trail

October 3, 2014
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The air was crisp and cool, but the sun was shining, and a bull elk was bugling as Tessa and I hiked around

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Remember 2003?

September 27, 2014
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“There are old guides and there are bold guides, but there are no old bold guides,” Theo Meiners, another legendary guide in Alaska, used to quip. 

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Larch season: it can only mean ski season starts soon

September 22, 2014
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- Thanks to regular commenter Henry who sent this photo from a hiking trip in 2012 -

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Skiing starts in 30 days

September 18, 2014
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Guaranteed to have snow on Oct 18! Skiers from all over North America are booking hotel rooms in Canmore in preparation for the annual migration to Frozen Thunder at the Canmore Nordic Centre.

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Who “owns” Alberta’s wildlife? Should guns be allowed in K-country?

September 17, 2014
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On Sep 22, 2000, Nakoda, the alpha female of the Peter Lougheed wolf pack, was gunned down in K-country

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Momma grizzly speaks out

September 14, 2014
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Letter to the editor Re: Grizzly bear mother who killed Calgary hunter in Kananaskis Country and cub will be left alone, Alberta Parks says

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Improved trails at West Bragg Creek

September 10, 2014
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Thanks to Alf Skrastins, we have our first trip report of the season. You can see many more photos here: West Bragg photos from Alf  

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Buried in snow

September 9, 2014
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With everyone’s attention on the weather today, I thought this might be a good time to take a look at the predictions for this winter from the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

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Ribbon Creek – yet again more news

August 24, 2014
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After all the comments and speculation, I’m pleased to post this update from Tracksetter Jeff himself:

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The new face of Ribbon Creek

August 23, 2014
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 “The new ribbon trail begins with a stump with an old man’s face carved into it.” – Pete Thanks to Pete’s comments, we have some clarification

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Goat creek/Spray river bridge update

July 24, 2014
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- Chuck is fording the Spray river with the almost-repaired bridge in the background – There is one last obstacle to having the entire

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