Happy skiers on Frozen Thunder

by Bob Truman on October 19, 2014

in Canmore

Jesse Cockney will be racing for Canada on the World Cup circuit this winter

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 but still managed to get some great photos of all the skiers who are excited to be on snow again.

Ember and Emma were enjoying  the snow at Frozen Thunder

Ember and Emma were enjoying the snow at Frozen Thunder

I thought it was about time that I featured my neighbour, and national team skier, Jesse Cockney on this blog. Hopefully he’ll continue to shovel my sidewalk this winter if he’s not off racing in Europe(at which time I might get the honour of shovelling his).

The snow was a bit sugary today but still in good condition considering the warm temperatures  we’re experiencing. At 9:30 a.m. it was +8°C and climbed up to +15 today.

The snow was still in nice condition this morning, albeit a little sugary

The snow was still in nice condition this morning, albeit a little sugary

Our amazing 2K of groomed snow attracts a lot of visitors to town every fall. I ran into Daniel Kerr from Guelph, ON who is back on Frozen Thunder again this year. He’s thrilled with the opportunity to do some early-season training and enjoys his yearly visit to Canmore.

Starting tomorrow(Monday), Frozen Thunder is reserved for high-performance athletes between 9 a.m. and noon, Mon-Fri. Check the Canmore Nordic Centre page for more info on hours, fees, and other details.

Cascade Valley

The Cascade Valley trail at 7K. This is the portion of the trail which we couldn’t ski last year because the bridge at 6K was washed out.

Cascade Valley bridge repair

For all skiers who are awaiting the natural snow, I read an article in the Rocky Mountain Outlook which gave an update on Cascade Valley. A new bridge needs to be installed across the Cascade river due to flooding damage from June 2013.

It was enjoyable, easy, and fun on Goat creek today

Goat Creek trail in Banff National Park will be skiable from Canmore to Banff this winter, a distance of 19K

John Rose, asset manager for the Banff Field Unit, estimates that we’ll be skiing the Cascade Valley trail in mid-to-late January. With the new bridge installed, we will once again be able to go the  entire 14.5K to Stoney creek. The info regarding the Cascade Valley bridge is about midway through this article in the Rocky Mountain Outlook.

If you missed the news, I’m happy to report the Spray River bridge has been repaired. This means we can ski the entire 19K from Goat Creek trailhead to Banff this winter.

More Frozen Thunder photos… 

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