First day of Skiing

If you like it hard ‘n fast, “Frozen Thunder” at Canmore Nordic Centre will make you happy.

Skiers enjoying "Frozen Thunder" at Canmore Nordic Centre Oct 16, 2010

All the parking spots were full at the CNC parking lot when I pulled in this morning. I won’t attribute all of those cars to the “Frozen Thunder,” as a biathlon event was also happening, but there was a good contingent of skiers out for the first day on snow.

Kai celebrates the beginning of ski season at Canmore Nordic Centre Oct 16, 2010

Air temperature was hovering around zero as I wobbled around the one kilometre of groomed and single-trackset snow. It’s packed hard and is probably better for skating. The single classic track was a bit on the icy side. The abrasive snow would wear off any grip wax in short order. There are no big climbs to contend with unless you take the optional hill which will get your heart rate up and give you a thrill on the way down.

Former Olympian Dan Roycroft skates up the hill at Canmore Nordic Centre. Oct 16, 2010

From the bottom to the top, the optional hill is no more than 100 metres in length and maybe 15 metres in elevation. I think you’d have to include this hill to get a full kilometre of distance on one loop.

This was a great idea, stockpiling snow and allowing a much earlier start to ski season. The icy conditions would not be ideal for novice skiers but for the middle of Oct, we can’t complain.

Watch a video of today’s skiing Thanks, Dan!

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