The man-made snow trails are in excellent condition at the Canmore Nordic Centre. Frozen Thunder has expanded considerably and is at least triple the original distance. It was busy – I had to go to the third parking lot to find a space to park.
The daylodge area has been trackset. With the cold temperatures, more snow is being made and trails are being expanded.
The natural snow trails are a different story, but depending where you go, some are in reasonably good early-season condition. Most have been roll-packed. Meadowview had good snow cover with the rare hazard, a bit of exposed dirt, a few ruts, but all easily avoidable. Banff trail, at a slightly lower elevation, was pretty sketchy but still skiable with rock skis.
There was only one occasion where I decided to remove my skis. It was a drainage ditch that crosses Banff trail about 200 metres from the extreme west end of the Banff trail loop. I was walking up the hill, carrying my skis after crossing the drainage ditch which was strewn with rocks and dirt, and warned a downhill skier what was coming, but as you’ll see in the photos, he didn’t heed my warning.
The air temperature was -7°C and the snow was probably around that temp as well. I used VR40(-4/-12) and had good grip, but after skiing on the abrasive man-made snow, I had to re-wax once.
The CNC season pass will now cover skiing on Frozen Thunder, no extra fee is required.
It snowed some more on Saturday night; I’d estimate we received about 7 cm in total over the weekend in Canmore.