Frozen Thunder grows

 – Blog readers Deborah, Mandy and Collin were enjoying the fresh snow –

Not only is the snow deeper, but 100 metres of distance has been added to the Salt Lake spur. Total coverage is now up to 2.3K, but the Salt Lake trail is an out and back with a distance of 300 metres, so you’re required to go 2.6K if you ski the entire maze. Most skiers omit the biathlon spur, so that would give you 2.4K for the most popular route.

Blog reader and regular commenter Risto Treksler

Blog reader and regular commenter Risto Treksler

Here in Canmore, my deck has received 12 cm of high-density snow. With new grooming and tracksetting, Frozen Thunder should be pretty sweet tomorrow morning. With below freezing temperatures in the coming week, it should stay in fine condition, too.

As for grip, I had success using my traditional fish-scale waxless skis. I thought the fresh falling snow would have been difficult to wax for. The snow had been packed down by previous skiers but was still soft. My skis were singing loudly on the downhills, telling me that I may have added some weight over the summer.

Jan Rossiter is hoping to represent Ireland at the Sochi Olympics

Jan Rossiter is hoping to represent Ireland at the Sochi Olympics

I was thrilled to meet a lot of blog readers/commenters today. I also met a very pleasant and interesting young man from Kingston, ON, who has been here since Oct 18 and still has a week to go.

Born in Ireland, Jan Rossiter is training diligently with the hope of representing Ireland in the Sochi Olympics. You can see his very interesting blog here Jan Rossiter. I was reading a blog posting about food and discovered this unfortunate regimen which he is now following: “I drink on average 1 beer a week now that I’m training seriously.” Make sure you click on the link and scroll down ’til you see his wax kit. 

Frozen Thunder has a nice layer of new snow and the snow guns are producing more as well

Frozen Thunder has a nice layer of new snow and the snow guns are producing more as well

Jan was using Swix VR55 and reported good grip with minimal sticking.

The Banff Trail Report has been updated to give information on the ski trails in Lake Louise. So far, it only says “Not enough snow to trackset.” I hope we hear from someone who has checked out Moraine Lake Road.

If you missed it, I earlier posted a new contest Win Fischer skis.

Turn your clocks back one hour tonight.

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  1. Skier Bob was the first person I spoke with on my very first day of cross country skiing in the Rockies last year. I followed this fantastic blog closely and it led to many great outings in the 2012/2013 season. Great to meet Bob today on my first outing this season! Have a great season Skier Bob and everyone who follows these reports. Happy trails.

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