Tim and Carolyn had just finished skiing the Banff trail on natural snow. This picture was taken in the exact spot where the snow was very thin before the recent snowfall
At the Canmore Nordic Centre the air temperature was -13°C, the snow was -10, and it appears from the forecast that it will only get colder for the remainder of the week.
I know this is a worn out phrase, but it didn’t feel that cold once you got moving. The lower section of the Banff loop was in superb condition. At the end, there are now good tracks to the mine meadow where the natural snow begins.
I arrived at the meadow in the dark, but luckily I ran into Carolyn and Tim who were just finishing the Banff trail on the natural snow and reported good snow coverage. The photo is exactly at the spot where it was very thin before the recent snowfall, and you can see it’s fine, good tracks and all.
The upper half of the Banff loop is still not groomed and has mountains of man-made snow covering it. Shouldn’t be long before it’s ready.
Waxing will be easy this week with the cold snow. Not only do we use green wax for grip, but if you want to glide a lot faster on the cold sandpaper snow, your glide zones could be hot-waxed with green glide wax.