Happy new year everyone! Hundreds of skiers chose the Canmore Nordic Centre as their destination for the first ski of 2014, including me.
The man-made snow trails are excellent, and the snow was cold enough to use VR50(0/-4) grip wax. Air temperature was +1°C, snow was -4. The only places I had trouble getting grip were some icy sections on the natural snow of Bow trail, but stepping into the skating lane solved the problem.
On the natural snow, the higher you go, the better the conditions. The lowest elevation trail, Bow, had a lot of pine needles and icy sections. Conditions improved considerably on Banff trail, and Meadowview was very good. Bow is in need of fresh snow.
I recruited George Smith, head coach of Calgary Nordic Training Group to make the draw for the Emerald Lake Lodge contest. I will announce the lucky winner when I’ve received a confirmation email. A few photo entries came in after the deadline, but sorry, I’m sticking to the rules.
Lots of good Trip Reports coming in today to get the January page going. Thanks everyone! Make sure you check Chuck’s photos for the “Avenue of Goblins.” Amazing!
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