Early skiers at the Canmore Nordic Centre could have used wax, but when I arrived at 11 a.m. the snow was already becoming wet so I used my waxless skis.
It was six months ago when we made our first laps on Frozen Thunder. I believe the air temperature was exactly the same as on that day in October at +4°C. We only had 2.2K of trail back then whereas now there’s about 60K.
The conditions were great if you didn’t mind going a bit slow on the wet snow. The skating lane was firmer and faster. There’s still excellent snow coverage and most trails were trackset this morning.
It got quite warm(+8) in Canmore today, so I expect that by late afternoon, the tracks would have been total slush. Whether the trails get trackset again tonight will depend on the temperature. Check the Live Grooming Report in the morning.
Snow conditions have been excellent for most of the winter at the nordic centre. We had a brief period in the middle of winter where it got warm and windy and we had to deal with tree debris but it didn’t last very long. Overall, a good ski season.
Next winter’s Frozen Thunder is in the freezer and we’ll be skiing on it in a mere six months!
A snowfall warning has been issued for Banff National Park. 10 – 15 cm by tomorrow.