Six months of skiing at Canmore Nordic Centre

by Bob Truman on April 17, 2014

in Canmore

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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.

Banff trail at Canmore Nordic Centre

Banff trail at Canmore Nordic Centre

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. 

Meadowview at the Coyote junction

Meadowview at the Coyote junction

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.

Remember Frozen Thunder? This photo was taken on Oct 19, 2013

Remember Frozen Thunder? This photo was taken on Oct 19, 2013

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.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Keith Bagnall April 18, 2014 at 3:12 pm

What a country we live in! Six months of winter! Is it any wonder we gravitate to skiing?


2 Alf Skrastins April 18, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Why stop at just 6 months of skiing?


3 Keith Bagnall April 19, 2014 at 7:47 pm

I think you hold the record for the most consecutive months of skiing in the world! I know you probably don’t want to blow your horn but it would be interesting to float it out for a Guinness World Record.


4 Henry April 20, 2014 at 9:12 am

What a great idea.

Here’s a photo of Alf practicing for the world record back around 1980.


5 Henry April 20, 2014 at 9:12 am
6 Alf Skrastins April 21, 2014 at 7:10 pm

You can’t have a world record at something, until you stop. I have no intention of stopping skiing every month.


7 Henry April 18, 2014 at 8:36 am

It’s neat seeing photos of CNC 6 months apart. I also can’t believe how time flies. It just seems like yesterday when we were getting our first reports by Bob from the front lines at Frozen Thunder.

What strikes me like a baseball bat to the gut in the October photo of Frozen Thunder, is that you can palpably sense the ‘feeling’ of that incredible autumn day in the Rockie just from the photo. I can see how it gets the adrenaline of all you skiers going 🙂


8 Diana Piggott April 17, 2014 at 11:26 pm

Still skiing, and still optimistic 🙂


9 Chuck April 17, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Your’re days are numbered… in hours!
Why not… winter is far from over… snow fall warning tonight… again!


10 Henry April 18, 2014 at 8:15 am

You are so fortunate.

Crocuses waiting for you in the valley when you come down from your ski -)


11 Henry April 18, 2014 at 8:21 am



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