-Hanne, Makenna, and Sidney from Saskatchewan were happy to be on snow again-
Dozens of skiers from all over the continent were on hand for the first day of Frozen Thunder at the Canmore Nordic Centre.
The air was crisp, the sky was blue, and the snow was in excellent “October” condition with a good track and a wide skating lane.
Frozen Thunder consists of a 900-metre loop but will be longer by Saturday, with the addition of a 230-metre spur on the Albertville trail. The trucks were still dumping snow this morning.
If you are a classic skier, you’ll need waxless skis or klister to get grip, but it’s turning colder on the weekend so it’s possible that red wax might work in the mornings. I even see snow in the forecast for Monday.
Frozen Thunder will be open for public use after 12:00 noon on weekdays and all day on Saturdays and Sundays. A day pass or “Early Season Pass” is required to ski Frozen Thunder prior to November 14.
Update: Oct 23 @ 7 pm: Just got back from skiing 7 laps on Frozen Thunder. I had a smile on my face for the first 6, but it was turning into a grimace as I climbed the hills on the 7th. It takes a couple months of skiing to overcome a summer of lethargy and too much indulging.
Conditions were remarkably good and I still had a well-defined classic track for my waxless fish scale skis. GPS indicated that I covered a distance of 6.13K, so each circuit works out to 880 metres. Tomorrow, there will be an additional 230 metres on the Albertville spur, so total distance will be 1.11K. To ski it all, however, you’ll cover a distance of 1.34K since you also have to return on the Albertville spur to get back to the loop.
Each lap has an accumulated elevation of 26 metres.