It’s a miracle! Skiing started in Canmore today

-Frozen Thunder at the Canmore Nordic Centre is open for skiing-

When I arrived at 8:55 a.m. the temperature was zero with a cloudy sky. Mackenzie from Kimberley, B.C. had already been skiing for an hour on Frozen Thunder at the Canmore Nordic Centre.

Many skiers were already on snow at 9:15 a.m.

Many skiers were already on snow at 9:15 a.m.

Most of this morning’s skiers were skating on the fast, hard snow but a few of us were using the excellent classic tracks, albeit icy. My zero skis were giving decent grip but klister would have been perfect. The snow will soften as the day progresses and fish-scale waxless will probably work this afternoon.

Frozen thunder

Frozen thunder

As you can see in the photos, a portion of the trail is still under construction. There was 1.3K of trail groomed and trackset this morning, but to go from start to finish it was 1.7K due to having to backtrack on 400 metres.

A beautiful sight - skiable snow

A beautiful sight – skiable snow

The trucks were still dumping snow to complete the second loop which I’m assuming will be skiable tomorrow for a total distance of almost 2K. As I was leaving, the trucks had just moved to the biathlon range to put in a 100 metre spur.

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 19.

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  1. Worth the trip from Cochrane this morning to get on some snow. It was nice chatting with you, Bob, and maybe i’ll see you on the trails this winter!

    Joe, nice meeting you, too. Your picture is in the gallery of photos. -Bob

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