Skiing starts Sat Oct 22 at Canmore Nordic Centre

More photos of today’s snow. It always amazes me how this chunky, icy, rough snow can be turned into a perfect ski trail by the groomers at CNC.

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.

Another truckload on Albertville trail

Another truckload on Nagano trail

While I was at the nordic centre today, I stopped into the daylodge and picked up my season pass which I purchased online yesterday. The season passes are valid starting Nov 19, but if you buy before Oct 31, it’s 10% off. It saved me a lot of time by buying it online and not having to wait in line at the daylodge. Buy season pass online

I want to revisit a few things which I’ve posted about previously, but warrant another mention.

Tony Daffern has posted an update regarding Improvements to PLPP ski trails on the Kananaskis Trails blog. This is all good news for skiers as the smooth treads will result in better early-season conditions.

Are you following me on Facebook? I also post occasional updates on Twitter that don’t make it onto the blog.

Let your voice be heard re: snowmaking

Excellent snow conditions on Frozen Thunder and more snow is on the way

Snow making

This is from Kevin McLean, president of Foothills Nordic ski Club:

It is very important that the City of Calgary knows that the nordic ski community supports the efforts to improve cross country skiing in Calgary.

We asked the City “What is the best way for the nordic ski community to express its support for our proposal?”.

This is the process that was provided to us. Follow this link:

Select “Recreation – Golf Course Inquiry” as the service type and click “Go”.

It was no trouble skiing around the snow guns on Banff trail

Freshly made snow. Wouldn’t it be great to see this on the golf courses this winter?

It is okay to provide the City with as much or as little comment as desired.

It could be “I support the Foothills Nordic plan to improve nordic skiing facilities at Confederation.”

Can keep it as simple as that, or add more “why” comments:
– There are no nordic facilities with reliable snow in Calgary, a Winter Olympic city of over 1 million people. This will help.
– The City should be supporting recreational initiatives like this, especially when there is no cost to the City.
– Help get year round use out of these City lands and facilities.
– With no nordic trails at COP anymore, Confederation is going to see more use. This initiative will help deal with the increased use proactively, instead of re-actively.

Or any other reasons that you can think of, and it wouldn’t hurt to send a second 311 note regarding skiing at Shaganappi as well.

This link to Foothills website gives a lot of good information about the project, and answers concerns.

More photos from today at Canmore Nordic Centre…

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  1. Wow!

    The Nordic community has provided the City with an overwhelming number of messages of support for our initiative.

    Our voice has been heard loud and clear! Foothills thanks everyone for their support and no further feedback to the City is required at this time.

    Thanks again everyone!

    Kevin McLean, President
    Foothills Nordic Ski Club,
    Calgary, AB

  2. “My family of 4 supports the Foothills Nordic plan to improve nordic skiing facilities at Confederation Park, a public/city golf area. The Nordic ski usage will have significantly LESS influence on the neighborhood than the summertime usage based upon hours of use and number of users.
    Addressed appropriately, it may be possible to create a successful business model for in-town Nordic ski facilities.

    Additionally, COP should be reprimanded for failing to conduct themselves appropriately when deciding to terminate XC ski access/terrain just a few years after suggesting they had plans to EXPAND the COP trail area. “

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