What are the chances of skiing for two hours on natural snow at the Canmore Nordic Centre and not seeing one piece of tree debris?
I can tell you, your chances are 100%. You most likely won’t see any twigs or grass, either.
I started exactly the same way as Paul and Nancy, up Olympic in order to reach the start of Meadowview. It’s quite a maze of trails up there, and easy to get lost, but the climb gets you warmed up real fast. It’s an 80-metre net elevation gain over 1K. The snow is still extremely cold and my polar wax was gripping well on the steep hills.
What a difference from yesterday. It was still just as cold, but the sun was shining and the air was calm. The tracks were still slow, but not as painfully slow as yesterday.
I skied Meadowview to the far end on excellent conditions. The skating lane was a bit soft with a cm or two of fresh snow, so it would have been a little more work for the skaters.
I also skied the entire length of Banff trail on the natural snow, and parts of Bow. All good.
I climbed back up to Meadowview and skied some of the secondary trails which branch off Meadowview including Bruin, Wolverine, Roller Coaster, and finished off with a thrill ride down King of Sweden. It couldn’t be any better.
The Kananaskis Village trails were groomed today. Along with yesterday’s grooming on Evan-Thomas, Wedge, and Bill Milne, the skiing should be at its best around there.
Thanks to Chuck and his Live Grooming Report, we know that Cascade Valley was groomed today.
Baker Creek to Castle Lookout was groomed today.
Check the Groomer’s Reports to see the latest updates from West Bragg Creek and Lake Louise.