These photos will tell the story of the first day of skiing on Frozen Thunder at the Canmore Nordic Centre. It’s wonderful to be back posting about actual skiing again! Thanks to the Space Dogs for letting me post the above photo.
When I arrived at 10 a.m, the lower parking lot was full and the trails were busy with enthusiastic and happy skiers. After six long months of waiting, everyone was thrilled to be back on snow.
It was nice seeing so many familiar faces and I took over 200 photos. I’ll try to get more posted as I have time.
For mid-October, with a temperature of +5°C, the conditions were excellent. The only place where I would consider the trail to be “compromised” was at the bottom of one hill where there was a sharp turn. The snow had become loose and sugary and I needed to proceed with caution. Good skiers probably had no trouble lol.
Most people were skating, but I was classic skiing with excellent grip and glide on my waxless zero skis. There was no classic track today but I didn’t have a problem with that.
I was assured by Groomer Chris that we’ll have a classic track for tomorrow(Sunday).
Check the Trip Reports – Backcountry if you want to see people skiing on natural snow on the Healy pass trail in Banff including an incredible photo of a Northern hawk owl. Chuck has submitted our first Backcountry report of the new season.
Here are a few pictures from today. I’ll post more in the days to come.