-Seb, Zoey and dad Graham at the Canmore Nordic Centre-
The air temperature at CNC at 2:30 pm was -13°C, and the snow was -11. There was no wind so it seemed a lot warmer, and it was starting to snow. The nordic centre received 8-10 cm of new snow yesterday and today’s new tracksetting already had 1 cm of snow on top.
For wax, I used old Swix Green(-7/-13) and it worked perfectly.
Soon after starting out on Banff trail I ran into Paul who said he had a lot of fun on Wolverine. I made a mental note to check it out.
After checking out the natural snow on Banff trail and Meadowview, which were excellent, I played around on the high-elevation trails of Rundle, Wolverine, and Cougar.
I had previously skied a portion of Wolverine, but never the long, twisty downhill part. Amazing fun! It drops 70 metres over a distance of .8K, but the real fun is the way it twists and turns. With the fresh snow on top of the new grooming, it was a blast.
The Banff trail report indicates that Goat Creek, Spray River East and West were trackset today. I had guessed that it would be Cascade that would be groomed but I guess that will be tomorrow’s job.
Parking spots were at a premium when I arrived at CNC. The “Kid and Mutt” races were on today as well as a Calforex Cup event happening on the Biathlon trails.
I thought by 2:30 pm a lot of people should be leaving and I’d be able to easily get a good parking spot but I had to search a bit. When I finished around 4:30 pm, the parking lots had cleared out. People were heading home to watch the Superbowl. My car had about 1 cm of snow on the windshield.
More snow is in the forecast along with cold temperatures so this snow should last for a while. Conditions should be excellent for the Grizzly Loppet and Relay which is coming up at CNC on Feb 18.