Frozen Thunder takes shape

A truck dumps a load of snow on Frozen Thunder

Frozen Thunder at the Canmore Nordic centre is on schedule to open tomorrow,  Saturday Oct 19. The public can access the ski trail after 12 noon. 

The trucks were still dumping snow this afternoon and the snowcat was busy levelling and smoothing it out. Tomorrow there will be a nice corduroy surface for skating and if past years are any indication, there will be a classic track as well.

Frozen Thunder begins its 11th year at the Canmore Nordic Centre. Photo by Paul D’Agostino

Frozen Thunder – the fine print:

  • day pass must be purchased at the Day Lodge to access Frozen Thunder. Canmore Nordic Centre season passes are not valid for access to Frozen Thunder at the start of the season. This is due to the cost to create and maintain Frozen Thunder.
  • The snowcat has started levelling the snow.

    The general public is welcome to access Frozen Thunder when the trail is not being used for training of high performance athletes. Public skiing on Frozen Thunder is permitted after 12:00 p.m. everyday.

  • Access to Frozen Thunder is limited to national and provincial level athletes everyday until 12:00 p.m. This dedicated time enables athletes to maximize their training efforts and reduces the potential for high speed collisions. For your safety and the safety of our athletes, do not attempt to access Frozen Thunder during this time.

Waxing tips for Frozen Thunder


With the warm temperatures, it will be difficult to get any grip on your classic skis with normal hard wax. Come prepared with waxless skis(fish-scale, skins, zeros) or the dreaded klister. You can avoid any grip problems by using skate skis.

Ski Sales

There’s a bit of snow in the forecast for Moraine Lake road at Lake Louise. The road has been closed to vehicle traffic since Tuesday. Hopefully snow will start to accumulate and allow ski grooming to begin in early November. 

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