Tuesday morning update

April 10, 2018
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  “Avoid lifting anything heavier than a cup of coffee for the first six weeks after surgery” This morning I’m giving my left arm some practice for what’s to come. Tomorrow’s the big day.

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Strathmore golf course grooming update

April 8, 2018

Thanks to Ed Meyer for the photos and update: “A team effort in some challenging spring conditions for another great set at the Strathmore Golf Course today.”

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A surprising grooming update

April 8, 2018

Sunday April 8 @ 12: 20 pm: Something compelled me to check the Banff trail report around noon today and this is what I found: Could Spray River be next? The Great Divide at Lake Louise was groomed and trackset yesterday.  The usual Saturday night trails were

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“Everything about your website helps me get out there”

April 6, 2018

It’s snowing in Canmore this morning with a temperature of -12°C. There’s no wind and the snow is coming straight down, looks beautiful.

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Another place to ski

April 5, 2018

I had no idea there was such a great place to ski in Strathmore. This has been a well-kept secret. They also have a creative grooming set-up for classic and fat-bike trails as you can see in the

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Sunday morning update

April 1, 2018

Update Apr 1 @ 5:15 pm: Parks Canada will continue to groom at Lake Louise. I was given that information today at the Lake Louise Visitor Centre. The Pipestone trails were trackset yesterday. As predicted, Whiskey Jack, Packers,

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Saturday morning update: blue or green?

March 31, 2018

You can be forgiven if you step outside and think it’s Jan 31 rather than March 31. It’s -15°C but the sun is shining and it looks like it will be a beautiful bluebird day for skiing with a high around -7. I just hope you didn’t store your green and blue wax yet.  The […]

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Season-end “meet and greet”

March 29, 2018

I’d like to meet all my readers this Saturday Mar 31 at Pocaterra Hut after skiing. I’ll break with tradition and ski early so I can be at the hut starting at 2 pm and I’ll be there ’til 4 pm.  Everyone is welcome!

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Winter returning?

March 26, 2018

Update Mar 28 at 8 a.m: The PLPP Live Grooming Report indicates that Moraine, Fox Creek, and Boulton Creek were trackset early this morning. It also says “Use caution when skiing Moraine trail due to grooming equipment

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Should be some good skiing this weekend

March 23, 2018

In addition to to all the trip reports, here is an update from West Bragg Creek Groomer Jeff: “The early bird get’s the worm! 2-5 cm of new snow dusted the trails Thursday night

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One million readers!

March 18, 2018

This blog has reached the milestone of one million visitors since Frozen Thunder opened way back on Oct 21.  I am a statistics freak and enjoy studying the data in order to see what my readers are interested in.  With reference to the

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After 30+ cm of new snow…grooming updates

March 16, 2018

Canmore Nordic Centre: Banff trail, Bow, Meadowview and some other trails have been groomed and trackset. Don’t go by the Live Grooming Report. Check the trail report to see

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Blast from the past

March 12, 2018

How did we survive before the internet? When I was the Calgary Ski Club’s nordic director in 2003-2004, we planned our entire schedule in October! Email was just starting to become popular. Tracksetting updates were posted by

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West Bragg Creek

March 8, 2018

Report from Steve Riggs: “Other than the skiing- a highlight was getting back at dusk to find a fox hanging around the south parking. After stepping out of the boards to get the camera from my truck, it co-operated by strolling over to check out my skis. …and for the skiing: 

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Grooming after the storm

March 4, 2018

Sunday 9:15 a.m: When all was said and done I ended up with 10 cm of new snow since Friday. The sky in Canmore is showing lots of blue, there’s no wind, and the temperature is -13°C. Most of the trails at the

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Redearth Creek and Shadow Lake

March 1, 2018

I was fascinated with the alternative route which Chuck discovered to Shadow Lake today. Rather than going up the steep hill, it follows the Redearth Creek canyon. Click over to see all 15 of Chuck’s photos. 

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Snowfall warning, right on cue

March 1, 2018

Welcome to March and the winter of our dreams. We’ve had very little rain or warm weather during this wonderful ski season, but anytime we get a warm day, or a windy day where debris gets blown onto the trails, it’s immediately followed

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Tuesday morning update

February 27, 2018

The trails around Kananaskis Village and Ribbon Creek were groomed yesterday and reported to be in great shape. If you are a skate skier, “Terrace Link trail now has a skate lane making a nice skate loop with Terrace trail.” In Lake Louise, a few trails are being prepared for

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What do you make of this?

February 26, 2018

(Update: Thanks for all the feedback. I have disabled further comments.) Warning: The following post contains profanity. I received this email yesterday from Corey Kruchkowski. You may remember, he was leading the fat-bikers on Blueberry Hill back in November. Click for a larger image.  That email

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1000 and 2000

February 21, 2018

Yesterday as I was on the homestretch on Mountain Road at West Bragg Creek I reached 1000 kilometres of skiing for this winter.  Today, with this update, I have written 2000 posts on this blog since it’s inception in 2008.  Helen Read is at 1100K, and Alf Skrastins total

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