Loppet news

Starting line of the Lake Louise to Banff loppet

For the Lake Louise to Banff loppet, there is a changing of the guard this winter, but the race goes on. This announcement was posted on the loppet website:

“Hello Loppet enthusiasts!

We are excited to inform you that the LL to Banff Loppet and relay will be hosted on Sunday, January 19, 2020. Same course, same format. Heidi Widmer, 28 years old and born and raised in Banff, is a former member of the Canadian and Swiss cross-country national ski teams and couldn’t stand to see the loppet tradition end. Please stay tuned as a green Heidi and an experienced volunteer team work together to keep the experience alive. “

I’ve updated my Loppet Page which lists the races and dates. A few dates are still to be determined. 

Any advice for Jenn?

Jenn is looking for advice on purchasing skate skis:

Hello Skiers!

I’m getting ready for the ski season and plan to buy new skate skis…and looking for advice from fellow skiers.

During the winter I skate ski 2-3x/wk approx. 20-40km/wk. I’ve been skate skiing for about 7 or 8 years but always happily recreational. I’ve only ever bought used skate skis. My current skis-Madshus-have been great performance wise but have had some structural failure-cracks along the sides exposing the foam core, not sure how much longer they will last….hence looking for new skis. Continue reading

Frozen Thunder -groomed and trackset and in nice shape

Frozen Thunder at Canmore Nordic Centre

I had occasion to be in Canmore yesterday morning so I took a few pictures of Frozen Thunder at the Canmore Nordic Centre. It was early in the day, so I didn’t ski but I could see the high-performance athletes like the McKeevers in action. 

Access to Frozen Thunder is limited to national and provincial level athletes everyday until 12:00 noon. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Six weeks to ski season – Welcome back!

Bill Milne trail near Ribbon Creek

I hope everyone has had a nice summer. We’ve barely had time to enjoy the fall colours and  now there’s a big snowfall in the forecast.

I’m adding a few pictures of the aspen trees in Kananaskis countrywhich were spectacular a few days ago. They hadn’t started losing their leaves but I imagine the wind and snow will soon take care of that. Continue reading

2018-2019 ski season in review

Members of Space Dogs Ski Club heading up Blueberry Hill. Dec 22, 2018

Last year when I wrote my final update, it was “What a great ski season!” Unfortunately I can’t say that this year. The snow was late in coming, and when it did arrive, wehad that incredibly cold weather. So this winter will be remembered as one of those sports teams who win it all and end up in last place the next year, commonly known as “First to Worst.” Continue reading