Win Fischer skis! (2017 contest page)

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How about a new pair of Fischer skis for the coming winter?

“My favourite ski day is a blue wax, blue sky day with fresh tracksetting. Soft blankets of snow and the sun glistening off the snow transform the trees into a magical winter wonderland. An occasional breeze may blow some of the snow off the trees like fairy dust..” -Grace Brouwer

The above quote from Grace was an entry in a previous Fischer skis contest.

It’s become a tradition to start off the season with this contest where you have a good chance to win a brand new pair of Fischer Fibre Crown skis. These are all-around, lightweight classic skis for groomed trails. If you prefer waxless, you can choose the Fischer Sport Glass skis which are the no-wax version. Included will be the new Fischer Turnamic binding.

You’ll be fitted for the proper size at Lifesport when you claim your prize.

How to enter the contest:

To enter, you need to leave a comment on this page. You can comment about anything, but here are some suggestions:

  • What is your criteria for an enjoyable ski trail? Easy terrain? Fast downhills? Scenic? Or…
  • Important things you carry in your backpack
  • What could be done to make cross-country skiing more popular?
  •  Any topic of your choice

Entries will be closed when we reach 150 entries or Nov 30, 2017, which ever comes first

All names will be put in a hat and we’ll draw a winner within one week of entries closing.

Make sure you leave your email address with your comment. I’m the only one who sees it, and that’s how I will contact you if you win.

The fine print:

  • One entry per person.
  • You must be a cross-country skier, or an aspiring one.
  • The winner must respond to my contact email within three days of the draw. If no response, a new winner will be chosen.
  • Prize to be picked up at Lifesport

Good luck and I look forward to reading some interesting comments. Leave your comment below. Sometimes comments don’t show up right away because they need to be approved. I usually get to them within hours, and they will then appear.

1 Bob Truman November 4, 2017 at 1:34 pm

Entries to this contest are closed. Thanks for entering!

2 Daniel Struthers November 4, 2017 at 1:29 pm

Fresh snow, ski on!

3 Irene Collins November 4, 2017 at 11:52 am

Going out close to home on the fresh snow that has fallen on our grassy playground lets me feel the thing that I live for: the freedom of gliding down a hill and then warming up as I climb back up to do it again.

4 Ron November 4, 2017 at 10:55 am

A bad day skiing is always better than a good day at work

5 Vic Urban November 4, 2017 at 10:13 am

I am promoting the ski area in the Crowsnest Pass. Allison Wonderland. Beautiful trails, great scenery and a superb group that run the facility.

6 doug connery November 4, 2017 at 9:49 am

I enjoy all aspects from easy stride and glide on Bill Milne, Confed or Bowness Park to long days in PLPP and Skoki in and out in a day.

7 Rick November 4, 2017 at 9:49 am

Really stoked to have the ski season starting in early November. It’s going to be a great year.

8 Katrina November 4, 2017 at 9:41 am

Swish, swish, glide. Enjoy the ride!

9 Valerie Bell November 4, 2017 at 9:36 am

So excited about the early snowfall! Heading out to Ribbon Creek tomorrow. Hoping the snow stays.

10 Cindy C November 4, 2017 at 9:30 am

Looking forward to getting back to xcountry – my first love of skiing, crisp sparkling snow, cool face, warm body and much more.

11 Cheeky November 4, 2017 at 9:08 am

MaSid’s couch.

12 Cheeky November 4, 2017 at 9:28 am

MaSid’s couch…inspired me to get a shovel and snow-saw this year. I’m stoked! The views from West Elk Pass glades and meadows are extensive and wandering around them is absolutely magical!

13 Brian November 4, 2017 at 9:06 am

Love starting off slightly cold knowing I will soon be warm

14 Caren Dymond November 4, 2017 at 9:05 am

I’m so excited to see the snow this week (Nov 4)! Excited to get out to the mountains and cross country ski again!

15 Bill November 4, 2017 at 9:02 am

I’d write a more interesting comment, but we’re just on the way out the door to go skiing.

16 Darlene November 4, 2017 at 8:55 am

Every winter day is my favorite x-country ski day.

17 Ian November 4, 2017 at 8:50 am

It’s nice to be able to look forward to cold snowy weather.

18 Brenda November 4, 2017 at 8:38 am

Best ski memories are on the Birchwood Trails in Fort McMurray, under a full moon, ice crystals in the air, curious animal eyes glimpsed in the trees as you swoosh down the hill at breakneck speed.

19 Sophie Couture November 4, 2017 at 7:47 am

Cross-Country skiing makes our canadian winters enjoyable. The breathtaking sceneries and peaceful forest are priceless . I cannot imagine not being able to ski. Bring on the snow!

20 Carolyn from Okotoks November 4, 2017 at 12:58 am

Our Spanish student has been looking forward to the snow and skiing in the Canadian Rockies before he has to fly home November 14th. I told him when he arrived in August that he may not get to ski as he is leaving so early. He can’t beleave how cold it is tonight – minus 18 in Canmore but he is excited as he will try cross country skiing for the first time tomorrow. We really are fortunate to have such a vast playground right in our backyard.

21 Walter Bober November 3, 2017 at 11:24 pm

After the hot dry summer we had I’m surprised that the snow and cold weather have arrived so early; however, I have my skis waxed and ready to go tomorrow.

22 Erin November 3, 2017 at 10:21 pm

I just can’t wait to get out there… Let it snow! Now what to do with my two sub-ski age kids…

23 Diane R November 3, 2017 at 10:13 pm

One day my husband came home after a disasterous trip and threw his skis in the trash. Thus I have no one to ski with and have given away my skis. I really miss the sound of them on snow and the thrill of the hills. I would like to be there again. Oh, and I could use a pair of skis to get the mail, which is now 6 km away, up and down a few hills, too.

24 Edwin November 3, 2017 at 9:15 pm

Nothing compares with the silence of skiing alone under snow laden trees.

25 Debra A. November 3, 2017 at 9:08 pm

Last year, my husband who is originally from Lima, Peru, finally decided to give xc skiing another whirl. Our kids are super excited to teach daddy how to ski.

26 Gail November 3, 2017 at 7:59 pm

I’m happy to see the snow in Calgary and hope that it will stay and be a good base for Confederation Park. I’m pleased to report that FNSC Women’s 55+ Class is now full with 40 participants! This is the 5th year that FNSC has offered this course for this demographic to improve their technique. We read Skier Bob’s website in order to know where to ski outside of the class!

27 C November 3, 2017 at 6:57 pm

I used to hate winter and dread the snow. Now that I’ve started XC skiing I look forward to it and get to enjoy being outside in the mountains all winter! I can’t wait to start the ski season with all this snow!

28 Terri Hughes November 3, 2017 at 6:16 pm

Crisp mountain air
Sun shining through the trees
Fresh sparkling snow on my hair
and the swish swish swish of my skis.

29 Tracy Wood November 3, 2017 at 6:15 pm

I like cross country skiing up hills.

30 Kieran Wood November 3, 2017 at 6:14 pm

I really enjoy cross country skiing down hills.

31 Rebecca Wood November 3, 2017 at 5:17 pm

If there were some affordable cross-country ski lessons on a trail with great views, I would absolutely get out there more. I still cross-country ski now without knowing what I am doing and falling over a lot, but I would certainly enjoy it more with a quick lesson. (Learning it in high school would have been great, probably less waivers required for the school than downhill as well).

32 ski_dig November 3, 2017 at 5:14 pm

Having been gradually turned onto the onto the joys of xc ski by my wife, we look forward to spending more time at Pocterra Hut this year with our young daughter who will be 12mo in Jan. The best parts of xc ski for me so far…no $100 lift tickets, no lines and a nice little warming hut with a crew of fun families enjoying the same great snow, majestic scenery and fresh mountain aire!!!

33 Confessor November 3, 2017 at 4:39 pm

I confess. I confess because I need the skies. I have a nice pair of skies but they are not right for me. Why, you ask. Because I lied about my weight. I lied to a nice young salesperson at the Norseman. Don’t judge. He asked me out loud. Within earshot of other customers including my husband. So I had no choice but to lie. Now I have skies. But they are not right. I try not to complain (cause no one would listen) but I really, really, need new skies. I promise to give them a very good home and I promise to tell the truth the next time a nice young salesperson asks me. Well, within 5 or l0lbs.

34 Dianne November 3, 2017 at 4:33 pm

Love the magic of winter – looking forward to Lake Ohara
, Skoki, Cascade ……

35 RichV November 3, 2017 at 4:23 pm

XC skiing makes me look forward to fresh snow in the forecast. It makes our long winters enjoyable 🙂

36 Matt November 3, 2017 at 3:52 pm

Yay! It’s snowing! can’t wait for lunch hour loops at Confed Park

37 Skierfam November 3, 2017 at 3:41 pm

Love seeing little kids (and medium sized kids!) cross country skiing. Such a great family sport!

38 Kirk Howell November 3, 2017 at 1:54 pm

Best sport ever! Can’t wait for the grooming to be complete! Early season skiing here we come!

39 thebigern November 3, 2017 at 1:38 pm

XC skiing is such a beautiful combination of exercise & nature …& seizing hold of gravity! The bonus reward is cocoa at the conclusion (perhaps even “Bailey’s enhanced”)

40 Ann November 3, 2017 at 1:26 pm

Improved trail network and regular grooming by our volunteer tracksetters has caused a real boom at Bragg Creek; lots of beginner skiers getting their start.

41 Margah November 3, 2017 at 1:24 pm

Hands down, it’s the best winter sport out there! Love, love, love it!

42 Kirsten November 3, 2017 at 12:09 pm

The best thing to bring in your backpack is CHOCOLATE – the perfect energy and guilt free!!

43 TeddyD November 3, 2017 at 11:31 am

Bluebird skies, fresh tracksets…….can it get any better?

44 Andra November 3, 2017 at 11:22 am

A perfect X-C Ski outing for me would be waking up at Lake Louise and seeing that it snowed a bit overnight and then being the first on the track even before the groomer. The fluffy new snow would barely cover my skis, the trail would be lined with snow laden trees with openings that show off pillowy meadows. It would be still, it would be quiet, and then a snow flake would land on my nose and I would feel like I was in paradise!

45 Dean November 3, 2017 at 11:17 am

One of the best ways to be outside in the winter. Stay warm and cover ground quickly. Always take more layers than you need.

46 Debra November 3, 2017 at 11:16 am

A perfect way to spend a quality day with my husband!

47 Jim November 3, 2017 at 11:15 am

One Idea For An Ideal Very Lazy Safe Surefire Spring XC Day: MUST be sunny, noonish gondola ride to Sunshine Village, easy, pretty flat, circular glorious all alpine route SE to Rock Isle, Sunshine Meadows, Quartz Ridge, Citadel areas avoiding avalanche terrain (best on wider BCXC skis with skins or scales), back to village for the last set of the band in the beer garden. Suitable for most ability and fitness levels. No sticky wax issues

48 Joshua November 3, 2017 at 11:13 am

X-Country Skiing is one of the most accessible ways to get out in nature and explore. It invites people to access places in winter that one might typically only see from their car while driving through the mountains. It’s relatively low risk with the high reward of getting outside, exercising, and having an enjoyable time.

49 Cindy November 3, 2017 at 11:12 am

The most important thing about winter is a great ski buddy … with brand new skis and a guilt complex to come out with you because you won them for them!

50 Trish November 3, 2017 at 11:10 am

One of my favorite things about moving to Calgary is the abundance of cross country ski trails in the area. Thank you to all the people that wake up early in the cold mornings to groom the trails.

51 Daryl B November 3, 2017 at 10:59 am

Winter’s magic can be found in abundance when gliding through the many fantastic ski trails we have throughout the area.

52 M November 3, 2017 at 10:32 am

Nothing better than skiing on a sunny winter day with snow covered trees…magical!

53 Tony Wood November 3, 2017 at 10:09 am

Its great to have facilities right here in Calgary – I head over to Maple Ridge Golf Course with a friend at lunchtime from work and get a real outdoor workout in the fresh air instead of indoors at a gym (was thinking of taking a look tomorrow). In the last few years it has more often than not been trackset. Since my son always wants to downhill ski that is where most of my cross-country skiing has been these last few years, so a big thanks to all who keep that facility open (and trackset).

54 Chuck November 3, 2017 at 10:06 am

Seeing others skiers having a wonderful day

55 Jeannette November 3, 2017 at 10:05 am

Checking out the animal tracks… whether a lynx or a vole!

56 Marg November 3, 2017 at 10:04 am

When it all comes together, it feels like flying.

57 Hélène Cyr November 3, 2017 at 9:57 am

My idea of a fine x-country day is fresh sparkling snow, the company of fine friends and a good lunch in my backpack (which includes dark chocolate).

58 Helen Read November 3, 2017 at 9:43 am

Snow is my passion and sharing my love for x-c skiing with the SkierBob Community at large. One knows they are “addicted” when they are down in Utah and Arizona on a Canyon hiking trip recently in plus 80 temps but checking out this site almost daily. Could not wait to wash and put away the summer clothing and get out the new quilted shorts!

59 GordN November 3, 2017 at 9:39 am

A narrow twisty trail through the trees ending a fast s-turn downhill run. Oh, and downhill all the way…

60 Sibylla lane November 3, 2017 at 9:35 am

Best is to see the snow, sunshine, good company, and a fast ski. Love our winter with the most incredible trails. The snow and frost on trees, the quiet, what is not to create awe on a trail in our mountains. Have fun!

61 Jane November 3, 2017 at 9:29 am

Can’t ski without a thermos of coffee!

62 Norm Ederle November 3, 2017 at 9:26 am

how wonderful to see “winter storm warning” on the weather network. wax up the cross country skis, check skier bobs site for updates, and hope that this season is cold and snowy. favorite trail when conditions are good, skogan pass, enjoy the climb up, and the fast downhill.

63 Dean November 3, 2017 at 9:24 am

Can’t beat a ski trail with a view and a hut at the end. So stoked for Christmas at Elizabeth Parker this year!

64 Terry November 3, 2017 at 9:24 am

Anxiously waiting to take the kids out skiing. Our favorite skiing is doing a big loop around William Watson Lodge.

65 Ev November 3, 2017 at 9:18 am

My favorite ski trail is in the mountains on a bright sky day. Lots of snow for a base with deep track set. Calm and quiet with just the sound of partner’s skis breaking the air.

66 Roger November 3, 2017 at 9:03 am

Excited about the prospect of an early and long XC ski season this year. Bring on the snow. Once again, thank you to Bob and all those that post to this web page it provides me XC ski mojo. An excellent ski season to everybody.

67 heatherd November 3, 2017 at 8:53 am

My perfect ski day is full of beauty and grace.

68 Will Ratliffe November 3, 2017 at 8:51 am

Key items for the pack – thermos of chili (with fresh biscuits) and a camping pad to make a comfy snow couch for lunch. Very few things better in the world than stopping in a sunny spot at the halfway point on a long ski, snuggling down in the snow, and having a hot lunch.

69 Finn Pedersen November 3, 2017 at 8:44 am

Looking forward to an early start this year. Conditions are shaping up nicely!

70 TZ November 3, 2017 at 8:32 am

I truly feel sorry for all the folks that do not x-country ski because it must make the winter seem horrendously long ( this is my compassionate-side)…..but then again, it is great that all those folks don’t get out skiing because the trails would be so crowded (this my selfish-side).
Welcome to a long snowy winter!!

71 Ingrid November 3, 2017 at 8:19 am

Cross-country skiing is what transforms winter into something that you look forward to instead of a season that you dread. I love the snow and the tracks that show just how many animals are out there.

72 Don Thompson November 3, 2017 at 8:13 am

I’m in total agreement with Anna on weather, etc. All i’d add to make things ideal would be warm washrooms along the way. She’s not the only idealist here.

73 Henry L November 3, 2017 at 7:43 am

I too love the transformation that snow brings.
To think that we are kicking and gliding, or digging snow pits, in the same meadows where we were, just a couple of short months ago, marveling at the carpets of flowers.

74 Nancy November 3, 2017 at 7:05 am

The magic of skiing around Lake Louise at Christmas!

75 Colin November 3, 2017 at 7:03 am

I’m one of the few at work who has been smiling at the snowy weather this week. Its so nice to look forward to dumps of snow!

76 Alison O November 3, 2017 at 6:53 am

I love exploring the WBC trails but I also think it’s great that we have options right in the city. Nothing like a quick evening ski at Shaganappi to break up the work week.

77 Anna November 3, 2017 at 6:47 am

I’m looking forward to enjoying more of the trails around Lake Louise this year!

78 Cheryl McCreary November 3, 2017 at 5:54 am

I’m looking forward to a fantastic ski season exploring new trails ?

79 Peter N November 3, 2017 at 5:49 am

Loipenspursetzmaschine = track setting machine = Pistenbully.

80 Tom November 3, 2017 at 2:47 am

WBC trails are my favorite due to their close proximity to Calgary.

81 Dorine Chalifoux November 3, 2017 at 12:33 am

Every winter renews my belief in magic as snow, wind, and ice transform the outdoors into a breathtakingly beautiful new world.

82 Scott November 2, 2017 at 11:55 pm

My favourite views are on the ‘camel hump’ hills west of Castle Junction on a blue bird day. This might have to be the year I enter my first loppet!

83 Tsering Dejikhangsar November 2, 2017 at 11:19 pm

I definitely enjoy cold, fast tracks with great terrain, scenery and company.

84 Anna November 2, 2017 at 10:58 pm

My favorite type of cross country ski trails are scenic and peaceful, and not too many people. A gradual downhill to cruise for awhile is perfect. Temperatures between -5 to -10, not too windy, sunny. Hot beverages and snacks for purchase at a few points along the route. I think I’m being too idealistic now!

85 Kyla November 2, 2017 at 10:32 pm

I’ve written a nice comment 3 times and each time I’ve either done something wrong with my phone, or the website won’t let me post because it thinks I’m repeating myself. I give up. Pick me.

86 Martin Jones November 2, 2017 at 10:28 pm

What I like about cross country skiing is my best day was the last time I skied.

87 Kyla November 2, 2017 at 10:25 pm

I moved back to Alberta from Vancouver Island last year and bought my first set of real skate skis! They’re great! However – I came to realize that many trails are not set up/groomed for skate skiing (understandably) . I would love to get a classic set up one day so that I can do more exploring! Looking forward to seeing you out on the trails again!

88 Trisha Karvinen November 2, 2017 at 10:03 pm

An aspiring xcountry skiier, I curse renting because wouldn’t it be nice…… just decide on a moment’s notice, without the step of going to rent…….to pop on the gear and just go out and ski! No planning for rental hours, no coordinating where to rent and location – just go out, enjoy the crisp sunny day outdoors! One day!

89 Jodie B November 2, 2017 at 9:59 pm

I love mandarin oranges and hot chocolate when I am out on the trails. Something about the crisp air makes them taste divine!

90 Eric R November 2, 2017 at 9:52 pm

thank you Bob for a blog that helps me ski better
thank you fellow skiers for your friendly skier etiquette
thank you walkers for…. mostly staying off the track set 🙂

91 Barbara B. November 2, 2017 at 9:35 pm

A perfect day: Leaving in darkness, hearing tire tracks on the snow. You turn into PLPP and the snow gets deeper and deeper. At least once a year – and often early season – it’s so cold that I start up Whiskey Jack to warm up. The Tyrwhitt Loop is my all-time favourite and never disappoints – whether it stil has some sticks piking through early season, finding it perfectly groomed on a bluebird day, or at night. My most memorable ski was down Elk Pass late at night, seeing endless snow crystals reflecting in the beam of my headlamp and the Milky Way above. So quiet. So beautiful.

92 Dan Brown November 2, 2017 at 9:32 pm

I’m with Don C on “ how to make x-country skiing more fun “ …. more destinations huts to enjoy with the kids. Nothing fancy.

93 Lynette November 2, 2017 at 9:26 pm

Cross country skiing is the winter sport of angels on earth, the epitome of winter delight, the thrill of which I cannot get enough of once the snowflakes start to fall. Long live winter!!

94 Darlene Deren-Zschach November 2, 2017 at 8:31 pm

I have recently joined a wonderful group of ladies that hike and ski areas west of Calgary. Our summer treks have been awesome but it would be grand to experience the tranquility of this with a set of Fischer Skis. How awesome to connect with views of our breathtaking mountains, flawless and lazy meandering rivers and creeks in the winter months. How we love our Alberta in all its serenity!

95 Louise Van Polanen November 2, 2017 at 8:25 pm

My favourite cross-country ski days are the ones where big fluffy snow flakes are falling. It’s so peaceful and quiet.

96 John Roberts November 2, 2017 at 8:22 pm

Skoki Ski Trips are Best with Friends 😉
Several years ago, skied into Skoki Lodge for the very first time with 2 friends… and we composed this limerick, to reflect on our experiences:
Three boisterous boys skied into Skoki,
Their telemark skills were hokey!
They skied over the pass,
and fell on their a$$…
Three ski poles now are brokey.

97 Hannah Kesler November 2, 2017 at 8:15 pm

Love the scenery and the peacefulness of x country skiing…. and chocolate for energy 🙂

98 Jacquie November 2, 2017 at 7:58 pm

I love the sun glistening off the snow, creeks peeking through mounds of snow and the peace and beauty all around. I also like the fast downhill sections of a trail:).

99 Brenda Kasianiuk November 2, 2017 at 7:56 pm

I am looking forward to checking Skier Bob’s website all winter to find out ski conditions on all of my favourite trails! Thanks for such great content and accurate postings by yourself and your followers!

100 Debbie Mains November 2, 2017 at 7:37 pm

In my backpack I carry the necessary layers of clothing as well as a hearty lunch of crusty rye bread with full bodied cheese and luncheon meat with spicy Dijon mustard , home made date / apricot muffins , fresh fruit and a flask of brandy!

101 Donna Cunnin November 2, 2017 at 7:32 pm

My divinity is in nature, this is why I ski. There is never a bad day out here, we are so lucky.

102 Cathy H November 2, 2017 at 7:20 pm

Snow and cross-country skiing make me smile! ???

103 martin November 2, 2017 at 7:10 pm

Looking forward to freshly groomed trails and sunny days on skis with friends 🙂

104 Allergico November 2, 2017 at 7:07 pm

Cross Country skiing on freshly groomed trails under blue skies or moonlight is like no other adventure, especially with friends and family.

105 Lyle Opseth November 2, 2017 at 6:59 pm

I love to ski anywhere but it’s most enjoyable where the scenery is the best. In the western Rockies, that is almost any ski trail. And I’m getting really excited because of the major early snow fall this year.

106 Anne November 2, 2017 at 6:56 pm

I am just so happy to hear grooming has begun!!

107 Zenny Neumann November 2, 2017 at 6:09 pm

Love being out in the sunshine on well tracked ski trails. Far too many favourite trails: Pocaterra, Elk Pass, BlueBerry Hill, Lake Louise, etc. Being out in the mountains is heaven! The quietness of the day, the hearing of the sounds of skis gently gliding on the tracks, the beauty of the sceneries. Enjoy going early mornings to capture the sun rise and the stillness of the forest/lake area.

108 barb banff November 2, 2017 at 6:08 pm

Fresh snow covered trees, Fresh and solid grooming, narrow rolling trails with the odd track of a lynx, or wolf or wolverine!
Perfect !

109 Chrissy November 2, 2017 at 6:08 pm

The trails don’t have to be perfectly groomed for me to enjoy xc skiing…I love sharing the peacefulness and cold winter weather with my family and friends!

110 Adrienne November 2, 2017 at 5:54 pm

Sunshine on the sparkling snow, fresh tracks made by our wonderful track setters, a green wax day, all the trails at PLPP, and great trail updates from our friend Skier Bob. Thanks.

111 Claire Young November 2, 2017 at 5:52 pm

One of the most wonderful experiences is skiing Goat Creek by moonlight, from Canmore to Banff. When planning for the trip, check the time the moon rises for your preferred skiing time. (The moon rises earlier in the evening leading up to the full moon, and later at night after the full moon.) A Thermos of hot tea or hot chocolate is a good companion for your group, as is a bit of duct tape in case of tip breakage.

112 Rhonda W November 2, 2017 at 5:27 pm

What makes an enjoyable ski is an undulating trail with views of any mountains and very few other humans.. oh and fresh snow hanging off the trees.

113 Kirstin November 2, 2017 at 5:19 pm

Am I the only one who likes fewer hills and flatter terrain? That’s what I prefer. And no scary hills next to the track, either. 🙂

114 Mona Hardy November 2, 2017 at 5:07 pm

Larch Hill XC ski hill is in my backyard. When Salmon Arm is covered in low cloud and you drive up the hill and hit a bluebird day of prefect tracks.Meet up with friends and finish with hot drinks.Love where I live!

115 Terry W. November 2, 2017 at 5:05 pm

Just my husband and I at the trail-head. The snow crunches underfoot as we put on our skis. All is quiet and the sun shines, creating sparkles on the snow. The pine tree boughs are covered in little pillows of snow, the creek bed we ski beside has bare spots of black, still ice. We hear only the swishing of our skis – does it get any better than this?

116 Clae W November 2, 2017 at 4:56 pm

I love getting up in the morning while camping at Mt Kidd and prepping my skis at the picnic table just before heading out to the many trails in K Country. Ribbon Cr , Elk Pass you name them… We are so blessed to have this in our backyard.

117 Veronica November 2, 2017 at 4:53 pm

I love skiing at WBC! Last winter, my daughter and I would arrive in the parking lot bright and early on Sunday mornings and be done before the crazy busy happened. Fresh tracks and sunrises are a great combination!

118 Ellen Flesch November 2, 2017 at 4:51 pm

I like to ski anywhere we can find good snow and nicely groomed trails. To glide through a landscape of winter white is always gift.
Ellen Flesch

119 Shelly Dunn November 2, 2017 at 4:44 pm

I’m with CNTG sense 2008 and would absolutely love to have a nice pair of Rec waxless skis to teach in or for a Loppet.
See you out there this season!! Love Fischer my favourite skis!!

Shelly Dunn (aka Laurence)

120 Dave Hastings November 2, 2017 at 4:36 pm

We love the variety and proximity of PLPP and West Bragg Creek; but our favorite is Lake O’Hara – majestic peaks and wonderful snow. And you can’t beat the return trip!

121 Don C November 2, 2017 at 4:31 pm

What would make XC Skiing more popular ? Easy….. A warm up hut with a fire place at the top of Elk Pass :).

122 Grace Brouwer November 2, 2017 at 4:29 pm

Hey…that’s me you quoted–and I was thinking somebody likes the exact same kind of ski day as me! Those days still make me smile, and I’m getting excited at the thought of having one soon! Getting out in the mountains during the winter is what saves my sanity from the cold and especially the dark.

123 Kathy H November 2, 2017 at 4:20 pm

A great day out… Cold snow, cool air, no crowds, the sunlight playing off the trees and the snow.

124 Andrea November 2, 2017 at 4:11 pm

I’m not picky… any trail will do. What I’m looking for is perfect grooming… corduroy for skating or a nice set of solid tracks. Bring on the snow.

125 Kurt November 2, 2017 at 4:04 pm

The most fun is when the kids are having a break and they are belly laughing while we are sitting on a log in the middle of a mountain meadow.
Postcard perfect.
– A little “antifreeze” in the water bottle to keep it from freezing over definitely makes the trip better…Not for the kids though:)

126 Alpine Jimmy November 2, 2017 at 3:48 pm

My favorite time to ski is a late afternoon in mid March with Ellen. There is plenty of sunlight and the sun is warm. Until then anytime, any trail, and any friends will do. Enjoy.

127 mary November 2, 2017 at 3:48 pm

Love the quiet, peaceful Foxcreek trail with new snow to cushion any falls…heaven.

128 Brandon G November 2, 2017 at 3:42 pm

Towing around a baby in a chariot is tough business. She loves to go fast on those downhills but my old skis can’t seem to keep her happy. I lost some weight and my skis are over sized. I think she’s cheering me on while climbing but it’s tough to know if she’s crying with enthusiasm or disappointment..

129 JeremyN November 2, 2017 at 3:16 pm

a riddle:
the still cold air carries the piercing squeak of
polar white on the firm unforgiving first
track making the steepest accent
staring at your shadow
a pleasure beyond compare!
what trail am i on?

130 Pat Kozak November 2, 2017 at 3:09 pm

I’m going to wax (pun intended) poetic to describe a million dollar ski scene that gives me a natural high.
Trails sheltered by snow-laden trees / Silence except for the swish of my skis / Diamond snow and sapphire sky / Champagne air for a natural high!

131 Willie November 2, 2017 at 3:06 pm

I always put my SPOT satellite messenger in my pack. You never know. It just may save someones life.

132 Manfred Kintop November 2, 2017 at 2:56 pm

Back pack essentials: water bottle, extra touque and gloves or mitts, headlamp, glide wax, high energy snacks, first aid kit, sunglasses, and camera. A thermos full of hot tea when I’m skiing all day ?

133 Faye B November 2, 2017 at 2:50 pm

Last winter I caught the XC bug. This winter, I want to tackle all of the trails in the Bow Valley and beyond!

134 Chris November 2, 2017 at 2:43 pm

This season will be the best one yet!! Bring on the snow 🙂 Looking forward to seeing everyone out there

135 George November 2, 2017 at 2:43 pm

My favourite ski days are those when I’m the first person on the trail after a fresh snow.

136 Terry Lindberg November 2, 2017 at 2:41 pm

I am an introvert, so I love skiing up at the Canmore Nordic Centre after 5pm when the lodge begins closing and the trail to the warming building is lit up! Something about sneaking out after dark under starry skies brings out the kid in me. If I am feeling particularly adventuresome, I flick on my headlamp and ski past the lighted section of trail to soak in the alpine-glow and stargaze. Gliding along in the moonlight, I pretend to be one of the early explorers!

137 Jennifer Nunes November 2, 2017 at 2:39 pm

My favourite ski days are those days after a fresh snowfall when the sounds are muffled by the new powder and the sun is shining. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a new trackset too….which is pure bliss. 🙂

138 Phil November 2, 2017 at 2:38 pm

My criteria for a great cross country ski trail is fantastic views. Lots to choose from in the Rockies. =)

139 Matt November 2, 2017 at 2:37 pm

My favorite time skiing is when I’m at the far end of a loop and not another soul around to disturb my thoughts. That look of fresh snow on the trees and blue skies up above is so refreshing after a long week in the office.

140 Audrey November 2, 2017 at 2:28 pm

I particularly enjoy it when the ski trail goes alongside or crosses a creek with partly open water and you can hear it gurgling happily away in agreement with your own enjoyment of a day out on the trails.

141 Michelle H November 2, 2017 at 2:24 pm

My favourite xc ski days are the days when it’s so cold, my eyeballs hurt! It makes waxing super easy, and it’s great motivation to keep moving!

142 Tawny November 2, 2017 at 2:21 pm

I work in electricity, and I think it’s funny how many of our great trails are groomed beneath power lines. When the view gets good along the power lines, I like to joke (it’s not a good joke) that “this moment was brought to you by Altalink!”

143 Larissa November 2, 2017 at 2:21 pm

One of my favourite ski memories is of a week I spent cross-country skiing with my dogs at Kelowna Nordic. It was spring, the skies were blue, and the snow and grooming were sensational. The dog-friendly trails had good length and nice varied terrain. My dogs and I loved it there.

144 Ross kukulski November 2, 2017 at 2:21 pm

When x-country skiing, I’d say the most important thing to carry is a light burner to make tea out on the trail and back at the car.

145 Thea November 2, 2017 at 2:17 pm

Zipping through the tracks on a forested trail is my idea of winter zen!

146 Nancy Thornton November 2, 2017 at 2:11 pm

I absolutely LOVE skijoring with my dogs and am so happy there are dog friendly trails that we can access to enjoy the outdoors together. My friends and I that I skijor with always try to promote responsible trail use when we are out especially with those who are less inclined to follow the trail use rules ie we offer poop bags for proper clean up and encourage trail etiquette. Bring on the snow!!!

147 Marion O November 2, 2017 at 2:08 pm

Bring on winter 🙂 ! Hopefully will get a lot more km than I managed last year!

148 Brennan McVeigh November 2, 2017 at 2:06 pm

My favorite ski days are with cold cold snow, easiest to wax for and it’s a good encouragement not to stop for too long, else the cold will creep in.

149 RichieRich November 2, 2017 at 2:03 pm

I’m energized by the fact that my kids are actually starting to enjoy (mostly!) their XC outings…. however those little weeds keep outgrowing their gear year after year despite best efforts to get ahead of them. New skiis for one of our family members would sure be swwwweeeeet!!

150 Paul and Nancy November 2, 2017 at 2:00 pm

The dry snow coming down today in Canmore is a welcome change from the wet stuff. Both for shoveling and XC skiing. Time to clean up the bases and head to the CNC for some fun.

151 Annette Le Faive November 2, 2017 at 1:56 pm

Metal edges on my x-c skis have made it so much easier on those downhills over the years!

152 Ross Goodwin November 2, 2017 at 1:45 pm

I’m hoping that the forecast for a dump of snow followed by clear cold days is correct. Can’t wait to get out!

153 Anne-Marie Wiedemann November 2, 2017 at 1:44 pm

As an aspiring x-country skier, I’m itching to get outside more this winter. I don’t want to feel cooped up because it’s cold out, and I want something a bit more accessible than the downhill I normally do. I want to be able to appreciate the scenery and feel the freedom of being disconnected from real life. I would also love to take up skijoring with my dog – he loves to work and it’s when he’s working that we have the most fun together. Hopefully this year we’ll be able to get out often. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for more snow this year!

154 Anne-Marie Wiedemann November 2, 2017 at 1:45 pm

Oops – I used the wronge e-mail! please contact me at this one instead if I do win 🙂

155 Lauren Bally November 2, 2017 at 1:42 pm

To make cross country skiing more popular I think we should stop plowing the roads in Canmore and track set them instead. I’m not really sure why this isn’t already a thing. #tracksetcanmore #snowmuchfun

156 Herb Kruschke November 2, 2017 at 1:37 pm

Backpfeifengesicht – a face that needs to be slapped.

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