Snow, Glorious snow

Canmore Nordic Centre

The word is that about 10 cm of snow fell last night in K-Country. I am hoping the Chester-Sawmill trails will be groomed again before the weekend, ditto Mt. Shark, and maybe we’ll see some skiing at Elk Pass.  In Canmore, in my back yard, it looked like about 4-5 cm.

I skied for the first time at the Canmore Nordic Centre today. They have two small loops totalling 3K. There’s one classic track along with a wide skating lane. The snow is packed hard as it always is when it’s man-made. I thought the conditions for skating were fabulous. For such a short distance, there are plenty of hills and if you snowplow down the hills when you are classic skiing bring lots of grip wax. The snow here is very abrasive.

The snow guns are working hard, and there’s lots of snow piling up so let’s hope they’ll add some more trails soon.

Banff National Park reports they also received new snow at Lake Louise which is presently being groomed and trackset.


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  1. Blair;
    Thanks for the heads-up about the email. I’ve deleted that link until I can figure it out.

    One of the reasons I started this blog is because we need more first-hand information about the trails. In defence of the Banff and K-Country Information centres, I would expect they have to be very careful because of liability issues. I have found their updates and websites are much, much better and more frequent than only a few years ago.

    Now that more snow is here, I’ll be relying on other people to help cover the territory, so send in a comment when you ski somewhere, and give us your impressions of the conditions.

  2. Hi Bob.
    WONDERFUL news about your blog! So much more helpful than trying to get info from the Provincial Government/Parks info offices in K-country.
    Because of your info/photos, we’ll be heading out to the trails this weekend – our first x-country workout of the winter.

    BTW, on your blog where it says “Send me an email”, I click on it and the website homepage pops up, not an email to you.

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