The CNC website states: “Please note there will be very limited public skiing on the weekend due to two events.” The website shows most of the trails will be closed for the weekend.
I received an email yesterday from John in Edmonton who was asking me for advice on the nordic centre, so it was finally time to make a visit. John was planning on coming down here to ski this weekend. Although there’s only 3.3K available right now, from the looks of the huge piles of snow, there should be more soon. The winter storm warning which is in effect right now should bring some snow as well, and might open more trails.
Races on this weekend at CNC
This weekend, however, will not be a good time to come skiing here because there’s lots of racing happening. Both a Nor-Am and an Alberta Cup event. Talking with the person at the information kiosk, she said that the racing will likely go well into the afternoon.
Banff trail, which is the wide, four-lane easy trail which beginners can enjoy, is still not ready. In my photos you’ll see that it is covered with large piles of snow which bodes well for opening soon.
There is an 8-lane training grid in front of the daylodge and you can see in the photo above that it is being well-used by beginners and for lessons. There is a hilly loop, maybe 1K, which starts by the biathlon range, and consists of two moderate climbs and two fast downhills.
The other loop starts out on the Olympic trail and these are extreme hills. You’ll get your heart rate up real quick while climbing, but you’ll enjoy(or dread) a lightning-fast, screaming downhill. Neither of these loops would be appropriate for beginners. Click here to see more photos
Update on PLPP
I see from the trail report there was some new grooming and tracksetting in K-Country PLPP trail report