How fantastic is this?

Frozen thunder was in excellent condition for classic skiing today. The skiers in the above photo from Blackjack Ski Club in Rossland, BC were getting good grip and glide with klister…and a jumpstart on ski season.

Skiers on Frozen Thunder

It was a gorgeous day on Frozen Thunder at the Canmore Nordic Centre. Oct 18, 2011

I was using my waxless skis and had a great time. The tracks were just soft enough to grip, but still firm enough for fast gliding. I wasn’t sure what to expect with the air temperature at +12 in mid-afternoon, but was pleasantly surprised at how well Frozen Thunder is holding up.

Everyone, about a dozen of us, were classic skiing. Nico showed up on his skate skis just as I was on my final lap and reported that skating was a bit on the slow side with some sugary slush in the skating lane. He was still going twice as fast as I.

Make sure you check my other post from today Win free ski lessons

Here’s a video of the national team skiing on Frozen Thunder featuring interviews with Nordic Centre manager Michael Roycroft, skiers Chandra Crawford, Devon Kershaw, and head coach Justin Wadsworth. Globe and Mail: skiers get head start

Photos from today:

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