I’ve been at 12 Cookie races, but this one almost killed me, and I didn’t even have my skis on. Watching from the sidelines was difficult. As much as I could identify with the painful looks on the skiers’ faces as they climbed the steep hill at Boulton Creek, I would have gladly changed places with any one of them.
Admittedly, I enjoyed watching hundreds of Cookie racers having a great time in excellent conditions and I took over 200 photos, but it was agonizing to leave home without any skis in my vehicle.
It was fun, however, being able to see the racers as they arrived at different check points along the way. I enjoyed watching lots of familiar faces being stuffed with delicious, mouth-watering cookies. I’ve always been too breathless to eat cookies during the race, so I made up for 11 years of no cookies by being a glutton today.
Congratulations to Jon Arne Enevoldsen on winning the Kananaskis Ski Marathon, finishing the 42K event in 2:18:09. Jon Arne and Gord Jewett were neck and neck at each checkpoint. Somewhere in the last 10K, Jon Arne must have turned on the jets to win the gold medal, as Gord finished second, 32 seconds behind. The fastest female skier was Pauline Caprini in 2:35:52. Congratulations to everyone who raced today. See all the results on Zone4.
Was the snow fast or slow today? What wax did you use? Did the new snow on Pocaterra and Lynx slow you down? Was there pandemonium at the start? I would love to hear a first-hand account of your race. Please leave a comment so I can live vicariously.
I’ll eventually get more photos downloaded, so check back later. There’s a good chance that you’re in one of them.
Here’s a few for now…
Here’s the remainder
If you’re planning a ski trip to West Bragg Creek, make sure you read the trip reports, especially the update from Barry. I’m indebted to everyone for all the good trip reports while I’m incapacitated. Only two more weeks to go.
This snow and cooler weather bodes well for good trail conditions. So far, about 5 cm has fallen in Canmore(to 7 pm). Lake Louise reports 10 cm last night.