It’s for real. Ralph Natola was skiing on MLR this morning and sent this comment:
Had a great skate ski on Moraine Lake Road Friday A.M.
Road has been roller packed but not track-set. A few thin spots but otherwise great.
Ralph and Norm Natola.
That’s great news, thanks Ralph and Norm! I hope to have some photos later this evening.
One of the skiers in today’s race had this to say about the snow: “It’s mid-February on snow out here. This is the best Frozen Thunder conditions we’ve ever had”
If you don’t want to drive all the way to Lake Louise, Frozen Thunder is incredibly good right now. They’ve added more snow, so there’s a complete 2k loop without any backtracking.
The racers this morning were using Swix purple(VR45) for grip. The snow looked terrific. It was triple trackset for the classic sprints.
Chandra Crawford from Canmore won the women’s in a photo finish over teamate Perianne Jones and Andy Newell of the U.S. won the men’s by three seconds over Canadian Devon Kershaw. Newell used skate skis and double-poled the entire course. You can see all the results on Zone4. You can read more about the races and see photos in SkiTrax.
We’ll be in Lake Louise late this afternoon to check out Moraine Lake road and get some photos.