– Kaitlyn from Minnesota and Sam from Maine were doing laps on Frozen Thunder –
I was curious to see how the snow was holding up at Frozen Thunder, so I loaded up my zero skis and headed over to the nordic centre late this afternoon.
As I approached the snow, I chatted with Tom Bye from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, who was just finishing up for the day. He had been classic skiing with klister and reported excellent results. Tom is a member of the CXC Team from the U.S.
The temperature in Canmore reached a high of +16°C today, but the snow was still remarkably nice after four days of use and warm weather. I had excellent grip and good glide. Much better conditions than I would have expected.
First race of the year on Thursday
Canada’s top cross-country skiers will launch the Road to Russia by hitting the start line against many of the best nordic athletes from the United States for the second-annual Winsport Frozen Thunder Classic on Thursday at the Canmore Nordic Centre.
The first on-snow race in the world this year will consist of a classic-ski sprint race. Many of Canada’s best cross-country skiers will go head-to-head with the Americans. Qualifications will start at 9:30 a.m. with the heats – consisting of the fastest 16 men and top 16 women qualifiers – taking place at 10:15 a.m.