The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts the prairies are in for a colder-than-normal winter. The forecast also predicts above normal precipitation for Alberta. If you’re making plans,
“The snowiest periods will be in mid-December, early January, mid- and late February, mid- to late March, and mid-April.”
Environment Canada is forecasting a warmer and wetter winter, based on its July 31 report.
Being an old farmer myself, I know better than to trust any of these forecasts!
Ski season is still a few weeks away, but ski blogging season officially starts today, so welcome back!
Frozen Thunder at the Canmore Nordic Centre opens on Saturday Oct 22, and with any luck, we’ll be skiing on Moraine Lake road at Lake Louise in early November.
If you’re coming to Canmore for Frozen Thunder, a race notice has already been posted. The races will be held October 28, November 1, November 3. The races are sanctioned by CCC. If you’re an avid racer, make sure you familiarize yourself with the new 83% rule.
CNC passes 10% off
Individual season passes to the Canmore Nordic Centre are 10% off until the end of October. You can buy online from My Alberta eServices. The season pass is not valid for Frozen Thunder.
If you’re looking for good used skis, there’s always an excellent selection at the Canmore Nordic Ski Club’s Ski Swap which occurs on Oct 30.
Tony Daffern has posted an update regarding Improvements to PLPP ski trails on the Kananaskis Trails blog. This is all good news for skiers as the smooth treads will result in better early-season conditions.
I’ve been busy working. September and October are the months where I contact businesses regarding advertising on this blog for the winter. I’m pleased to say we have Emerald Lake Lodge back on with their xc skier’s special rate.
Lifesport under new ownership
Norm, the long-time owner of Lifesport has retired but fortunately a new ownership group has taken over. They are still in the same location in Kensington. All the best to Kit, Rick and the crew.
From Nov 1 to March 31, this blog averages 4,157 visits per day. If you know of a business or organization who wants to reach the xc skiing community, send them to my advertising page.