Christmas eve skiing at CNC

-Sadie and her mom were enjoying the fresh snow and good tracks at Canmore Nordic Centre-

This morning’s tracksetting already had about 3 cm of new snow over top when I was at the Canmore Nordic Centre around noon. We’re up to 4 cm, just as the Weather Network predicted, in Canmore. The snow has pretty well stopped as I write this at 4:30 pm.

The lower section of the Banff loop is now open

The lower section of the Banff loop is now open

Excellent conditions prevail on the man-made snow. I skied out to the natural snow on Banff trail and talked to a skier who had been to the end and back who reported no packing or tracks, but she did not encounter any rocks or hazards that would damage her skis. (Update from Charles Curtis @5:35 pm: “Canmore Nordic centre rolled meadowview, bow and Banff. coverage is okay (really good rock skiing). meadowview downhill (at the end far end) has a lots of rocks. everywhere else the rocks are avoidable.)

Warming hut at Canmore Nordic Centre

Warming hut at Canmore Nordic Centre

The warming hut is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. There is another building a few metres from the warming hut which I believe would be the bathrooms.

Some more distance has been added to the man-made snow on Olympic and Centennial trails. It’s a work in progress, and the snow guns are going full force on those trails.

Skiing at the nordic centre is free on Christmas day. 

This skier had been to the end of Banff trail and back on the natural snow

This skier had been to the end of Banff trail and back on the natural snow. This photo shows the natural snow .

This new snow has allowed Cascade Valley to be trackset in its entirety to Stoney Creek which is a 14.5K ski one-way. As well, Upper Bankhead has also been trackset.

West Bragg Creek should be busy with skiers and multi-users over the holidays with all the new snow and grooming. Check the Groomer’s Report with photo from Jeff.

Scroll to the bottom of this post to see more photos from the nordic centre.

Free Ski Lessons from Space Dogs Ski Club

It's looking a little more like winter on Frozen Thunder at the Canmore Nordic Centre. Olympian Dash Gaiazova is doing her first laps as a retired racer.

Dasha Gaiazova will be offering free introductory ski lessons at her new Space Dogs Ski Club

Dasha Gaiazova and Space Dogs would like to invite everyone to a free ski lesson:

“Since we are a brand new ski club, we are currently accepting people to join our beginner and intermediate learning groups for the winter ski lessons on weeknights in Calgary during the entire winter.
As part of our “open house”, we will be hosting FREE ski lessons (like an intro to our club) in next few weeks, and every ski-loving Calgarian (men and women!) are welcome to come and try us out and meet our awesome coaches.” – Dasha

Read more Space Dogs Free Lessons

More photos from Canmore Nordic Centre today….


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