The tracksetting on Banff Trail at CNC is now 2.9K and that’s as far as the man-made snow goes. The conditions are excellent.
There is a maze of trails in the biathlon range/Frozen Thunder area which are trackset and/or groomed. I’m not sure of the total distance but I’m pretty sure I skied on some trails which I’ve never been on before.
The trail to the warming hut is also trackset but the hut still wasn’t open.
The snow guns which they were moving yesterday are now up on the competition trails and going strong in this cold weather.
As I was finished skiing, Allie was just starting out. She was struggling to get her mitts through her pole straps. I helped her get everything in place and she was on her way.
If you are using large mitts, it might be a good idea to make sure you can get them through your straps while you are still in the comfort of your home, and just leave them inserted. I’ve encountered the situation where the “stop” on the strap gets pulled completely through, then I have to struggle in the cold, with bare hands, to thread it back into place.
The air temperature was -17°C in mid-afternoon and I used VR30(-10/-30) grip wax which worked well.
I’ve added more photos to the Emerald Lake Lodge contest.
Lifesport is having a wax clinic Wed Dec 14 from 6 – 9 pm.