At 4 pm today, the Pisten-Bully was sitting silently on the biathlon range, waiting patiently for the trucks to finish dumping snow on one small section of trail which was still bare ground.
I could see that Groomer Paul had earlier smoothed a good portion of the 2K Frozen Thunder track with the snowcat.
By tomorrow(Saturday) morning the entire 2K should be groomed and trackset and ready for skiing.
You’ll notice a slightly different configuration of the trail this year. There’s still lots of up and down including one killer hill. I should mention that Frozen Thunder is not a suitable trail for beginner skiers unless you want to stick to the short, level section near the beginning.
The general public is welcome to access Frozen Thunder all day on Saturday and Sunday. Public skiing on Frozen Thunder is permitted after 12:00 noon on weekdays.
On weekdays between 7 a.m. – 12 noon, it is reserved for training high performance athletes.
A day pass or early season pass must be purchased at the daylodge to access Frozen Thunder. Canmore Nordic Centre season passes are not valid for access to Frozen Thunder at the start of the season (October 21-November 17, 2017). This is due to the cost of creating and maintaining Frozen Thunder.
Individual season passes for the Canmore Nordic Centre are 10% off until Oct 31, and can be purchased online.
Waxing tips for Frozen Thunder
With the warm temperatures, it will be difficult to get any grip on your classic skis with normal hard wax. Come prepared with waxless skis or the dreaded klister. You can avoid any grip problems by using skate skis. Experience tells me that by by noon, the snow will be getting slushy. On weekends, the general public can access Frozen Thunder at 9 a.m. when the snow is in better shape.