As I was driving back to Canmore from Calgary this afternoon, the wind was fierce on the Trans Canada with lots of drifting snow. A wind warning was issued this morning for Canmore and Kananaskis but I was relieved to see it had little impact on the trails at the Canmore Nordic Centre.
Upon my arrival at CNC around 3:30 pm, the temperature was -6°C and there was just a light breeze. As I was clicking into my skis, I took a picture of two delightful young ladies, Aleashia and Erin, who were just starting out.
I used VR45(-2/-8) and had excellent grip while climbing the steep Olympic trail up to the Meadowview junction.
The trails are in amazing condition and skiing anywhere is a real pleasure. The tracks are super fast but not icy. There is a minute amount of debris but of little consequence.
I skied the entire length of Meadowview on excellent conditions and who should I meet at the end of the trail but Aleashia and Erin. They skied on Banff and Bow trails and said conditions were great.
I enjoyed running into Ian Murray and two members of his training group, Larkin and Adam, who were getting in a pre-Cookie Race ski. Every time I look at race results this winter, Ian’s name is always at the top.
One trail on my agenda for today was King of Sweden which had been closed and/or in sketchy condition for most of the winter. It was in good shape with one warning sign indicating some icy patches which were insignificant. I prefer going downhill on King of Sweden than on the competition trails where I often get lost in the maze!
Pocaterra hut and environs will be very crowded and busy tomorrow due to the Cookie Race in PLPP. Good luck to all the participants!