Frozen Thunder is open for skiing

A big turnout for the first day of Frozen thunder

Arriving at 11 a.m, I couldn’t find a parking spot. Lucklily, someone had already finished their two hours of skiing and created a space for me. 

Members of Foothills Nordic Ski Club were training at Frozen Thunder

When it comes to skiing, I thought warm weather would keep them away, so I was amazed at the number of skiers who turned out on this sunny, balmy day for the first day of skiing on Frozen Thunder at the Canmore Nordic Centre. 

A large contingent from Space Dogs ski club

I wasn’t skiiing today, but it was enjoyable nonetheless to see everyone on snow again. The snow was sugary in the warm temperature, but almost everyone was skating so grip wasn’t an issue. 

Frozen Thunder is approximately 2k in length

As in past years, the skiable snow is about 2K in length. 

The temperature was +10°C at 11 a.m. but I expect it got a lot warmer as the day wore on. 

Passes are required to ski on Frozen Thunder. You can buy a single day pass, or a Frozen Thunder pass. 

This is the tenth year of Frozen Thunder

Frozen Thunder is open for public use all day on Saturdays and Sundays, and after 12:00 noon on weekdays.

Early Bird Prices for Canmore Nordic Centre

Season passes for the Canmore Nordic Centre are now available online, with a 10% early-bird discount until Oct 31. Purchase ski passes online.  (Season passes are not valid for Frozen Thunder.)


Job Opportunity $25/hr

Operations Coordinator – Cross Country Ski Trails at Confederation Park Golf Course

The Calgary Nordic Alliance is looking for someone to fill a part-time contract position to coordinate the efforts of the volunteers who make skiing happen at Confederation Park Golf Course. If you are passionate about cross-country skiing right here in Calgary, enjoy working with volunteers, have excellent problem-solving skills and like working outside in the winter, consider applying. Click here for more info.


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  1. Stupid question, I know frozen thunder is snow harvested and stored from last winter, is the snow man made or ‘the real thing’ no agenda just curious, cheers!

    • “The snow guns were busy creating next year’s Frozen Thunder” Photo
      You can see it about 1K from the daylodge on Banff trail. Some natural snow would fall over the course of the winter into the pit, but it would only account for a tiny percentage of the total.

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