Dog days of winter

I was contemplating a few different destinations for skiing, but after reading the update this morning from the groomers at West Bragg Creek, it was easy to make the choice, and it was a good one. 

When I arrived at 2 pm, it was still snowing. The temperature was -3°C and the fresh snow looked like it could be a bit sticky, so I played it safe and used my Fischer twin skins.

JC, Lori and their dog Aspen on Sundog.

The skiing was excellent. I had brand new tracksetting on Mountain View, but the other trails which didn’t have new tracksetting such as Loggers were still in great shape. Some trails had been trackset earlier in the day(Sundog, West Crystal, Hostel) and had a cm or so of snow over top. 

This dog’s name is Kevin

The multi-use side of Mountain Road had new grooming.

The hill on Mountain View that was a sheet of ice a few days ago is  now covered in new snow and it was an easy, controllable descent.

Katie and her dog Luna on Mountain Road

The snow stopped around 2:30 and it cooled off. When I got back to the car around 4 pm, I changed over to waxable skis and applied VR45(-2/-8). I headed over to Hostel Loop and had excellent grip with no sticking. 

Of course the best part of the day was seeing all the dogs and little 4-year-old Courtney who was being pulled along by her dog Pippa. 

What an amazing ski season it’s been at WBC. 

Fresh tracksetting on Mountain View

According to the weather forecast, it looks like WBC may be in for some warmer weather towards the weekend but the next two or three days look cool enough to preserve the good snow. 

The Friends of Kananaskis Speaker Series tomorrow night is all about XC skiing.

From Kananaskis Country to the Olympics: A Nordic Athlete’s Journey:

Join Canadian Olympic Cross Country Ski athlete Heidi Widmer for an inside look at an athlete’s road to the Olympics as one of Canada’s elite cross country skiers, as well as some of the history of the Canmore Nordic Centre and Kananaskis Country’s Haig Glacier camp and their significance to nordic athletes.

Tuesday February 26th @ 7 PM 

University of Calgary Science Theatres room ST13

Admission, as always, is by donation only.

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