I believe this is the 12th consecutive year for Frozen Thunder at the Canmore Nordic Centre. I don’t think I’ve ever seen better conditions than today’s.
The 2K of snow is groomed for skating and single trackset.
Most users of FT are there to train for the coming season. It’s not an easy course for the average recreational skier with some steep uphills and downhills. The classic track is usually quite slick, so you may need skin skis or klister. Most skiers today were skating.
With the colder temperatures predicted in the weather forecast, and a possible top-up with natural snow, the conditions should remain excellent.
Frozen Thunder is reserved between 7 a.m. – 12 noon for high performance athletes training at high speed and intensity. Recreational skiers can access the track from 12 noon onward with a day pass or an early season pass. Skiing is free after 5 pm.
Read the rules: Frozen Thunder – Know Before You Go
Early Bird sale: Passes for the Canmore Nordic Centre’s regular season which take effect on Nov 14 are 10% off during October and can be purchased online.
Diana’s trip report from Moraine Lake road shows a nice bit of new snow on the trail. I expect it should be enough for another roller-packing. There’s more snow in the forecast, along with colder temperatures, so conditions should be wonderful by the weekend. The Banff trail report which also covers Lake Louise has added the Lake Louise cross-country ski trails to their report. You’ll need to scroll almost to the bottom to see it.