Frozen Thunder

Every winter the people at the Canmore Nordic Center make a big pile of mad-made snow when it is cold and then cover it in sawdust—this keeps it from melting over the summer. Then, around Oct 20th, they use dumptrucks to haul out the snow and make a trail that is 1-2 km long. This trail is perfect for early skiing in October and November and is great for getting a lot of volume skiing in before December rolls around and it is racing season. (Check it out for yourself on Youtube.)

Reports from our embedded sources in Canmore tell us the snow is great this season with the full 2 km figure eight track and better than usual snow and 30 snow lanes. There will be Trials races for the National Team on the 9th and 10th so the range will be closed those mornings. Also too, it looks like the Ukrainian National Team is training in Canmore this season so hopefully our own Ukrainian speaking athletes are present to act as translators.

Serious skiers form Saskatchewan often go there to:

1)     get used to skis rather than rollerskis

2)     put in lots of miles on skis – usually we ski two or three times per day

3)     practice shooting with skis on, practice rifle carrying (34 sec prone 32 standing shooting times)

4)     work on balance

5)     Eat as much bacon as possible at the Windtower Breakfast to make up for a whole year of doing without

 What to Know

We will be staying at the Windtower. Coach will buy range pass and trail pass so let him know you are coming.

Thurs Nov 10

Ski 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Fri Nov 11

Ski 7:30 Am- 9:00 am

Shooting (tentative) 10:30- 12:00

Ski 2:00 – 4:00

Optional Ski 7:00-8:00

 Sat Nov 12

Ski 7:30 Am- 9:00 am

Shooting (tentative) 10:30- 12:00

Ski 2:00 – 4:00

Optional Ski 7:00-8:00

 Sunday Nov 13

Ski 7:30 – 9:30


 What To Bring

A Head Lamp (a must) Boots, Bullets, Rifle, Homework

Bring Rock Skis, Good Skis, Classic Skis, Roller Skis

Lots of Water and Snacks (and a guitar if you have)

Biathlon Saskatchewan Record

Matt Hudec 2009- 203 km