We had to make some early adjustments to our “Snow Camp” this weekend, when we realized the Bow Valley and area were mostly snow-free. The first three days of the camp saw the Red Deer Nordic skiers on the Frozen Thunder loop at the Canmore Nordic Center, rubbing shoulders with Olympians and weaving in and out of the packs of skiers with other clubs. Conditions were not exactly perfect, and the exposed patches of gravel and ice made for challenging training. Our intrepid skiers were more than up for the task, however, and logged some solid hours of work on the the trail.
The Castle Junction Hostel was the perfect venue for our stay, with a huge kitchen, beautiful living room area, and fun bunk beds. The kitchen helpers worked early in the mornings and after skiing to make gigantic, healthy meals for everyone. A big thanks to the organizers, chefs, and food prep assistants.