It appears the snow is here to stay and the trails are groomed and in decent shape although you could appeal to the snow gods for more. For anyone who is interested, we are going to start skiing Tuesday nights and Sunday afternoons. Anyone is welcome, we will focus on classic style skiing in preparation for the Birkie but skate skiers will be "tolerated".
Tuesdays 6:30 will start from the picnic shelter at Great Chief Park, opposite the parking lot for the Red Deer Golf and Country Club, for a 1 hour(ish) ski. From the responses I received earlier, Tuesdays were the best weeknight and immediately after work for some individuals; so we will just stick with the regular Tuesday race day and time. We will presumably stay at this location for the balance of the winter for the Tuesday nights. Bring a headlamp, if you have one, but I have rarely found them necessary. Yesterday there was a large group from the nordic ski club out and the headlamp was as much so they could see me as well as me seeing the trail.
Sundays - 1:00 @ Hertitage Ranch for a 2 hour ski. We can change the time depending on your feedback and switch it up to Riverbend if/when the snow improves. We can have coffee/meals after the ski at both locations. I would like to try to offer some waxing and ski technique/training demo's if I can convince someone like Andy Lamb or Suzanne to volunteer.
The loppet Schedule is available here; http://www.xcountryab.net/main.php?p=122
The closest loppets to enter are Camrose Jan 21, Red Deer Feb 4, Birke Feb 11, Kananskis Feb 25, and Lake Louise March 4. All are classic except Red Deer.
This weekend Marie and I will be in the mountains if anyone would like to join us for a ski. We plan to ski at Lake Louise Saturday and Peter Lougheed Sunday. Start skiing both days at 11:00AM, Saturday from the east end of the main parking lot at the top of Lake Louise for a 10k ski. Sunday we will start from Boulton Bridge for a 2 hour ski up to Elk Pass. We are staying at the Rocky Mountain Ski Lodge Saturday night.
If you have any questions please contact me