Grooming conditions overnight were very challenging, so Busk Euphrates and Night Loop have been groomed and are in fair to good condition for classic and skate skiing.
We elected to leave Clearwater network and the rest of the Apex trails ungroomed this morning. These trails remain in fair condition after yesterday. Please use caution descending Clearwater early this morning as sections may be icy and very fast.
Temperature as of 5:45 am is around -3, with heavy snow forecasted to begin falling around 8am this morning. We are hopeful that the freezing level will remain below Club elevation as forecasted. If you are skiing today, expect midday highs around zero and plenty of fresh snow on the trails.
Last Saturday and Sunday, skiers from Invermere, Golden, Fernie, Kimberley, Rossland, Valhalla Hills and Nelson raced last Saturday and Sunday at Apex & Busk in the final two Teck Kootenay Cup races of the season.
We had a large contingent of local skiers who helped Nelson Nordic secure second overall in the Teck Kootenay Cup race series, edged out only by Black Jack Ski Club out of Rossland!
On Saturday, we had a great sprint course set up including our famous bumps – one athlete even did a star jump in the air (new sport – aerial cross country for the next Olympics). On Sunday, our individual classic course wound through our big forest on the Busk side of the highway.
For some young racers it was their first time in a race and big smiles by racers and parents showed the enthusiasm for the event. It helped to have Ms. Jacquelyn Rabbit along to show them the way!
Great fun was had by all, the weather was perfect and trail conditions were awesome, thanks to our new PistenBully, operated by Graham. A HUGE thank you to ALL the volunteers who did a great job making this a super fun event for everyone to participate in. We couldn’t have done it without our volunteers so a big thanks to everyone!
Special thanks are due to our race organizing committee: Louise Poole, Andrew Chewter, Jay McKimm, George Edney, Kim Horrocks, Mike Knapik and Nicole Perrin. And to our perennial MC Rich Milde. THANK YOU!
Conditions at our club as of 7:00am are -11c, with no fresh snow overnight. Temperatures by midday should rise to -4c with a mix of sun and cloud.
Graham is grooming this morning and he has just texted me that has completed Clearwater and Busk/Euphrates minus the loops. On the Apex side he has completed Stadium, Night Creek and Night loop and is currently working on Cottonwood. He is ahead of schedule and should be done by 8am.
On this day in 1943 George Harrison of the Beatles was born.
Update at 8:38 am: Cottonwood Rail Grade is groomed to the highway. Graham cleared all 5 trees like the hero he is! Who let the dogs out? We did!
We received 2cm of fresh snow overnight. As of 6am, trails groomed and in excellent condition for classic and skate skiing include the Clearwater and Busk Euphrates networks, as well as the Night Loop and Stadium on the Apex side.
Temperature is currently -6C, with a forecasted high today around -3 or -4C and a mix of sun & cloud.
Graham is currently headed back to the Apex side where he will be grooming on the Rail Grade. We will post again regarding his progress in opening up the public access dog section (first 1.5km from Cottonwood Lake), which had several large trees down yesterday.
Today is the first session of our Bunnies and Jackrabbits program, which begins at 10am! If you’re coming up after 9 am please park at Busk to leave room at Apex for participants in the Jackrabbits program. Thank you!