Over the past several years, I’ve made an effort to travel to Silver Star, B.C. for a week or so prior to the opening Super Tours in West Yellowstone. Training at Silver Star gives me an opportunity to spend several days at moderate altitude (~5500ft) and to get on snow consistently to redevelop my skiing legs and test out new equipment.
With the snow situation in Montana in dire straits, I feel lucky to be training at Sovereign Lakes Nordic Center with over 20km of groomed trails. The conditions are fantastic; I’ve been using race skis the whole time and haven’t seen a single rock or dirt spot. Currently there are a few B.C. Junior teams up here training but other than them I’ve got the place to myself. Tomorrow is the official opening day for both Silver Star Nordic and Sovereign Lakes, so I imagine the weekend will see more traffic, but the conditions and grooming can certainly handle it.
With the trails in such good shape I’ve had a great time trying out my new Madshus gear. The new boots are fantastic, with flat laces that DON’T bunch on top of the foot anymore (much more comfortable).
It sounds like the situation is rather tentative in West Yellowstone for the camps and races. May as well take advantage up here while the gettin’ is good. Shaw Cable isn’t providing much entertainment and Netflix/Hulu are inoperable in Canada; I guess it’s time to crack the books.