Winsport Frozen Thunder Classic

          October 24, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

WinSport’s Frozen Thunder Race in Canmore to Determine King and Queen of Nordic Sports

—Canada’s top cross-country skiers and biathletes go head-to-head in first race of season—

CANMORE, Alta.—Canada’s top cross-country skiers and biathletes will battle for the title of King and Queen of the Nordic sports as many of the nation’s best hit the start line for the third-annual Winsport Frozen Thunder Classic on Monday at the Canmore Nordic Centre.

The first on-snow distance race in the world this year, thanks to the Canmore Nordic Centre’s annual snow preservation project, Frozen Thunder, will consist of a 10- and 15-kilometre individual start skate-ski race that will test Canada’s best Nordic athletes before heading off to Europe to begin a new Olympic and Paralympic quadrennial.

In an effort to provide Canada’s Nordic athletes with the ability to train on snow at home in October – not to mention provide recreational enthusiasts with early-season trail access – the Frozen Thunder initiative stored enough snow to cover two kilometres of trail in a large pile under a thick layer of sawdust to insulate it over the summer months.

Originally piloted in 2009 with 400-metres of trail, the innovative snow project has expanded each year. In 2010, the Nordic Centre expanded the project by increasing the mass of stored snow to realize a one-kilometre loop that entered the biathlon range that now expands up to two kilometres.

Modeled after snow preservation projects in Europe, the Canmore Nordic Centre was the first to take on the project in North America – and is subsequently the first to open its trails on the continent each year – providing another critical resource for Canada’s high-performance Nordic sports.

Who:              Canadian National Cross-Country Ski Team

                        Canadian Biathlon Team

When:             Monday, October 27

                        9 a.m. – 10 kilometre Skate-Ski Race (Women)

                        10 a.m. – 15 kilometre Skate-Ski Race (Men)                      

Where:            Frozen Thunder Ski Loop – Near Biathlon Stadium

Canmore Nordic Centre

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

Chris Dornan                                                  

Media and Public Relations

Cross Country Canada/Biathlon Canada

T: 403-620-8731

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