The weather gods smiled on Huntly for the second time this year with perfect weather for roller ski racing. Just the right temperature and no rain!
We had a good number of entries this year with entrants from as far afield as Switzerland and a couple of spectators from Saskatoon Nordic (http://www.saskatoonnordicski.ca). It was particularly pleasing to see the service represented this year with entries from the Royal Engineers and RAF Nordic.
The results for the event are attached in the pdf below. It was great to see Cameron Cruickshank get with in 3 seconds of Andrew Musgrave’s course record.
With temperatures on Thursday touching plus 10, the Clashindarroch trails have lost much of their snow. Although a compacted 5cm base was holding out gallantly here and there, there are long bare stretches. A few hundred metres survived on the Haute Route but even this was turning to slush, and the trail was running with meltwater. The Snowgoose and Timberline snowfields offered about 500 metres of continuous skiing on smooth but wet drift, but it’s a long walk to get there! A bit of a change from the past two Christmases, but there’s January and February to look forward to.
Good to hear the distant notes of the arriving snowmobile carried on the air this morning, Peter. I’ve reported the missing grit bin via the Council website. Found a piece of silver coloured plastic at the entrance at lunchtime. It looked like a battery cover from a large mobile phone, or similar device such a vehicle fuse box. I’ve left it on the post at the pole barrier.
So… even with tomorrow’s brief freeze it doesn’t look like there’s any real prospect of skiing over the next few days.
Inghams has contacted us to alert members to their ski holiday offerings, especially their cross country ski destinations.
Cervinia by Leo-Setä
Already the winter destinations, like Cervinia ski resort, are preparing for the influx of winter visitors and skiers are gearing up for the winter season. There are many resorts offering cross-country skiing, so let’s remind ourselves of some of the premiere cross-country skiing resorts.
Yllas in Lapland offers an excellent network of cross-country ski trails. The first trails are usually opened at the beginning of October, with the rest of the trails opening later in the year. Lapland has an incredibly long season, so cross-country skiers can get the most out of the resort. The cross-country skiing in this region is open to all ability levels, plus there are refreshment huts along the way. This resort is stunning with so much to explore while taking in the wonderful scenery. Continue reading →
Report from Claire Newman
I have just done a quick recce up to the carpark at the Clash. There are road closed signs in Rhynie but they do say Cabrach on them as well. The roads are clear but there is still limited car parking space. It was also snowing/sleeting when I was there at 10.30. I am afraid I did not venture into the forest as I just did not have quite enough time.
The next race in the British Roller Ski Series will be at Hayes on Saturday 8th August, starting at 4:00 p.m. The format of this race will be 2 x 10 km (2 x 6 laps) pursuit. Both legs will be on Start Combis and racers must stop after the classic leg, remove the rollers, put them back on again and start the skate leg. Continue reading →