Monday, September 5, 2005 - Haig Glacier
Cross Country Alberta Haig Camp

- By: Mike Neary

Cross Country Alberta was fortunate to have another good week of skiing for the August 22-29 Haig Glacier Camp. After a shaky start to the week with fog, cloud and 30 + centimeters of snow all in the first 2 days, the weather turned incredible. 6 days of warm and sunny weather with some of the best skiing conditions I have seen in 12 years of Haig camps.

After the 30 to 40 cm snow storm Tuesday night we had great extra blue grip wax powder skiing with excellent classic tracks. We also had blue sky and warm weather. Basically we had a short period of powder skiing and warm weather in the teens Celsius. By mid morning we switched to skating as it became red klister conditions.

For as great as that day was the rest of the week was not far behind. The weather stayed warm into the 20's and the conditions were always very good spring skiing type conditions. Good crust in the early morning and very good klister conditions by mid morning.

Thank you to Joel Jaques for setting a very good track for training on, especially the first day when it was so foggy we could not see anything outside of 1 meter in from of us. Great job Joel, and great camp, as always.

There were 17 people in total who took part in our camp with myself and Robin McKeever handling the coaching duties. I want to point out my appreciation for having senior athletes Gord Jewett and Rhonda Sandau of the Excel Racing Team take part in the CCA camp. The younger skiers are able to see the commitment and dedication it takes to become a high level senior athlete. So thank you for taking part in the camp.

Great job by all the athletes and coaches and again thanks you to Robin McKeever, Gord Jewett, Rhonda Sandau, and Joel Jaques. Plus a big thank you to Lee Speed of CCA and Katie Ross for helping with transportation and logistics.

Mike Neary is the head coach of the Alberta Ski Team.

Source: Cross Country Canada

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