If you aren't aware, Canmore hosted the cross-country ski events at the 1988 Winter Olympics. It's a incredible place to ski and also it's very spectator-friendly for watching races.
My first two days in Canmore were for skiing, which just happened to include skiing with world cup skiers!
The trails were loaded with top skiers:
Here are a couple of Russian skiers:
Here are some of the wax technicians testing skis. These guys worked for about 6 hours out on the snow the day before the race ... plus all of the work they would have done in the wax trailers!
Oh, I wasn't there just to take pictures ... or maybe that's another world cup skier:
Here's what you get to ski on at Canmore:
Now on to the Classic mass start race (10km for women & 15 km for men) ...
The stadium on race day:
One of the Swedish women's skiers warming up:
The first climb of the women's race:
And the winner of the women's race, Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk, double-poling to the finish line:
Warming up for the men's race ... here's Devon Kershaw and Alex Harvey. Devon was second and Alex sixth in the overall World Cup last year:
One last thing. In the chalet at Canmore, Chandra Crawford has her 2006 Torino Olympic Gold Medal on display with a note that it's "Canmore's medal". This is just one more reason that Chandra is a class act.