It was a great day.
The course ‘buff & shine’ took a little less time for Training Run #2 and when the sun came out, everything looked great. We ran at 11:30, an hour earlier than for Training Run #1.
There was a bit of fog that came and went as forecasted but there were few course holds and one yellow flag but all the racers did get to the finish on their skis.
One athlete who did go down, upon hearing that she was going to get long-lined off the hill, said ‘No thanks, I am feeling much better now’ she was then offered a toboggan ride and passed on that.  She made her way down the course on her skis. All good.
The Barn Party was another classic event.
Cold beer, hot beef, our favorite band SUDS, short speeches and some great line dancing rounded out the evening. The Canadian Ladies team dropped by and were most appreciative of the efforts of Sled Dogs working inside and outside the fences.  I believe we did hear from the FIS Chief Race Director, Atle that ‘Lake Louise is the most reliable venue on the Ladies World Cup circuit.’  : )
Congratulations to this year’s Buckle Award winners:
Men’s Week
Bruce Zornow
Gerry Whittaker
Johanna Jenkins
Ella Rodenkirchen
Jessica Boyce
Ladies Week
JF Belanger
Missy Burkholder
Mick Gillard
Brian Bakewell
There were many standing O’s for this year’s recipients.  Well deserved.
The program for today’s Training Run #3 was just confirmed by the Jury and when speaking with Chief of Race Jim Brewington, he said ‘The track is in the best condition that I have ever seen it.’
It is going to be a great day.