Before heading off to Canmore to prepare for the trials races this weekend, I'd like to take a moment to thank a few people who have made a huge impact already this season.
1. Mike Mappin - Mike, together with his wife Judy, runs Canmore Nordic Sport Services and imports and distributes Solda, Magnar, and Guru waxes, as well as Trab cross country skis. These waxes are consistently some of the best performing in our box and deserve your attention every time you wax your skis.
Mike is perhaps the most knowledgeable wax tech I have ever met and is meticulous in his testing and ski preparation. He has been kind enough to work with me extensively over the years, including a great meeting this week, and has significantly impacted my growth as a serviceman.
2. Fischer Canada - Fischer is the official ski and boot supplier to the Fast Trax Pro Team. Earlier this week I received a pair of amazing Carbonlite classic skis (cold) selected by Jan in Quebec. My first opportunity to ski on them was in Canmore on the weekend, and to say that I was blown away would be an understatement. These skis are amazing and I look forward to continuing to work with Fischer in ski selection for both Madeleine and the rest of the Team.
3. Zach Caldwell - The bottom line is that the man knows skis. Period.
Zach specializes in long answers to simple questions, and more information than you were looking for on almost any topic. If you don’t want to know, don’t ask. However, I do want to know and do ask; often.
You should send Zach your skis and if they're good he'll make them better.
4. Jack Cook - Without the support of Jack and Fast Trax none of what our team has done would be possible. Fast Trax is unquestionably one of the best shops (skiing and running) in Canada with the most knowledgeable staff. If you happen to be in Edmonton make a stop at the shop just to enjoy the atmosphere. You need what they've got.
In other hugely important news, Madeleine secured a quota start at the January Canadian World Cups in Whistler. This is an awesome development that allows us to be somewhat selective about the races we'll start at the Canmore trials this week. Check out the fully story here - FIS series.