2007 Canadian Ski Marathon (CSM) Report #3: Getting 'Bronzed'
By: Sophia Tsouros (2007/02/19)
2007 news headlines have been
dominated by Global warming and Climate change. The late start
to winter has had its numerous effects including a change in route to
this year's Canadian Ski Marathon (CSM). What should've been
a 180km ski from Lachute to Gatineau over two days, was modified to
two 70km loops around Montebello skied in one direction on the first
day and in the opposite direction on the second day.
Although this made for a shorter
tour, the start time and cut off times were decreased. This was
my first time partaking in the CSM so I cannot comment, but I heard
varying comments from others such as, "It was still just as hard to
reach the cut-off this year!" to "It was nice to not have to make
a mad-dash for the cut-off this year!"
Given the change of course
and lack of snow, we lucked out with a beautiful course, great weather
and great snow for the most part. The organizers did a great job
of providing snow in places where it was needed and having us take off
our skis in places that were deemed "too dangerous". Apparently
that didn't stop everyone from skiing those sections, although the
one example I heard of had the skier end up in a snow bank!
Much of the first three sections
were on wide roads making for fast skiing with a couple of out and back
sections that were great for cheering on friends. At the CP's
I made sure to grab some food and liquids and move on as I was sure
I could make the cut-off but didn't want to meander too much in case
I was close. I checked into the cut off CP with lots of time to
spare so took the opportunity to have my skis waxed and socialize with
The fourth section was a bit
more technical and cut up but it was fun to negotiate the terrain.
We'd be starting the fourth section 1st in the opposite
direction the following day, so I made a mental note of a few sections
that I thought might be tricky.
The next day's start came
quickly and we were off again. It was just as a great course in
the opposite direction - although I definitely slowed down the second
day. My boyfriend and I agreed to ski together on the second day,
which was fun as it was more social. We finally checked into the cut
off CP, grabbed some food and got out of there. We were on our way
home! It got windy and cold towards the end, but did it
ever feel great to cross the finish line!
Other CSM Reports:
CSM Report #2 by Zoe Panchen
CSM Report #1 by Bill Syrros