The world's best cross-country skiers returned to Canmore this past weekend for the Viessman World Cup FIS Cross-Country event, held at the Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park and featured the final international races prior to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. During the weekend races there were 200+ athletes from over 25 nations, showcasing their abilities at the Canmore Nordic Centre.
Opening ceremonies were held Friday February 5th and shortly after the races began with Ladies 10 km Free race, followed by the Men's 15 km Free race and Sprints held on Saturday February 6th. Not only did they have events all weekend at the Canmore Nordic Centre the streets of downtown Canmore were filled with snow for the Rotary Nordic Games, Kid n'Mutt Races, as well as an Ice Carving Competition. Hundreds came to cheer on these athletes from all over the world, and local athletes shone in what would be their last race on the way to Vancouver!