Break out your cross country skis - its time to get going! They're already packing, and hopefully by the time the date rolls around they'll be tracksetting the Pipestone trails. These lovely tracks snuggle in amongst the trees, with fun little ups and downs, valley views and passing by the shoreline of Pipestone Pond. We'll pick out a subset of something fun to stretch our legs on.
This trip is for those who have been on cross country skis before, and know how to snowplow. Rank beginners should take lessons before attending. This event will occur with another organization - notice the unusual start location.
A good level of fitness is required - please be realistic about your abilities. You must be able to commit to the entire event.
Note: Location may change, or event may be cancelled if there is insufficient snow.
Rating: Moderate XC Ski (D3)
Distance: 17-20 km
Elevation gain: 200 m
Time: 4 - 6 hours (+ driving time; 2h one way)
- XC skis, boots, poles, waxes (as necessary)
- Proper seasonal wear (dress in layers, mitts, toque, snow pants etc, spare socks)
- Post-ski change of clothes (in case you worked up a sweat)
- Lunch, snacks and water (+ tea/coffee)
- Sun glasses, sunscreen, SPF-rated chap stick
- No jeans, no cotton clothing of any kind!
- No camelbacks/hydration packs (lines freeze)
Equipment can be rented at a variety of places, including the University of Calgary Outdoor Center or MEC. If renting, have equipment ready and with you at the start time.
DRIVING AND DIRECTIONS:
We will meet at the in-Calgary meeting point and carpool from there. You must arrive 15 minutes prior to departure if you wish to carpool. We will be leaving promptly at the meetup time.
Drive the Trans-Canada to 1km west (past) the Lake Louise turn off. Turn right. The parking lot curves right and up no more than 500m or so. (Google Maps)
You must sign a trip waiver and contact information form to attend this event. The event organizer will have these for you.