Difficult XC Ski: Deception Pass

En route to Skoki, Deception Pass offers breath-taking scenery. You'll also wander up Boulder Pass and across Ptarmigan Lake to get there. We'll start at the ski-out to Lake Louise, trying not to get run over by the downhillers, sneak around Temple Lodge, and then head off into the wilds. This skier-set track passes through avalanche country, however there is little danger if you stay on the correct trail. Crossing Ptarmigan Lake can be difficult if the wind is blowing.

This is the third in a series of monthly skis that increase in endurance. To be allowed on the trip, you must have accomplished 20km in a single day this season.

A good level of fitness is required as the pace is moderate to fast and the ski is long. 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 depending upon the conditions.

Rating: Difficult XC Ski (D4)
Distance: 22 km
Elevation gain: 540 m
Time: 6 - 8 hours (+ driving time; 2h one way)

Additional info:
http://skierbob.ca/2009/04/skoki-lodge-trip/ (only as far as Deception Pass)



  • XC skis, boots, poles, waxes (as necessary)
  • Skins, touring skis may be a good idea
  • Proper seasonal wear (dress in layers, mitts, toque, snow pants etc, spare socks)
  • Banff Park Pass (if you have one)
  • Lunch, snacks and water (+ tea/coffee)
  • Sun glasses, sunscreen, SPF-rated chap stick
  • Avalanche safety equipment (beacon, shovel, etc.) is recommended
  • 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.

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 Lake Louise Village. Turn north, driving towards the ski hill. Past the 1A exit, turn right into the parking lot for Skoki Lodge. (Google Maps)

You must sign a trip waiver and contact information form to attend this event. The event organizer will have these for you.

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  • Erika

    Reminder, we're meeting at 8am tomorrow morning. There's been 15cm of snow up at Lake Louise, so conditions should be great! Temps are forecast for between -7oC and -14oC with low wind (5kph). See you tomorrow!

    January 26, 2013

  • Timur A

    Erika, I remember you were going skiing with another group every other Sunday. I was thinking of some x-country skiing the weekend of January 20th and it would be nice to have some company. Would it possible to join you?

    January 13, 2013

    • Timur A

      Thanks for the great PlPp trip. A little sore, but very happy. I look forward to more trips, but I'll skip the deception. Have fun!

      January 22, 2013

    • Erika

      Sorry to hear you won't be able to make it - have a great weekend though, and see you on another trip!

      January 22, 2013

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