Exploring the hills of Peterlougheed Prov. Park, we'll start at Elk Pass Parking lot and quickly head up to Lookout from the south side for lunch. We'll then cruise down, and around to Tyrwhitt, before traversing over to Blueberry Hill for some final views. Blueberry Hill (305 m elev) and Lookout (215m elev) have spectacular views, but skiers must be capable of a long ascent and descent. Both are marked as difficult.
This is the forth 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: 30-35 km
Elevation gain: 520 m
Time: 6 - 8 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)
- 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.
Take the Trans-Canada turning south at Highway 40. Follow the road 50km until you reach a dead end (the road south of here is blocked in the winter, through Highwood Pass). Turn right onto Kananaskis Lakes Road. Follow the road 12km to the Elk Pass trailhead/parking lot. (Google Maps)
You must sign a trip waiver and contact information form to attend this event. The event organizer will have these for you.