The forecast says SNOW and its time to change it up from Lake Louise area. Provided conditions improve as expected, we'll head off to Peter Lougheed Prov. Park to ski Elk Pass and up to Blueberry Hill. The windy turns and ups and downs of Elk Pass are the training route for the stretch up to the vantage point of Blueberry Hill. Should be a good view of K-Country lakes.
This trip is for those who have been on cross country skis before, and know how to snowplow and herringbone. Rank beginners should take lessons before attending.
A good level of fitness is required as our pace is moderate-fast. 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: 16-18 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. Please be on time as we will only wait a short while past past the departure time before we leave.
Directions: 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.