Cross Country Skiing at Lake Louise/Moraine Lake

The season has begun - let's get out and get into shape for a hopefully long season! This event is for everyone - beginner to experts. If we have enough people, we can split into groups based on ability. Otherwise, the more experienced skiers can help coach the newbies.

We will travel at a moderate pace, covering around 12 km over 4 - 5 hours, including breaks. The trails are regularly groomed and trackset and we can adjust our route as needed. You should be comfortable with the idea of navigating some hills.

NOTE: I am not an instructor or trainer. If you are completely new to skiing, you may want to read or watch some training videos :) The other skiers and I will do our best to assist.

Distance: Approx 12 km return

Skiing Time: 5/6 hours estimate (off the trail by 4:30 ish)

RULES OF CONDUCT: By participating in this CORA activity, you automatically agree to follow the CORA Rules of Conduct. Please refer to the "About" menu tab on the main CORA page for the link to rules of conduct.

TRIP WAIVER AND CONDITIONS: You must sign a trip waiver to attend this event if you are not a paid member. The membership form can be downloaded under the "About" tab. Please read the document and fill in your personal details, but do not sign it. Your organizer will be your witness. Yearly membership fee is $20. Alternately, you may participate as a non-member for $5 for the day along with a completed waiver form.

As a convenience to participants only, we meet at the meeting point in Calgary then car pool from there. Please be on time. You may choose to meet us at the trailhead, but please advise your coordinator ahead of time. Please indicate in your RSVP COMMENTS if you can drive, if necessary. I need to know if we have adequate transportation for all participants. Please reimburse drivers for gas. Gas contributions for drivers to be equally divided among participants in each vehicle.

EQUIPMENT: Weather can change quickly -- sun, rain, wind, hot, or cool -- BE PREPARED.


 - Dress for winter! Warm layers (yes you can get very hot skiing and will need to take      some items off - then when you stop you will cool very absolutely NO COTTON! no jeans!
 - Skis, boots, poles (you can rent from MEC or U of C outdoor centre or sport rent) .
 - Wax/corks/scraper if your skis are waxable.
 - Backpack
 - Water/tea and lunch
 - Personal first aid kit including blister treatments
 - Sunglasses
 - Money to reimburse driver for gas

RECOMMENDED: a camera, a change of clothes for after skiing, patience and sense of humour.

See you on the Trail!.

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  • Sue

    Hi Tari & everyone else,
    Here are some pics from my friend's camera. Sorry it took awhile. She only took scenery and a few pics of herself, so I'm sending just the scenery ones since we haven't discussed permission to post her images on the site. Hope you like them! Thanks for a great xc skiing day!

    December 1, 2012

    • Tari

      Thanks, Sue.

      December 1, 2012

  • Cheryl

    The pics look great! I'm glad everyone had a good time! Next time, I'll be there! Sadly, my dog hasn't been found - yet, but I'm still hopeful that some kind stranger has taken her in, until we find her!

    November 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very good skiing. There was lots of snow.

    November 25, 2012

  • Charles (Chip) S.

    Hi Cheryl,
    Although everyone was concerned about your "pooch" and you, we managed to have a wonderful day in the tracks. It was an enthusiastic and international group that gathered at Shouldice yesterday and, given that most folks were new (or newly returned) to XC, I was skeptical about getting in some kms but, after a little introduction, people took to their skis as if they were born to stride and glide. More trips!
    Chip (headed to Cascade Fire Road right now)

    1 · November 25, 2012

  • Tari

    Hi cheryll,
    Sorry you couldn't make it. Thanks for replying my message this morning.
    I hope you find her soon.

    1 · November 24, 2012

  • Cheryl

    Thanks Catherine - I'm glad you all had a good time, it was a beautiful day! My dog is still missing, but we're out looking and putting up posters. Not ready to give up on her yet!

    November 24, 2012

  • Cathrine M, A.

    Beautiful day with perfect weather!

    November 24, 2012

  • Cathrine M, A.

    Hi Cheryl, so sorry that you couldn't make it! Thanks to Chip we salvaged the day and had a great time. there are some very tired but happy skiers tonight! Hope your little pet comes home safely

    November 24, 2012

  • Dorothea I.

    Yes my new boots and crosscountry sky(need a little adjustement )
    ,,do i need also a special gear or hiking gear is ok?
    can we rent clothes gear
    is anyone able to give me a ride from a Lrt Station (the closest for me is Chinook ,,)Thanks Dorothea

    November 21, 2012

    • Tari

      Dorothea, do you still need a ride? text me at[masked]

      November 23, 2012

    • Tari

      I'm leaving Drum around 6:15 am. Please text me or call me before that. We can meet at the passenger pickup zone. I drive glacier blue CRV. If I don't hear from you by 7am, I assume you're not coming with me.

      November 23, 2012

  • Tari

    I'll be driving from Drumheller. Can I meet you guys at the visitor centre, Lake Louise Village instead?

    November 20, 2012

    • Cheryl

      Hi Tari - no problem! We'll stop at Laggan's Bakery. Send me your cell # and I'll text you when we leave Calgary.

      November 22, 2012

    • Tari

      Thx cheryl. [masked]

      November 22, 2012

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