D2/3-Introduction to Cross Country Skiing-Cascade Valley (Banff)

 

UNFLATTERING AERODYNAMIC SPANDEX OPTIONAL!

I intend for this trip to be inclusive of all abilities! We will be going at a slow-moderate pace, so this is a great trip if you'd like to try XC sking out for the first time.

We can go over the basics of XC ski gear and etiquette (etc.) if this is your first time.

Location: Cascade Valley (Banff).

How to get there: From Hwy. 1 at the east Banff interchange, drive 6 km north on Lake Minnewanka Scenic Drive to the parking lot on the north side of Minnewanka dam.

Distance & Elevation: Approx 13km total.  We will ski at least the 6.4km to the Cascade River Bridge. Depending on the group, we have the option of going on a bit further before turning around. There is a fun, albeit gentle/gradual decent on the way back!

Difficulty level: D2/3 (Easy)

Trip Description:This is a slow-moderate relaxed trip intended for beginners or those to just want a relaxed day out in the Rockies.We will be on groomed trackset trails, with minor ascents/descents. As with all CORA events, this trip is weather dependent.

Depending on the group and drivers, we have the option of stopping for dinner on the way back.

TRIP WAIVER AND CONDITIONS: You must sign a trip waiver to attend this event. The trip waiver can be found here. Please read the document before we depart. To participate you must have paid your yearly membership fee is $20 which lasts until the Annual General Meeting. If you have a 2012 membership, it will continue to be accepted until our AGM in February/March 2013. However, 2013 memberships, which last until the 2014 AGM, are now available to be purchased. Alternately, you may participate as a non-member for $5 for the day.

Transport : Please indicate in your RSVP comments whether you can drive. If push comes to shove, I WILL give priority to those who can transport skis for themselves and others. Please remember it is not up to me to arrange transportation for you.  Also please reimburse some $$ to drivers for gas.

CORA trips start at the trailhead. As a convenience to participants only, we meet at Dalhousie in Calgary then car pool from there. Please be on time. We don't want to have to wait around long. You may choose to meet us at the trailhead, but please advise us ahead of time.

Code of Conduct: By attending this trip you agree to be bound by the CORA Rules of Conduct.

Equipment:Weather can change quickly -- rain, snow, wind, warm, or cold -- BE PREPARED. NO COTTON!

Mandatory - sense of humor, lunch/snacks, at least 1 litre of water, layers, XC ski package (boots, poles, skis), clothes that allow your arms/legs to move freely (but layer so you're not too hot or cold)

First timers: I suggest renting CLASSIC-STYLE WAXLESS XC skis if you can for the least amount of frustration! Skis/gear can be rented from various locations in Calgary (i.e. COC, MEC, SportRent etc.) for fairly cheap ($12-25/day).

Recommended - camera, park pass.

DISCLAIMER: This event is not intended to replace practical outdoor experience and is only intended as a primer to XC skiing. The coordinator is not a certified mountain guide, but is providing her personal experiences and skills as a voluntary service to the members and the public. Before you engage in winter activities you are strongly encouraged to take a course or do your own research.

Dogs: Not this time. Dogs are prohibited on this trail.


 

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  • Darcy K.

    Great trip, weather was perfect for skiing. I got a good workout.

    1 · January 14, 2013

  • Karen J.

    It was a great day, great people and blue skies!!! Thanks everyone and thanks for organizing Meghan... Great job!!!

    1 · January 14, 2013

  • Ugur B.

    Meghan, where are you guys? Call me [masked]

    January 13, 2013

    • That Guy I.

      The Banffmuda Triangle strikes again!

      January 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A park pass would be great seeing as i don't have one yet,if anyone has one we could use in my car it would be great

    January 11, 2013

    • Karen J.

      I have a park pass and will bring it :)

      January 12, 2013

  • Meghan

    DON'T FORGET YOUR PARK PASS IF YOU HAVE ONE (EVEN IF JUST TO LEND YOUR DRIVER)

    1 · January 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I do not have a park pass but will be driving would anyone have an extra pass until i get one>

      January 11, 2013

  • Ugur B.

    Assuming that we will set off as early as 8am, I will rent my skis on Saturday evening.

    January 11, 2013

    • Meghan

      Perhaps the above will help if you want to take a risk and rent Saturday morning?

      January 11, 2013

  • Meghan

    I have changed the Meetup time to 9:00am. Its not a long drive or ski, and sleeping in is underrated.

    2 · January 11, 2013

  • That Guy I.

    I don't have winter tires on my car, but have little trouble getting around with my 'all seasons' here in Calgary, even with the snow. What are the access roads like for the trip? I presume that the road to Lake Minnewanka shoudl not be a problem.

    January 11, 2013

    • Meghan

      The Road to Minnewanka is almost always plowed since Cascade is a regular XC ski trail, but as it is curvy and has piles of snow on the edge you always want to be cautious and take your time.

      January 11, 2013

  • Bruce P.

    Hi Karen. I'm not going to make any promises but you might find that there will be some movement from the wait list towards the middle of the week. It often happens.

    January 5, 2013

    • Karen J.

      You were correct :) woohoo' n

      1 · January 11, 2013

  • That Guy I.

    Photos from the trail back in November: http://hikebiketravel.com/22250...­

    January 11, 2013

  • Meghan

    Cascade Trail Condition: Good, Fresh snow covering recent trackset. No Dogs Allowed. Trip will still be a go, although it is forecast to be -11 so make sure to have layers (but no so much that you sweat and cool off)

    January 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this trip still on?I know earlier in week you had sent out email saying you were keeping eye on wheather and trails.Just want to make sure befopre I rent the equipement

    January 11, 2013

    • Meghan

      I'm still waiting for an update on trails from Parks Canada. I will try and get an answer back before the end of the day. If it is a no, or uncertain, I will simply MOVE the trip to another Sunday this month.

      January 11, 2013

  • Ruth H.

    Not sure how to take name off waiting list but something else has come up so I wouldn't be able to go anyway

    January 11, 2013

    • Meghan

      FYI: If you click on the top right where it says "waiting list" in blue, you have an option to change your RSVP to "no" (but I already did it for you! : ) )

      January 11, 2013

  • Meghan

    Hey gang. I'm keeping a close eye on the weather right now (namely the heavy snowfall warning). I assume that Parks will get around to ensuring the trails are groomed for the weekend, but that (and road conditions) remain to be seen. Stay tuned (and fingers crossed)....it will likely turn out okeedokee in the end.

    January 9, 2013

  • Darcy K.

    I would like to go if possible, as you know I can drive. I am a beginner at skiing, an expert at falling down.

    1 · January 5, 2013

    • Meghan

      I supercede your level of expertise at falling Darc! Glad you can come!

      January 7, 2013

  • catalin

    I think I might not have completed the questions. I can't drive and my level is below beginner (I've never tried skiing). I'm not sure though I'll find the courage to go :)

    January 4, 2013

    • Meghan

      This is a great trip for you to try out skiing catalin. I will be picking a trail with minimal elevation gain/loss that is tracked....so you don't have to worry about going to fast or learning to do turns.

      January 7, 2013

  • Karen J.

    Ok I see I am on the waiting list... C'est la vie :)

    January 5, 2013

  • Karen J.

    Am I in? I can't tell oh I forgot to say I also have a park pass

    January 5, 2013

  • Meghan

    Sorry guys. For some reason it didn't add a wait list. I'll try and fix that. Also, this is one in a series of XC ski trips I'll be posting so if you don't make it this one there will be more opportunities. :)

    January 5, 2013

  • That Guy I.

    I can take one passenger only, as I have no ski rack and need to fold the back seats down. I've been skiing for a couple of years, classic, zero lessons. Anyone in the south end (Deer Run, etc.)?

    January 5, 2013

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