2nd Annual Lake Louise X-Country Ski, Downhill Ski & Snowshoe Weekend!!

Slow & Steady Hikers

2nd Annual

X-Country, Downhill Skiing & Snowshoeing

Weekend at the Lake Louise Hostel

Friday Feb. 21 - Sunday Feb. 23, 2014

 

WHEN:  Friday Evening, February 21, 2013 arriving at your leisure to Sunday, February 23, 2013

We will drive down Friday evening and arrive at our leisure.  Attendees are free to coordinate their own transportation.

WHERE:  HI - LAKE LOUISE ALPINE CENTRE (HOSTEL) - 203 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB

Please call the hostel directly to arrange your own accomodation. Once you have booked, RSVP to the meetup.  A full description of the hostel can be found on their website at http://www.hihostels.ca/westerncanada/359/HI-Lake-Louise-Alpine-Centre/index.hostel

WHAT Activities are planned:

X-Country Skiing

Downhill Skiing

Snowshoeing

Potluck Dinner Saturday Night

Ice skating & Hot Chocolate on Lake Louise

Hot Springs in Banff on the way home

We will have several groups going out Friday & Saturday.  Organizers will post trips on the Meetup site for x-country skiing, downhill skiing, for snowshoeing, or whatever other creative ideas they have for mountain fun!  We will have a potluck dinner in the hostel kitchen in the evening. Everyone is required to bring a dish and must state what they are bringing in the excel sheet (link below).  Full kitchen facilities are available for cooking and storing food and beverages.

Add your potluck dish here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AhnVZsOOrN35dEwyd0FiRnN4S0c3cW9kTEstTW1aR0E&usp=sharing

The skiing & snowshoeing day-trips will be planned closer to the weekend date and will depend on trail conditions and ability of the participants.

Bring your ice skates as well as there is a small rink at the hostel, and a lovely rink and ice castle on Lake Louise!!

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  • Pei

    Had a major exam last year and couldn't come, glad I could make it this year :) thanks for Jess and Jen for organizing and it was great to see everyone again!

    February 25, 2014

  • Barry M

    Lots of fun! Loved the challenge of off trail!

    1 · February 24, 2014

  • Rayleigh

    Great. I love trying new things and snowshoeing was one of them!!

    February 24, 2014

  • Beth M.

    Very good. I liked flexibility of being allowed to join group or operate independantly. I enjoyed the get-togethers Friday & Sat. evenings.

    February 24, 2014

  • Andy D.

    So much fun. Yes at times probably too much fun.;-)

    February 24, 2014

  • Peter

    Forgot to mention what a great group of organizers, assistant organizers and leaders we had...thank you for your time and effort to make it fun and easy...thanks Jessica, Andy, Jerome, Candace and everyone else (including our VP of Fun - Happy Anniversary)...just affirms for me what a great group Slow and Steady is...

    1 · February 23, 2014

  • Tonia

    It was an absolutely fantastic weekend - loved every minute. Will do it again next year. Thank you so much for organizing and all your help Jessica!

    2 · February 23, 2014

  • Peter

    Fantastic - great conditions, even better people...wonderful for my first snowshoe...

    2 · February 23, 2014

  • Jessica C.

    Let's all meet up in the main building of the hostel at 8:00 am in the lounge upstairs to make sure everyone has an activity as there are still many people not signed up for events.

    February 21, 2014

    • Pei

      What time is the pot luck? where are we suppose to meet for that?

      February 22, 2014

    • Mike R.

      It's at 7pm at the building closest to the parking lot. Not the main bulding

      February 22, 2014

  • Gabriela

    Sorry for this but I just cancelled my reservation for this weekend, I just got back from a work trip and found out the weekend is going to be a bit too cold for me to to do anything in the mountains. Hope to see you all next time!

    February 21, 2014

  • Michelle :.

    I am really excited for this! By the way, do we need to bring sleeping bags? Any other stuff that we need to bring (like bowls)? Thanks!

    February 20, 2014

    • Candice B.

      The kitchen is stocked with everything you will need and they do not really want you to bring your own bedding. I bring my pillow and sleeping bag insert but you do not have too. I would recommend a lock for your cubby so you can lock up your stuff in the room.

      February 20, 2014

  • Andy D.

    Are we pumped? This is going to be FUN guys and girls. Lets get signed up for those trips like Jess has asked and have a great time. YAH!!

    4 · February 20, 2014

    • Jessica C.

      It's going to be awesome!!!
      One thing to keep in mind for Saturday, that an informed member helpfully pointed out on another trip, that Saturday is the Viking apocalypse Ragnarok. Apparently the Fenrir wolf will break free of his chains and spread death and destruction. Just something to be aware of…

      2 · February 20, 2014

  • Andy D.

    By the way change of plans on the food menu. No breakfast stuff ( my partner on it kinda bailed ) so I'll be bringing lots of snacks for when we're not pot lucking.

    February 20, 2014

    • Jessica C.

      Yves will be disappointed... He was so excited for bacon and hashbrowns (that I won't make).

      February 20, 2014

  • Veronica

    I have room for one more person in my vehicle (with gear) for anyone needing a ride or just wanting to carpool to share driving costs :). I will be leaving shorty after work hours on Friday and dropping by Banff Hot Springs on the way back.

    February 19, 2014

  • Veronica

    I just posted another easy snowshoe as well for Sunday for anyone wanting to take it easy the last day!

    February 19, 2014

  • Jessica C.

    Hi There... MANY of you are still not signed up for events Saturday, and especially Sunday. Andy's snowshoeing trips look pretty full, but Saturday there is space in Paul & Veronica's snowshoeing trips, Downhill skiing with Raymond, & XC skiing with me. Sunday there is space to XC Ski with Jerome, & Downhill skiing with me. Apres ski/snowshoe Sunday there will be an option to meetup at the Banff hot springs. Please RSVP to the events you want to participate in, they are separate, independent events.

    PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ARE SIGNED UP FOR EVENTS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY.

    February 19, 2014

  • Nora

    I am interested in a XC ski on Saturday, but would prefer a trail over the road option. Pipestone looks like a good ski. Are there any organizers out there who would be willing to set that up? Thanks!

    February 18, 2014

    • Jessica C.

      A recent trip report with pics from the O'Hara Fire Road: http://www.on-top.ca/...­

      February 18, 2014

    • Nora

      it does look nice

      February 18, 2014

  • Annette

    I will only be able to attend Friday to saturday afternoon as well! Apologies sounds like a great potluck!

    February 18, 2014

  • Nora

    I will only be able to attend friday evening to saturday afternoon. Sorry I will miss the potluck!

    February 18, 2014

  • Paul G

    Is anyone interested in an easier snow-shoeing trip on the Saturday (Feb 22nd)? Andy's Sherbrooke Lake event is described as "strenuous".

    February 17, 2014

    • Raymond H

      In case people drop off the downhill ski event on Sat, I will be interested in doing a easy hike too

      February 17, 2014

    • Pei

      The girlfriend and I won't be dropping off the ski event on Sat, will definitely be going :) but we won't force you to join us, hehe

      1 · February 18, 2014

  • Andy D.

    Won't be leaving until Friday evening after dinner. If anyone wants to arrange a carpool let me know. Prefer picking up along 16th Ave. N. Say around 6PM or later.

    February 17, 2014

  • Barry M

    Do we need to bring our own plates, utensils and coffee mugs?

    February 15, 2014

    • Candice B.

      Pots, pans ,dishes, utensils are all provided.

      February 15, 2014

    • Barry M

      Thanx C.

      February 16, 2014

  • Raymond H

    Anyone want to ski at Lake Louise on Feb 21? I will go there in the morning and can take 3 ppl.

    January 10, 2014

    • Mike S.

      Ill drive myself tiff, i have to come back Saturday night... Work Sunday morning

      January 10, 2014

    • Jessica C.

      Yves and I will go up Friday morning & ski with you guys at Lake Louise!! Yee-haw!

      January 27, 2014

  • Anna

    Hi I have booked for 2 nights. Look forward to the fun weekend!

    January 18, 2014

  • Rayleigh

    Hi all, I am booked and have room for 1-2 people (no room for skiis though). Will roast veggies and bring some wine to the potluck. Any dietary restrictions/preferences??

    January 16, 2014

  • Raymond H

    booked. I can take up to 3 passengers. Let me know if you need a ride.

    December 17, 2013

    • Raymond H

      Similar, but must like skiing down the hill :) they offer lessons there

      January 10, 2014

    • Michelle :.

      haha~ I will be falling down very often! :) I fell down so many times when I went cross country ski going down a little hill! :)

      January 10, 2014

  • Karen L

    I'm booked for Friday through Sunday.

    January 5, 2014

    • Candice B.

      I am booked Friday and Saturday. What time are you going on Friday? Might be able to get the day off if you want to go up early and do a hike.

      January 5, 2014

  • Raymond H

    I will be downhill skiing at Lake Louise. you can get your 2-day pass at costco for $119 instead of paying $85/day.

    1 · January 4, 2014

  • Yvonne

    booked on the Feb 22!

    January 1, 2014

  • Florence

    I booked!

    2 · December 27, 2013

  • Michelle :.

    Hello, everyone! I have a question! Should we book 2 nights at the hostel? I only booked Feb. 22 night. Are we all going there on Friday evening? Thanks!

    December 17, 2013

    • Jessica C.

      It's totally worth it to go up Friday as it's fun and you don't have to rush to meet your group in the morning for the daily activities!

      December 17, 2013

    • Michelle :.

      Sounds good! I booked two nights now! :)

      2 · December 17, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Potluck Spreadsheet should be available for editing now! It was listed as view only...

    1 · December 16, 2013

  • Candice B.

    I can not update the spreadsheet either, sorry.

    December 13, 2013

  • Karen L

    Oh yeah! Do you need me to make a reservation for a group room at HI Lake Louise?

    November 23, 2013

    • Raymond H

      This will be nice

      November 23, 2013

    • Jessica C.

      Hey Karen, if you want to reserve a group room & choose your roommates please go ahead and do that. I am not coordinating rooms but leaving it up to attendees to do that as it suits them.

      November 26, 2013

  • Veronica

    Reserved. Booked. Room confirmed.

    Huzzah!

    November 25, 2013

  • Nora

    I can take up to 3 passengers

    November 24, 2013

  • Nora

    Hi, I have booked at the hostel, thanks!

    1 · November 24, 2013

  • Andy D.

    Booked

    November 23, 2013

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