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XC Ski Pocaterra, Picnic, and Presents

  • Shouldice Arena

    1515 Home Road NW, Calgary, AB (map)

    51.070755 -114.164510

  • Look for my White Kia Van with a Long White Ski Box on top.
  • We'll need drivers and enough seats for passengers and a minimum of 4 people for this event to run.  Also it must be above -35C.  Additionally you must answer the 2 questions.

    The Alberta Parks brochure promises "a variety of ski loops available for beginners to experts."  Therefore I don't know what to post.  I plan to ski out along the Pocaterra trail for about 60-75min, depending on timing and hills to climb, take a small break, and then turn around and go back to the hut.  I'll be going at a slow pace, so beginners have me to ski with.  It's best if you have some experience, and can manage some hilly bits.

    Ignore the big yellow arrow etc. it's just on this nice big clear OLD map.  This area HAS CHANGED!! But it still helps to get an idea till I get a copy of the new trails.  Look at the Pocaterra areas.

    Distance: ?

    Difficulty: Easy to Expert

    Elev. gain: A bit of rolling terrain so be willing to tackle the hills with a grin and they'll go better. ;)

    Equipment: Please figure this out on your own.  Look to the "pages" and lists there.

    Time required: 2.5ish hours playing,  1ish eating  + 2.5ish Driving time

    Commuting Costs: Suggested passengers pay $20.00 for gas, (I think this is in the Zone 3) per person and in cash at the end.

    Directions to trail head: Take Hwy 1 to Kananaskis Country turn off at Hwy 40. Follow this till the Winter Gate then turn right onto Kananaskis Lakes Trail (road).  Watch for the Pocaterra sign and turn left, then off into the parking area.  (The Smith-Doreian/Spray Trail is nearby on the right, don't go there.)

    I want to spend part of the day playing outside.  The Pocaterra Hut should be open, it says it is from 8am to 8pm daily.  It would be great to out in groups of three for safety. But I know people like to do their thing according to level, skill, and desire.  Let's time our return so we are back at the hut for 12:50-1:00pm.


    NOTE: You don't even have to bring your XC skis, you could stay in the hut, (See above, it is the Hut, as I recall it from last year, but I still don't know if there are plug ins.) and sketch, or read, or knit, or..., there is a fireplace, but I would recommend bringing a camp chair if that's your option.  It's minimal comforts, but there were flush toilets, and cold running water.

    Being that it is still part of the Holidays it seems like a good idea to have food and presents [again] (in this case, re-gifting a $5-10 white elephant*) involved.  We'll have a fun game of 'Swapperoo'.  In the end my hope is that everyone will wind up with a smile and maybe even a gift they like.

    'Swapperoo'  is a fun way to play the game of re-gifting.  There are many versions, but here's one I like, so we'll play it this way.


    Everyone brings a white elephant*(see below) gift and puts it on the table. (Those who would like to be generous and bring extra elephants are welcome to do so.)  We will all eventually get to choose one, but not open it.  Then we will have opportunities to swap them with someone, and after a several rounds of this, we get to open them.   But after that, there is still more swapping.  We will have an exchanging round where you can trade yours in for one of the extra/left over wrapped items, or once someone trades in you can go for that/those.  We go around and anyone can take a turn in trading.  I've done this before and usually everyone goes home with a treasure and smile.  It's all in fun and the pretty wrapping does not always mean the best present (for you).  Also you would be surprised what appeals.  Bring your sense of humour and willingness to have your gift swapped out on you.  Leave your possessiveness at home.

    This game will happen as we share a lunch at about 1:00pm.  Bring you own plate, cup ( and cutlery (spork?), and something tidily shared (the gifts will be on the table too).  So it could be a box of Crackers, a bit of Cheese, some Chocolate,... a thermos of Hot Apple Cider, anything really, just something easy to share and not too messy.  Also something lunch-ish for yourself to eat.  After our outdoor exertions we'll need some sustenance according to our efforts.  I recommend you plan/pack for your own(minimal) nutritive needs for your lunch, knowing the shared items will be varied and can't assure a perfectly balanced diet.



    Then we will start to pack up at 2:15-2:30ish, so we can load up and head for home.  I think it's about an hour drive, so 4:30ish would be my return time guesstimate.

    All the usual caveats, I'm not a guide, you are responsible for yourself, you must pay your driver in cash at the end, sign the waiver and so on.

    Waivers: As per the new policy for waivers; I will bring the group waiver form with me to both the Calgary Meetup location and the trail-head. You must sign it before you will be allowed to participate in this event. You will also be asked to provide the name and phone number of an emergency contact. You are fully aware that organizers are not professional guides and you assume all responsibility for your safety and well-being. You are fully prepared with proper gear and you're physically fit to do this event with the group.

    Gear: I recommend you look at the lists on the page entitled "REI Backpacking Checklist"

    Remember the weather in the Mountains can be unpredictable and change quickly, better to have the extra just in case. Bring at least 2 liters of water, and of course your sense of humour, adventure, and a smile. (:

    Also please look at the following page:

    Update Carpooling Etiquette -Required reading io

    I'm really looking forward to this!  Holiday attire is encouraged!

    *A white elephant gift exchange is a lighthearted way to have fun with your friends. White elephant gifts are traditionally "presents" that do not fit the tastes of the recipient. The thought behind a white elephant gift exchange is to give everyone a chance to rid themselves of these unwanted gifts—and invariably gain a new one! White elephant gift exchanges can be run different ways.  The item can be previously owned, which means that you are re-gifting an unwanted item or trinket or perhaps Gift Card to/for places/things that don't appeal to you.  You can purchase a new, generally inexpensive, item just for the party. If you purchase new, you can choose wacky, funny or entertaining gifts, as well as more useful and desirable "things" in the price range.  Or something you can get a great deal on and someone might like.  NO BROKEN, MANGY, RATTY, OLD THINGS!  However, it can be a gently used item if it has great appeal and/or value. :D

    As well as getting rid of something that we just don't particularily care for ourselves, we are trying to please someone.



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  • Cynthia R.

    Sorry to cancel. However with iffy roads, and below the four person min. this event will have to run later.

    January 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry for the last min cancelation but I can't make it tomorrow...:(

    January 2, 2014

  • Dulcie G.

    I am planning to meet you at Shouldice. I can drive.

    January 2, 2014


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