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.