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Winterstart XC: Ski Lesson #1 (Saturday Option) - Levels 1, 2: Beginner & Novice

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  • Great Divide Trail, near Lake Louise, Alberta
  • Price: CAD30.00 /per person

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  • Level 1, Beginner and Level 2, Novice: Adults' Cross Country Ski Lesson #1 (SATURDAY at CSC's WinterStart Weekend)

    ----- DESCRIPTION ----- 

    • This lesson is for Level 1, BEGINNER- and Level 2, NOVICE-level cross country skiers (i.e. new to the sport or little experience) to introduce the fundamental techniques of cross country skiing.

    • For Level 3, INTERMEDIATE (DECEMBER), click here.

    • QUESTIONS?  Email xc @  Do NOT post your questions on Meetup because the organizer may not see those questions.

    • This cross country ski Lesson #1 is part of Calgary Ski Club's WinterStart weekend (click link).  Members and non-members are welcome to participate in this lesson.

    • Options for the weekend!  This is the Saturday offering of Lesson #1.  There is also another offering on the next morning: Sunday, December 4, 2016 (click link).  Attend EITHER the Saturday or Sunday lesson.

    • Options for December!  You can take this lesson on its own, or continue on with Lessons #2 and #3 (click link) as part of the December 3-lesson program.

    ----- DIRECTIONS -----

    Driving Directions: Click here for driving map from Lake Louise Inn in the Lake Louise village to the Great Divide trailhead.  On the map, click on point "B" and then select Street View to see a summer scene of the trailhead.

    Driving Distance (round trip Calgary to Lesson): 380 km

    Park Pass for Banff National Park: click here for prices

    Meeting Location:

      • Great Divide trailhead, located on the right-hand side on the way up to the Lake Louise Chateau from the village.

      • Click here for trail map - see trail #6.

    ----- TIME -----

     • 12:40 AM – Leave Lake Louise Inn (IF applicable)

     • 12:50 AM – Arrive at the trailhead, prepare your skis and adjust your clothing

    • 1:00 PM – ** On snow and ready to start the lesson **

    • 2:30 PM or 3:00 PM – Finish the lesson (1.5 to 2-hour duration, depending on how the group feels)


    • This lesson is for adults.  Email xc @ to first check if you can bring children or youth, BEFORE you register.

    • Maximum group size: 8 participants

    • Equipment Rentals: Not included with the lesson. Click for a list of rental shops, including Wilson Mountain Sports in Samson Mall in Lake Louise village.  If you rent at Wilson's then you can more easily exchange equipment that does not fit you, than if you rent in the city.  Phone Wilson's to reserve some equipment before going to Lake Louise.  "Waxless" skis are suggested for new skiers.


    CSC Members: $30 - register on this webpage.

    Non-members: $30 - Please call the Calgary Ski Club office at 403 -282 -4122 to provide the following information for this event:

    (a) your name (non-members)

    (b) your phone number AND email address

    (c) your emergency contact: name AND phone number(s)

    (d) your credit card information

    (e) and also email a copy of your completed CSC waiver (pages 2 and 4) to office @

    The Office Administrator will include you (non-member) in the numbers registered upon receipt of payment.  See additional note for Guests at the bottom.

    If you want to become a CSC member, then:

    Step 1: Purchase a CSC membership (click link)

    Step 2: Create a CSC Meetup account (free); wait for approval from the Office Administrator

    Step 3: Register for this Lesson #1 (or the Sunday offering), Lessons #2 and #3, or other CSC events

    Equipment Rental: Not included.  See further above

    Park Pass for Banff National Park: click here for prices


    Carpooling: If you plan to carpool, please coordinate this amongst the other attendees.  The instructor will already be at the trail.

    Carpool Departure Location:  Meet at the parking lot at the junction of Shaganappi Trail and Memorial Drive/Bowness Road.  It is located on Montgomery View NW next to the Point Mckay Tower. For those with GPS, the coordinates are: [masked], -114.150976. Click for map.

    Carpool Departure Time: 10:40 AM, from Calgary

    OPTIONAL - Regroup in the lobby of the Lake Louise Inn - approximately 12:40 PM.

    Driving Distance/Carpool Fee: 380 km/$25

    ---- REGISTRATION ----

    Registration Start Date: November 7, 2015, 11:00 PM

    Registration End Date: Thursday, December 1, 6:00 PM

    Guests: Non-members are welcome to attend two (2) events before signing up. To register, please contact the trip leader directly letting them know to expect you. Every non-member will need to sign the guest waiver found here. For a paid event, please contact Sandra in the office at: 403 -282 -4122 or office @

    ----- CANCELLATION -----

    • CSC reserves the right to alter the schedule depending on registration levels, weather, and availability of coaches.

    • Lesson will be cancelled or rescheduled if the temperature is -20 C or colder , including wind chill.

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