Past Meetup

Updated - Cross Country Skiing Ribbon Creek and Kovach Trails / Kanananskis

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North Edworthy Park

Bowness Road and Shagannappi Trail · Calgary, AB

How to find us

Look for the White Ford Explorer in the Northeast Corner

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Due to the lack of snow in the Kananaskis Valley, we will be heading to Lake Louise to cross country ski the Pipestone Trails and enjoy the excellent snow conditions!

Description: This long a popular trail follows a spectacular valley hemmed in by cliffs of Mount Kidd and Bogart. Your companion for the whole journey is the disgracefully behaved Ribbon Creek, its rapids and waterfalls at their very best.

This was the first ski trail system developed in the Kananaskis Valley, created in 1972 by Don Gardner. When there is adequate snow it provides excellent cross-country skiing. Ranging across lower slops of Mounts Collembola, Allen and Kidd there are plenty of viewpoints.

South of Ribbon Creek, Kovach is a shoe-in for best snow, best viewpoint and best downhill run. The best downhill between the high point and the Link can be schussed with intermittent checks, but slow down for the hairpin lest you scare the wits out of up-coming skiers. It's also a superb trail to ski in the opposite direction once you've climbed to the high point. You still have some downhills, but thy're rather less steep and at the south end is a truly delightful series of easy S bends, which wind you down to Terrace near Kananaskis Village.

Distance: Ribbon Creek - 2.5 Kilometers to Link Junction + Kovach - 5.4 Kilometers

Height Gain: 150 Meters

Maximum Elevation Gain: 1710 Meters

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate / Intermediate

Duration: Four to Five Hours

What to Bring: Please see the standard Day Trips Checklist under Resources on the Club website.

Event Coordinators: For inquires, please contact the event coordinators Lori, aka Tigger, at [masked] or (403)[masked], or Paul Omlin at (403)[masked] . On the day of the event, please call or text Lori at (403)[masked].

Meeting Time and Place: Please arrive no later than 7:45 a.m., in the northeast corner of the Edworthy Parking Lot, to arrange carpooling as we will be departing at 8:00 a.m. sharp.

Driving Distance: 105 Kilometers One Way / 1 Hour and 20 Minutes. The Club suggests a compensation of $0.06 cents per kilometer both ways for the driver(s) of the carpools. (Approximately $13.00)

Notice of Cancellation: The trip leaders will contact registered participants by telephone or by email if the trip is cancelled or postponed. Participants are asked to contact the trip leader if they have a change of plans.

For those that are interested, we will be stopping in Camore for light snacks and refreshments prior to returning to North Edworthy Park.