Distance XC: Lake O'Hara

North Edworthy Park

Bowness Road and Shagannappi Trail · Calgary, AB

How to find us

I drive a white Nissan Versa (car) or you can reach me at (403) 918-3064 (cell).

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This is the first of our monthly distance skis. Lake O'Hara has been called the most spectacular place in the Canadian Rockies. The cross country ski trail into Lake O'Hara is on the road that the buses travel on in the summer. From the parking lot, the road heads up a long hill before flattening out around the midway point. After that there are a number of additional hills to climb before reaching the Lake at the top. On a clear day, the views are magnificent all the way in.

The plan is to ski in the whole way - since this is a distance ski, please come prepared, and with the endurance to to ski the whole distance at a moderate pace. It could take from 2.5 - 3 hours to ski in, and normally takes around 1.5 hours to ski out.

Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 22 km total
Elevation: net elevation of 410 m
Coordinator: Erika Harrison
Contact Information: (403)[masked] (cell) or [masked]

Meeting Time and Place: Please arrive no later than 7:15 a.m., in the northeast corner of the Edworthy Parking Lot (junction of Shaganappi Trail and Memorial Drive/Bowness Road) to arrange carpooling as we will be departing at 7:30 a.m. sharp.

Trailhead: Lake O’Hara parking lot
Driving Distance/Carpool Fee : 390 km; $25/person
Directions : Directions: Take the Trans-Canada over into British Columbia. 3km past the border, turn left, across traffic, into the trailhead/parking lot. (http://goo.gl/maps/X68mN)

Notice of Cancellation: The trip leader 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.

What to Bring: Please see the standard Day Trips Checklist under Resources https://calgaryskiclub.org/resources/cross-country/ on the Club website.

Guest Policy: Guests are welcome to 'try us out' on a couple of events. Please complete a Guest Waiver ( https://calgaryskiclub.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Calgary-Ski-Club-Informed-Consent-and-Assumption-of-Risk-Agreement-.pdf ) and bring it with you.

Notice of Cancellation: Please update your RSVP if you need to cancel your registration.

Safety Precaution: Note: Location may change, or event may be cancelled depending upon the conditions.