PLPP Scenic Loop: Whiskey Jack, Tyrwhitt, Elk Pass, Boulton - Intermediate Level / Relaxed Pace - Fri, Jan 20 2017

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PLPP Scenic Loop: Whiskey Jack, Tyrwhitt, Elk Pass, Boulton - Intermediate Level / Relaxed Pace (1/20/2017)

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED:Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page.

You are STRONGLY encouraged to read this page in its entirety before signing up. If you'd like to attend, we ask that you abide by our rules and procedures as a time/cost saving process (with an end result of keeping membership free and lower cost events).

The Basics:
Event Type:Ski - Cross-Country
Event Location:Kananaskis - Peter Lougheed Provincial Park
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Jan 20 2017  10:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Jan 19 2017 9:00:00 PM
Event Duration:~ 5 hours + driving time
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Mick
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Member Cost:Voluntary Donation Only (See Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 3 (Log in to see who's signed up.)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Please Note:
   · This event is geared towards those who want to ski good distance (19km) on green, blue & black trails, but at a relaxed pace.

     Up big hills like Whiskey Jack our pace will be 3 - 4km/hr.
     For the great downhills (think Elk Pass Trail), we will be at double or more that speed.
   · You don't need pretty technique, but must be able to make the distance.
     Think of this as a nice tour taking in the most scenic parts of PLPP.
   · Do not sign up if you are a skier who likes to go fast all day and/or who is not willing to stick with the group.
     We may spread out a bit, but will reconvene at all junctions & picnic tables.
   · We're out to enjoy the day and event duration may vary. Do not be in a rush to get back to the city.

Distance: 19km
Total Elevation Gain: 510m, most of it in the first 5km
Pace: Relaxed, must be able to cover 19km in 4.5 hours
Difficulty: Everything from green to black trails

The Peter Lougheed Provincial Park (PLPP) ski trails are amongst the nicest you'll find around here, with wonderfully groomed tracks. Skiing up Whiskey Jack is a grunt, but the great thing is that you get a lot of elevation out of the way early in the day. Our first break will be at the picnic table at the top of the hill (about 5km in). From there we will ski a beautiful stretch along Tyrwhitt, where view first open up towards the south. There'll be another picnic table for another break. After that we continue up to Elk Pass, which will be the highest point on our loop. The picnic table there will likely mean an afternoon snack. The rest of the day is primarily downhill. First there'll be a short steep stretch down from Elk Pass, followed by a few km of perfectly sloped downhill to Fox Creek (steep enough to just glide, yet flat enough to not lose control). We then continue on Fox Creek, which will likely be the 1.4km stretch that may not be trackset. New Boulton Creek is open this winter (after damage from the floods) and is apparently a nice downhill back to the cars.

Note that this loop requires that you be comfortable on green, blue, and black XC ski trails. We won't be there to break any speed records (especially for the uphills in the first half of the day), but the expectation is that we will be able to ski the distance in around 4 - 4.5 hours, plus breaks that we take along the way. We don't care about pretty technique, but you must have skied at least 15km in the past, and know that you'll be able to make the distance. Expect to come home tired, but very satisfied.

Our route will consist of the following:
   · Connector: 0.5km, green/easy
   · Whiskey Jack: 4.5km, green/easy, blue/intermediate, and black/advanced
   · Tyrwhitt: 5.0km, green/easy, and blue/intermediate
   · Elk Pass Trail: 4.9km, green/easy, and blue/intermediate
   · Fox Creek Trail: 1.6km, green/easy, and blue/intermediate
   · Boulton Creek: 1.9km, green/easy

You can see the trail map here.

Carpool Note:
If I am short of drivers, I might give priority to those willing to drive, please indicate this accurately when you sign up.

It is expected that everyone meet at the carpool location. To keep carpool costs reasonable, we will be going in two vehicles with an equal number of participants in each. If there are drivers who can accommodate a total of four people with skis in their vehicle, event size may be increased up to a maximum of eight people.

COC Donations:
$2 COC donations are what keep our club running. Please give me your $2 donation at carpool or have a Premier Membership (which you can also get at carpool). Premier memberships are $25 for 12 months (effective date of purchase, not January - December).

A Premier Membership gets you the following benefits:
   · Premier members are not expected to provide per event ($2) donations.
   · Premier members receive event email notifications ahead of Regular members.
   · Premier members get priority sign-up for COC subsidized events.
   · Premier members get priority sign-up for some Learn events.
   · Premier members get food and are eligible for great prizes at our Volunteer & Premier Member Appreciation Party, as well as the AGM.
   · Premier members receive 10% discounts at Campers Village, including XC ski gear and annual National Park Passes.

   · Peter Lougheed Provincial Park Weather Forecast
   · PLPP Live Grooming Report
   · Trail Report

Required Items to Bring:
ALL of these items are mandatory or you stay back in the city.
   · $2 COC donation
   · XC skis, boots, poles, wax
   · Warm clothing (layers)
   · Lunch, tea, water
   · Headlamp

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
   · Camera

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Will be given out at carpool.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):260Km
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 AM
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
** Calgary Transit Info
Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $83.20 (calculated at total Km * $0.32, effective Wednesday, December 1, 2021). This is based on $0.16/Km for maintenance, plus current gas price divide by 9. Alternately your carpool driver may choose to split the maintenance cost plus the actual gas cost among all in the vehicle. Your carpool driver will confirm exactly how much money they require to cover costs. Please split the actual cost among all people in the vehicle.

Winter Safety Considerations
This event is exempted from avalanche planning because it takes place on groomed cross-country ski trails.
Note that COC event coordinators are volunteers and are not trained guides.
All participants are responsible for assessing the current road conditions, current weather conditions, current trail conditions and current avalanche conditions for the trip.

- Details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time, with or without warning.
- Notice any errors or problems in the information on this page? Please notify our Content Editor(s), Wendy W and Lynda H., at

Cost & Payment:
Voluntary Donations:Although there is no cost for this event, please note that the club survives on voluntary donations. Please consider making a donation based on the value you feel you receive from the club. See our How You Can Help page for more information.
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Suggested donation amount for this event is: $2.00/Person.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance: