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Elk Lakes Cabin (2 nights), Light Touring Ski or Snowshoe (12/27/2019)

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.For some events a payment may be required. Payment is not made directly to COC - please review event details fully for information about if and how you will be required to make payment.

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: Elk Lakes Provincial Park, BC
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Dec 27 2019, Sat, Dec 28 2019, Sun, Dec 29 2019  9:30 AM  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Dec 20 2019 6:00:00 PM
Event Duration:3 days / 2 nights
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Lorrie W
You must be logged in to get the Event Coordinator contact information.
Member Cost:$59.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:14
Maximum No. Guests:0
Minimum Group Size:14
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:0
Number Registered So Far: 14 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


This is a 3 day/2 night ski or snowshoe trip where we will spend the first day skiing or snowshoeing into Elk Lakes Cabin, explore beyond the cabin the second day, and ski or snowhshoe out on the last day. Exact itinerary for the second day will be determined closer to the event date based on conditions.

We will have group dinners both nights. 7 members will be responsible for one night's meal for the entire group of 14, and the other 7 for the second night's meal for the entire group of 14. Meals will be determined closer to the event as well; if you have any dietary restrictions, please note these when you sign up.

A few key items to note:
   · Pace of the event will be relaxed. We will take time for lunch along the way, weather permitting, and just enjoying the area.
   · We are all to follow the same itinerary and stay in groups either by skiers or snowshoe-ers; i.e., everyone sticks by group together all three days.

Trailhead Elevation: 1,722m
Elk Pass Elevation: 1,963m
Net Elevation Gain: 241m
Elk Lakes Cabin Elevation: 1,708m

Friday, December 27:
   · Meet in Calgary, carpool to Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.
   · Ski in or snowshoe to Elk Lakes Cabin where we will spend the night.
   · Partial trackset and skier set. 10km / 241m elevation gain / 255m elevation loss.
   · Group dinner.   

Saturday, December 28:
   · Explore beyond the cabin.
   · Options to be discussed further, conditions permitting .
   · Can ski or snowshoe - will determine as a group. Expect to 15km.
   · Group dinner.

Sunday, December 29:
   · Ski or snowshoe out after a leisurely breakfast.
   · Partial trackset and skier set. 10km / 255m elevation gain / 241m elevation loss.

To secure your spot on this event:

You must send payment within 7 days of signing up for the following (by e-transfer ONLY) to your coordinator:
   · $50 for two nights of accommodation at Elk Lakes Cabin ($25/person/night)
   · COC event fee:
          · $9 ($3/day) for REGULAR Members only
          · $0 for PREMIER Members (you can obtain Premier Membership [$25 for 12 months] through your coordinator
          · $0 for COC Volunteers/Coordinators
   · Total amount to e-transfer:
          $59 for REGULAR Members.
          $50 for PREMIER Members, and Volunteers/Coordinators.

Once you have paid, you are committed to the trip. No refunds will be given and your coordinator will not be dealing with payment beyond the original payment.  Should you need to cancel (whether for an emergency or otherwise), you may make arrangements with the next person on the waiting list.

As this is an overnight event, we do not want to leave cars in public parking lots. A carpool will be arranged by groups and each group will organize their own group carpool arrangements.

Elk Lakes Cabin is equipped with mattresses, stove, and kitchen. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag, food, clothing and toilet paper. Sleeping arrangements are communal; i.e., 14 people sleeping together on two long rows of mattresses upstairs. The cabin is very comfortable by backcountry cabin standards. The outhouse is located about 50m or so from the cabin.

Chores & Joining the Group:
Everyone is expected to contribute equally to hut chores and group dinners. This includes getting and splitting firewood, getting snow for melting water, sharing in meal prep and clean- up, etc.

   · Elk Lakes Cabin - Alpine Club of Canada Website
   · Peter Lougheed Provincial Park Weather
   · - Official avalanche ratings

Required Items to Bring:
ALL of these items are mandatory or you stay in the city:
   · Sleeping bag
   · Light touring skis, poles, wax, skins OR snowshoes and poles
   · For yourself: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, snacks, drinks
   · Layered clothing (no cotton)
   · Toque & mitts
   · Newspaper for lighting fire
   · Toilet paper
   · Matches
   · Rain gear
   · Backpack (60L or so)
   · First Aid Kit, blister stuff
   · Gaiters
   · Plastic bag for your wet gear for the way back
   · Also refer to COC's Backpacking Checklist
   · A smile and sense of adventure :-)
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
· Group treats
· Xmas season battery operated lights/cheer/candles
· Camera
· 9V battery for smoke detector

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Trans Canada, south on Highway 40, right at Kananaskis Trail, park at Elk Lakes trailhead.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):270Km
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 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 $70.20 (calculated at total Km * $0.26, effective Wednesday, November 13, 2019). This is based on $0.15/Km for maintenance, plus current gas price divide by 9. Note that drivers with large vehicles have the option to adjust this cost based on their vehicles. Your carpool driver will confirm exactly how much money they require to cover costs. Please split the actual amount among all people in the vehicle and bring some change as drivers are not expected to carry change.

Winter Safety Considerations
Entered by Lorrie W. on October 28, 2019.
Terrain Classification: Exempt from avalanche planning as this is on and official groomed XC ski trail to Elk Pass and official trail along the hydroline for the remainder to Elk Lakes Cabin.
Conditions: Not yet available at Alpine, not yet available at Treeline, and not yet available Below Treeline. (Will be updated in the week prior to the event when the avalanche bulletin is available).
Plan: We will ski on the official XC ski trail (or snowshoe just off the trail) to the cabin and Simple/Class I terrain on our explorer day.
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.

- We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines at all times while participating in COC events.
- Details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time, with or without warning.
- Questions about equipment or rentals? Contact the Event Coordinator for suggestions and recommendations.
- Notice any errors or problems in the information on this page? Please notify our Content Editor(s), Wendy W and Lynda H., at
- Support the club by purchasing a Premier Membership: $25 a year

Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$59.00/Person
Cost Includes:$59.00 includes $3.00/day event fee for REGULAR club members. $50.00 FOR PREMIER members and volunteers. See event description for detailed trip costs. Note that the above does not include carpool costs; those are extra and go directly to your driver.
Make a Payment:$3.00 Event Fee (if applicable) to be paid to your event coordinator. Activity fee, if applicable, (i.e. court fee, bowling fee, camping fee, etc.) to be paid as instructed by your event coordinator.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our Cancellation Policy carefully!

Once you have signed up, you have 7 days to submit payment to the coordinator by e-transfer, otherwise, you will be placed on the wait list. Once you have paid, you are committed to the trip. No refunds will be given and your coordinator will not be dealing with payment beyond the original payment.   Should you need to cancel, you may make arrangements with the next person on the waiting list.

Waiting List

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