Elk Pass Loop XC Ski (Intermediate) - Sun, Feb 19 2023

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Elk Pass Loop XC Ski (Intermediate) (2/19/2023)

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:Elk Pass Parking Lot
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Feb 19 2023  10:30 AM  (Carpool Departure: 8:30 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Feb 18 2023 5:00:00 PM
Event Duration:~4 Hours plus driving (1h15min each way)
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Event Coordinator(s): Shelley R
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Maximum No. Guests:0
Minimum Group Size:2
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:0
Number Registered So Far: 6 (Log in to see who's signed up.)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Distance: 12 km
Elevation: 210 m

This event is aimed at intermediate to advanced classic XC skiers who can comfortably ski at a moderate pace (~3-5 km/hr, depending upon terrain) for a few hours, stopping at junctions to regroup / get a drink or take a photo of the views. Definitely not a blistering pace, but also not suitable for very beginners or slow pokes, due to the hills and distance. Faster skiers are definitely welcome but must plan to stay with the group or do out-and-back laps to stay warm - thanks!

We will be parking at the Elk Pass parking lot (with outhouses) and heading up the Elk Pass trail to the table at the pass for lunch (or in the trees if it's windy), returning via the Hydroline and Fox Creek trail, for a distance of about 12km total. The trail up follows an old fire road and offers impressive views of the valley and lakes below. The Hydroline section is wide open with sweeping views and Fox Creek is a fun 'single track' trail that weaves it's way down and along the creek. The area has reportedly had good snow conditions these past weeks, so let's get out and enjoy it!

Required Items to Bring:
* Kananaskis Park Pass (vehicle)
* XC ski equipment (skis, poles, boots, wax)
* Lunch and snacks
* Water
* Layers (to ski in and change into afterwards)
* Daypack for your stuff
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
* hand / toe warmers
* toilet paper / hand sanitizer
* warm beverage / thermos
* waterproof sit-upon
* sunglasses / sunscreen
* camera

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Take Hwy 1 west towards the mountains to Hwy 40. Go south on Hwy 40 to the winter gate. Turn right and head down Kananaskis Lakes Trail towards Upper Kananaskis Lake. Turn left at the Elk Pass Parking area (before reaching the lake).
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):208Km
Carpool Departure Time: 8:30 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 $66.56 (calculated at total Km * $0.32, effective Tuesday, June 18, 2024). 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
Terrain Classification: This event is exempted from avalanche planning because the event will be held on a Kananaskis XC ski trail. In the event that an avalanche advisory is issued for the area during our event, the event will either be relocated to an unaffected trail system, or cancelled.
** All participants are responsible for assessing the current road conditions, current weather conditions and current trail conditions for the trip prior to attending / departing.
- Details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time, with or without warning.
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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.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
*Note: If you need to cancel after the registration cut- off, please contact your coordinator directly by sending a TEXT with your name included or send an email if it is before 7 p.m. the evening before. Thank you!