Global Adventure - Cross-ctry Skiing - Canadian Rockies-2008

Cross-ctry Skiing - Canadian Rockies-2008

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  • Sat, Feb 23, 2008 — Wed, Mar 5, 2008
  • Adults

Some of the most spectacular mountains in the world sit practically in our own back yard—or at least a short airplane hop away. This winter, adventure takes participants to the Kananaskis country and the area around Canmore, Banff, and Lake Louise for some premier cross-country and gentle backcountry skiing.
Our adventure begins at the well-appointed Delta Lodge. From our excellent accommodations, we ski three days in the area of Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. With 4,000 square km of spectacular scenery, spread over a group of provincial parks and recreation areas, we have no problem finding ski trails in the area of Kananaskis Lakes, Smith-Dorrien or Ribbon Creek. Since our rooms are equipped with small refrigerators, we can stock up for breakfast and lunch on our way out of Calgary. Several dining rooms are available at the lodge for evening meals (meals here are to be purchased individually).
Imagine a wilderness lodge in winter, without the helicopter ride in, and you envision the serene locale of Mount Engadine Lodge. Situated at 6,050 feet at the edge of a beautiful alpine meadow, we are pampered with three delicious meals a day (included in trip price) and excellent skiing in the Mt. Shark area. We have access via the Watridge Lake Trail to Banff National and Mt. Assiniboine Provincial Parks, and the Ruedi Setz Memorial Biathlon Range. While the Mt. Shark area is often tracked for classic and skate ski disciplines, other ski trails in this area may require XC touring skis.
Our next venue finds our group comfortably ensconced for three nights at charming Deer Lodge, near the shore of Lake Louise, in its spectacular setting, surrounded by Mt. Victoria and its famous glacier, Mt. Fairview, Mt. Lefroy, and Mt. Temple. Deer Lodge was tastefully converted over many years from the original 1921 log teahouse and now boasts antique-furnished rooms and an excellent restaurant. While we may spend some time skiing out on the lake for the fantastic views, we will also avail ourselves of the ski trails at Pipestone, Whitehorn, Fairview, and Telemark loops or, for the fast and energetic, skiing along the Skoki Trail en route to Skoki Lodge. Other options might include the winter trail to Moraine Lake or the loop along the banks of the Bow River.
Meals at Deer Lodge are not covered in the trip price.
Most certainly one of our days in this area will find us skiing near the township of Banff, perhaps along the Spray River, from Lake Minnewanka up the Cascade Valley, or in the area of Castle Junction.
Our final two nights are spent in the delightfully vigorous town of Canmore. The name comes from the Gaelic “ceann mor,” meaning “big chief,” for Malcolm III, King of Scotland between 1057-1093 – no wonder the town is the locale of the Highland Games each summer. Canmore is the site of the (Calgary) Olympic Nordic Center, built for the 1988 winter games and renovated and modernized in 2005. The center provides over 70 km of exceptional cross-country skiing for classic and skating techniques. Here our breakfasts are included at our hotel, and you’ll have a choice of restaurants to sample for your evening meal (at individual cost). You’ll certainly want to have a bit of time touring the town and marveling at the stunning front-range views before you depart for Calgary airport and the flight home, or the drive back to Seattle.

Trip cost is $1,400, including all accommodations for 11 nights (including 6 percent GST, 2 percent tourism fee, 4 percent Alberta tourism levy, and per room maid and porter fee where applicable), meals as specified, National Park entrance fees, maps, Canmore Nordic Area Provincial Park ski trail fee, Mountaineers outing fee, leader fee, and administrative expenses. NOT included are air or auto travel to destination, auto rental (to be shared 3-4 ways) for air travelers, some meals (see above), and any diversions from the group itinerary. Leader permission is required.

The leader, Shari Hogshead, has led numerous Mountaineers winter outings to the German, Swiss, and Austrian Alps and Italian Dolomites, as well as helicopter ski trips to various parts of the Columbia mountain system in Canada, and numerous backcountry ski trips to the Sierras, the Sawtooths, the central Oregon Cascades, and the Tenth Mtn. hut system in Colorado. Please contact Shari Hogshead,, 425-957-4548, for a trip application or to find out more about this exciting adventure.
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