Nordic Ski the Canadian Rockies of Lake Louise and Canmore


Global Adventure - Nordic Ski the Canadian Rockies of Lake Louise and Canmore

Day ski 8-15 miles per day, 600-1,700 ft gains, on groomed tracks and skier tracks, to beautiful emerald green lakes and through stunning mountain scenery. We’ll choose from numerous options each day and ski the best trails each day based on the conditions. Short drives get us to the trailhead from our comfortable lodgings, with a couple of days where we can ski from our lodge. N3 intermediate Nordic skiing skill level required. NOTE: THE MEMBER FEE SHOWN IS FOR THE DEPOSIT ONLY. FOR MORE INFO ON THE TOTAL TRIP PRICE AND WHAT IS INCLUDED, SEE LEADER'S NOTES BELOW.

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  • Sat, Feb 16, 2019 — Sat, Feb 23, 2019
  • Global Adventures Committee
  • Global Adventures, Cross-country Skiing
  • Adults
  • N3 Nordic Intermediate Ski
  • Moderate

Trip begins and ends at the Calgary Airport.  Ground transportation to our condos in Canmore is included, as is transportation back to the airport from Deer Lodge (near Lake Louise).   Airport shuttle transportation based on Feb 16 12:35 pm arrival (Alaska Airlines flight 2620) and Feb 23 6:55 pm departure (Alaska Airlines flight 2123).  Transportation to trailheads will be combination of leader-driven rental van and taxis.

Party Size: the party size is initially limited to 6, but could readily expand to 10-12 by allowing people on the waiting list to register.  (The lodging and transportation work best with 6 or 12 people; 8 people doesn't work out).  A decision on the final party size will be made December 12th, at which point those on the waiting list would need to register by Dec 14.

Itinerary Highlights:    Daily skiing distances will be 8-19 miles a day, with elevation gains of 600’-1700.’  Participants are required to have intermediate level skiing skills and be comfortable skiing both on groomed tracks and ungroomed/skier tracked trails.   Participants that need a rest day will be free to stay at our lodging or walk around the village.  Possible highlights are skiing in to a hot lunch at Lake O’Hara Lodge, the beautiful Chester and Emerald Lakes, stunning views of Rocky Mountain peaks, along with the classic scenes around Lake Louise.  Not to mention the world-class grooming at the Canmore Nordic Center, site of the 1988 Olympics.

 Time of Year:   February when snow is reliable

Lodging:   3 nights at 2 condos in Canmore (shared rooms with fully equipped kitchen and rooftop hot tub), 2 nights at the Lake Louise Hostel (private rooms with kitchen access; café on site) and 2 nights at the Deer Lodge (shared rooms, near Lake Louise, with outdoor hot tub)

Food:   One dinner and one breakfast are included, prepared by the leader, and  also a 3 course dinner and restaurant breakfast at Deer Lodge.   No other meals are included.  We can cook our own meals at two of our lodgings and will have access to grocery stores on these days.  Participants are responsible for all lunches.  Meals while staying at the Deer Lodge (other than the included dinner and breakfast) must be purchased.

Leader’s Experience:   Cindy Hoover, a Mountaineer Nordic Ski leader for over 20 years has enjoyed four ski trips to this area and has skied all of the potential trails on this trip.  This will be her 3rd Nordic Skiing Global Adventure for the Mountaineers.  Former chair of the Seattle Ski Committee, Cindy is also a PSIA certified Nordic Ski teacher for the Seattle Branch.

Participant Requirements:  N3 Intermediate Ski Skills is required, along with considerable  endurance for a couple of longer ski days, with experience and comfort skiing on ungroomed or skier groomed trails. Participants will be required to carry medical insurance and emergency evacuation insurance for the trip, at their own expense.

Trip Price Detail:   $1,250 includes all lodging, ground transportation around the immediate areas we’ll be skiing and transportation to and from Calgary airport (If arriving at the identified times), required ski trail passes and four meals.  Does not include any airfare or ground transportation between your home and the start/end points of the trip ($400), most meals ($250),  travel insurance ($75), required medical and emergency evacuation insurance ($75) or incidentals.

Registration Instructions:   Application and leader approval required to register, and the deposit must be paid to hold a spot on the roster.  The deposit is $625, with $625 balance due on Dec 19, 2018.  Registration deadline is Dec 19, 2018.  Note that the party size may be limited to 6, depending on the number of participants registered by mid-December.

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Cancellation Policy: If you cancel because of an emergency, you may receive a refund less expenses incurred and a $100 administrative fee.


Nordic Ski the Canadian Rockies of Lake Louise and Canmore

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Skis suitable for track skiing and skiing moderate ungroomed trails (You may want two pair).   Leader will not be skate skiing, but you may be able to do so on one or two of days. 

After payment of your deposit, the leader will send participants a series of letters or emails with information about how to prepare for a successful outing including recommended gear.


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