Tour And Event Schedule


Mountain Tours

A complete list of our proposed tour schedule for the year can be found here in detail; or in brief below as part of the event schedule. Please contact the Tour Leader for more information or to to sign up for a specific tour.

Parkland Cross Country Ski Club takes safety in the back country seriously has a policy that all tourers on back country trips carry an avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe and have a minimum of Avalanche Safety Level 1 (AST1) training. If you need avalanche safety equipment, we have some for rent at the following rates:

Transceivers   $10/weekend $5/extra day
Probes             $2/weekend $1/extra day
Hoe Shovels    no charge – we encourage all tourers to use hoe shovels!

Day Tours

While most Day Tours are planned in advance, they may also be organized on quite short notice due to changing snow conditions and weather. Check back frequently!

Day tours are for both club members and non members. If you are not a members you will be required to sign a waiver. Please call the Co-ordinator if you are interested in attending a tour, as tours may be cancelled if no interest is shown prior to one week in advance . As with Mountain trips, if tours are out of town carpooling may be arranged and cost of gas is shared with passengers. Please watch for any changes or additions to the schedule.

Please contact the Tour Leader to sign up for a tour.

Avalanche Rescue Training

Since the 2013/14 ski season any tours that go into avalanche terrain have required that all participants be certified in at least Level 1 of avalanche rescue training (AST1). All tours that go into avalanche terrain and require AST1 have been identified on the Mountain Tour Schedule. For the safety of all concerned, there can be no exceptions.

The avalanche rescue certification can be any level of the Avalanche Skills Training (AST). The Yamnuska Centre and the University of Calgary Outdoor Centre both operate excellent programs if the club is not running one itself.

The two day AST1 course  will give you an understanding of avalanches and avalanche terrain to help you assess your position and provide the rescue skills required to participate and contribute to your touring companions’ safety. The AST2 course is generally 4 days, requiring AST1 as a prerequisite, and will provide opportunities to enhance and deepen your knowledge and practice of the skills.

Calendar of Events

Jan 8 and 10CourseAdult Ski Lessons Session 1 & 2Greg Olson 403-505-0751Mon-Wed 4:30-6:00pm and 6:30-8:00pm
Jan 15 and 17CourseAdult Ski Lessons Session 3 & 4Greg Olson 403-505-0751Mon-Wed 4:30-6:00pm and 6:30-8:00pm
Jan 18-21Race!Western Canadian Championships/AB Cup 5&6Be part of this international event! Lisa Marr-Laing 403-352-1900River Bend Golf Club - Thurs athlete training day, Fri-Sun race days
Jan 26-28Mountain TourFondue tour (Ribbon Creek) TourTour leader Marilyn StrilchukBeginner on groomed trails
Feb 2-4Mountain TourChester Lake & Shark Mountain ToursTour leader tbaIntermediate/advanced, Class 1 (simple) avalanche terrain
Feb 2-4Mountain TourGreat Divide Rd. & Cascade Fire Rd. ToursTour leader Linda Dickin - date to be confirmedBeginner on groomed trails
Feb 13General Meeting & PresentationGeneral Meeting - all are welcome!Marilyn Strilchuk 403-318-1680Kerry Wood Nature Centre 7:30 pm
Feb 23-25Mountain TourBurstall Pass ToursTour Leaders Dave Allen and Dion BrosiusIntermediate/advanced, Class 2 (challenging) avalanche terrain
Feb 27Executive MeetingExecutive MeetingLisa Marr-Laing 403-34-52-1900 for detailsLocation TBA
Mar 2-4Mountain TourDolomite’s exit & Bow River Meadows ToursTour leaders Ivan Dixon and Dave AllenStrong beginner, not rated
Mar 9-11Mountain TourSunshine Meadows & Chester or Rummel ToursTour leaders Dion Brosius and Ivan DixonIntermediate, Class 1 to 3 (simple to complex) avalanche terrain
Mar 13General Meeting & PresentationGeneral Meeting - Presentation: The World Masters Loppets: Travel Europe and abroadMarilyn Strilchuk 403-318-1680Kerry Wood Nature Centre 7:30 pm - Tom and Lisa Marr-Laing Presenting
Mar 14-16Mountain TourCrowfoot Pass TourTour leaders Ivan Dixon and Dave AllenIntermediate, Class 2 avalanche terrain
Mar 16-18Mountain TourMolar Meadows TourTour leader Dave Allen and Dion BrosiusIntermediate
Mar 23-25Mountain TourHealy Pass/Egypt Lake Hut TourTour leaders Tom and Lisa Marr-LaingIntermediate backpack - hut trip
Mar 27Executive MeetingExecutive MeetingLisa Marr-Laing 403-34-52-1900 for detailsLocation TBA
Mar 30 - April 2Mountain TourBald Hills TourTour leaders Ivan Dixon and Dion BrosiusIntermediate
Apr 6-9Mountain TourCastleguard Meadows & Summit CampoutTour leader Tom Marr-LaingAdvanced backpack - snow camp
Apr 10AGM & SocialWind up the year with friends at our pot-luck social and AGMJohn Dickin 403-350-1721BowerKin Community Centre 5:30pm