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!
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 10||Course||Adult Ski Lessons Session 1 & 2||Greg Olson 403-505-0751||Mon-Wed 4:30-6:00pm and 6:30-8:00pm|
|Jan 15 and 17||Course||Adult Ski Lessons Session 3 & 4||Greg Olson 403-505-0751||Mon-Wed 4:30-6:00pm and 6:30-8:00pm|
|Jan 18-21||Race!||Western Canadian Championships/AB Cup 5&6||Be part of this international event! Lisa Marr-Laing 403-352-1900||River Bend Golf Club - Thurs athlete training day, Fri-Sun race days|
|Jan 26-28||Mountain Tour||Fondue tour (Ribbon Creek) Tour||Tour leader Marilyn Strilchuk||Beginner on groomed trails|
|Feb 2-4||Mountain Tour||Chester Lake & Shark Mountain Tours||Tour leader tba||Intermediate/advanced, Class 1 (simple) avalanche terrain|
|Feb 2-4||Mountain Tour||Great Divide Rd. & Cascade Fire Rd. Tours||Tour leader Linda Dickin - date to be confirmed||Beginner on groomed trails|
|Feb 13||General Meeting & Presentation||General Meeting - all are welcome!||Marilyn Strilchuk 403-318-1680||Kerry Wood Nature Centre 7:30 pm|
|Feb 23-25||Mountain Tour||Burstall Pass Tours||Tour Leaders Dave Allen and Dion Brosius||Intermediate/advanced, Class 2 (challenging) avalanche terrain|
|Feb 27||Executive Meeting||Executive Meeting||Lisa Marr-Laing 403-34-52-1900 for details||Location TBA|
|Mar 2-4||Mountain Tour||Dolomites exit & Bow River Meadows Tours||Tour leaders Ivan Dixon and Dave Allen||Strong beginner, not rated|
|Mar 9-11||Mountain Tour||Sunshine Meadows & Chester or Rummel Tours||Tour leaders Dion Brosius and Ivan Dixon||Intermediate, Class 1 to 3 (simple to complex) avalanche terrain|
|Mar 13||General Meeting & Presentation||General Meeting - Presentation: The World Masters Loppets: Travel Europe and abroad||Marilyn Strilchuk 403-318-1680||Kerry Wood Nature Centre 7:30 pm - Tom and Lisa Marr-Laing Presenting|
|Mar 14-16||Mountain Tour||Crowfoot Pass Tour||Tour leaders Ivan Dixon and Dave Allen||Intermediate, Class 2 avalanche terrain|
|Mar 16-18||Mountain Tour||Molar Meadows Tour||Tour leader Dave Allen and Dion Brosius||Intermediate|
|Mar 23-25||Mountain Tour||Healy Pass/Egypt Lake Hut Tour||Tour leaders Tom and Lisa Marr-Laing||Intermediate backpack - hut trip|
|Mar 27||Executive Meeting||Executive Meeting||Lisa Marr-Laing 403-34-52-1900 for details||Location TBA|
|Mar 30 - April 2||Mountain Tour||Bald Hills Tour||Tour leaders Ivan Dixon and Dion Brosius||Intermediate|
|Apr 6-9||Mountain Tour||Castleguard Meadows & Summit Campout||Tour leader Tom Marr-Laing||Advanced backpack - snow camp|
|Apr 10||AGM & Social||Wind up the year with friends at our pot-luck social and AGM||John Dickin 403-350-1721||BowerKin Community Centre 5:30pm|