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2015 Loppet Details and Registration
The Lake Louise Loppet will be on Sunday March 1 2015. Volunteers are needed for lots of activities to help organize the Loppet, both in the couple of weeks leading up to Loppet weekend, and also over the Loppet weekend itself. Some activities are suitable only for competent cross country skiers, but there are lots of jobs suitable for snowshoers or anyone with warm clothing and snowboots.
If you would like to help with running the 43rd Lake Louise Loppet and continuing this Calgary Ski Club tradition, please contact Helen, who will also be able to provide you with more information on volunteering at the Loppet.
Volunteering Updates (Updated: Feb. 19, 2015)
1. The training/info night is Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 in the upstairs room at Rosedale Community Hall, 901 11th Ave NW. It will be from 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm. Come and meet the organizers and get an overview of the race, preparations, and jobs. Updated Feb. 17: If you will stay at the Deer Lodge for the Loppet weekend, then please bring your cheque for the Calgary Ski Club.
2. Updated Feb. 19: Options for supper on Saturday, February 28, 2015:
3. Updated Feb. 10, and requested again on Feb. 17: We could use more volunteers, especially for refreshments and course control (course marshaling). Please pass the word on to anyone you think might be able to help.
4. Posted Feb. 17: Carpooling - If you want to carpool on the Loppet weekend, then please let Helen know and she will put you in touch to make arrangements amongst yourselves.
The Friends Winter Speakers Series is Back!
by Nancy Ouimet, Program Coordinator
You are in for a treat - our winter Speaker Series has two exceptional presentations coming up! John Paczkowski and Gordon Stenhouse will partner on a talk about Grizzly Bear research in Kananaskis Country and Alberta, and world famous adventurer Will Gadd will share his thrilling adventures in Kananaskis. Here’s more information about these upcoming talks and the presenters.
Grizzly Bear Research in Kananaskis Country and Alberta: A Two-Part Talk
DATE: March 11, 2015
LOCATION: University of Calgary, Science Theatre ST 135, 527 Campus Place NW
ADMISSION FEE: $5 suggested donation
Part 1: Research, conservation and management of grizzly bears in Kananaskis Country - John Paczkowski
The Kananaskis Region plays and important role Alberta’s grizzly bear recovery. It also faces an interesting challenge of balancing the needs of people and grizzly bears in a relatively small area with many different user groups. By combining prevention, research, and aversive conditioning, managers are maintaining this delicate balance. Kananaskis Country was designed with grizzly bears in mind and staff are constantly working to improve the human bear interface. Research efforts use cameras, radio-collars and genetics to better understand the distribution and abundance of grizzly bears in the region. On-going aversive conditioning programs endeavour to teach bears how to behave when they are around people. Interagency cooperation and an impressive team of volunteers and stewards are key factors in managing grizzly bears in Kananaskis.
John Paczkowski is a Park Ecologist with Alberta Parks in Kananaskis Country, Alberta and currently resides in Canmore. Over the past 25 years John has focused his career on research, conservation and conflict prevention with carnivores including bears, wolves, wolverine and Amur tigers in Canada and Russia. John provides the camera trap photos from his research work for the Friends newsletter.
Part 2: New insights on the influence of roads on grizzly bears in Alberta – Gordon Stenhouse
There have been numerous studies throughout North America where researchers have investigated how grizzly bears respond to roads in grizzly bear habitat. Alberta has many roads and access features that are associated with resource extraction industries and many of these roads are found in key grizzly bear habitat. Over the past 15 years Stenhouse's research team has studied GPS radio collared grizzly bears along the east slopes of Alberta from the Montana border to the Chinchaga area in the northern part of our province. His work has focused on understanding survival rates among different age/sex cohorts of bears, physiological responses to roads, and how bears behave in the vicinity or roads in Alberta. New research findings have implications for provincial grizzly bear management and recovery which will be reviewed and discussed.
Gordon Stenhouse is a research scientist and the leader of the Foothills Research Institute Grizzly Bear Research Program. This research program began in 1998 and has grown to be one of the largest and most comprehensive bear research programs in North America. There are now over 1000 scientific papers from the research team working on this program over the past 15 years. Gord is on secondment from the Alberta ESRD and is an adjunct professor at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. He is also the past chairman of the Alberta Grizzly Bear Recovery Team.
Will Gadd's Adventures of Kananaskis Country
DATE: April 1, 2015
LOCATION: University of Calgary, Info Comms. Technology ICT 102, 856 Campus Place NW
ADMISSION FEE: $5 suggested donation
Up, down and around, starting in Kananaskis Country and around the world! Try to keep up with National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Will Gadd, on some of the wildest expeditions ever, ranging from stunt doubling for Jason Bourne to setting world records in paragliding, climbing ice (icebergs, caves, mountains, 24 hours), and other mountain, TV and Hollywood adventures.
Will Gadd was named one of National Geographic’s 2014/2015 adventurers of the year, Gadd is an experienced paraglider, kayaker, and champion ice climber, widely thought of as being among the most versatile outdoor athletes in the world. Will's boundless energy has him constantly seeking new adventures, such as his ambitious 35-day, 650-kilometre paragliding flight over the Rocky Mountains from McBride, B.C. to the U.S. border. And in case you just missed it, he and partner Sarah Hueniken just ice climbed Niagara Falls. All-round action hero Will Gadd is a living legend in the truest sense.
For more information on our Speaker's Series, check the Upcoming Events page on our website.
Rocky Mountain Outlook is reporting evidence of three bears which have emerged from hibernation due to the unseasonal temperatures. They may well return to their dens ... or they may not. It might be time to check if your bearspray is still in date.
For the full report click here.
Lesson 5: February 21 @ 10am at Canmore Nordic Centre
February 28: No lesson, Foothills Cookie Race CANCELLED, JR families are staying at the Ramada for the night.
March 1: CSC Lake Louise Loppet We encourage all JR to attend this CSC event!
Lesson 6: March 7 @ 10am at Canmore Nordic Centre (no banquet room)
February 2015 - Programs have started.
January 2015 - Completed.
Sunday May 31, 2015 - Tuesday June 2, 2015
218 18th Ave SE
Calgary Ski Club has a fundraising Casino event at Elbow River Casino on Sunday May 31 and Monday Jun 1.
For more information, and to sign up for a Casino shift, please contact our Casino Chair, Marsha, on (403) 278-7868 or on (587) 437-8217.
There are a variety of jobs available to help run the Casino event - from General Manager, Banker, Cashier, Count room staff, and Chip Runners. Full training for your position will be provided at the start of your shift, so you need not worry if you have never set foot inside a casino before. You will receive free refreshments during your shift(s). Adults only please - no under 18s allowed.
We get the opportunity to hold a Casino event every 18 months-2 years, and the monies we earn are used for our website and newsletters, grooming and tracksetting at Shaganappi, and subsidising the Jackrabbits program amongst other things.
If you have not yet tried one of the Calgary Ski Club bus trips, why not try one out this season with a heavily subsidised trip to Fernie resort on February 28.
For this trip you will get
The trip is open not only to downhill skiers but to XC skiers, snowshoers, and people just wanting to head out to the mountains for pictures.
Hopefully your day trip this season will wet your appetite for a weekend trip next season!
For those already 'in the know' about CSC bus trips, this is just a reminder to sign up and join the party.
*** This trip is for CSC members and their invited guests ***
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