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Snowshoeing: An alternative to sliding on snow!

If you can walk you can snowshoe! Snowshoeing is a great way to enjoy winter and explore the great outdoors that surround us. 

Join CSC's popular snowshoeing events.  Regular snowshoe trips are scheduled throughout the winter season.

  • Stay active in the outdoors all year round.
  • Join fellow Club members on trips for all ability levels.
  • Meet new friends through this active snowshoeing group.
  • Snowshoe with experienced volunteers who know the area.
  • Socialise with fellow snowshoers before, during or after the event.

The snowshoeing season runs from mid-December to the end of April with one "never-ever" snowshoeing event scheduled per month. The "never-ever" events are always rated easy and members of all ages and abilities are encouraged to give snowshoeing a try

 See our Event Calendar for current schedule, registration and transportation information.

 

Popular Destinations 

  • There's a seemingly infinite variety of fantastic snowshoeing destinations within a two hour drive from Calgary. The Club coordinates snowshoeing day trips to destinations we know in our mountain and foothills playgroud.
  • Snowshoeing is a vital component of CSC's annual WinterStart weekend - the first weekend in December at Lake Louise.
  • The CSC runs a great Extended Trips program for all members. We encouraged snowshoers to participate and take advantage of these amazing opportunities to explore more remote trail locations in Alberta,  British Columbia and the Western United States. 

Equipment 

Snowshoe gear can be purchased at various sports and outdoor equipment retailers in Calgary and also online. Before buying, it's recommended that you rent gear from  places like Sports Rent, University of Calgary Outdoor Recreation Centre, MEC and Nomad Mobile Gear rental try out gear and determine personal preferences.  See our Resources section for a snowshoeing checklist

Snowshoeing Ratings and Difficulty 

Trails are rated by both difficulty and length.

  • Easy:   Trips up to 6 km in length with 0 - 300 meters of elevation gain
  • Intermediate:  Trips 6-10 km in length with 300 - 600 meters of elevation gain
  • Challenging: Trips 10 km and over with over 600 meters of elevation gain

Please note: Intermediate and Challenging trips will not be offered by CSC. We recommend that you consult with a relevant guide book and if in doubt, talk to the snowshoe trip Coordinator. 

Important Safety Information 

Coordinators for CSC are approved as leaders by Club peers.  They know the routes offered and are familiar with Club procedures for trip organising and leading. Coordinators may cancel or redirect any outing if conditions appear unsuitable. Coordinators may refuse to allow someone to participate if they feel that person does not have the proper equipment or skills, and to ask a person to go back if it is unsafe for them to continue. If a person ignores the coordinator's advice, that person is no longer considered a participant in that event. 

Rescue Costs 

Parks now often charge to evacuate people from the backcountry in an emergency. CSC policy is that any such expense is the snowshoer-participant's responsibility and not the Club's. The Club merely organizes events. Each participant, as a Common Adventurer, is responsible for ensuring his/her own safety and for covering any expenses incurred. For more information Please contact our Hiking Director at: hiking@calgaryskiclub.org

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