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Snowshoe @ Cross Conservation Area

The Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area (ASCCA) consists of 4,800 acres of rolling foothills land.  It was donated by Ann and Sandy Cross for the protection of wildlife habitat and conservation education. Located just southwest of the City of Calgary off Highway 22X with onsite parking, we will meet on site at the ASCCA parking lot between 8:30 and 8:45 am.  NOTE: It's important to get there ontime as there is limited parking and we want to ensure everyone can find a spot to park.  As well, you are required to pay for this parking and display your parking reciept. You can buy your pass on the website, in advance  at  Please buy your parking pass at the same time as you sign up to attend this trip on our Calgary Ski Club website.
I have chosen this beautiful snowshoe location for Dec 30th as I belevee it will be less busy that Bragg Creek, Kananskis or other local spots during the Christmas break and aside fom parking there is a HUGE amount of space for all users to spread out and explore.  We'll traverse across undulating Alberta foothills with scenic viewpoints and common wildlife sightings.  Ideally we will complete the largest trail loop - the Paradise Trail which is 8.6 km in total distance with five hills and rated as strenuous.  However, depending on weather, snow conditions and group desires, we can always revise this to a shorter, moderate effort loop such as the Fescue + Alpine Trails at 4.6 to 7 km in total distance.  Possibly, if we'll split into two groups at the juncture between these trails if everyone is comfortable with doing so.  At the end of the day, it is most important to me that no one is left behind so please consider this to be a medium difficulty outing with plenty of breaks for photos and regrouping.
PLEASE NOTE: NO DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THIS CONSERVATIoN AREA.  Likewise no cross country sking.  Hence, this is strictly a snow shoe outing and you are asked to also bring your ice grips with you in case snow cover is light and you prefer to hike with them instead of snow shoeing.
For anyone interested in more stunning mountain and valley views following our outing, you can always make the short drive to the nearby Leighton Centre and gawk at their incredible view!  Maybe buy a little something in their gift shop or gallery as well to support our local artists.  
Looking forward to a peaceful but invigorating outing with you!

DIRECTIONS: From Macleod Tr or Deerfoot Tr, take Hwy 22X (Marquis of Lorne Trail from Deerfoot) 

Head West on Hwy 22X, just past Calgary city limits

You will see the blue "Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area" sign on the highway, take the next left (turning south) at 160 St. SW

Located at the end of this street  (you can also find the map version of directions on their website)

Wednesday, December 30, 2020, 8:45 AM until 3:00 PM
Meet in the ASCCA parking lot between 8:45 and 9 am. 194001 160 St W, Foothills County, AB T1S 4K9
194001 - 160 St West
foothills, AB  

Additional Info:
Cindy Skrukwa
Registration is required before Monday, December 28, 2020 at 2:00 PM
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Events are subject to cancellation or change on short notice due to changes in government restrictions.
Carpooling - With regards to car-pooling, in-keeping with the relaxation of rules by the Alberta Government, we are following suit. While trip coordinators will not arrange or encourage car-pooling, you may car pool, if you are comfortable with some of the other trip participants and all agree to it. Everyone has a different comfort level and situation. We do not want anyone to feel any pressure to do anything they are not comfortable with. We ask that you be very respectful of this. Also, a reminder the Club suggests a compensation of $0.06 per kilometer both ways for the driver(s) of the carpools.
No food / snack sharing.
Bring your own wipes and hand sanitizer and a mask.
Social distancing and any other rules set out by authorities must be followed. Please respect others.
Washrooms may not be available - please be prepared to pack out what you bring in, such as toilet paper, etc.
Please make yourself aware of the risks in participating in this sort of event and decide accordingly.
Don`t forget the usual items; proper clothing, water, food, equipment and first aid kit.
Trip participants are asked to provide their cell contact information and emergency contact information to the trip coordinator, prior to, due to the 'meet at trail head' requirement.
Please do not sign up if you are experiencing any flu like, cold, or Covid19 symptoms.
Maximum size of group – that will be up to you. If parking at the trailhead is able to accommodate additional vehicles, great.
Cancellation Policy:
People who register but don't attend an event prevent members on a waiting list from participating.
If unable to attend, please be courteous and remove your name from the attendee list as soon as possible. If you cancel after the registration cut-off date, please notify the trip leader by email as you will not be able to remove yourself from the registrant list on the website.

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