Ski Touring 101 – Dustin Clark from K2 will take you through the basics of ski touring, a growing category of the sport. Alpine touring or backcountry XC – find out which one is right for you! 9:30am-10:15am
Ski Triage – Kyle Delong, one of our friendly ski techs, will show you the basics of ski base repair – including when to bring it to the experts, and when it’s time to say goodbye to a ski gouged beyond saving. 11:15am-12:00pm
Field Waxing 101 – Are you baffled and bewildered by the rows of different XC ski waxes? Let Logan help you learn about the different wax types and how to use them in the field, so you can enjoy your next adventure instead of slipping and sliding in all the wrong ways. 1:15pm-2:00pm
Winter Running For the Reluctant – our own Aaron Clemens somehow ended up committed to running a half-marathon in January. He’ll share the new things he’s been learning about winter running so you can train for your own events (or just give yourself an excellent excuse to eat more holiday goodies). 9:30am-10:15pm
Ice Bike Baby! – Graham Monk, our guru of all things cargo and winter cycling, will show you the basics of winterizing your bike, and yourself, for fun in the other Calgary season (the one that isn’t “construction”). 2:00pm-2:45pm
Hello Snowshoes! – Our friendly MEC snowshoe expert will step you through the basics of selecting your first set of snowshoes. 10:15am-11:00am
Winter Photography – Tired of your winter adventure pictures turning out blah or blurred? Tracy Elliott will share tips and tricks for balancing light levels, using filters, and protecting yourself and your equipment in cold weather. 10:15am-11:00am
Intro to Avalanche Safety – Yamnuska Mountain Adventures will help you understand what avalanches are and why you need to be aware and prepared in the backcountry. 11:15am-12:00pm and 2:00pm-2:45pm
What’s In My Pack for Ice Climbing – Rob Owens from Petzl will show you how he prepares for ice climbing expeditions and other backcountry winter fun. 11:15am-12:00pm
Winter Camping – It’s “in tents!” (Sorry, couldn’t resist). Why camp in winter? Well, the bears are asleep and the mosquitoes are frozen, so what’s not to love? Find out how to get started on your own winter-wonderland camping adventure! 1:15pm-2:00pm
CARCA – The Canadian Avalanche Rescue Cat Association – An amazing documentary, as seen at the Banff Mountain Film Fest, about the brave felines who risk their nine lives… because you only have one. Showings throughout the day.
Backcountry Lodges of BC Association
Calgary Family Wellness
Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing
Canadian Avalanche Association
Canadian Avalanche Rescue Cat Association
Friends of Kananaskis
Purcell Mountain Lodge
Rocky Mountain Snowkite
Shadow Lake Lodge
Take Me Outside
White Mountain Adventures
Whitewater Ski Ressort
Yamnuska Mountain Adventures
Bring your skis to our SNOWFEST on Sat November 17th to have them waxed on the spot! Ski techs will be available from 9-3 to wax skis by donation, with all funds going to the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing.
Other Activities at Snowfest include:
Kids craft area: Face painting, crafts and much more.
Climbing Wall: Try ice climbing on our indoor wall.
Fire Pit- Warm up by the fire or try your hand at roasting the perfect marshmallow.
Photo booth: Strike a pose!
If you have any questions, or wish to volunteer at Snowfest, please contact our Events Coordinator, Michael Heuchert at firstname.lastname@example.org -or- 403.269.2420.