The Kananaskis Ski Marathon is a loppet, a cross-country ski race open to the public, emphasizing participation, personal challenge, sportsmanship, and fun. It takes place at the beautiful Peter Lougheed Provincial Park trail system, 90 minutes west of Calgary. Competitors are treated to hot soup and plenty of home-made cookies – it’s not called the Cookie Race for nothing!
Please bring your own soup bowl and spoon to help us minimize waste!
Participants aged 18 and up must consent to a waiver during the registration process on Zone4. Participants under the age of 18 must download the waiver, complete it, and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or else print it out and bring it to the race.
The 42km race starts at Pocaterra Hut at 10am sharp, and follows a figure-8 course with over 500m of elevation gain, to finish at the Pocaterra Hut. It passes four feed stations, at 9km, 13km, 23km, and 32km. Click the map below to see a larger version.
The 24km race and tour start a few minutes after 10am at Pocaterra Hut and follow a loop with about 200m of elevation gain, to finish at Pocaterra Hut. The 24km course passes two feed stations: at 9km and 13km. Click the map below to see a larger version.
The 15km race and tour start a few minutes after 10am at Pocaterra Hut, following a fairly flat course and passing a feed station at 9km, to end at Pocaterra Hut. Click the map below to see a larger version.
The 5km race starts and finishes at Pocaterra Hut, starting at 10:30am. Participants require snowplowing skills as the course features some steep sections. Click the map below to see a larger version.
The 3km race starts and finishes at Pocaterra Hut, starting at 10:35am. Click the map below to see a larger version.
The 2km, 1km, and 0.5km races start and finish across the highway from Pocaterra Hut, on a flat loop built especially for the Cookie Race by the PPLP trail crew. We provide traffic control and lots of signage for safe crossing of the highway!
The cut-off time for skiers leaving Boulton feeding station (13km mark) on the outbound leg of both the 24km and 42km races will be 12:00. The cut-off time for skiers leaving Boulton feeding station on the finish leg of the 42km race (32km mark) will be 13:30. Skiers arriving after a cut-off time will be asked to turn in their bib and transponder. A shuttle vehicle will transport to Pocaterra Hut skiers that choose to discontinue skiing.
Volunteers are heros! It takes over 120 volunteers to make the Cookie Race happen, not including the army of cookie bakers. We need people to help Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Many people volunteer for more than one job, and many racers volunteer to help before or after the race! The signup sheet shows remaining unfilled jobs, and exact time requirements:
If you are a volunteer, please check in on race morning at the tent adjacent to Pocaterra Hut – you’ll see a sign. We'll have any equipment you need, and will direct you if necessary. Anyone bringing cookies may drop them in the main soup tent.
The Delta Lodge at Kananaskis is the closest accommodation (approx. 35-minute drive). Kidd Manor Rooms are $129 per night and the Main Lodge rooms are $169 per night.
We take seriously the safety of competitors, volunteers, and spectators. We encourage all to dress warmly, to bring adequate food and drink, and to be aware of the effects of cold and fatigue on themselves and others.
Blankets and warm beverages will be available at Boulton feeding station and at Pocaterra. At Elk Pass feeding station, the Park rangers usually station a rescue snowmobile and toboggan. The Ski Patrol and senior race officials have the authority to pull off the course a competitor who appears unable to finish. Cut-off times at Boulton feeding station to eliminate very slow racers who might have difficulty finishing. Course controllers keep track of racers and ensure that all finish safely.
We operate the race under the supervision of the Peter Lougheed Provincial Park conservation officer, who has responsibility for any rescues or evacuations. The Ski Patrol assists with first aid on the course. The Calgary Amateur Radio Association provides VHF radio communication between Elk Pass, Boulton, and Pocaterra Hut.
All ski trails remain open to the public throughout the race.