This winter season marks 25 years of X-C groomed tracks in Yoho! It is also the anniversary of Emerald Sports & Gifts.
The Field Kicking Horse Ski Club has been getting ready for the upcoming 2013-2014 season.
❄ Our crated brand new skidoo arrived at Motor Tech Enterprises in Golden mid September.
❄ Kathryn Cameron picked up the new track setter from Advance Tracksetting in Sherwood Park, AB October 21.
❄ John Morrison purchased a used track setter from Lake O’hara Lodge and gathered old equipment to bring to Emerald Lake.
❄ David Allen picks up the new sled from Golden and brings it to Field.
❄ Sean Coubrough of Parks Canada helps us find winter storage for new equipment.
❄ Todd Keith of Parks Canada skied through bureaucracy to get the green light to do new trail construction.
❄ 5 days later the Club has a new trail thanks to Mountain Iron Construction / Ryan Gallagher of Golden BC.
❄ Michael Furfaro helps with the chainsaw clean up work.
❄ The new trail “the Re- Connector” avoids the avalanche area on the Tally-Ho cliffs, drops down towards the Natural Bridge and then bear’s back up again. It is still an intermediate to advance trail rating as most of the Connector. Just waiting for snow at this point(so we are heading for Hawaii)
❄ First trails to get track set this early winter will be along Emerald Lake and the Alluvial Fan with possibly the first 2 km of the upper connector down the Emerald River.
❄ The remainder of the Connector, including the new Re-connector, is usually not track set until after the Christmas holidays due to less snowfall in that area and the roughness of the terrain.
❄ Other trails to open early are the Kicking Horse Fire Road from the Information Bureau to the Otterhead River and the Takkakkaw Falls Road.
❄ Sign up for free updates on the web site to keep in the loop (bottom of the HOME page). Send in your memberships and get ready to ski this winter.
We appreciate the support of Skier Bob for promoting Yoho trails. Check out his site: www.skihere.ca
Ski ya later hey… Marilyn, Bruce, and Denise
A Little History
We started the Club back in December 1988 with the initiative of Mike Furfaro, Gerry Cook, Denise & Marilyn Toulouse. Emerald Lake was the first area in Yoho to be track set & Emerald Lake Lodge and Parks Canada were our original sponsors, to be joined by The Friends Of Yoho and The Columbia Basin Trust.
We opened our little store “Emerald Sports”, with cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals at the same time.
Over the years the Club raised funds through memberships, annual dinners, silent auctions, donations from businesses, individuals and 5 donation boxes on our cross-country trails. These funds would mostly pay someone to groom trails and buy necessary equipment.
We are proud to say we have raised the level of cross-country skiing in Yoho. We took care of 30 kilometres of trails and with Parks Canada, we helped build the Connector ski trail in the early 90’s linking the town of Field to Emerald Lake. In the spring of 2010 we decided to let Parks Canada take over the track setting as they do in all the other mountain parks but since then, due to the National Budget, they have quit track setting in Yoho altogether.
Please drop us an email — we would love to hear from you.
Denise/Mike & Marilyn/Bruce
Field, BC is 20 minutes West of Lake Louise, Alberta and 45 minutes East of Golden, BC in YOHO National Park. The quaint little town of Field offers many opportunities for Accommodation – Check out www.field.ca
The Yoho National Park trail map is provided by Parks Canada and can be found here.