On behalf of the Kicking Horse Ski Club, we would like express a sincere THANK YOU to…
⇒ Bruce Park – Lakeview Wines
⇒ Dominique Guyot – Raclette Cheese
⇒ Val Morrison – Emerald Lake Lodge
⇒ Sean Cunningham – Truffle Pigs
⇒ Everett Cooper – Truffle Pigs
⇒ Steve Lay – Cathedral Mountain Lodge
⇒ Alistair Barnes – CRMR head chef & Panino’s Bakery
✖ To Emerald Lake Lodge for paying for the ski trails at Emerald Lake
✖ To Bob Truman—SKI HERE.CA for graciously promoting us.
✖ To Bruce & Marilyn –Trail of $kees concept
✖ To ALL who Donated to the Trail of $kees—total of $7,350.00
✖ REVENUE for the FEB. 2 DINNER = $6,112.53
✖ To all our members—74 strong as of February 12/2013
✖ To our track setters, Hans, David, John
✖ To our Coach, Jessica Stichelbout with www.xcskiparks.com
✖ To our web master—Chris Allen with www.allenmedia.ca
✖ To the FRAA for their support
✖ To ALL the VOLUNTEERS who made this happen!!
✖ To the Raffle queens —Maggie & Marla
✖ To ALL the business’ who donated prizes for the Fundraising Raffle
*Stephen Creek Cabin *The Weary Traveller’s Guesthouse *Spiral Tunnel Guesthouse *Truffle Pigs Bistro *The Siding General Store *Jessica Stichelbout x-c Lessons *Banff Tea Company *Willowbank Soaps/Golden *Friends of Yoho *Emerald Sports & Gifts *Andrea’s massages *Maggie’s VR Waxes & hand knit mittens *Marla’s Chocolate package *Katie Mitzel’s Skoki Cookbooks
Raffle tickets available at Emerald Sports & Gifts until the end of March or sell out. THANK YOU EVERYONE!
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
Developments for 2012/2013
As everyone should be aware by now, Parks Canada has decided to CEASE track setting operations in Yoho due to National Budget cuts.
Now, the Club is back on in full force but we since have sold ALL of our equipment, which we had no use for until now. Therefore, membership fees and fundraising will kick up a notch. We will do a few less trails this year to save money for a new sled and also raise awareness that we are in need of memberships and donations.
What will be done?
- The Kicking Horse Ski Club will be track setting from the Field Info Centre to the Natural Bridge and down to the Otterhead River.
- Emerald Lake Lodge will be graciously paying for track setting in the Emerald Lake area, including 6 kilometres down the (Dis)-Connector trail to the Avalanche area cut off.
- The Takakkaw Falls road and part of the Connector (avalanche prone area) will NOT be groomed.
We hope to get more skiers, encouragement, memberships and donations to set us on track again towards some of the best, peaceful and snowy cross-country ski trails around.
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.