Kananaskis day passes now available

Grooming Elk Pass on Nov 16, 2020. Photo by Steve Riggs.

To date, only Season Passes have been available, but now that grooming in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park has commenced, Kananaskis Day Parking Passes are now “live” at KananaskisGrooming.ca.

The following information comes from Nordiq Alberta:

Passes will also be available at local retailers by the end of this week (delayed a bit by printer error).   List of retailers is also at kananaskisgrooming.ca along with contact info and store hours.   And just to assist folks, we also have a link at that web site to the specific parking lots that fulfill the web site descriptor “serve as trailheads to the more than 190km of groomed ski trails in Kananaskis”.

Please be prepared to use the Upper Lake parking lot when Elk Pass parking is full – which it will be frequently in the next few weeks.   The link from Upper Lake to Elk Pass is 900m, and has been groomed, albeit somewhat “twiggy”.    (Parking outside Elk Pass lot on Kananaskis Lakes Trail is dangerous, and a sure invite to ticketing or towing).

This comment from MaSid regarding Back Door parking is worth reading:

“The west side has a guard rail that doesn’t provide enough shoulder without encroaching into drive lane. East side has no guard rail but the shoulder drops off. Saw one car having trouble getting back onto road after parking on east side due to snow and ditch grade. No real safe spot to park other than in the tiny lot, and definately worse when cars on both sides. There is a wider pull out on the west side a bit further north. Maybe it’s not an issue now that things are getting groomed, or perhaps why things got groomed so quickly. As helen noted, best way to deal with parking issues this year is go early and if you can’t do that go to a large parking lot with the expectation that there might be a longer access route involved. It’s OK to ski more, or adjust ones objective. Have alternate plans and be adaptable.”

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