Saturday February 24, 2018

Peter Lougheed Provincial Park

Foothills Nordic Ski Club’s flagship event, the Kananaskis Ski Marathon (a.k.a. the Cookie Race) takes place the final Saturday in February in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.

The Cookie Race, begun in 1978, is widely loved and highly regarded by the nordic community in Alberta with 500 participants enjoying the Cookie Race each year.

Race Information

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!


Saturday February 24, 2018 at 10:00am
Start & finish at Pocaterra Hut, Peter Lougheed Prov. Park
Getting There
From Hwy #1, drive 56km south on Hwy #40. Click for Google map.
Classic technique
42km, 24km, 15km, 5km, 3km, 2km, 1km, 0.5km. Details in Race Notice.
5 years and up. Details in Race Notice.
Registration Fee
Until Feb 1, $20 for 5km and under, $40 for 15km, $75 for 24km, and $90 for 42km. Details in Race Notice.

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 [email protected] or else print it out and bring it to the race.

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Course Descriptions & Start Times

42km 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.

map of 24km race

24km Race and Tour

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.

map of 24km race

15km Race and Tour

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.

map of 15km race

5km Race

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.

map of 5km race

3km Race

The 3km race starts and finishes at Pocaterra Hut, starting at 10:35am. Click the map below to see a larger version.

map of 3km race

2km, 1km, and 0.5km Races

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!

Race organizers may adjust routes and/or start times in response to poor weather or trail conditions.

Cut-Off Times

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.

Volunteer Information

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:

Volunteer Job Categories

Controller Team
Controllers take position at key points on the course to track skiers’ progress and ensure no one goes missing. This is job requires skis, warm boots, warm clothes, a hardy soul, and a thermos of hot chocolate.
Additional Information for Course Controller positions
Race Office Team
Check in volunteers, hand out bibs and transponders before the race, or help load the race office materials back into the trucks after the race.
Course Team
Pre-ski the course on Friday placing flags and signs, or sweep the course behind the racers Saturday afternoon, picking up flags and signs as you go. You must be fit enough to ski the course quickly while carrying equipment in a backpack!
Stadium Team
Help set up tents and fencing on Friday, put the final touches on the stadium Saturday morning, then tear it all down and load it up Saturday afternoon. Stadium marshals guide racers and spectators into their respective areas from the parking lot. Many of these positions are perfect for racers because they happen before or after the race!
Timing Team
Write down finish times as backup for the electronic timing system, collect transponders at the finish line, and hand out candy bags to finishers – they will love you for it!
Refreshments Team
Volunteer either in the soup and cookie tents, where happy and grateful skiers and volunteers congregate, or at one of the three feed stations out on the course. The soup tents are warm and cozy, and the feed stations are definitely a focal point of fun on the race course.
Jackrabbit Team
Help run the 5km, 3km, 2km, 1km, and 0.5km races for the kids. These are some of the most fun jobs!
Additional Information for Jackrabbit team positions
Transportation Team
Help load gear from the storage locker in Calgary onto the trucks (Thursday), pull a trailer to Pocaterra Hut, help unload and set up (Friday), reload at the end of the race and then unload again in Calgary (Saturday evening). Perfect for racers because it doesn’t interfere with the race!

Volunteer Check-In

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.

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Safety & First Aid

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.

Additional Notes


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