Foothills Nordic Ski Club’s flagship event, the Kananaskis Ski Marathon (a.k.a. the Cookie Race) takes place annually on the final Saturday in February in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. Begun in 1978, the Cookie Race is widely loved and highly regarded by the Nordic community in Alberta – over 600 participants enjoy the Cookie Race each year.
The Kananaskis Ski Marathon is a “loppet”, a cross-country ski race open to the public, emphasizing participation, personal challenge, camaraderie, sportsmanship, and fun. The competition takes place in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, one of Alberta’s finest cross-country ski trail systems, about a ninety-minute drive west of Calgary in Kananaskis Country. All competitors – over 500 of them – are treated to beverages and hot soup, and (most importantly!) plenty of home-made cookies – that’s why our loppet is called “the Cookie Race”!