Date of event:  March 2-4, 2018


Host Club:  XC Bragg Creek


Co-Event Chiefs:  Roy Strum & Erik Anderson, XC Bragg Creek


Assistant Chief:  Ann Sullivan, XC Bragg Creek


Trails:  West Bragg Creek Ski Trails, Kananaskis Country





Alberta Youth Championships (AYC) is a provincial-level event aimed at a four-year age grouping referred to in Alberta as Mini-midgets and Midgets (2004-2007 birth years).  This event is the club championship event for this age group in Alberta.  The 2018 AYC will incorporate several features:


–          Accommodation and food services included in registration cost


–          Events include:  individual start classic, wave start skate, fun team relays (bring your costumes); single-year age categories; coach relays


–          Awards to 10th place in each competition category


Event structure


This comprehensive event proposal includes race events, awards, accommodation, waxing facilities, special events, and food services.




Friday, March 2, 2018


  • 6:30 pm – move in to Easter Seals Camp Horizon (Hwy 66), Bragg Creek, AB – Note change of location this year.


  • 8:00 pm – Team welcome and introductions; snack and athlete social time


  • 8:30 pm – Team captains/coaches meeting; race bibs, start lists, course maps



Saturday, March 3, 2018


  • 6:30-7:30 am – breakfast at Easter Seals Camp Horizon


  • 8:15am -departure for West Bragg Creek Ski Trails – athletes, chaperones and coaches provide their own transportation. Carpooling is necessary due to limited parking spaces allotted for this event in West Bragg Creek Trails parking lot.


  • 8:45-9:00 am – arrival at West Bragg Creek Ski Trails


  • 10:00 am – Individual start classic race, AYC categories


  • 1:30 pm – fun team relays (with costumes)


  • 2:45 pm – end of competition; return to Easter Seals Camp Horizon


  • 4:30 pm – coaches meeting


  • 5:45pm – AYC banquet at Camp Horizon; meal, awards


  • 8:00 pm – movie night, outdoor fire with music; coaches social


  • 9:30pm – end of program


Sunday, March 4, 2018


  • 6:30-7:30 am – breakfast at Easter Seals Camp Horizon


  • 8:00 am – move out of camp


  • 8:30 am – departure for West Bragg Creek Ski Trails


  • 8:45-9:00 am – arrival at West Bragg Creek Ski Trails


  • 9:30 am – seeded wave skate (groups of 6 athletes; 30-second intervals – based on Saturday’s results)


  • 12:00 pm –individual awards


  • 1:00 pm departure from West Bragg Creek for home


Event details


Event Categories – Alberta Youth Championships


Date Competition Category Year of Birth Distance Technique
Sat., March 3, 2018 – 10:00 am Midget 2004-2005 3km Classic- interval
Sat., March 3, 2018 Mini-midget 2006-2007 2km Classic- interval
Sat., March 3 2018– 1:30 pm 4 x 1 km relay – official teams at least two boys and two girls; at least two mini-midgets 1km legs 1 and 2 – classic
legs 3 and 4 – skate
Sat., March 3, 2018 4 x 1 km relay – unofficial teams Any combination 1km legs 1 and 2 classic
legs 3 and 4 skate
Sat., March 3, 2018 Coach club relay – 3 coaches/chaperones Club coaches and parents 1 leg 1 classic
legs 2 and 3 skate
Sun., March 4, 2018– 930am Midget 2004-2005 5km Skate (free) wave start
Sun., March 4, 2018– 1110am Mini-midgets 2006-2007 2.5km Skate (free) wave start





Medals to 10th place in each competition category


Club aggregate banner – awarded to the team with the most points based on the following table.  Points will be calculated only for individual and official relay events.  Only the top 10 skiers from each club will accrue points toward the aggregate banner.


–          Awarded according to the following criteria


Finish position Points Finish position Points Finish position Points Finish position Points
1st 100 2nd 80 3rd 70 4th 60
5th 50 6th 40 7th 30 8th 25
9th 20 10th 15 11th 14 12th 13
13th 12 14th 11 15th 10 16th 9
17th 8 18th 7 19th 6 20th 5
21st and greater 1



Trail grooming –  Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association


Event site details – West Bragg Creek Ski Trails are located entirely within Kananaskis Country, 8 km west of the Hamlet of Bragg Creek, AB.  Base elevation of trails is 1450m; high point on Stairway to Heaven race course is 1480 m.  Average snowfall – 50-100 cm.  Average ski season – beginning December to mid-March.  The trails are the closest Kananaskis Country trails to Calgary and are heavily used by locals and recreational skiers from the greater Calgary area.  It is the only greater Calgary area ski area that permits dogs on the ski trails.  The trails were designed in the early 1980s by Don Gardner primarily as race trails and are the same vintage as Peter Lougheed and Ribbon Creek trail systems.  Course maps will be posted here:




Registration in the AYC includes accommodation at Easter Seals Camp Horizon, located southwest of Bragg Creek on Highway 66.  The event committee is aiming to create a social experience in addition to a ski experience.  We would like all athletes regardless of their place of residence to stay at the camp. The facility includes bunk beds in dorm rooms. Everyone staying at Easter Seals Camp Horizon will need to bring their own sleeping bag, pillow, towel and toiletries. Building on the successful model from Alberta Winter Games, chaperones, athletes and coaches will all be accommodated at Easter Seals Camp Horizon.  The camp has 180 beds on site and has been reserved for AYC for March 2-4, 2018.


Parents and younger or older siblings will be required to find their own accommodation. (Cochrane is located 42 km north of Easter Seals Camp Horizon)


Waxing space


There will be an indoor waxing room with electricity and heat at Camp Horizon. No electricity or waxing building is available at West Bragg Creek Ski Trails.  Clubs are encouraged to bring their own tent or shelter if desired to use at West Bragg Creek Ski Trails.


Food Services


Food services will be included in the AYC registration cost. Food services are being provided by Easter Seals Camp Horizon. The following meals will be included in the event registration:

A snack of fruit will be provided on Friday evening.


Breakfast – Saturday on-site at Camp Horizon


Lunch – Saturday – lunches to be made on site at West Bragg Creek Ski Trails with food provided by Easter Seals Camp Horizon


Supper – Saturday at Camp Horizon


Breakfast – Sunday on-site at Camp Horizon. (Please note that there is no lunch provided on Sunday this year).


Any other food (trail snacks, Gatorade, etc.) required by teams will need to be supplied by individual teams. There is an add-on pickup bagged lunch in Bragg Creek available on Sunday at an extra cost if you pre-order on the registration. zone 4


Average early March air temperature in Bragg Creek – average daytime high of +2; average overnight low of -8.


Registration and Event Fees


Registration – zone 4


–          $195 – all categories


–          $145 – sibling price (if more than 1 child from the same immediate family is being registered for this weekend event)


AYC – $95 – coaches, parents, chaperones

Registration closing date of Monday Feb 26, midnight MST


Contact Information:

Erik Anderson, Co Chief of Event, 403-830-4835,

Roy Strum, Co Chief of Event, 403-862-1042,



Event Sponsors (in random order):

Cross Country Alberta


The Norseman


Mountain Equipment Co-op

Whiskey Creek Pottery

Roast Coffee & Tea Co.

Safari Fit

Stone Willow

Two Pine Living

Crab Apple Cottage Bragg Creek

Kicking Horse Coffee

Bragg Creek Family Foods

Bragg Creek Performing Arts

Apogee Sports

Cycle 22X