Monday, 21 December 2015

2016 Alberta Youth Cross Country Ski Championships - initial information

Greetings folks,

We are pleased to announce that XC Bragg Creek Ski Club will once again be hosting the Alberta Youth Cross Country Ski Championships.  This year's youth champs will take place the weekend of March 4-6, 2016 on the recently improved ski trails at West Bragg Creek in Kananaskis Country.

Registration will be live on by Wed Dec 23, 2015.  As in previous years, an early registration fee is in effect to encourage people to register early so that we can confirm the number of camp buildings we need at Kamp Kiwanis.  This year's early registration fee is $140 and includes accommodation and five meals and event and trail fees.  The early registration is in effect until Jan 15, 2016, afterwhich the registration rises to $190.  Please register early, as Camp Kiwanis would like us to be able to tell them with some degree of certainty how many buildings we need for our event.

Since 2012,  the AYC has grown into the largest children's provincial level event for cross country skiing in Alberta.  We regularly have had over 150 children in the four year age group of minimidget and midget participating (compared to about 80 athletes in this age group at Alberta Winter Games).  AYC has become an important event for our club in Bragg Creek to host and we are pleased to be able to pull this event together.

race notice and event updates will be posted on our event blog   You can also follow updates on our club twitter feed @xcbraggcreek and also on our website -

This year the event chiefs will be Roy Strum and Erik Anderson.  Roy has been the chief of event at many of the AYC since 2009.  Erik was the chief of course the last couple of years at AYC and will be sharing the chief duties with Roy this year.

AYC 2016 will be the fifth edition of the event in Bragg Creekand is for children born in the calendar years 2002-2005.  Our trails are 1400m above sea level, the same elevation as the Canmore Nordic Centre.  The local trails association and Kananaskis Country do an excellent job of grooming.  You may recall last year, when there was no snow anywhere in southern Alberta we were able to successfully host the AYC at West Bragg.  

XC Bragg Creek is a small town ski club serving the communities of Bragg Creek, Redwood Meadows, Cochrane, and Priddis.  We are a growing club led by our head coach, CCA Coach of the Year 2014, Flora Giesbrecht.

Please share this information with anyone and everyone who you think might be interested in reading it.


Roy Strum 
CoChief, AYC 2016
Bragg Creek

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