2016 Ken Jones Classic

Ski Mountaineering Race



Race Details



Lake Louise Ski Resort, Ski Mountaineering Competition Canada (SMCC), our title sponsor Buff Canada, and the rest of our SMCC sponsors are thrilled to present the 2016 Ken Jones Classic Ski Mountaineering Race.



The Venue – Lake Louise Ski Resort

All the Beta, directions, information, mountain stats and trail maps about Lake Louise is at www.skilouise.com.


The Race

The Ken Jones Classic ski mountaineering race will have three main race categories and will be raced over two courses. The Elite/Race category (both men and women) will race on the Competitive Course (approx. 5,000 feet of vertical gain and loss). The Recreation, and Youth categories will race on the Enduro Course (approx. 2,000 feet of vertical gain and loss).

We reserve the right to change the race courses at any time due to unexpected reasons, weather, incidents, or conditions.

Race Maps. Click to enlarge


Elite/Race Course


Skimo sports action

This is the longest and most demanding course with around 1,500 m of vertical climbing and slightly more than the same amount of skiing elevation loss. It is designed for ski mountaineers that are proficient with their equipment.

The course for 2016 may be slightly different than the one marked on the maps because of seasonal snowpack variations. i.e. It may be more ‘technical’ than in past years. Regardless, you need to be a fit and skilled ski mountaineer for this course. The transitions will require putting on your climbing skins and taking them off. In case of a boot-pack section you will need to strap your skis on your ski pack.

NOTE: Expect 2 to 4 hours to complete this course!

Enduro and Youth Course

This course is designed for those that have a more relaxed attitude toward ski mountaineering and backcountry ski competition.

With around 800m of vertical climbing on two uphills and two downhills it should provide you with a great challenge as well as opportunity to have fun. Try it out!

NOTE: Expect up to 2.5 hours for a real novice to complete the Enduro or Youth course!

All participants – please download and read the Race Rules (pdf)

Categories & Prizes


Skimo sports action

There will be cash prizes for the fastest four Males and Females over the Elite/Race course:

  1. $200 in cash
  2. $150
  3. $100
  4. $50
  5. …other goodies


There will be gear prizes for the top three competitors in Recreation and Youth categories.

Total value of all prizes will be more than $2000.

Keep your bib numbers as there will be draw prizes at the awards ceremony party that will take place few hours after the race.



We are happy to offer athletes the following discounts:

  • For those skiers unlucky enough not to actually live in Lake Louise, who have to travel the day before, event specific discount accommodation “Group” rates are available at The Great Divide Lodge
  • Or at the Lake Louise Inn  reservations department (1-800-661-9237) (must quote code “SAP” and “Ken Jones Classic” to receive the rate).
  • Try also the ACC’s partner Canadian Alpine Centre

Race Sponsors


Race Schedule

Saturday, March 19, 2016

  • 6.00-7.30 am: Registration and Pre-race Meeting at Lake Louise Resort Ski Area Base Complex, Sitzmark Lounge, upstairs:
    • 6:00-7:00 am: Competitors register and collect lift tickets, sign waivers.
    • 7:00-7:30 am: Pre-race Meeting (see note below): Race courses presentation, volunteer briefing, changes, technical questions, upload lift to Whitehorn start (Glacier Lift) for all categories and volunteers.
  • 8:30 am: Race begins for all categories and race courses from Whitehorn start area. 
  • 1:30 pm: All racers expected across finish line at Lake Louise front side base area.
  • 2:30 pm: Podium awards ceremony and prize-giving North Face Bistro, Lake Louise Ski Area Base.


About the Pre-race Meeting

The pre-race meeting is highly recommended for every participant. We hope to have a fair, smooth-running event with as few irregularities as possible. Knowing where you are going and what you are doing during the actual race is critical to your enjoyment of the race. This will be the last chance to register and pay for your entry, sign the appropriate waivers, and receive your lift ticket for the day, since we will be starting ahead of public skiing that morning.

The meeting will be held in or near the Sitzmark Lounge (look for signs) on Saturday, March 19 starting at 7.00 am. This will be your last chance to register, pay, and to sign all the necessary waivers. Equipment check for skiers should be expected at the finish line. You don’t have to bring your gear to the morning meeting.

Race Equipment & Clothing

Skimo sports action

Each racer must be equipped with the following

  • Alpine Touring (AT), Telemark, or Splitboard rig
  • Skins
  • Transceiver
  • Shovel
  • Probe
  • Day pack, food, hydration
  • Helmet
  • Inner & outer wear layers

For a complete list of required equipment, see the Race Rules (pdf)

Registration and Fees


Registration is online at Zone4.ca

You can also register on the morning of the race at the Pre-race Meeting.


Entry Fees

Elite Race and Recreational Enduro

  • with Lake Louise seasons pass $55
  • without Lake Louise seasons pass $80


  • with Lake Louise seasons pass $35
  • without Lake Louise seasons pass $60


Registration price includes lift ticket, tech meeting before race, awards and after-race party.

Race Results

2015 Ken Jones Classic – start line. Photo by David Dornian

2016 Ken Jones Classic Results

2016 race results will be posted here at the conclusion of the event.


2015 Ken Jones Classic Results


The Alpine Club of Canada - Ski Mountaineering Competition Canada

The Alpine Club of Canada and Ski Mountaineering Competition Canada (SMCC) make up our National Federation governing skimo in Canada.

SMCC_logo_FInalThe ACC/SMCC coordinate the race calendar, record results, and keep athletes’ rankings, select national teams for international events, train and certify race officials, etc.

Bring your ACC membership card or number when you come to race. We provide liability coverage for the events on the SMCC calendar (hence the waivers and $5 dollar surcharge for non-member racers). You can join our bold group as a volunteer, as an athlete, as an organizer, a sponsor, or as a fan.