Ken Jones Classic Skimo Race, 2017
The 2017 Ken Jones Classic skimo race will serve as the Canadian National Championships.
2017 Ken Jones Classic
Ski Mountaineering Race
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 2017 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 Ken Jones Classic ski mountaineering race will have two main race categories – Males and Females – and will be raced over two courses – ELITE/RACE (approx. 5,000ft/1,500m of vertical gain and loss, and CITIZENS, MASTERS, and YOUTH (approx. 2,400ft/800m). We reserve the right to change the race courses at any time in response to weather, safety concerns, or unexpected snow conditions.
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
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 2017 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 versions, have more boot packs, or take different loops. 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!
“CITIZENS”, “MASTERS” 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 this course!
All participants – please download and read the Race Rules (pdf)
Winner and Draw Prizes
There will be gear prizes for the top three competitors in CITIZENS, MASTERS, and YOUTH categories.
There will be cash prizes for the fastest four Males and Females over the Elite “RACE” course:
- $200 in cash
- …other goodies
Total value of all prizes will be more than $2,000.
Keep your bib numbers as there will be draw prizes at the awards ceremony party that will take place few hours after the race. There will be cash prizes for the fastest four Males and Females over the Elite/Race course.
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, contact 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.
Saturday, March 25
10:00 – 11:30 am
- Bib pick-up and Pre-race Course Description for SPRINT. Meeting at Lake Louise Resort Ski Area Temple Lodge, upstairs.
- 10-11:30am – competitors register and sign waivers
- 11:00am – SPRINT course open for practice, volunteer briefing, course changes, technical questions, on-site behind Temple Lodge, to lookers’ left of ‘Larch’ run.
- SPRINT RACE HEATS for all categories on course set to lookers’ left on ‘Larch’ run, behind Temple Lodge.
- Podium awards ceremony and prize-giving North Face Bistro, Lake Louise Ski Area Base.
Sunday, March 26
6:00 – 7:30 am
- Registration and Pre-race Course Description Meeting at Lake Louise Resort Ski Area Base Complex, Sitzmark Lounge, upstairs. See note below on Individual race meeting.
- 6:00-7:00am – competitors register and collect lift tickets, sign waivers
- 7:00-7:30am – race courses presentation, volunteer briefing, changes, technical questions, upload lift to Whitehorn start (Glacier Lift) for all categories and volunteers.
- Race begins for all categories and race courses from Whitehorn start area.
- All racers expected across finish line at Lake Louise front side base area. There will be ‘cutoff times’ suggested at pre-determined checkpoints on the course.
- Podium awards ceremony and prize-giving North Face Bistro, Lake Louise Ski Area Base.
Note about the pre-race meetings
Sprint race (Saturday)
The pre-race meeting is recommended for every participant in the SPRINT format races. Once the race is running, the heats follow each other rapidly. We hope to have a fair, smooth-running event with as few irregularities as possible. Knowing where you are going and when you race will improve your performance and enhance your enjoyment of this fun event. The meeting will be the last chance to register and pay for your entry, and sign the appropriate waivers. It is HIGHLY recommended that you register in advance, online.
The meeting will be held in or near the Temple Lodge (look for signs) on Saturday, March 25 starting at 10.00 am. We will be practicing on course, then begin racing at 1.00 pm. Equipment check for skiers should be expected at the Finish Line – you don’t have to bring your gear to the morning meeting.
Individual race (Sunday)
The pre-race meeting is highly recommended for every participant in the INDIVIDUAL format races. 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 and safety. The meeting 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 the public that morning. It is HIGHLY recommended that you register in advance, online.
The meeting will be held in or near the Sitzmark Lounge (look for signs) on Sunday, March 26 starting at 7.00 am. We will be uploading for the start beginning 7:30 am. 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
Each racer must be equipped with the following
- Alpine Touring (AT), Telemark, or Splitboard rig
- Day pack, food, hydration
- Inner & outer wear layers
For a complete list of required equipment, see the Race Rules (pdf)
Registration and Fees
Register for the Ken Jones Classic via Zone4
- Both SPRINT and INDIVIDUAL Races, no Lake Louise pass = $110
- Both SPRINT and INDIVIDUAL Races, with Lake Louise pass = $55
- Single DAY only, no pass = $90
- Single DAY only, w/ pass = $40
Discounted entry fees for all ACC members and Junior/Youth category competitors.
2017 Ken Jones Classic Results (PDFs)
From the Race Organizers:
Overall, the 6th annual KJC was a great race in a classic location: splitter sky, new snow, finding some novelty terrain and a technical booter on the backside of Paradise.
The Men’s Elite winner was Eric Carter, of Vancouver, chased closely by Squamish’s Nick Elson, along the uptracks that Race Director Ryan Johnstone had set the day before. Third place male was the ex-pat Rob Krar, of Flagstaff, who should earn some kind of Napoleon prize for the distance he has travelled this winter to qualify for the Canadian Team. Watch for his results in the USA and in Europe.
First place female, making up for being ill on race day the previous year, was National #1 Kylee Ohler, of Calgary. Team member Michelle Katchur Roberts, of Canmore, followed closely in second, with third place going to young Katarina Kuba of Coquitalam.
The Junior Male category went to Henry Hanes, who travelled all the way from the southwest USA, competing for not only single event honours, but for ranking supremacy for the whole continent. At the finish line the very young and very fast Isobel Hendry took an uncontested 1st place for Junior Female. All were across the line in under 2 hours, along the shorter course.”
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.
The 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.