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Ken Jones Classic

March 25-26, 2017

Celebrating its namesake with big backcountry, this race rolls out of The Lake Louise Ski Resort and tours the heights. 


Events Schedule

Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 10.00-11.30 am.

  • Bib pick-up and Pre-race Course Description for SPRINT. Meeting at Whiskey Jack Cafeteria. 
  • 10-11:30am – competitors register and sign waivers.
  • 11:00am - SPRINT course open for practice, volunteer briefing, course changes, technical questions, on-site in Elevator Shaft - exact location TBD. 

Saturday, March 25 at 1:00 pm.

  • SPRINT RACE HEATS for all categories on course set to Elevator Shaft, on Larch face. 

Saturday, March 25 at 4:30 pm.

  • Podium awards ceremony and prize-giving North Face Bistro, Lake Louise Ski Area Base.

Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 6.00-7.30 am.

  • Registration and Pre-race Course Description Meeting at Lake Louise Resort Ski Area Base Complex, Sitzmark Lounge, upstairs.
  • 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.

Sunday, March 26 at 8:00 am.

  • Race begins for all categories and race courses from Whitehorn start area.

Sunday, March 26 at 1:30 pm.

  • 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.

Sunday, March 26 at 3:30 pm.

  •  Podium awards ceremony and prize-giving North Face Bistro, Lake Louise Ski Area Base.

Pre-race Meeting for 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.

Pre-race Meeting for 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.

Please come on time to avoid traffic and to get the best seat for the course presentation. Thank you.


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.


The INDIVIDUAL (Sunday) Race Courses & Competitor categories:

Click here to register via zone4.

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. 5000 ft / 1500 M of vertical gain and loss, “CITIZENS”, “MASTERS” and "YOUTH" (approx.. 2400 ft / 800 M). We reserve the right to change the race courses at any time in response to weather, safety concerns, or unexpected snow conditions.

This is a longer and a more demanding course with around 1500m 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 you 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!

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 “CITIZENS” or “YOUTH” course!


Winner & 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
  • $150
  • $100
  • $50
  • ...other goodies

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.


Race Rules & Mandatory Equipment

RACE BRIEFINGS: There will be two Race Course and Weather/Snow conditions briefings, one before the SPRINT event at final registration / technical meeting, and one just before the start of the INDIVIDUAL event on Sunday. SUMMARY RULES: based on ISMF rules for International Ski Mountaineering Competition.

  • The listed mandatory gear must be carried by the racer throughout the entire race and be available for inspection at any time.
  • Competitors must arrive at the starting area at the time set.
  • The Race Director reserves the right to modify the event and race course at any time for safety reasons.
  • The route passes Sequence points (unoccupied) and Checkpoints (w/ course official).
  • The track is marked with green flags on the ascents, and red flags on the descents.
  • Sequence points (generally changes in course direction) are marked as square flags or banners on bamboo poles on the course. Sequence points should be passed by within 2 meters.
  • banners on bamboo poles, and/or have a course marshal present, and should also be passed within 2 meters.
  • At each manned gate or checkpoint, the Racer should shout their number for the benefit of the Course Marshall recording.
  • A GPS can be carried and may be used on the course. Cellular telephones may be carried for emergency use, but must be off during racing so as not to interfere with transceiver signals.
  • In case of withdrawal during the race, the competitor must notify the Race Organizers (via the closest checkpoint) by any means and in the shortest time possible.
  • The Organizers reserve the right to force a competitor to withdraw for health or safety reasons, or for requiring extended time to finish.
  • The bib numbers are exclusively reserved for the markings printed by the Organization. They must be worn on the right thigh over all other clothing.
  • Waivers must be signed by all racers at the pre-race meeting.

Competitor Behaviour

  • Any competitor who is caught up to, must obligatorily and immediately yield the trail to the competitor who says ‘’TRACK’’.
  • Any competitor in difficulty may abandon the race at his own initiative or be taken out of the race  by decision of the Race Director, Race Coordinator, Ski Patrol, or the Race Doctor.
  • Abandoning or being taken out of the race should take place at a checkpoint except in extreme circumstances.
  • All racers are obliged to come to the aid of a person in danger. The Race Director will take into account the time spent providing assistance.
  • Any failure to obey the regulations of conduct which is reported to or viewed by the Race Director must be dealt with according to the ISMF regulations and will be examined by the Race Director. This may result in a disciplinary council.
  • No external material assistance is permitted.
  • For those Competitors awarded in any category at SMCC events, it is mandatory to attend the award presentation to receive prizes. They should ask permission of the Referee if there are extenuating circumstances.

Suspension of the Event

  • If a competition must be suspended owing to circumstances beyond the control of the organizer, ranking will be determined on the basis of time points obtained at last checkpoint.
  • If there are some racers having crossed that checkpoint and conditions are good enough for competition:
  • They will be neutralized at next checkpoint (or at finish line if there is no other intermediate checkpoint). Ranking will be determined on the basis of, firstly, arrival order at that checkpoint and, secondly, racers at the previous checkpoint.
  • If, even though there are racers who crossed that checkpoint, conditions are not good for competition (avalanches, bad weather, missing land marking) ranking will be determined on the basis of time and points obtained at last checkpoint.


All disputes will follow the rules of the ISMF Sport Regulations for Ski Mountaineering Competitions, which can be found under the "Regulations" button at:  http://ismf-ski.org/ and be ruled on by the Race Dispute Committee.


For safety reasons, extreme weather conditions or other exceptional factors, the race director is authorized to make any decision he deems appropriate if the proper safety conditions can no longer be met.


The competitors commit themselves to conform to these regulations by their registration alone, and accept the exploitation by Lake Louise and The Alpine Club of Canada, and their partner media, of photos and filming done during the events without any restrictions in time, type of medium or quantity or means of distribution. This includes the copyrights, free of charge, of all photos and video footage taken during the race for all types of commercial, promotional or advertising purposes in all types of media. (including Internet). All rights are reserved concerning the use of images from the Ken Jones Classic.


All races and competitor categories have the following MANDATORY GEAR LIST (per ISMF Sport Regulations for Ski Mountaineering Competitions). We reserve the right to check this equipment in detail before, during, and after the scheduled race.  In order to do this we need the understanding and cooperation of the participants. The better prepared you are, the more quickly the process will be finished. You are required to have all of your mandatory equipment at the gear check immediately after the race finish.


*SKI MOUNTAINEERING COMPETITION CANADA / COMPÉTITION DU SKI RANDONNÉE CANADA are allowing Telemark and Splitboard setups to be a part of their races. To be allowed, skis, boots, bindings, and poles must be a Telemark or Splitboard set-up in the eyes of the equipment judges – cross country ski equipment will not be accepted.

Otherwise, all competitors must observe mandatory ski equipment items required by the ISMC rules for official races, as follows:

Skis will be equipped with metallic edges on at least 90% of their length, and with a width of at least 60 mm beneath the foot. The skis must be at least 160 cm long for men and 150 cm long for women. The bindings must allow heel movement when ascending or descending and be equipped with security straps or ski brakes as a requirement of the hosting resort. Front and rear binding devices must have lateral and frontal release safety systems. Cross-Country ski bindings and boots or their derivatives are strictly forbidden. The skis and bindings must have a minimal weight :

  • Men’s Skis: Minimal weight (ski + binding) = 750 grams (without tolerance) (1500 grams total per pair at minimum).
  • Women’s Skis: Minimal weight (ski + binding) = 700 grams (without tolerance) (pair 1400 grams total per pair at minimum).

Boots must be high enough to cover the ankles and have notched soles of Vibram or similar mountaineering type (soles must cover at least 75% of the surface of the foot with 4 mm minimum depth of notches, minimum 8 notches on the heel and 15 notches on the forefoot with the minimum surface of the notches being 1 cm.2). Boots must be adaptable to metal crampons, and have at least 2 buckles. The boots must have a minimal weight:

  • Men’s Boots: Minimal weight boot = 500 grams (without tolerance) (1000 grams total per pair at minimum).
  • Women’s Boots: Minimal weight boots: 450 grams (without tolerance) (900 grams total per pair at minimum).

Ski Poles: A pair of alpine or cross-country poles with a maximum diameter of 25 mm, and with non-metallic baskets. Use of carbon ski poles is not advised.

Skins: The use of devices as scotch-cote or tape or similar in order to enhance the gliding are strictly forbidden (for environmental reasons).

Clothing: minimum required to carry:

  • Two Layers for Lower body: 1. insulating  2. waterproof /breathable.
  • Three Layers for Upper body: 1. insulating  2. Insulating  3. waterproof breathable. (Extra clothing may be specified at the time of the race. All clothing must be full length, i.e. have long sleeves and legs, and fit the competitor).
  • Gloves: must cover the whole hand.
  • Warm Hat: covering whole head.
  • Sunglasses.

Avalanche Beacon: Beacons must be 3 antenna type, operate on the 457kHz frequency, and be worn, turned on, at all times.

Avalanche Shovel: Commercially made “snow shovel” as defined by the manufacturer – not modified after purchase. ‘Snow Claws’ not permitted.

Avalanche Probe: Minimum of 240 centimeters x 10mm diameter.

Bivi Sac or Survival Blanket: Must be large enough to provide complete protection from the elements and be waterproof, at least 1.8 square meters.

Backpack: 20 liter minimum, of standard manufacture.

Helmet: Compulsory. Climbing, bicycling, or other lightweight sport-specific headgear allowed. Must be unaltered from manufacturer’s specifications. Must be worn on all descending portions of the course.


The Lake Louise Ken Jones Classic is a backcountry ski race with limited support along parts of its route. The equipment you carry may become crucial under certain circumstances. Organizers and officials reserve the right to include extra items in the list of required equipment if they feel it is warranted by the course or conditions, including extra clothing, headlamp, whistle, climbing harness, carabiners, etc. Food and water will be available only before the start, at a drink station 2/3 of the way along the course at Temple Lodge, and after the finish of the race. Each competitor will have to carry what they feel they will need.

Any questions - please email David Dornian - david.dornian@gmail.com 

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