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The first IGOS Cryosphere Theme workshop will be held at the Delta Lodge at KananaskisThe hotel is located in the heart of the Kananaskis Valley at an elevation of 5000 ft.  It is approximately 100 km from the International Airport at Calgary, Alberta, about a 1 hour and 15 minute drive. 

Room rates are $118 CAD each plus applicable taxes for a Delta Room (single and double occupancy).  A block of 30 rooms is being held under "IGOS" (group code GG006) and reservations can be made by calling toll-free 1-866-432-4322 or by email at kan.reservations@deltahotels.com.  These room rates will only be available by booking before Friday February 11, 2005.
There are extensive cross-country ski and snowshoe trails in the Kananaskis area, and skis and snowshoes can be rented in the Village - unfortunately there are no lit trails, though a headlamp may be all you need for a short snowshoe trip.  There is also a fire pit and lit toboggan hill near the hotel, and a lit hockey rink.  Stargazing and a moonlight snowshoe can be arranged through the Back Of Beyond Adventure Company (www.backofbeyond.ca).  Downhill skiing can be had at the nearby Nakiska snow resort, and sleigh rides can be arranged through the Boundary Ranch.
For more information on the Kananaskis Village and local activities, please visit the following site: http://www.cd.gov.ab.ca/enjoying_alberta/parks/featured/kananaskis/facilities_kc_village.asp
This site has some local trail maps.

Current weather: http://www.skinakiska.com/conditions/weather.asp.

Getting There

Driving time from Calgary International Airport to the Delta Lodge at Kananaskis is
approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. 
A airport shuttle service provided by Brewster Bus Lines is available (see below), though the schedule is limited.  Car rental companies at the Calgary Airport include:

Hertz 1-800-263-0600
Avis 1-800-879-2847
Budget 1-800-868-8900
National 1-800-227-7368

Directions: From the airport head south on Barlow Trail and take 16th Avenue West, which becomes the Trans Canada Highway (Highway #1) for approximately 40 minutes until you reach the Kananaskis Trail (Highway #40 South).  Continue on Highway #40 South for approximately 20 minutes, to the Kananaskis Village/Nakiska Road and turn right.  After approximately 1 km, turn left and proceed up the hill to the Kananaskis Village.

Maps: The map on the hotel website is terrible! Try this one for the big picture (Calgary to Banff) and this one for a closer in view.

Brewster Bus Lines - for information call 403-221-8255.  The bus does not come to Kananaskis directly.  Guests may catch the bus to Banff from the airport, and the Delta Lodge at Kananskis van will meet the bus at the Highway #1 / Highway 40 turn off.  Guests need to let the bus driver know they are going to Kananaskis. The bus driver will call the Lodge to let the bell-desk know when to meet the bus.  This Bus currently leaves the airport at 6:30 pm daily, and cost $42.00 each way.  Tickets to head back to the Calgary Airport from the Delta Lodge at Kananaskis can be purchased from our Front Desk. Departure times are 08:30 and 12:30 daily. 

Other alternatives include:

Alpine Limousine  - Limousine transfers to and from the airport, as well as private sight seeing.  (Chevy Impala, Lincoln Concord, Stretched Limousine) Advance reservations are required. Call 403-762-5558.

Ambassador Limousine Service - Variety of vehicles available; 8 & 10 passenger limousines, 21 passenger luxury coach, 8 passenger van, mini bus, sedans.  Call for rates and availability (403) 299-4910.

Mystic Mountain Limousine - Variety of vehicles including an executive coach 8 passenger limousine with state of the art luxuries.  All Vehicles are available for airport transport or  private sight seeing tours.  Call for rates and availability (403) 760-4932.

Longhorn Limo - for reservations call (403) 888-8880 visit the website at www.longhornlimo.com

For Group Travel small vans to large busses can be chartered from Pinnacle Bus Lines located in Banff. Please call Tim at 403-762-5844.