2023-02-11 Canadian Ski Marathon

Saturday and Sunday, February 11-12, 2023

CSM 2019 photo courtesy of VE3PUE

About the event

The Canadian Ski Marathon (CSM) is North America’s longest and oldest Nordic ski tour. Unlike most ski events, there are no winners or losers : it is not a race. Each skier can select his/her own level of challenge and can ski as little as 12 km or up to the maximum of 160 km over the weekend.

The CSM takes place in February on a trail that is only groomed once per year in the Buckingham – Montebello – Mont Tremblant & Gatineau region, Québec. The trail winds through mostly privately owned land in the picturesque western Laurentian mountains. There is an overnight stop in Montebello, home of the famous Château Montebello, one of the largest log-built hotels in the world.

The CSM is a two-day, 160 kilometer ski event that is divided into 5 sections each day, with an average of 16 kms per section. There are feed stations, first aid and toilets available at the end of each section, as well as shuttle buses that run between accommodation and checkpoints throughout each day.

Call for volunteer radio operators

For many years, local amateur radio operators have provided communications support for the CSM. Any OARC members interested in volunteering for this 2-day public service event should visit the CSM 2023 Radio Operators website at https://hambone.ca/CSM . Note that the CSM can use volunteers for one or both days – whatever fits your schedule.

Don’t have your ham license yet? Not a problem! New hams and people studying to get their ticket are more than welcome. The event will be using commercial radios and you do not need to be licensed to operate them. However, this is an excellent opportunity to begin or to refresh your public service radio skills on a controlled net in a real event with unpredictable traffic.

This event is subject to change and will conform to all provincial and municipal COVID-19 restrictions.

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