In 1988 a group of enthusiastic volunteers assembled to work as the Ladies’ Technical Course Crew for Olympic Winter Games in Calgary. High winds and higher temperatures created huge challenges for the entire Organizing Committee and consequently crews worked around the clock to get races off. The Course Crew determined that they were being worked like “dogs”.

The analogy morphed into that of a Siberian Husky; a breed known for its loyalty, intelligence, speed, endurance and its preference for the outdoors - also its ability to work hard and haul a lot of stuff. The Sled Dogs were born and quickly defined themselves by their work ethic and their ability to enjoy the festivities and when necessary, create them.

The essence of a Sled Dog is captured in our brand. First and foremost he has a sparkle in his eye, a little bit of an attitude, confident, that “relish in the face of adversity” kind of a look. He is ready for the task at hand with his belt, drill and shovel at the ready as well a frosty beverage for the end of the day.

Today The Sled Dogs are recognized throughout ski racing circles as the volunteers corps of the Lake Louise Winterstart World Cup who come together to ensure the Men’s and Ladies’ races go off without a hitch.

Being a Sled Dog is no ordinary volunteer job - work hard, play hard is the credo. The friendships, the laughs and the experience make it all worth while.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Late Summer Check-in

Hello Friends,

9° here this morning in Calgary, what better time to update you what is going on with Winterstart World Cup.

Registrations are strong to date; we need you to get your name in as soon as possible! If you have a friend who has always been talking of joining us for years – get them signed up too!   Visit

B u i l d   W e e k:   November 9 to 16

M e n ’ s   W e e k :   November 17 to 25

L a d i e s ’   W e e k :   November 26 to December 3 (INCLUDES TEARDOWN ON MONDAY)


There are still a couple of foursomes available for Alberta Alpine’s annual golf tournament in Canmore. 

When:  Monday, September 10th - 10:00 am shotgun; registration opens at 8:30 am
Where: Silvertip Golf Resort, Canmore
What:  Descente wearable tee gift, BBQ steak dinner with all the fixing, snacks and on course libations
How:  Purchase a single or foursome by contacting Adam Hull via or 403.609.4731


September is around the corner and we need your help to begin preparing the venue and equipment to host the world's fastest alpine racers.  This is your invitation to lend a hand - you know who you are!

When: Saturday, September 8thand Sunday, September 9th
·         Come one or both days (lunch will be provided)
·         Accommodation and dinner Saturday night for those working both days
·         Carpooling from COP on Saturday and Sunday morning
Where:  Lake Louise Ski Resort
What:  Installing snow fence in the alpine – if you have never been up this high in the early autumn you owe it to yourself to see the view
How:  Please contact Doug Campbell via with your availability


Don’t forget to follow us on our different portals to stay up to date:

Facebook:  The Sled Dogs   Twitter:  @TheSledDogs    Web:

Enjoy what is left of the summer.  Don’t forget to register for November  at

Saturday, June 2, 2012

DOG DAY 2012


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Sled Dog Pack Back

Trying to figure out what all the straps and zippers are for on your new High Sierra back pack?  Checkout to learn all the bells and whistles!

Friday, October 28, 2011


It needs your support!
For those of you new to Lake Louise, The Dog House is our volunteer après venue Located in The Wilson Room of The Lake Louise Inn.
Thanks to the initiative of a small group of Sled Dogs three years ago, whose intent was to enhance the après experience, “Dog’s Best Friend” help feed and water their fellow Dogs by donating funds to acquire non-sponsored items like wine, crunchy snacks and last year for the first time, pizza!

After slipping all day, these Dogs need a snack!

Sponsorships are available for a $100 contribution and can paid by clicking on the “Pay Now” button below or by INTERAC transfer via and your financial institution. 

Support options


Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Looking for information regarding your time volunteering at Lake Louise?  Paw Prints, our volunteer handbook is now available for download:

The document has a large focus on Course Crew and their operations however there is plenty of information for you if you are making your first trip to the Winterstart World Cup.

Monday, October 17, 2011


Our friends at New Era Caps have come up with a great piece for the 2011 edition of Sled Dog Schwag.  It is available to order now via PAYPAL - see link provided below, or INTERAC transfer to

The cap is royal blue and features an embroidered Paw Print on the front, stitched New Era flag at wearer's left side and the title "SLED DOG NATION" embroidered around the rear opening. 

The New Era 920 is an unstructured cap featuring six panel construction, breathable eyelets, a curved visor and button at top. Open back has an adjustable New Era® flag clip closure.

Cost is $20.00 per hat; all orders and payments must be received by Monday, October 31st.


Friday, October 14, 2011


Round two of the Banff Alpine Racers Ski Swap goes tomorrow, Octoboer 15th, in Banff.  If you need gear for the track this season look no further for some great deals on race skis and also on fat skis from CMH Heli-skiing for those hoping for another La Nina winter.

October 14th, 15th, & 16th
Cascade Plaza - 2nd Level (across from high school)
Consignment: Friday 5pm - 9pm and Saturday 9am - Noon
Early Bird Sale: Saturday 1pm - 2pm
Sale: Saturday 2pm - 9pm
Pickup: Sunday

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


The Banff Alpine Racers are hosting the first of their annual ski swaps this weekend in Canmore.  If you are looking for a great deal on a pair of skis for the race course, something for that growing person in your life or are looking to unload some of your surplus equipment make your way west this Friday and Saturday.

October 7th, 8th, & 9th
Canmore Place, 1002 8th Avenue
Consignment:  Friday 5pm - 9pm and Saturday 9am - Noon
Early Bird Sale:  Saturday 1pm - 2pm
Sale:  Saturday 2pm - 9pm
Pickup:  Sunday

Monday, August 15, 2011

September Lobster Bake

Ok.  It's not really a lobster bake, but it is fun and it can include dinner!

September is almost here and once again we need your help to begin preparing our venue and equipment to host the world's fastest alpine racers at Lake Louise. This is your invitation to lend a hand - you know who you are!

Date:  Saturday, September 10th and Sunday, September 11th

·    Where:  Lake Louise!

What's On Tap:

§ Installing snow fence in the Alpine
§ Air Fence maintenance
§ B-Net inspection and maintenance
§ GPS survey crew (to be confirmed)

§ Come one or both days (lunch will be provided)
§ accommodation and dinner Saturday night for those working both days
§ Carpooling from COP on Saturday morning

Doug Campbell is making the trek west for the second year in a row to lend a hand to this important,and fun, weekend  and is looking forward to seeing you there.  Please contact Doug via with your availability.

And if you haven’t registered for November yet… visit the website

Tuesday, June 21, 2011