Canadian Nationals General Info


How to get to Golden: The best place to fly into is the Calgary International Airport, less than 3 very scenic hours from Golden. Stop at Banff, Lake Louise, it's really a nice drive through some some of Canada's best natioanal parks--"normal" people come from all over the world to check out.

Camping: The Golden Eco Adventure Ranch is beside the Nicholson LZ at the base of Mt. 7, and will also be the meet HQ. Please book early, the campground is filling up fast.There's also WiFi in most of the campground.

Important Dates and Information (all venues at The Golden Eco Adventure Ranch)

July 28th:

Registration and GPS download opens at 7:00 p.m.

July 29th:

7:00 a.m.: Registration continues

8:00 a.m. Mandatory Pilot Meeting

7:00 p.m. Muller Windsports Barbecue! Free to all registered pilots, nominal charge for wind techs/friends etc. Thanks Vincene!

Aug 4:

8:00 p.m.: Golden Eco Adventure Ranch Barbecue! This is GEAR's donation to the pilots, a really nice dinner from the best restaurant in Golden. Check out the Menu:

Fresh Bread with butter
Potato Salad with lemon vinaigrette
Mediterranean Pasta Salad
Ceasar/ House Salad (if weather is too hot we’ll nix this)
Corn on the cob
Organic Chicken or Prime Rib
Dessert- Fruit with cheese and cake

Free to registered comp pilots, $25 to guests etc. Please let the GEAR office know if you have friends attending, we need accurate numbers ASAP, thanks.

9:00 p.m.: Awards (We'll do this sooner if we don't fly, a little later if we have a longer task).

Daily Schedule (subject to change):

7:30-8:45: FREE BREAKFAST!

8:30: Wings on vehicles, coordinate rides/retrieve.

9:00 a.m.: Pilot’s meeting at HQ. Weather etc.

11:00 Pilot’s meeting at launch.

12:00 launch.

Fly safe, protect yourself and look out for your friends.

Launch Notes: The main launch is Lookout, which will be open to general flying for most of the day, and only closed to non-comp pilots during the competition launch window. There will be no parking on top of the hill, a short (two minute) walk up is required. If we use the upper launch a longer walk (45 minutes) is required, good exercise for you. We may also use the Swansea launch or possibly Kicking Horse depending on wind direction. A launch line system will be used during the competition window, see the meet specific rules. The North/ northwest launch is fairly wide-open and can accomodate lots of gliders. The South launch was re-done last year, it's now much friendlier than it historically has been, enough room for three to four gliders to lay out and launch two at a time.

Contact Info: gadd@gravsports.com

General Camping/Lodging Information HERE

Also consider staying the week after for the Race Willi, and the Lakeside Event the following weekend, great events!