Alf Skrastins – Director
Outdoor recreation has been Alf’s passion and his life’s work.
While working towards his Environmental Biology degree at the University of Calgary, Alf started a cross country ski club on campus. He founded the University of Calgary Outdoor Centre and built it into the largest university based outdoor program in North America, while introducing tens of thousands of people to the joys of outdoor activity. He instructed and guided cross country skiing, backcountry skiing, avalanche safety, hiking, backpacking, whitewater rafting and sea kayaking. Alf is a founding member of the Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors, the B.C. Sea Kayak Guides Alliance and the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education.
He co-founded and edited Explore-Canada’s Outdoor Magazine and has contributed photographs in the Kananaskis Country Trail Guides, Kananaskis Country Ski Trails, Summits & Icefields, Ski Trails in the Canadian Rockies and numerous magazines.
Alf has advocated for outdoor recreation as a director in the Calgary Area Outdoor Council, on public advisory committees for the Evan-Thomas Provincial Recreation Area Management Plan, The Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park Redevelopment Plan, The Bow Corridor Trails Advisory Committee , The Kananaskis Trails Advisory Committee, The Porcupine Hills-Livingstone Recreation Advisory Group and as Vice President of the Outdoor Recreation Coalition of Alberta. He was a member of the Public Advisory Committee that developed the West Bragg Creek All-Season Trails Plan, which is the foundation of our trails network.
Alf has been involved in trail building and maintenance with the Great Divide Trails Association and Friends of Kananaskis Country, where he is currently on the Advisory Committee.
His role with the Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association is to lead the construction and maintenance of the all-season trails.