Near Edson, the Hornbeck Cross Country Ski Centre has 37 km of forested, groomed track for classical and skate skiing. The Hornbeck Cross-Country Ski Area is located 14 km northwest of Edson. Follow Highway 16 west from Edson approximately 5 km. Turn north on Rodeo Road and go to the T intersection (approximately 8 km). Turn left and follow the signs to the ski area.
Hornbeck offers 37.4 km of groomed trails for novice and intermediate skiers. The staging area provides a warm-up shelter with wood stove, picnic tables, toilet facilities and a parking lot.
The ski trails are signed with distance markers so that you can choose the length of trail appropriate to your skill level. The trail signs will assist you in determining your location along the trails. Skiing on unmarked trails is not recommended. It is easy to become lost on undesignated trails.
Hornbeck is an area rich in forest birds, such as Grosbeaks, Waxwings, Ruffed and Spruce Grouse, Canada and Blue Jays, Great Horned Owls, and Downy, Hairy and Pileated Woodpeckers. Skiers may also occasionally see a moose, deer or elk.
Hornbeck Cross-Country Ski Area is managed and maintained co-operatively by the Muskeg Flyers Cross-Country Ski Club and the Alberta Forest Service. The Muskeg Flyers organize several fun events during the ski season, including a moonlight ski trip (when theres a full moon, of course.)
Overall, Hornbeck Cross Country Ski Centre is the 9th most popular cross country ski area of all 37 Nordic ski destinations in Alberta.