Southwest of Banff and north east of Radium, the Nipika Touring Center on the shores of the Kootenay River has 50 km of groomed cross-country ski trails. The nordic trails are maintained for classical and skate skiing.
To reach the cross country skiing trailhead at Nipika from Radium, head northeast on Highway 93 for 20km. Turn onto Settlers Road for 14km. Turn onto Cross River Road to trailhead.
In conjunction with the BC Forest Service and using modern Bachler and Jaca grooming equipment,pulled by a BR100 Snowcat, we maintain 50 km of groomed trails. (15 km are classic only). Using old logging roads, ski to see the splendour of the Natural Bridge or along the rising cliffs of the Cross and Kootenay River. The trails from the Lodge to the Cross River are beginner- intermediate, while the trails across the Natural Bridge on the North side of the Cross River are intermediate - expert. Access to these trails has been improved with a new trail cut from the Natural Bridge. There is also a 5km Classic trail for the dogs!
Overall, Nipika Touring Center is the 4th most popular cross country ski area of all 47 Nordic ski destinations in British Columbia. Several of the better cross country ski trails are nearby Nipika Touring Center including Kootenay Crossing Ski Trail and Simpson River Ski Trail.
Local Contacts: Kootenay National Park (250) 347-9615; BC Visitors (800) 435-5622; Canadian Tourism (800) 577-2266; Canadian Explorer Guides (888) 238-8000; Avalanche Update (250) 837-6867.
Best Season: Dec. - Mar.
Average Difficulty: Moderate
Base Camp: Nipika Lodge (250) 342-6516
Luxury Loding: Radium Hot Springs Resort
Reference Source: click here http://www.nipika.com/
GPS: 50.62944, -115.85
Date Published: 12/24/2015
Date Updated: 7/1/2016
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