Best Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park Cross Country Skiing

The 6th most popular XC Ski in British Columbia.

  British Columbia, Canada


  August 16, 2016

Built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1928 as Canadas first Rocky Mountain ski lodge, the Mount Assiniboine Lodge remains a back-to-basics rustic retreat, with 12-volt electricity and wood- and coal-stove heating. The Assiniboine area offers cross-country skiing, ski touring, and snowshoeing. Beginning Nordics stride along ungroomed trails through open larch forests, then across to Cerulean and Sunburst lakes a couple of miles from the lodge. Intermediate skiers head for Nublet, below Nub Peak. Touring skiers outfitted with avalanche transceivers skin to the top of 9,300-foot Ellys Dome.

As a backcountry lodge, its either ski-in or fly-in. A spectacular eight-minute helicopter ride from the Mount Shark Helipad 25 miles south of Canmore, Alberta, is one way to get to this lodge in a roadless provincial park abutting Banff National Park. The other way: a 16-mile uphill ski from Mount Shark. Let s go with the chopper: After threading forested valleys, skimming ridges, and cresting the Continental Divide, it zooms down toward the north face of the lodges 11,870-foot namesake, the Matterhorn of the Canadian Rockies, to deposit guests beside a cluster of red-roofed log buildings near frozen Lake Magog.

The kitchen and dining room are in the original steeply pitched one-story log building. An adjoining building contains a first-floor living room and six second-floor rooms. On a bluff above the lake, six single-room log cabins sleep two to six. Dinners are served family style. Round-trip helicopter flights are $135.

Overall, Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park is the 6th most popular cross country ski area of all 47 Nordic ski destinations in British Columbia.

Local Contacts:  MAPP (250) 422-4200; BC Visitors (800) 435-5622; Canadian Tourism (800) 577-2266; Cross-Country BC Assoc. (604) 545-9600; Avalanche Info (604) 290-9333

Best Season:  Feb. - Apr.

Average Difficulty:  Mixed

Base Camp:  Assiniboine Lodge (403) 678-2883

Luxury Loding:  Mount Engadine Lodge at Mount Shark base (403) 678-4080

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Date Published:  1/1/2016

Date Updated:  8/16/2016

ID:  7081

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