Located in Canada, the cross country skiing in Alberta offers over thirty cross country ski routes from which to choose. The best Alberta cross country skiing based on popularity are considered to be Canmore Nordic Center, Skoki Trails, Haig Glacier, Heart Creek / Skogan Pass Loop, and Birchwood Trails. For a detailed Nordic ski trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Alberta cross country skiing trail below.
Just east of Lake Louise, the Skoki Trail starts from the Fish Creek parking lot near Ski Lake Louise and climbs 15 km up to the Skoki Lodge. At the 4 km mark is the Ski Areas Temple Lodge and at the 9.5 km point is the Halfway Hut.
Located west of Calgary, the Canmore Nordic Center is the primary activity center for exploring the surrounding 1,600 square miles multi-use recreation area. In this alpine area, cross-country skiers can expect to find rolling hills, sculpted peaks, sparkling lakes and bubbling streams, along with moose and mountain goats. Canmore Nordic Center maintains 70 km of cross country skiing tracks with 12 km of snowmaking all above 4,500 feet.
Near Fort McMurray, the Birchwood Trail System has 14.7km of groomed cross country ski tracks. The main trail descends into a forested valley while rolling along with some steep sections.
In Lake Louise north of Banff, the Telemark Loop is a challenging 9.3 km cross country ski route on intermittently groomed track. The trail begins behind the Chateau Lake Louise on the lake shore.
Starting from the Banff townsite at the Cave & Basin Site, the Sundance Canyon Trail is a cross country ski tour route along the Sundance Rnage up to the Banff Sundance Lodge and beyond. The first 16 km up to the lodge are groomed intermittently.
North of Jasper and northwest of Hinton in William Switzer Provincial Park, the Blue Lake Adventure Centre maintains 22km of trails for classical cross country skiing. These nordic trails wind and roll through dense but scenic boreal forest.
South of Calgary and west of Coleman near Blairmore, the Allison - Chinook Cross Country Ski Area has seven trails totaling 31km groomed by the Crowsnest Pass Cross-Country Ski Association. The trail are on closed snow-covered forest roads. Located near Chinook Lake, Allison-Chinook has trails for novice and experienced skiers. The 300+ hectares of land in the Allison-Chinook Forest Land Use Zone provides for over 31 kilometers of track-set trails as well as additional backcountry trails to enjoy.
South of Calgary near Blairmore, the Syncline Cross Country Ski Area has eight ungroomed ski trails totaling 17km. The trails follow scenic logging roads closed in the winter in the rolling terrain of the Castle River Valley.
Southeast of Edmonton and Sherwood Park, the Cooking Lake Blackfoot Provincial Park has 21 groomed trails for 85km of cross country skiing. These nordic trails roll through knob-and-kettle terrain while passing several lakes. Cooking Lake Blackfoot Provincial Park is the site of the popular annual Canadian Birkebeiner.
Southeast of Edmonton and north of Canrose, the Miqueion Provincial Park has eight groomed nordic ski trails totaling 18km. These cross country skiing trails roll over typical knob and kettle moraine.