Featured CROSS COUNTRY SKI TRAILS
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.
South of Jasper townsite on Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93), the Athabasca Falls System has 31km of groomed cross country ski trails on level terrain with views of the Fryatt Range. The trails follow unplowed sections of Highway 93A and a side trail leads to Moab Lake.
Near Jasper, the Marmot ski area is one of the largest cross-country ski areas in Canada with over 300 kilometers of trails. Right from your doorstep, groomed trails take you through scores of beautiful valleys, past stunning lakes and mountain scenery.
Southwest of Edmonton and west of Rocky Mountain House, the Crimson Lake Provincial Park has nine groomed cross country ski trails totaling 17km. These nordic trails roll through the foothills of scenic boreal forest.
East of Lake Louise, there are two nice cross country ski trail systems under the slopes of Ski Lake Louise, albiet rarely groomed. The Pipestone Loops are a trail networked accessed off the TransCanada Highway about 0.7 km north of the main Lake Louise exit. This network has an outer loop of 12.6 km, but make sure to carry a map since the many intersections can be confusing.
Northwest of Calgary and Sundre, the Bearberry Nordic Centre has 10 groomed cross country skiing trails totaling 35km. The noridc trails roll through thick, fragrant pine and spruce forests.
East of Edmonton and Sherwood Park, the Strathcona Wilderness ski area has seven groomed crosss country skiing trails totaling 14km. These nordic trails roll through scenic aspen forests and along a lake.
Southeast of Calgary and Medicine Hat near Elkwater, the Cypress Hills Provincial Park has four groomed ski trails totaling 14km. There are three trailheads servicing trails through forests of spruce, lodgepole and aspens.
Southwest of Edmonton and west of Nordegg, the Shunda Creek area has six groomed cross country ski trails totaling 20km. The trails roll through majestic pine forests and along scenic but most-likely frozen lakes.
South of Calgary near Pincher Creek, the Beauvais Lake Provincial Park has seven groomed ski trails totaling 13km. The trails roll through mixed forest and meadows.
Northeast of Edmonton and Lac La Biche in Lakeland Provincial Park, the Shaw Lake Ski Trails consist of seven groomed nordic trails totaling 26km. These cross country skiing trails are maintained by Lac La Biche Nordic Ski Club, and loop around the scenic Shaw Lake. The southside trails are hilly, while the northside trails are easier.
Northeast of Edmonton near Athabasca, the Tawatinaw Nordic Centre has 5 groomed cross country ski trails totaling 35km. These nordic trails are maintained by the Westlock Ski Club.