Featured CROSS COUNTRY SKI TRAILS
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.
On Vancouver Island in Comox Valley near Courtenay, the Mt. Washington Cross Country Ski Area has 55km of daily groomed trails through fabulous mountain scenery meandering by alpine lakes and meadows. This area is known as one of the finest places to nordic ski in the Pacific Northwest with scenic trails through rolling meadows along challenging climbs and descents.
Near West Vancouver on Hollyburn Mountain, the Cypress Mountain cross country ski area has 23 trails totaling 19km groomed for classical and skate. There are 7km lit for night skiing. The base elevation is at 3,000 feet, which ensures usually good snow conditions. With that said, the Cypress Mountain Nordic Area can be rainy at times.
East of Prince Rupert and south of Houston, the Morice Mountain Nordic Ski Area has 25km of groomed trails from classical and skate skiing maintained by the Morice Mountain Nordic Ski Club. Plus, there is 15km of backcountry ski trails and a cabin for overnight trips.
North of Rossland, the Black Jack Nordic trail network of cross country skiing trails is located up near the Red Mountain Ski Resort. The primary artery is Gibbards Trail which leads to an old staging area for horse trains supplying the Old Glory Forestry Lookout.
West of Golden in the Dogtooth range of the infamous Purcells near Kicking Horse ski area, the Dawn Mountain Nordic Trail is a 25km cross country skiing network groomed for classical skiing. The network consists of four nordic ski loops from 2.5 to 7km long, groomed by the Golden Outdoor Recreation Association.
Southwest of Revelstoke in the Monashee Mountains, the Revelstoke Nordic trail system has 28km of groomed trails maintained by the Revelstoke Cross Country Ski Club. These nordic trails roll through pine forests with lakes and creeks.
Southwest of Dawson Creek, the Bear Mountain Cross Country Ski Trail system has 35km of groomed nordic trails. There are 20 trails that roll through spruce, pine and poplar forests.
East of Vancouver and northeast of Princeton, the China Ridge area has 6 ski trails totalling 35km groomed for classical and skate skiing maintained by the China Ridge Cross Country Ski Association. There are great ridge line trails with vistas, and over 45km of backcountry trails to explore.
Southeast of Kamloops and northeast of Vernon, the Sovereign Lake ski area has 15 ski trails totalling 50km groomed for classical and skate maintained by the Sovereign Lake Nordic Club. The trails connect with Silver Star. There are 28km of backcountry trails.
South of Cranbrook at the base of Cranbrook Mountain, the South Star Ski Trails have 30km of cross country skiing. There are 8 nordic trails that are regularly groomed.
West of Penticton, the Nickel Plate Nordic Centre has 56km of groomed cross country ski trails for classic and skate skiing. These nordic trails are rated as 70% easy (green), 20% intermediate (blue), and 10% difficult (black).
Near 100 Mile House, there are 50km of groomed cross country ski trails maintained by the One Hundred Mile Nordic Ski Society. The nordic trails connect with the Health Hills Trails.
South of Kamloops, the Stake Lake Trail System has 60km of cross country skiing trails groomed for classical and skate skiing maintained by the Overlander Ski Club. The nordic trails pass through rolling forests.
Southwest of Kamloops at Logan Lake, The Logan Lake Ski Trail system has 25 nordic ski trails totaling 36km groomed for classical and skate skiing. The trails are maintained by Highland Valley Outdoor Association and roll through mixed pine/fir forests.
East of Kelowa, the McCulloch Lakes Ski Center has 28km of groomed nordic trails maintained by the McCulloch Lakes Ski Club. There are also backcountry trails along the Kettle Valley Trail.
North of Prince George and just southeast of Mackenzie, the Mackenzie area has 40km of groomed cross country ski trails maintained by the Mackenzie Nordiques cross country ski club. These 5 nordic trails roll along hills of spruce and pine forests.