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Cross-Country Skiing Winter Outdoor Activities

That feeling when you’re weightless? Cross-country skiing does that. There’s this moment when you stop paying attention to the physical exertion and just glide over the snow. There's nothing like it. ● Learn it: Pull on some long johns and get your skis under you where the Olympians train, the Canmore Nordic Centre. ● Do it: Cross-country skiing can happen just about anywhere in the province where you can find snow, including urban parks, groomed trails around your mountainside hotel and parts of the Trans Canada Trail (also known as The Great Trail). 

The Wapta Traverse | Chris Brinlee, Jr.

Cross-Country Skiing Spots

Canmore Nordic Centre

Canmore, Alberta
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Developed for the 1988 Winter Olympic Games Nordic events, the Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park remains a world-class facility. In the winter more than 65 km (37 miles) of groomed and track-set trails beckon cross-country skiers of all ability levels. In the summer, an 18-hole disc golf course, four orienteering courses, more than 100 km (62 mi) of single and double-track mountain bike and hiking trails, 6.5 km (4 mi) of paved roller ski trails, and a mountain bike skills park keep visitors busy.

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Peter Lougheed Provincial Park

Canmore, Alberta

Located about 137 km (85 mi) southwest of Calgary, in the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park offers a host outdoor recreational activities and breathtaking mountain scenery. Enjoy front country and backcountry hiking and camping, trails for mountain biking and cycling, and fishing from the shores of the Kananaskis lakes. Visit in winter to cross country ski on the park’s extensive groomed trail system.

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Pine Valley Snow Resort

Tawatinaw, Alberta

Northern Alberta ski hill featuring terrain park, super pipe, snow tubing, and 25 kilometers of cross country ski trails

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Tours

Backroads

Banff, Alberta

Backroads leads a number of biking, hiking and multi-adventure tours based around Banff and surrounding areas. We've been in business since 1979 and guest satisfaction is our #1 priority.

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Pika-Adventures

Cochrane, Alberta
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'Pika-Adventures' offers small and personalized Summer as well as Winter tours in Kananaskis Country, the Rocky Mountain NP's and all over Western Canada. We strive to customize each and every adventure to fit your personal interests and fitness level. That way we will make it an unforgettable experience for you. Come and join us on your very own 'Pika-Adventure' and stay at 'The Pika B&B'! We offer tours in English, German or French.

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Tonquin Valley Adventures

Jasper, Alberta
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Ride horseback, hike or cross-country ski through the beautiful Tonquin Valley to this backcountry lodge on the shores of Amethyst Lake in the Canadian Rockies. Multi-day trips can be arranged. Tonquin Valley Adventures lets you enjoy the backcountry in style.

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Events

Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival

Edmonton, Alberta
2019-02-08 To 2019-02-10 MST

The Canadian Birkebeiner, Canada’s largest classic cross-country ski event, takes place the second Saturday of every February. Grab a flask of hot chocolate and come cheer on more than 2,000 cross-country skiers as they whip around the loppet at speeds over 20 km per hour (12.4 mi per hour).

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