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Cross-Country Skiing Winter Outdoor Activities

Savour the pure Canadian air as you glide along a dazzling white trail in the winter sunshine. Breathe in the fragrance of the evergreens and wonder what animals made the fresh sets of tracks crossing your path. The only sounds are the swish of your skis and the occasional birdsong. Learn to ski at Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park, the home of Canada’s national cross-country and biathlon ski teams. Or follow your own path on hundreds of trails, front and backcountry, throughout the province.
Cross-country skiing Wapiti Nordic Centre Grande Prairie
Cross-country skiing at the Wapiti Nordic Centre

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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The Lake Louise Ski Resort and Gondola

Lake Louise, Alberta
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Located in the heart of the magnificent Canadian Rockies, the Lake Louise Ski Resort has a legendary 4,200 skiable acres of world-class terrain, and famous friendly hospitality, that speaks for itself. The unique layout with beginner, intermediate and expert runs from every chair allows families and groups of varying abilities to share the experience together. There are endless chutes, glades and gullies, gentle slopes, cruising runs, remote bowls and some of the most challenging terrain in the Rockies. Renowned dining options included a sushi restaurant a gourmet meals. Non-ski activities include the Winter Sightseeing Gondola, snowshoeing, snow tubing, and events.

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Tours

Banff Trail Riders

Banff, Alberta
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Extraordinary Riding Adventures in Banff National Park, Canadian Rockies. Banff Trail Riders offers a range of exciting horseback excursions from hourly trail rides to multi day backcountry pack trips. All all ages and abilities welcome. Saddle up for a scenic trail ride along the Bow River. Dig in to a delicious barbeque lunch at an authentic cowboy cookout and front country cabin. Hit the trails for an overnight horseback adventure and sleep in a backcountry lodge. Or, take a horse drawn sleigh ride through a magical winter wonderland. We'd love to have you join us one day!

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Events

Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival

Edmonton, Alberta
2018-02-09 To 2018-02-10 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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