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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). 

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

Skadi Wilderness Adventures

Nordegg, Alberta

Skadi Wilderness Adventures is a full-service backcountry guiding and wilderness training and adventure company located in a little-known yet spectacular wilderness in the Rocky Mountains around Nordegg, Alberta. Rustic cabins provide a unique base for individually tailored single- or multi-day trips for small or large groups led by certified guides and specialized training courses designed for all levels of interest and ability. We offer a variety of training, from corporate team building to hostile environment training. Our priority is to ensure you enjoy the most rewarding Canadian Rockies experience possible in comfort and safety.

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The Great Canadian Adventure Company

Ryley, Alberta

The Great Canadian Adventure Company provides the ability to completely plan an unforgettable wilderness adventure vacation to your specifications anywhere in Alberta. From hiking rafting and horseback pack trips in the summer to dogsledding snowmobiling and downhill skiing in the winter we can make your adventure dream a reality.

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Moose River Tours

Slave Lake, Alberta

Outdoor country vacations for families, groups and individuals. Experience the bounty that Mother Nature has to offer. Day tours, vacation packages, camping, hiking, wood-working, gold-panning, photography, meditation. See wildlife, relax in a rustic setting. A family run business in Smith, AB featuring privacy and quiet. Retreats offered through A Place to Pause. Guided fishing coming soon. Book a staff party or private function.

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