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). 

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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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The Lake Louise Ski Resort and Gondola

Lake Louise, Alberta
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Spectacular scenery awaits at Lake Louise with uniquely beautiful terrain that is both vast and varied. The wilderness is pristine and inspirational. Located in the heart of majestic and historic Banff National Park, Lake Louise is truly legendary and offers world class ski and snowboard terrain.

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River Bend Golf & Recreation

Red Deer, Alberta

18 hole championship golf course, 9 hole par 3, driving range and golf academy, golf shop, restaurant and waterpark.

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Cross Country Skiing in the Lakeland Region

Cross-country skiing at Hamilton House! Rentals of boots, skis, and poles, along with snowshoes available. 17kms of groomed trails, beautiful boreal forest scenery in a secluded setting. They can provide you ski tips or lessons. There are rest stops along the way with picnic tables too. Prices subject to change.

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Private XC Ski Lesson

This winter sign up for a private Cross Country Ski Lesson either in Calgary, AB, West Bragg Creek, AB or in Kananaskis country, depending on the weather and snow conditions. A private lesson is not more than 3 hours long. All instructors are CANSI Certified.

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Sundance Lodge Backcountry Cabin

Located an 11-16km snowshoe, cross-country ski or fat bike from the Banff trailhead, this cozy wood-heated log cabin is open for overnight stays from January to March with eight guest rooms, hot showers, home-cooked meals and a wood-burning fireplace. Use promo code 2NDNIGHT and save 20% on your second night.

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Tours

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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 dog-sledding, snowmobiling, and downhill skiing in the winter we can make your adventure dream a reality.

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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. They offer a variety of training, from corporate team building to hostile environment training. Their priority is to ensure you enjoy the most rewarding Canadian Rockies experience possible in comfort and safety.

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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

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Après Ski Kids Crafter’noon

Banff, Alberta
2019-12-21 to 2019-12-21 MST

Need some time to unwind after a day on the mountain with the kiddos? They’ve gotten pretty crafty and devised the perfect way for you to enjoy an uninterrupted hour of après ski. All you have to do is drop the little ones off with them at the Cascade Lodge. The kids will create a fun craft project while you enjoy a tasty craft brew – it’s a win-win all around! Free with a valid lift ticket or Seasons Pass.

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XC Ski: Wednesday Night Lights

Kananaskis, Alberta
2019-11-20 to 2019-11-20 MST | Show All Dates

Trail Sports and SkiUphill - RunUphill are teaming up for a workout Wednesday. This is a group meet up and Trail Sports is offering rental skis at 10% discount for the occasion. Weather permitting they'll start on Nov 20th and an instructor will do a 30 minute "How to Classic Ski" class (no cost) and on Nov 27th a 30 minute "How to Skate Ski" class. Trail Sports also offers lessons for both classic and skate skiing if you are looking at honing your skis, or simply getting into it. They'll do a 60-75 minute warm-up followed with beverages afterwards. No way to find a better cross-training for the cold months.

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Shred Instead - Free Gift Wrapping

Banff, Alberta
2019-12-20 to 2019-12-22 MST

Would you rather spend an afternoon wrapping presents, or an afternoon shredding up the ski hill at Norquay? Yeah, they’d rather shred instead too! Their gift to you: From December 20th - 22nd, drop your presents off at the Cascade Lodge before 12pm and let the Norquay elves do the wrapping while you enjoy some well-deserved turns.

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