Five Great Spots to Cross Country Ski

Whether visitors carve their own backcountry paths in untouched snow or glide speedily along well-groomed trails, Alberta’s cross country ski routes are the best way to enjoy the pristine snow-covered landscape.  

Olympic Training
Beginners to cross country skiing will appreciate the learning programs at Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park, the training centre for Canada’s cross country Olympic teams. There are onsite rentals and 65 km of groomed and trackset trails.

Waterton’s Wildlands  
The sweet solitude of a silent forest blanketed in snow is what delights cross country skiers in Waterton Lakes National Park. Rent skis from the Waterton Lakes Lodge, one of the few properties open during the winter months in the tiny townsite. 

Waskasoo Wonderland
Waskasoo Park in the city of Red Deer is a spectacular spot for cross country skiing with more than 50 km of groomed trails. Visitors can rent skis at Valhalla Pure Outfitters and hit trails that run along the Red Deer River, past lakes and through wooded areas.

A Capital Adventure
The city of Edmonton is home to North America’s largest urban parkland, a top cross country ski destination with more than 160 km of groomed and track set trails and lighted trails for night skiing. Ski rentals are available through several city outfitters.

Banff Backcountry Lodges
A cozy wilderness lodge with a crackling fire and a gourmet meal awaits visitors who can ski their way into the heart of the Canadian Rockies.  

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