Cross-country Skiing Trails in Kananaskis and Canmore
The Kananaskis Conservation Pass, available for purchase by day or year, is required to park your vehicle in the provincial park in Kananaskis Country and the Bow Valley.
With over 66 kilometres of groomed trails, and 15 different loops, locals know why West Bragg Creek is a cross-country skiers’ dream. Easy trails like Mountain Road and Crystal Line loops are perfect for beginners while more advanced skiers can tackle Sundog Loop, Iron Creek, or Mountain View trails. Trails are groomed between November and late March, and you can check the grooming report before you go.
Location: W8X5+92 Bragg Creek
Home to the cross-country ski competition at the 1988 Olympic Winter Games, the Canmore Nordic Centre continues to train world class athletes and welcome recreational cross-country skiers each winter. Check the winter trails map to get oriented on over 65 kilometers of groomed, machine-made, and natural trails, perfect for classic and skate techniques, or take a guided tour with a pro. Wax rooms, worktables, and ski forms are available if you need a quick tune-up, free of charge. Ski passes are required to use the trails and can be purchased in the Day Lodge from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.
Location: 1988 Olympic Way, Canmore
Start at the Ribbon Creek Day Use Area for a trek that will take you through the Hidden Trail and Coal Mine Trail before joining up with the Ribbing Creek Winter Trail. This fun out-and-back trail is 2.1 kilometres with approximately 50 metres of elevation, perfect for beginners and cross-country skiing enthusiasts. Make a stop at the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge for a hot chocolate.
Location: Highway 40 Ribbon Creek Rd
Groomed and trackset for everyone to enjoy, Pocaterra take you through open meadows and forests with views of Mount Wintour and the Opal Range. Go out-and-back for a 9.7 kilometre journey or connect to other trails, like Whiskey Jack, and continue the adventure. Check the Peter Lougheed trail report before you go for the latest trail conditions and snowfall information.
Location: Peter Lougheed Provincial Park
Located in Spray Valley Provincial Park, the Mount Shark trail is best for intermediate to advanced skiers, with some challenging sections. The trail is 15 kilometres out-and-back and popular with racers in training along six interconnected loops. It’s a great idea to download the Mount Shark trail map before you go and print a copy for easy access on your day in the mountains.
Location: Alberta T0L 2C0