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Exploring Winter Wonderland: Cross Country Skiing in the Canadian Rockies

Author: Kayley Terlesky


Welcome to the picturesque Canadian Rockies! Known for its stunning natural beauty and abundant outdoor activities, the Bow Valley and surrounding area is paradise for winter enthusiasts. Among the many winter sports available, cross country skiing stands out as a favourite among locals and visitors alike! In this post, we will delve into the wonders of cross country skiing in the Bow Valley and discover why it’s an experience you don’t want to miss!

Cross-Country Skiing

Surrounded by the soaring mountains, dense forests, and glistening frozen lakes, the Bow Valley offers a diverse range of trails suited for all skill levels. Whether you’re a beginner -- like me -- or an experienced skier, the Bow Valley and beyond has something for everyone! One of the highlights of cross country skiing in the mountains is the opportunity to immerse yourself in nature’s grandeur.

Picture yourself gliding through snow-covered landscapes with majestic peaks towering above you. As you explore the trails, keep a safe eye out for the wildlife such as bears, deer, elk, and even the occasional glimpse of a snowshoe hare. To maintain your safety, it’s advised to travel in groups, make noise while on the trails and keep your pets leashed. The serene beauty of the Bow Valley’s winter wonderland is truly awe-inspiring!

Canmore's Ski Trails

Canmore boasts a vast network of meticulously-maintained ski trails that cater to all abilities. Not to mention the Canmore Nordic Centre -- a legacy of the 1988 Winter Olympics -- is a must-visit destination for cross country skiing enthusiasts. With up to 100 kilometers of groomed trails, this world-class facility offers a mix of beginner-friendly loops and challenging routes that wind through stunning alpine meadows and serene forests.

If you crave more adventure, 56 kilometers East of Canmore is the well known Kananaskis Village, where more cross country skiing trails await your company!

Or you can head to Banff (25 km) and Lake Louise (80km) West of Canmore to venture further!

Lessons & Rentals

If you are new to cross country skiing or looking to enhance your skills, Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise, and Kananaskis Valley offer lessons and equipment rentals:

Trail Sports- 2003 Olympic Way, Canmore, AB T1W 2T6

Canmore Nordic Centre- 1988 Olympic Way, Canmore, AB

Chateau Mountain Sports- 405 Spray Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1J4

Snowtips- Bactrax- 225 Bear St, Banff, AB T1L 1B5

Kananaskis Outfitters- 1 Mt Sparrowhawk Crescent, Kananaskis, AB T0L 2H0

Nakiska Ski Area- 2 Mt Allan Dr, Kananaskis, AB T0L 2H0

Wilson Mountain Sports- Samson Mall, Building A, 101 Lake Louise Dr, Lake Louise, AB T0L1E0

Accommodations For Your Stay

Cross country skiing is an extraordinary experience that combines physical activity, natural beauty, and a sense of adventure. With its stunning surroundings, well-maintained trails and warm community, the Bow Valley and surrounding area offers an ideal destination for both seasoned skiers and beginners. So, grab your skis, breathe in the crisp mountain air, and embark on an unforgettable journey!

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