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Canadian Rockies Nordic and Cross Country Ski Guide

Photo by Jon Wick

Great winter workout with many wild places all to yourself in the Canadian Rockies

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Cross-country skiing and its burlier cousin, backcountry skiing (or ski-touring) are the main activities of choice for many long-time Canadian Rockies residents, and for good reason. Not only are they great exercise, they also put some fantastic terrain at your feet – and give you beautiful places to explore without any summer crowds.

If you’ve never tried it, don’t be daunted by cross-country skiing (or Nordic skiing).  A half-hour lesson it all it takes to set most people up – and the gear can usually be rented for about $25/day.


Cross Country Ski Destinations

Canadian Rockies’ cross-country skiing hot-spots are Canmore Nordic Centre, Kimberley Nordic Centre and Greywolf Nordic Centre.

In Banff details of the local full network are given in the indispensable Nordic Trails in Banff National Park pamphlet in the town’s visitor center.

In Jasper there’s an incredible 300km trail-network to explore; the downloadable Jasper National Parks Winter Activity Guide is invaluable for planning.


At A Glance

Price Range:
budget
midrange
luxury
Most Suited to:
single
couples
Season:
winter
spring
summer
fall
Length:
day
weekend
longer

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