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Cross Country & Snowshoeing


Have fun, stay in shape, get out with friends and family!

Cross country skiing is a sport for all ages and abilities.  Come out and enjoy our cross country skiing events and programs this winter. Don’t forget, cross country skiing is one of the most cost-effective winter sports – trail fees are modest if not free at many venues!

Skinny skis not for you?  If you can walk, you can snowshoe.  Most trips take place on packed designated trails but we do occasionally stray from the beaten path.

Member Benefits

  1. Lots of events to choose from.  Easy to advanced, short or long.  Day trips and weekend trips. 
  2. Carpooling to save gas and wear and tear on your car.
  3. On extended trips where we carpool, we subsidize accommodations.
  4. Bus trips, some joint with the downhill crowd, we pay or subsidize the bus cost.
  5. You can earn points at the ski sale to reduce the cost of trips.
  6. First dibs on equipment at our ski sale when you volunteer.
Look at a few of the places we go!
Weekend trip to Nipika Lodge near Radium.  XC skiing, snowshoeing and fat biking.  Subsidized accommodation, free wine & cheese and one paid supper.
Sovereign Lake  next to Silver Star Ski Resort in Vernon. Four days, carpool trip, subsidized accommodation.  Condo with cooking facilities.  Downhill or cross country.  You choose.
Assiniboine Lodge  Helicopter in, back country ski or snowshoe.  Subsidized.  Note this trip is a bring your own food and wine trip.
Milan, Italy  10 days.  Downhill, cross country and snow shoe.  Subsidized.

Note: selection of trips and subsidies may change from year to year.

Where to Ski & Shoe

Calgary offers access to excellent skiing and snowshoeing in the mountains in both south-western Alberta and south-eastern British Columbia as well as access to some local trails within the City.

City trails
Snow and weather permitting, the following areas in the City are used for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Chinooks may cause rapid changes in conditions and some areas may be track-set and others skier set.  Snowshoers should stay to the side of XC trails.  Please avoid any roped off areas. For more information please visit City of Calgary Cross-Country Skiing resources.

Kananaskis Area, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park & West Bragg Creek
With West Bragg Creek less than an hour away and Kananaskis just a little further, there are numerous skiing  and snowshoe trails: Ribbon Creek, Pocaterra, Saw Mill, & Mt. Shark are just a few. No trail fees are required.
For more information please visit Alberta Parks.

Canmore Nordic Centre
A world class facility built for the 1988 Winter Olympics, Canmore Nordic Centre offers excellent trails, night skiing just minutes away from downtown Canmore.  XC skiing only.
For more information please visit Alberta Parks.

National Parks
There is excellent cross country skiing and snowshoeing in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks. Lake Louise is often the first location to get snow and has groomed trails for both classic and skate skiing. It is a good early season location.

https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/activ/skidefond-xcski


https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/activ/raquette-snowshoeing

Nipika
Located just south of Kootenay National Park, this private area offers excellent cross country skiing, snowshoeing and fat biking.  https://nipika.com/


Golden (Dawn Mountain)
Next to Golden’s Kicking Horse Resort, the Golden Nordic ski club maintains the cross country trails at Dawn Mountain. http://goldennordicclub.ca/


Kimberley
Located right next to the Kimberley Ski Resort, this club maintained trail system is excellent.  Cross country only. https://www.kimberleynordic.org/


Equipment

For children/youth: Calgary Ski Club owns equipment, available on loan during the season for children/youth signed up for the Jackrabbit Program. The equipment is available on a first come/first served basis and requires a deposit. Contact the Club for further details on sizing and availability.
For adults: CSC does not have loaner or rental equipment for adults.
Buying New Equipment
In Calgary: Out of town:
Buying Second-hand Equipment
  • Calgary New and Used Ski Sale is the best place to get used equipment.  It is held annually in October at the Max Bell Arena. The ski sale is jointly hosted by the Calgary Ski Club, along with the Lake Louise Ski Club and the Canadian Ski Patrol System (Calgary Zone).
  • Lifesport also has a new/used ski sale each October.
  • Switching Gears is an outdoor consignment shop in Canmore.

Rentals
In Calgary: Out of town:

 

Equipment Checklist:
  • Skis or Snowshoes
  • Poles
  • Boots - make sure they are a good fit and warm
  • Warm clothes, dress in layers. No cotton on the bottom layer, including socks
  • Warm hat that covers the ears
  • Wind/water resistant outer layers
  • Mitts/gloves
  • Wax (if skiing with waxable skis) - there are starter packs available at the ski shops that have 3 hard waxes, a cork and a scraper
  • Water bottle and holder
  • Dry clothes for afterwards

Improving Your Cross Country Skiing Technique
Improving one's overall strength will help you improve your cross country technique.  Strength training exercises are something that you can do at home all year around to improve your fitness.
Apart from taking lessons from the CSC, there are many resources on the web that offer tips on how to improve your cross country skiing technique.
The following links are under construction and will be updated shortly; we apologize for any inconvenience.