Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in Calgary is an exhilarating way to get active and enjoy the beauty of our snow-covered landscapes. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing can be done in any park plus there are several dedicated cross-country skiing tracks available in and around Calgary.
Groomed cross country skiing areas in Calgary
If you have any questions regarding cross country-skiing please click on the links to the Ski Clubs below as they are maintained and are trackset by a machine for easier skiing by these clubs.
Ungroomed areas in Calgary
Parks and schoolyards offer cross-country skiing and snowshoeing opportunities, but unless it's immediately after a snowfall, skiable areas can be rough due to competing uses such as pedestrians, dog walkers and cyclists. Some more popular ungroomed areas include:
Outside of Calgary
The following natural areas typically offer good terrain, varied ski trails and optimal snow conditions:
- West Bragg Creek
- Ribbon Creek
- Bearberry Nordic Centre (near Sundre)
- Sandy McNabb (west of Turner Valley)
- Canmore Nordic Centre
- Peter Lougheed Park
- Mt. Shark Trails
- Smith Dorrien
- Chateau Lake Louise
- Emerald Lake/Field Trails
Note: Some ski areas now charge user fees. Please check before you head out.
Confederation Park Golf Course - Driving Range Ski Trails Pilot Program
Calgary Recreation and Foothills Nordic Ski Club (FNSC) have worked in partnership to provide cross country ski trails at Confederation Park Golf Course for more than 20 years, and we are now adding new trails designed for adults and kids ski programs.
The City is committed to active lifestyles. Enhancing the programming opportunities for Calgarians in the winter maximizes the year-round usage of public recreation facilities.
Ski trails for this pilot program will be built on Confederation Park Golf Course’s driving range and FNSC will make and farm snow when required for the 2016/2017 winter season. Some lighting will be provided on the driving range, and the golf course parking lot will be available for participants.
Below are the frequently asked questions on the project and contact details should you require any additional information.