Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing is an exhilarating way to get active and enjoy the beauty of Calgary's snow-covered landscapes.

While cross-country skiing and snowshoeing can be done in almost any park, there are several dedicated cross-country skiing tracks available in Calgary. Our cross-country ski and snowshoe areas are free to use.

Groomed cross-country ski trails


Cross-country areas maintained by City of Calgary Parks and ski clubs and are trackset by a machine for easier skiing.

Tracksetting is seasonal and starts when there is sufficient snow and ends when temperatures are too warm to keep snow where it is needed for the track.

Hours of operation are park hours: 5 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Bowness Park

Bowness Park ski trails are maintained by Calgary Parks.

Location: 8900 48 Ave NW
Washrooms:

Washrooms are seasonal and may not be open.

Confederation Golf Course

Confederation Golf Course ski trails are maintained by volunteers from the Foothills Nordic Ski Club.

Washrooms:

No washrooms onsite.

Lakeview Golf Course

Lakeview Golf Course cross-country ski trails are maintained by Calgary Parks.

Washrooms:

No washrooms onsite.

Maple Ridge Golf Course

Maple Ridge Golf Course cross-country ski trails are maintained by Calgary Parks and are typically set on Tuesdays.

Washrooms:

No washrooms onsite.

North Glenmore Park

North Glenmore Park ski trails are maintained by Calgary Parks.

 

North Glenmore Park has three cross-country ski trails. Two trails are designated specifically for skiing. One trail is designated as mixed use for skiing and disc golf.

Washrooms:

Portable toilets in two adjacent parking lots.

Shaganappi Point Golf Course

Shaganappi Point Golf Course ski trails are maintained by volunteers from the Shaganappi Nordic Operations Club. Grooming for skate skiing will be done a minimum once a week, more frequently depending on volunteer availability.

Location: 1200 26 St SW
Washrooms:

No washrooms onsite.

South Glenmore Park

South Glenmore Park ski trails are maintained by Calgary Parks.

Washrooms:

Year-round washroom in the 90th Avenue parking lot and portable toilets in the Variety Park parking lot.

Rules of use:

  • Do not remove or go under roped or barricaded areas.
  • Follow all signs while on site.
  • Yield to grooming equipment.
  • Maintain physical distancing at all times (2 metres).
  • Foot traffic and snowshoeing - stay to the outside of the lane opposite the classic tracks.
  • ​Dogs are not allowed on golf courses. In other parks they must be on a leash at all times.

Additional information:

  • All City cross-country ski areas are free to use.
  • Parking lot access varies by location. Maple Ridge Golf Course has street parking only (parking lot closed).
  • Golf course clubhouses closed during winter.
  • No concessions on site.
  • Not all ski areas have washrooms on site. Check above.
  • ​We ask that only skiers use the ski trails. Snow shoeing and dog walkers generally trample down the track. We ask that walkers use pathways.

Ungroomed cross-country ski areas


Ungroomed cross-country ski areas are open to the public but do not recieve tracksetting.

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.

Popular ungroomed areas include:

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