Cross Country Ski Trails
Kananaskis Country, Canmore & surrounding area
Kananaskis Country is a spectacular destination for cross-country skiing. There are hundreds of kilometres of cross-country ski trails suitable to all ski levels and techniques, including the Canmore Nordic Centre with over 60 kilometres of world-class cross-country and biathlon trail systems.
Mount Shark Cross Country Ski Trail System
Difficulty Rating: Light to Medium
Location: From Canmore, drive 39 km south on the Smith-Dorrien / Spray Trail (Highway 742 - gravel road) which begins just past the Canmore Nordic Centre. Turn right 5 km. to the Mount Shark parking lot, where you will find the trailhead.
Description: The Mount Shark trailhead offers a variety of challenging cross country ski trails with 6 interconnected loops of varying lengths, most of them rated difficult. All of the trails are groomed and trackset during the winter but all or portions may be closed whenever a race is being held.
Ribbon Creek Cross Country Ski Trails
Difficulty Rating: Light, Moderate, Difficult
Location: From Canmore, drive 35 km east on Highway 1 towards Calgary to the Highway 40 exit and drive south into Kananaskis Country. The trailhead is 23 km. south at the Ribbon Creek Day Use area near Kananaskis Village.
Description: Approximately 60 km of scenic, maintained cross-country ski trails at the base of Nakiska Ski Area. There is a wide range of trails from novice to intermediate and advanced.
Canmore Nordic Centre Cross Country Ski Trails
Difficulty Rating: Light to Difficult
Distance: Over 60 km of trails
Location: From Canmore, follow the signs from downtown.
Description: Designed and developed for the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, the Canmore Nordic Centre offers you exhilarating cross-country outings on over 60 kilometres of world-class cross-country and biathlon trail systems. The trails are designed to meet international Nordic competitive standards, with a variety of challenging terrain to please skiers of intermediate or advanced skill, with some novice trails as well. Trails are groomed and trackset to accommodate both classic and skating techniques on the same trail. A 2.5 kilometre track is illuminated for night skiing. A Day Lodge offers a relaxing atmosphere, enhanced by the large stone fireplace, comfortable seating, and picture window views of soaring Mount Rundle.
The information that we give on any activities is for informational purposes only and not intended to give specific advice. The writer and/or publisher of this website is not responsible for any accidents, injuries, rescues, inconvenience, or loss of life by anyone attempting any of the activities described on this website. It is the responsibility of the reader to use common sense and good judgment to safely enjoy any outdoor activities.
Activities in the backcountry can be dangerous and have many potential hazards. It is up to each individual to know their limits, abilities and level of expertise before attempting any outdoor activity.