CHOOSE YOUR KOOTENAY NORDIC DESTINATION THIS WINTER OR TOUR THEM ALL.
Experience winter wonderland on the Kootenay side of the Rockies, where small town culture and a passion for cross-country skiing converge to provide a wealth of groomed and touring trails to explore. Get outside this winter to revive your free spirit and challenge your stamina in a safe, inspiring and healthy environment.
From Fairway to Ancient Cedar Forest
Groomed XC Trails: 50km+ in five distinct areas
Fernie offers a variety of cross-country trails including Nordic-only and multi-use trails, including dog friendly areas, huts and facilities. The Elk Valley Nordic Centre features trails for all abilities with many programs and a new warming hut with a wood stove. The Fernie Golf Course offers gentle loops with spectacular Rocky Mountain Views. The intermediate terrain at Fernie Alpine Resort provides a secluded forest setting and a great workout. Montane Trails feature Nordic-only and multi-use trails in a rolling terrain layout. Be sure to ski to the Montane Hut for amazing views of the valley and Fernie Alpine Resort. For a true winter wonderland experience book a snow cat ride and lunch package at Island Lake Lodge and enjoy a gentle ski around the lake. For those more adventurous ski up to the Lodge!
UNGROOMED TERRAIN: Many of Fernie’s mountain bike and hiking trails transform into multi-use winter trails for cross-country touring, snowshoeing and fat biking. Try Ridgemont Trails and Mt Fernie Provincial Park Trails.
Make Tracks This Winter… or Follow Them
Groomed XC Trails: 65km+ including night skiing
The Kimberley Nordic Club is a first-class network consisting of over 65km of groomed trails. The facility includes double track, single track, and center skating lanes. There is a large day lodge, complete with kitchen, tables, washrooms, wood burning stove, and a separate warming and waxing hut. The network also features a 3.5km lit loop for night skiing and Paralympic friendly areas. Ski the biggest cross-country trail system in the Kootenays, beautifully maintained and welcoming to all abilities.
UNGROOMED TERRAIN: Hundreds of kilometres of backcountry routes are located nearby, including Kimberley Nature Park and Horse Barn Valley Trail Area, Lois Creek Trails Area, Round the Mountain Trail, and Northstar Rails to Trail.
Invermere & Panorama
SKI THE LAKE!
Groomed XC Trails: 38km – from lake to mountain
The Whiteway at Invermere on Windermere Lake is officially the longest skating path in the world, with an adjacent 15km of classic and skate skiing trails groomed and maintained by the Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club. The main entry point at Kinsmen Beach has a large timber frame sign with user information and maps. The access point near the Station Pub is perfect for après ski refreshments.
20km of groomed trails follow the Toby Creek trail system at Panorama Mountain Resort and a further 3km are available at Lake Lillian Recreational area, en route to Panorama. These areas have longer seasons due to the higher altitude. A free daily Mountain & Valley shuttle is offered between Panorama Resort and Invermere.
RADIUM HOT SPRINGS
Radium Play at Nipika
Groomed XC Trails: 50km
Nipika Mountain Resort is located 30 minutes outside of Radium Hot Springs, 14km down Settlers Road just bordering Kootenay National Park. This hidden gem is home to 50km of groomed classic and skate ski trails as well as separate groomed fat bike and snowshoe trails. There are trails for every ski ability and every winter activity. All trails are pet friendly, bring your furry friend for a ski. On site wax room, rental shop, heated day lodge, and lunch area. Lessons are also available daily. View online trail maps.
UNGROOMED TERRAIN: Kootenay National Park offers self-guided cross country skiing around Dog Lake or Cobb Lake. This area is not groomed, maintained or patrolled but are enjoyed by many. Use at your own risk.
Nelson & Kaslo
Mild & Wild
Groomed XC Trails: 40+km in 3 areas
Explore the wilder side of the Kootenays and discover spectacular terrain, an adventurous cross-country community and fresh, crisp winter air. Groomed trails for skate and classic skiers range from grand forest systems with gentle elevation gains alongside winding rivers, to killer uphill grinds with stunning views. The trails feature warming huts, washrooms, and magical night lit loops.
UNGROOMED TERRAIN: For the casual skier, there are dog, kid & snowshoe-friendly rail-trails following Canada's "Great Trail".
Groomed XC Trails: 50
Nordic Skiing at Rossland is a blue-chip experience on a white chip budget, all only 4 minutes north of town. Black Jack Cross Country Ski Club boasts extensive professionally-groomed trails for classic and skate skiing, a Biathlon range, a 2km doggy loop, 3 cozy cabins, 2.5kms of lit trails, rentals and Le Petit Fromage, a unique evening ski excursion and fondue experience.
UNGROOMED TERRAIN: The Rossland Range Recreation Site is a free public use area in the high mountains and rolling hills near Rossland featuring a chain of unique, winter, day-use shelters for all ages. Strawberry Pass Summit and the primary parking area is located about 19km north of Rossland on Highway 3 and 3B.
Like Nowhere Else!
Groomed XC Trails: 45km
Castlegar's Paulson Recreation Area has over 45km of packed and tracked ski trails ranging from beginner to advanced levels mainly for classic skiing. The rolling terrain through the mosaic forest is what makes this xc ski experience like nowhere else. The old growth lines the groomed trails and the four convenient shelters are set up along the way to warm up and connect with you fellow skiers.
LEGENDARY XC, SINCE 1891
Groomed XC Trails: 26
The Mount Macpherson trail system is groomed for both classic and skate, including 6km lit for night skiing. The Revelstoke Nordic Day Lodge has a large eating area upstairs with a pellet stove, a kitchen, and warm drinks (by donation) surrounded by a large wraparound deck with beautiful views. Downstairs there is a boot change area with cubbies and washrooms.
Climb Main Loop trail to the historic Old Sandberg cabin, where you can stoke the fire and enjoy incredible views. If that’s not enough of a challenge, continue to Log Roller and Hydro Way, testing your climbing and descending skills. Group and private lessons are available through an in-house coach. Ski rentals are offered at the Mount Macpherson Nordic Lodge and in downtown Revelstoke.
In the 2018/19 season 4.5km of new trails were added, including 3km of challenging trails throughout our southern network and a 1.5km gentle rolling trail connecting our southern and western areas. The parking area was also expanded as well as an enlargement of the flat terrain around the stadium to increase capacity for club events.
Groomed XC Trails: 39kms on two trail networks
Located at the base of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, the Dawn Mountain Nordic centre was host to the Canadian Masters Championships in 2012 and features groomed trails for all abilities. The Dawn Mountain Chalet is a heated day lodge offering a workshop area for ski waxing, rental shop and store plus a kitchenette and lounge area and a large staging area for lessons. Trails at the Golden golf course are perfect for novice skiers.
UNGROOMED TERRAIN: Make your way through established forests and across Cedar Lake at the Moonraker area. Yoho National Park is just 40-minute drive east of Golden and offers several cross-country skiing options.