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.
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Travel Offers & Packages
From Fairway to Ancient Cedar Forest
Groomed XC Trails: 50km+ in four 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 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.
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 Plays at Nipika
Groomed XC Trails: 50km
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 and rentals.
UNGROOMED TERRAIN: The Rossland Range Recreation Site is a free public use area in the high mountains and rolling hills near Rossland. 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.
A Journey beyond the track
Groomed XC trails: 78+km in 5 areas
Something for everyone, Arrow Slocan has three nordic areas and groomed scenic trails that connect skiers with the remote nature beyond the track. Hills Nordic area offers 11km of groomed trails for skate and classic ski, plus a 5km groomed section of the Hills Rail Trail. Wensley Creek Ski Trails include 7.4km of groomed track set ski trails and a day use shelter. A 1km cross country ski loop is found at the Summit Lake Ski area.
The K&S Historical Trail is groomed with track set for 3km from Sandon Rail Station to Payne Creek. Skiers enjoy a warming hut, views of surrounding peaks and pass historical mine sites. Adventurous skiers can combine the K&S with the 3km Cody Spur. The 52 km groomed track set Slocan Valley Rail Trail follows the scenic Slocan River, through nature reserves and past local cafes.
UNGROOMED TERRAIN: Many kilometres of backcountry routes are available throughout the region for the more adventurous skier looking to make their own tracks.
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.