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Why You Need A Canmore Nordic Centre Season’s Pass

by Karen Ung

The Canmore Nordic Centre is a world class facility with terrain for all levels and spectacular scenery. If you plan on cross country skiing with your family at least 6 times this season, a family season’s pass will save you money – especially if you get the Early Bird deal in October (10% off)! Individual season’s passes pay for themselves in 11 visits at Early Bird pricing. See why we love cross country skiing at the Nordic Centre!

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Canmore Nordic Centre
  1. They have snow! Snow making on 20 kilometres of trails ensures a longer season with more consistent conditions. We skied until mid April last season!
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    Super spring skiing!
  2. World class grooming: The grooming here is amazing and done on a daily basis, so every morning you can ski on pristine tracks. There’s a reason that competitive cross country skiers train and race here (the fact that the terrain is rad also helps)!
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    Beautiful tracks at Canmore Nordic Centre
  3. 65+ km of groomed trails –  for classic and skate skiers of all levels! 
  • Skate skiing: If you’ve had a hard time finding skate skiing trails, you will love skiing at Canmore Nordic Centre. Tons of trails to choose from! 
  • My favorite trails: As a classic skier, I love challenging myself on Olympic (a short, black run with a big climb up “Beckie’s Hill” and awesome descent), Roller Coaster, and King of Sweden (another black run). 
  • My kids’ favorite trails: My kids enjoy Banff Loop (green) to the Meadow Hut, and Lynx (a rolly blue trail). It is a slight uphill grade to the hut, so coming back is quite fast. Teach newer skiers to take one ski out of the track and make a half snowplow to slow themselves down.
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    Fun trails for the whole family!
  • Night skiing! 6.5 km of beginner terrain (Banff Loop) are illuminated until 9:00 pm! We take advantage of this on Friday nights when we arrive in Canmore. Did you know night skiing (5-9 pm) is free? 
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    Canmore Nordic Centre at sunset
  • Epic views: Perched above Canmore, the Nordic Centre’s views are hard to beat. My favorite viewpoint is near Meadow Warming Hut (2.6 km from the Day Lodge).
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    Meadow Warming Hut
  • Comfort: Warm up in the large Day Lodge or Meadow Warming Hut 2.6 km from the Day Lodge. The Day Lodge has a concession, wifi and showers for your convenience. My husband and I take turns skiing and hanging out with the kids in the lodge when they get all tuckered out.
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    Fireplace in the Day Lodge
  • Wax Rooms: Rooms #1 and #2 are open to the public at no cost. Wax your skis here instead of mucking up your garage!
  • Convenient location: Canmore Nordic Centre is only 105 km from Calgary, and less than 10 minutes from downtown Canmore. We love dining at Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company after a good ski. Public transit goes from downtown Canmore to the Nordic Centre if you’re visiting without a car. 
    Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company, Canmore
    Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company, Canmore
  • Lessons and Rentals available onsite: Trailsport, adjacent, to the Day Lodge has cross country skis, fatbikes, snowshoes, winter disc golf and orienteering equipment, and bike trailers for rent.
    Beckie’s Hill is on Olympic Trail
  • Economical: A family season’s pass pays for itself in about 6 visits if you have 2 kids that are 6 & up (children 5 & under ski free). Individual passes pay for themselves in 12 visits (or 11 with the Early Bird discount). Save 10% on a season’s pass when you buy before October 31, 2017!
  • Cross Country Ski Season

    The regular season runs from mid November (opening date to be announced soon) through April 30, 2018.

    Frozen Thunder is a 1-2 km ski track that opens in late October each year to give skiers a head start on the season. It is only open to the public after 12 pm for a fee. Frozen Thunder admission is NOT included in your season’s pass.

    Where to Buy Season’s Passes

    2017/2018 Canmore Nordic Centre season’s passes will go on sale October 1, 2017 at 9 AM MST onsite (at the Day lodge) or online at myAlberta eservices.

    Don’t delay – the Early Bird Sale (10% off) is only until October 31, 2017.

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    As an Alberta Parks Ambassador, I received free admission to Canmore Nordic Centre in 2016/2017, but all words and opinions are my own.

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