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Where to Cross Country Ski in Calgary

by Karen Ung

With over 25 kilometres of groomed cross country ski trails and no trail fees, Calgary is a great place to cross country ski. Cross country ski terrain at city parks and golf courses is typically groomed from December to late March, weather/snow permitting. Here’s where to cross country ski in Calgary this winter.

Cross country skiing at Confederation Park Golf Course, Calgary
Cross country skiing at Confederation Park Golf Course, Calgary

Where to Cross Country Ski in NW Calgary

Confederation Park Golf Course (3204 Collingwood Dr NW) has several loops suitable for beginner and intermediate cross country skiers. Park in the golf course parking lot when open, on 19th St NW, or at Canmore Park. In the evening, from late November to January, ski around the Lions’ Festival of Lights! Don’t forget your headlamp! The driving range is illuminated at night but most of the park is not. Note that there are several ski lessons throughout the week; the busiest times are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 4:30 pm – 7:15 pm.

Canmore Park (2836 Canmore Rd NW) has one trackset loop with a hill and a few “bypasses” to make the loop shorter. We park by the tennis courts, ski the main loop, then cross 19 Street NW to ski at Confederation Golf Course. Watch for dogs near the parking lot as a lot of people bring their dogs to play here.

Bowness Park (8900 48 Ave NW) has 2.5 kilometres of trails maintained by the City of Calgary. The terrain is flat so it’s perfect for beginners.

  • Check if the trails are open here.
  • Cross country ski, ice skate, and ice bike rentals are available at the Boathouse.
  • Washrooms near cafe.

Where to Cross Country Ski in SW Calgary

Shaganappi Point Golf Course (1200 26 St SW) has 7 kilometres of groomed trails. The cross country ski course is pretty, there is beginner-friendly terrain on the west side of the golf course, and you get great views of downtown!

North Glenmore Park (7305 Crowchild Trail SW) has 3 kilometres of groomed cross country trails: two are for skiing only, and one is shared with disc golfers.

South Glenmore Park (8415 24 St SW) has a 2.2 kilometre cross country ski loop that is typically trackset on Wednesday.s

Lakeview Golf Course (5840 19 Street SW) has a groomed cross country ski trail. Check if it’s open here. No washrooms onsite.

Where to Cross Country Ski in SE Calgary

Maple Ridge Golf Course (1240 Mapleglade Dr SE) is Calgary’s largest groomed golf course with several kilometres of groomed trails. Trails are typically trackset on Tuesdays.

East Village Nordic Loop near downtown Calgary features a 1 kilometre loop and warming hut.

  • Access the loop at Fort Calgary, 8 Avenue & 6 Street SE, or Elbow River Traverse Bridge
  • EV Nordic Loop Info & Grooming Update
  • Washrooms: Nearest washrooms are located at 6 Ave & 6 St SE by the playground. Open 8am – 6pm. Accessible facilities available at Fort Calgary and the Central Library.

Know Before You Go

  • Please note that dogs are not allowed in city golf courses as per the year round City of Calgary “No Dogs” by-law 23M89.
  • Dogs must be on leash in city parks.
  • There is no/minimal lighting in the parks so bring a headlamp for night skiing.
  • Stay on ski trails; skate skiers, please skate in skating lanes.
  • Do not walk or snowshoe on ski tracks.
  • Please be courteous and park in designated areas (homeowners near golf courses have complained about a lack of street parking near their homes).

When to Go

  • Golf courses open for skiing – snow permitting – about two weeks after golf season ends.
  • A minimum of 25 cm of snow is required to trackset cross country ski terrain.

Where to Rent Cross Country Skis in Calgary

In Calgary, you can rent cross country skis at:

Support Cross Country Ski Trail Grooming

There is no fee to ski Calgary’s groomed cross country ski trails, but donations for ski club-maintained trails are welcome and appreciated.

  • Donate to the Foothills Nordic Ski Club Grooming fund here. Foothills maintains Confederation Park Golf Course and Canmore Park.
  • Donate to Shaganappi Nordic Operations Club by e-transfer to shagtreasurer@gmailDOTCOM.  (E-transfers are automatically deposited into the SNO account, no passwords are needed.) Shaganappi Nordic maintains Shaganappi Point Golf Course.
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