Canmore Nordic Centre
CROSS COUNTRY SKIING AND SNOWSHOEING
1988 Olympic Way, Canmore, AB T1W2T6
The Canmore Nordic Centre (403-678-2400; www.albertaparks.ca/canmore-nordic-centre.aspx) was created in the Canadian Rocky Mountains as the site where many XC ski events were held for the 1988 Winter Olympics. It is now a provincial park in Alberta, Canada and is a world class, year-round facility. Only 105 km west of Calgary, the Canmore Nordic Centre has 20 km of trails that can be covered with machine-made snow. The centre also stores snow through the summer, which enables it to open as early as mid-October on limited trails. The facility has 65 km of groomed trails for classic and skate skiing, a biathlon range, disc golf, mountain biking, and more.
All the trails at the Canmore Nordic Centre are groomed for classic and skate skiing with 6.5 km illuminated for night skiing and there is a biathlon range with 31 firing lanes. The meadow in the middle of the trail system has spectacular views of the town of Canmore, the Bow Valley, and the surrounding mountains and it is easily accessible by skiers of all levels. For updated trail information, click trail report. For an on-site view, click Daily Web cam.
The Canmore Nordic Centre Daylodge has washrooms, lockers, waxing rooms, and the Fresh Trax Cafe, which has hot and cold meals, beverages and snacks. The lodge, which has comfortable seating and a fireplace is open from 9-5 daily.
Trail pass prices: Adult aged 18 and older = $15 per day; Seniors aged 55 and older and Juniors aged 12-17 = $11.25 per day; Children aged 6-11 = $9. All prices include GST. Season pass and family passes are available. There is a $7.50 fee for a Biathlon Range day pass and air rifle rental is $2.00. Snowshoeing is not permitted on groomed trails. Rental equipment, lessons, and tours are available on site through the service provider Trail Sports (403-678-6764).
Prices for rental equipment, lessons, and tours via Trail Sports: Rentals are available for recreational and performance interests. The recreational ski package is $20 for 2 hours and $25 per day; children prices = $6 for 2 hours and $9 per day. Toddler ski equipment is $3. Performance and demo equipment are also available for classic and skate skiing. Ice skates are $10 for 2 hours. Snowshoes are $10 for 2 hours or $15 per day.
Ski lessons by CANSI certified instructors as a Drop In (no advance booking required) are 1.5 hours for $45 per individual; Private lesson is 1 hour for $80. Family semi private lesson is 2 adults and 2 kids for $120. A guided ski or snowshoe tour with a certified instructor is $75 for 1.5 hours and suited to skier ability level. Lesson and tour prices do not include a trail pass or rental equipment.
The park also has tobogganing, ice skating, winter disc golf (9 hole course), fat biking on specific trails, and other activities.
Special Events in 2016: BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon Feb. 4-7 and Ski Tour Canada FIS Cross Country World Cup Mar 8-12.