Where to Cross Country Ski in Calgary

by - Thursday, December 21, 2017

Calgary has over 25 kilometres of groomed cross country ski trails for the public to enjoy. Did you know the trails are FREE to ski? Cross country ski terrain is typically groomed from December to late March, weather/snow permitting, but this year we had unusually warm weather in December that put a temporary halt to cross country skiing in town. As of December 21, Confederation Park Golf Course has been roller packed. With a little more snow, tracksetting will be possible.

Here are the parks and golf courses you can ski at in Calgary (soon hopefully!):

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, 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.
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. 
Bowness Park (8900 48 Ave NW) has a short, flat loop along the bike path that is maintained by the City of Calgary. 

Confederation Park Golf Course
Confederation Park Golf Course by day

Confederation Park Golf Course
Confederation Park Golf Course at Night

SW Calgary

Shaganappi Point Golf Course (1200 26 St SW) is perfect for beginners. The cross country ski course is pretty, terrain is mostly flat (with one more difficult trail), and you get great views of downtown!
South Glenmore Park (8415 24 St SW) is maintained by the City of Calgary and typically trackset on Wednesdays.

SE Calgary

Maple Ridge Golf Course (1240 Mapleglade Dr SE) is Calgary's largest groomed golf course. It is maintained by the City of Calgary and typically trackset on Tuesdays.

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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).
  • 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 (Source: Shaganappi XC Ski Map Brochure).

Support 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 Calgary Ski club here. Calgary Ski Club maintains Shaganappi Point Golf Course.

Where to Rent Cross Country Skis

In Calgary, you can rent cross country skis at:

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