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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.

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.

Where to Cross Country Ski in SW Calgary

Shaganappi Point Golf Course (1200 26 St SW) is also beginner-friendly. The cross country ski course is pretty, terrain is mostly flat (with one more difficult trail), and you get great views of downtown!

North Glenmore Park (7305 Crowchild Trail SW) has some groomed cross country trails as of 2019. Maintained by City of Calgary.

South Glenmore Park (8415 24 St SW) is maintained by the City of Calgary and typically trackset on Wednesdays.

Where to Cross Country Ski in 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.

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

Where to Rent Cross Country Skis in Calgary

In Calgary, you can rent cross country skis at:

Where to cross country ski in Calgary

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