Calgary has over 25 kilometres of groomed cross country ski trails for the public to enjoy. Did you know it’s FREE to ski on these park and city golf course trails? Cross country ski terrain is typically groomed from December to late March, weather/snow permitting. Please note that dogs are not permitted in city golf courses.
Here are the parks and golf courses you can ski at in 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. 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.
|Confederation Park Golf Course at Night|
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.
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 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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