Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-Country Skiing

British Columbia has more than 50 cross-country skiing areas and countless more options in provincial and national parks.

Discover world-class trails groomed for classic and skate skiing, along with pristine ungroomed backcountry, abundant snowfall, and spectacular terrain.

At Sovereign Lake and Whistler Olympic Park, tackle trails skied by Olympians, or take cross-country ski lessons from a former Olympic coach at Nipika Mountain Resort. Glide through old-growth forests in Strathcona Provincial Park, explore cowboy country on skis at a guest ranch near Williams Lake, and share tracks with wildlife in stunning Manning Park and near Smithers.

Learn more about Cross-Country Skiing in BC’s regions and cities:

Thompson Okanagan: World-class Nordic areas and ski resorts used by Olympians, families and beginners.

Kootenay Rockies: Ski-in/ski-out lodges with big mountain scenery and huge snowfalls.

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast: Guest ranches with endless ski terrain, plus the world’s largest cross-country skis!

Vancouver Island: A mild climate, ocean-to-alpine views and excellent facilities at Mount Washington Ski Resort.

Northern British Columbia: Remote and vast wilderness skiing with plentiful wildlife.

Vancouver Coast & Mountains: Remote trails at Manning Park and on the Sunshine Coast.

Vancouver: Panoramic views from trails at Cypress Mountain near Vancouver.

Whistler: Nordic sites and trails that were used for the 2010 Winter Games, along with après-ski nightlife.

Popular BC Skiing Areas

Ski amongst rugged wilderness and snow-laden forests at Strathcona Provincial ParkSovereign Lake Nordic Centre and Bulkley Valley Nordic Centre, or stay overnight at destination lodges such as Nipika Lodge and Manning Park Resort.

Guest ranches in the Cariboo turn horseback riding routes into rolling cross-country trails in winter. Most major trail networks have day lodges and warming huts, while night skiing and activities like dog-sledding and snowshoeing are often available.

Cross-Country Skiing at Ski Resorts

Eleven of BC’s 13 major ski resorts offer cross-country skiing trails – and easy access to great amenities. Explore groomed tracks for all skill levels, and enjoy restaurants, accommodations, and activities (like downhill skiing). Find trails skied by world-class athletes at Silver Star, Mount Washington and the Callaghan Valley (near Whistler), while Panorama and Kicking Horse offer extensive trail networks with scenic views.

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