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Crowsnest Nordic Ski Club Welcomes You!

February 8, 2024

The Crowsnest Pass is known for its mountains, trails and historic sites, but it is lesser known for its welcoming clubs and growing community. One of these clubs is the Crowsnest Nordic Ski Club, a not-for-profit group of cross-country ski enthusiasts dedicated to maintaining and promoting the Chinook Provincial Recreation area in the Pass.

Not only does the Crowsnest Nordic Ski Club work to maintain trails for cross-country skiers, it also has just over 30kms of multi-use trails for snowshoeing and fat biking. The club welcomes visitors and members alike to take part in whatever activities suit their preference.

Photo: GoCrowsnest

Multiple trails to explore

In the Chinook area, you can find roughly 26kms of dedicated skier-only trails, where you’ll enjoy seasonal groomed and track-set trails as you make your way through the east side of the Tecumseh Mountain, enjoying tree-lined terrain and, on a clear day, you may even see the peak of Crowsnest Mountain.

Don't worry if you’re new to cross-country skiing, many of the Allison-Chinook Ski Trails are suitable for all levels. If you're more experienced, you can easily access the surrounding backcountry and carve fresh tracks as you make your way along the Continental Divide. We encourage you to plan your route and view the trail map and conditions ahead of time.

Trail maps will also help you know which routes are dog-friendly. These trails fit for your furry friend can be accessed via the Tecumseh parking area.

Looking to get geared up?

Most local Nordic centres’ will rent outdoor equipment, like cross-country skis or snowshoes. If you’re heading to the Pass, check out your city's outdoor centre for rental gear before you go. Alternatively, if you’re looking to buy; local to the Crowsnest Pass is Spry Active – their friendly staff will suit you up from head to toe.

Making sure you dress for the activity is just as important as the gear itself. Wearing layers and a waterproof shell will keep you the most comfortable throughout the day!

Pack lunch and stay hydrated, you’ll be able to maximize your day if you come prepared. Stock up at any of the local cafés, like the Cinnamon Bear Bakery & Café as you make your way through the Pass.

And as always, leave the trails, the trees and the earth as you found it.

Feel free to leave a donation for the Crowsnest Nordic Ski Club to help them continue to maintain beautiful trails. A donation box can be found at the Allison-Creek trail head or check out their website to donate online.

We hope you enjoy your next Nordic adventure!

Photo: J G D, Unsplash

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