We woke up to some fresh snow on Thursday and according to the weather reports we will see some above 0C weather for the next few days. Perfect conditions to get outside and do something.
If cross country skiing is your thing and you are new to Calgary - or its your new thing in Calgary - there are plenty of options for enjoying some nordic skiing in Calgary.
The City of Calgary has even provided a list of both groomed and ungroomed locations that you can visit. I've attached a list of the tracked sites here and their website also details some ungroomed locations around the city and some out-of-town destinations. That doesn't include Redwood Meadows, where I usually ski. (It's a flat five-kilometre tracked trail that is ideal for beginners.)
Enjoy the outdoors.
Groomed sites within the city limits according to https://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Locations/Cross-country-skiing.aspx:
- Shaganappi Point Golf Course - Local cross country ski volunteers hope to groom daily and trackset weekly as needed and when conditions allow.
- Confederation Golf Course - maintained by Foothills Nordic Ski Club volunteers. Lions Festival of lights will be visable on Saturday, November 30, 2019.
- Canmore Park - Foothills Nordic Ski Club, in partnership with The City is exploring the opportunity to provide cross country skiing.
- Maple Ridge Golf Course - Due to construction, there will be no access to holes seven, eight, or nine for the winter of 2019/2020. Remainder of the golf course will be accessed east of the cart compound. Typically trackset on Tuesdays and is maintained by Calgary Parks.
- South Glenmore Park - maintained by Calgary Parks. Typically trackset on Wednesdays.
- Bowness Park - maintained by Calgary Parks.