Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-Country Skiing

Canada’s bountiful winter blanket of snow is a Nordic skiing mecca, offering countless trails and endless wilderness for enthusiasts of all ages and experience. Whether you’re up for a gentle glide through an old-growth forest, a heart-stopping downhill blast or a tour into the pristine backcountry wilds, Canada’s got your cross-country fix!

Considering a trip into Canada’s winter playground? Ensure you are thoroughly prepared before you head out – avalanches and quick-changing weather are just two of the challenges you might face.

The Right Gear

Taking the Essentials:
  • Flashlight
  • Fire making kit
  • Signalling device (i.e. whistle)
  • Extra food and water
  • Extra clothing
  • Navigational/communication devices
  • First aid kit
  • Emergency blanket/shelter
  • Pocket knife
  • Sun protection
Leave a Trip Plan with responsible party, family member or friend.

Take equipment specific to cross-country skiing:

  • Poles, boots, and skis properly fitted and well-tuned
  • Warm, waterproof jacket & pants
  • Thermal underwear
  • A second layer for warmth on colder days
  • Warm gloves, socks & hat, with extras of each
  • Trail maps
  • Hydration system
  • Pocket knife with a screwdriver blade
  • Replacement ski tip and pole basket and screws for your bindings

Regardless of your skills and experience, follow these tips for a safe and enjoyable outing:

  • Plan your trip and leave a Trip Plan.
  • Check the weather and avalanche conditions in your area.
  • Select trails that are within your ability and limits.
  • Stay on marked trails and ski in the specified direction on one-way trails.

From well-groomed trails to off-piste terrain, it doesn’t matter how you take advantage of all this incredible province has to offer…you’ve just got to “Get informed + go outdoors”!

Cross Country Skiing

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