The time has come to trade your alpine skis in for the skinnier variety, cross-country skis that is! Whistler is surrounded by Nordic ski trails. Some are located in Lost Lake, while others are out in the Callaghan Valley. Regardless of where you decide to go, cross-country skiing is an enjoyable way to explore the mountains while taking the time to enjoy the scenery. It's not as easy as it looks, both classic and skate skiing are physically demanding, but that doesn't mean it's not for everyone. One of the joys of Nordic skiing is that you choose your own level of intensity and your own adventure! Ready to give it a try?
Once the snow falls, Lost Lake turns into a Cross-Country skiing hot spot! With over 25 kilometers of trails for classic and skate skiing, the area is an unforgettable place to explore for several hours. The trails take you all the way out to the Nick North Golf course and on to Green Lake. Rentals and maps are available at Cross Country Connection, located in the Lost Lake Passivhaus. Coffee, organic fresh fruit smoothies, grilled sandwiches and the famous $1 cookie can also be found at the Passivhaus for an after ski treat.
The Whistler Olympic Park is located in the Callaghan Valley and is one of the Olympic Legacies. There is access to over 90km of trails groomed for both classic and skate skiing, 30km of which are dog-friendly! Additionally, many of the trails are lit so your adventure can carry on until after the sun goes down. If you do decide to go at night, be sure to bring a headlamp. Once you have finished exploring the trails, head inside the lodge for some yummy food. The Whistler Olympic Park is worth spending a day at, whether it's on the Nordic trails, visiting the Olympic Ski Jumps or tubing!
Day passes can be purchased at these all of these venues and equipment can be rented as well. What's more, both locations offer lessons in either cross-country or skate skiing to learn the basics and gain confidence on the trails. Do you have little ones that aren't quite ready for skis? Chariots are available at the Whistler Olympic Park Venue. If you have any questions, be sure to speak to one of our locals who are on hand 24/7 to help you plan the best Whistler holiday possible which might now include cross-country skiing!