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Canada's NEWEST Nordic Destination
A memorable Nordic skiing adventure is waiting for you on some of the most scenic alpine terrain in North America. The Squamish area is renowned for its stunning mountain vistas, more-than-generous snowfalls, and wide range of cross-country skiing trail systems. From treks through ungroomed routes by frozen waterfalls and cedar groves, to the world-class Nordic facilities in the Callaghan Valley, you’ll find a cross-country skiing experience for every level and every skier.
Brandywine Falls Provincial Park - 20 minutes north of Squamish
Skiers looking for a rewarding, but short trek should stop by Brandywine Falls Provincial Park and cut their own path to Swim Lake from the parking lot. Just follow the summer hiking trail markings for a 2km lakeside, scenic journey to the falls and back through breathtaking and silent, old-growth forest. Crossing the bridge over Brandywine Creek is an adventure in itself, especially if the snowpack is so deep that you ski at the same height as the top railing. Pause in the shelter of a cedar grove at lakeside to admire the Black Tusk, gone white with snow. From there, retrace your tracks to Brandywine Creek and head along the trail to the falls. Cross the BC Rail tracks and ski a short distance to the observation platform beside Brandywine Falls. In winter, the sound of Brandywine Creek tumbling onto the exposed boulders below is remarkably similar to that of a jet streaking high in the sky above. All this glory, and you may even have the place to yourself.
Callaghan Valley - 30 minutes north of Squamish
This is the mother lode of Nordic trails in the area, and the ultimate cross-country experience for any skier. Ski Callaghan offers a unique blend of the world's most modern, high performance Nordic ski training facilities coupled with one of Canada's most spectacular wilderness snowshoeing & ski touring venues. Together, Whistler Olympic Park and Callaghan Country Wilderness Adventures offers winter recreationists North America's most extensive Nordic experience!
The convenience of a single Ski Callaghan pass provides access to three day lodges and an expansive trail network of more than 130km to explore by ski or snowshoe.
The Olympic Park was the site of the cross-country, biathlon, Nordic combined and ski jumping events for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Park boasts 55km of expertly groomed trails for both classic and skate skiing, ranging from beginner (green) to Expert (black), as well as 5km of lighted trails, snowshoeing, a modern day lodge, plus the connected Callaghan Country trail system which offers an additional 42km of groomed skiing. In total, that’s a stunning 97km of groomed trails for Nordic enthusiasts to enjoy.