Canmore Nordic Centre

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Written by Madison Valois posted on Monday, August 10th, 2009

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Not just for skiing!

The Canmore Nordic Centre hosts plenty of trails for cross country skiing.

The Canmore Nordic Centre offers plenty of trails for cross-country skiing.

CANMORE, Alberta – No vacation to Canmore is complete without an extensive visit to the Canmore Nordic Centre.

The complex was built for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, after Canmore was chosen to host the Games’ nordic events. That put it on the sporting world’s map, and it has thrived ever since.

The center enjoys provincial park status and is administered by Alberta Development. Its responsibilities include overseeing trails in the area that are hailed as world-class for cross-country skiers, mountain bikers and hikers.

In addition to providing winter and summer recreational facilities for the public, the Nordic Centre is the site of choice for Canada to train its national biathlon and cross-country ski teams. In fact, there are 60 kilometers (37 miles) of cross-country and biathlon trail systems designed to meet international nordic competitive standards.

In addition, the trails are carefully groomed and maintained to accommodate classic and skating techniques on the same trail. There’s even a 6.5-kilometer (4-mile) track illuminated for night use.

The complex was refurbished in 2005 for the Cross-Country World Cup, and also to make sure it remains a choice location for future international events.

The Day Lodge at the Nordic Centre boasts a cafeteria, meeting rooms, maps and information, day lockers, showers, washrooms, equipment rentals and lessons. In the summer, the center shifts focus from ski-related services to mountain biking and hiking. Many international mountain biking events are held there each year. To round it all off,  in the summer the center also operates an 18-hole disc golf course.

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