Distance: Over 100 km
Time: 2 hrs – 4 days
Elevation Gain: N/A
Elevation Loss: N/A
Technical Rating: Beginner – Expert
Physical Rating: Easy – Hard
Season: June – October
Permit Required: No
Developed for the 1988 Winter Olympic Games Nordic events, the Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park remains a world-class facility. Enjoy some of the best x-country mountain biking in the Canadian Rockies on more than 100 kilometres of single- and double-track trails. Wide dirt roads allow leisurely rides to scenic lookouts, while cross-country ski trails offer more of a challenge on rolling terrain. Advanced riders will enjoy the large number of singletrack trails winding their way throughout the Centre, while beginners and families can take a spin on the gravel trails taking you to wide open meadows showcasing the surrounding mountains.
The Nordic Centre offers more than just biking; it has a large network of running trails for you to explore, boasts a Frisbee golf course, and there’s even a mountain bike skills park to keep you busy during your visit.
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Located on 1988 Olympic Way, the Canmore Nordic Centre is just minutes from downtown Canmore. Follow Rundle Drive towards Three Sisters, turning right on Spray Lakes Road. Drive a few kilometres up the Spray Lakes Road and look for the turnoff to the Centre on your right – a large digital welcome sign is located next to the turn off.
bikepirate rating: 5 Skulls
2011 Canada Cup Loop: Distance: 6.79 km | Elevation gain: 259 m
Start at the stadium and ride up the Olympic Trail double track, under the ski trail bridge, and over to Coal Road. Continue up the Coal Road to the start of Mad Handler. Take Mad Handler over to EKG, followed by the Laundry Chutes and down to FYI. Ride over to Get Up, across the double track bridge to Eye Dropper. Down Eye Dropper over to Dipped Cone, Soft Yogurt and descend Devonian Drop. Take the short steep climb and ride left back to finish at the stadium.