Cross-Country Skiing in Whistler: Everything You Need to Know

Tourism WhistlerJanuary 5, 2023

Uncover a Nordic mecca in Whistler, British Columbia. Just a two-hour drive from Vancouver along the awe-inspiring Sea to Sky Highway. Featuring over 160km of trails sweeping across pristine mountain wilderness, Whistler’s extensive cross-country ski trail network means plenty of variety for all ability levels. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s dive in and explore Whistler’s three world-class Nordic locations all easily accessible from the vibrant Whistler Village.

Photo: Tourism Whistler/Justa Jeskova

Lost Lake – Winter Wonderland in the Heart of Whistler Village

Nestled in the heart of Whistler Village, immerse yourself in a winter wonderland of tranquil coastal forest of the Lost Lake Nordic Trails. Featuring stunning mountain and lakeside vistas, this idyllic park setting offers over 25km of cross country ski trails groomed for both skate and classic technique and over 15km of dedicated snowshoe trails to discover. After a day adventuring through the trails, get cozy at the lakeside warming hut or grab a hot chocolate at the Cross Country Connection Café and Day Lodge.

Local Tip: Ski after dark under the lights – Lost Lake offers 4km of lit trails to enjoy an evening of skiing after the sun sets.

Photo: Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane

Whistler Olympic Park – Where Olympic Legacy Meets Unmatched Terrain

Experience endless outdoor recreation where pure mountain wilderness meets world-class trails at Whistler Olympic Park, a short drive south of Whistler Village in the spectacular and serene Callaghan Valley. As the Nordic venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, there is no shortage of cross-country exploration with 120km of groomed trails for both classic and skate skiing of all abilities. A true Nordic paradise, Whistler Olympic Park also features access to biathlon facilities, snowshoe trails, tobogganing, dog friendly trails, and a full-service Day Lodge offering food and beverage, retail and rental services and skills clinics.

Local Tip: Be sure to check out the Alexander Falls snowshoe trail and get an up close experience of the massive 55-metre waterfall, which freezes in low temperatures.

Photo: Tourism Whistler/David McColm

Callaghan County – Wild & Rugged Backcountry Escape

Located adjacent to Whistler Olympic Park is Callaghan Country, a nature lover’s paradise and backcountry adventurer’s playground. 7,000 hectares of breath-stealing hills and sweeping meadows are accessible via groomed classic and skate cross country ski trails; snowshoeing trails; ski touring routes; and snowcat shuttles to the Journeyman Lodge. Complete with a trailside bonfire, Callaghan Valley provides the charm and warmth of traditional ski culture.

Local Tip: Book ahead and enjoy an unforgettable stay at the Journeyman Lodge, a hand-built, authentic backcountry inn tucked away in the Callaghan Valley, the perfect place to escape overnight and enjoy a secluded Nordic getaway.

Photo: Tourism Whistler/Justa Jeskova

After a day out in the snow, head back to discover what makes Whistler Village a permanent fixture on bucket lists around the world. As the base camp for outdoor adventure, Whistler offers ice-skating, tubing, ziplining, snowmobiling and downhill skiing and snowboarding at Whistler Blackcomb. Indulge your senses through a multitude of art and cultural experiences or rejuvenate at one of Whistler’s many spas and wellness facilities such as the outdoor Scandinave Spa. Finally, don’t forget to treat your tastebuds with a feast at one of the many restaurants and toast to your day’s adventures with an après session at a cocktail lounge or bar.

Photo: Tourism Whistler/Justa Jeskova

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