Nordic skiing is the perfect change-of-pace activity for those wanting to reconnect with nature this winter. Enjoy uncrowded trails while cross-country skiing in the Kamloops area at these three hot spots, perfect for all skill levels.
Stake Lake offers over 60km of cross-country ski trails that are operated by Overlander Ski Club. Established in 1981, Stake Lake has been the chosen spot for cross-country skiers for decades. These professionally maintained trails guarantee you’ll have idyllic conditions for your day in nature. Breathe in the crisp air and enjoy yourself amongst pine trees and animal tracks. Located just 25km south of Kamloops, this family-friendly destination will soon become your favourite winter activity hub. Enjoy night skiing on select lit-up trails, and 5km of dog-friendly trails, so make sure you bring your pup along. There's also a heated day lodge, a wide range of rental equipment, and shelters and outhouses along the trails.
Sun Peaks Resort
Sun Peaks Resort boasts plenty of sunshine and incredible snow, with over 37km of cross-country ski trails. You also have the option to jump on the Morrisey Express Chairlift to access unbelievable backcountry Nordic skiing and picturesque mountain views. If you’re looking to expand your cross-country friend group or discover what makes Nordic skiing so special, catch the Sun Peaks Nordic Festival from March 14-15. There are races of differing lengths, sprint challenges, and a post-race social with plenty of draw prizes and the ever-popular après-ski.
Local ski hill, Harper Mountain has a cross-country trail that's perfect for dipping your toes into the sport. Try out the 3km marked and groomed loop, which meanders through a forested area. You can also rent the gear from Harper Mountain and try out both skate skiing and traditional Nordic skiing.
Whether it's your first-time cross-country skiing or you've had season passes, pack a thermos and bring a friend to experience Kamloops snow by skinnies.