Does anyone else cross their fingers and toes for snow every year? Yes, I’m one of the snow-lovers. I know many people in Metro Vancouver aren’t fans of the white stuff (at least not fans when the white stuff falls any place other than the mountains). But last winter offered endless snow-fun for the kids (and us big kids who masquerade as adults). But regardless of whether we get snow at sea level we can always count on our mountains for oodles of snow. Many of us have gone downhill skiing but how many have tried snowshoeing or cross-country (aka Nordic) skiing? Maybe this year is your chance to try a new sport as a family.

Cross Country Skiing Near Vancouver:

We’ve rounded up our top picks for both cross country skiing (aka nordic skiing) and snowshoeing. We’d love to hear if we’ve missed a favourite destination of your family. Send us an email to and we’ll add your pick to our list.

Manning Park

Trails: 64 km of classic and skate ski groomed trails; 160km of backcountry trails
Difficulty: variety of green, blue and black trails

Cypress Mountain

Trails: 35 trails
Difficulty: variety of green, blue and black trails

Lost Lake Park

Where: Whistler Village
Trails: 32kms
Difficulty: variety of green, blue and black runs

Whistler Olympic Park – Callaghan Country

Trails: 15 trails
Difficulty: combination of groomed & un-groomed trails at varying levels of difficulty