Ultimate Guide: Where to Snowshoe & Cross Country Ski Near Vancouver

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Ultimate Guide: Snowshoe & Cross Country Ski Near Vancouver

Dare we hope for a repeat of last winter? 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.

Snowshoe & Cross Country Ski 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 vancouver@familyfuncanada.com and we’ll add your pick to our list.

Cross Country Skiing:

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

Snowshoe:

Dog Mountain

Where: Seymour Provincial Park
Difficulty: moderate
Distance: roundtrip is 5km

Hollyburn Mountain

Where: Cypress Provincial Park, North Vancouver
Difficulty: moderate
Distance: roundtrip is 7km

Brandywine Falls

Where: Brandywine Falls Provincial Park, Squamish
Difficulty: easy
Distance: roundtrip is 2km

Whistler Train Wreck

Where: Whistler (easiest access is Flank Trail trailhead in Function Junction, just 8k south of Whistler Village)
Difficulty: easy
Distance: roundtrip is 5km

Whister Village – Lost Lake Park

Trails: 4 trails
Difficulty: varying levels of difficulty

Whistler Olympic Park – Callaghan Country

Trails: 16 trails
Difficulty: combination of blue, green & black trails

Grouse Mountain Resort – Alpine Snowshoe Park

Trails: 5 trails
Difficulty: combination of easy & challenging runs with varying distances

Mt Seymour Resort

Trails: 11 trails (**named the #1 Resort for Snowshoeing in North America by Snowshoe Magazine in 2012)
Difficulty: variety of green, blue and black trails

Manning Park Resort

Trails: 8 trails
Difficulty: variety of easy, moderate, and difficult trails

Sasquatch Mountain Resort (previously known as Hemlock Mountain)

Trails: 2 trails
Difficulty: one intermediate trail & one difficult

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