Do you want content like this delivered to your inbox?

2022/23 Guide to Kelowna Nordic Ski Areas | 7 Places to Go Cross Country Skiing Kelowna, BC | 2023 Guide


After becoming a Realtor® in 2002, AJ Hazzi noticed a gap in the real estate market...

After becoming a Realtor® in 2002, AJ Hazzi noticed a gap in the real estate market...

Nov 4 8 minutes read

7 Places to Go Cross Country Skiing: Kelowna, British Columbia | Kelowna Nordic Ski Areas

This guide shows you 7 places to go cross country skiing near Kelowna, BC.

Cross country skiing - also known as nordic skiing -  is a great way to enjoy winter in Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley.

You’ll breathe in crisp & refreshing air, cruise through tall pine & fir trees, and see some friendly faces along the tracks. Nordic skiing is also a great cardio and strength exercise that works your entire body - including legs, arms, chest, shoulders, and back.

You can rent classic cross country skis, skate skis, and snowshoe equipment from places like Fresh Air Concept, MEC, and Play It Again Sports in Kelowna, or buy your own cross country gear in town from Kelowna Cycle, Fresh Air, or Sport Chek.

Pro tip: Before you go cross country skiing, check the trail conditions and temperature so you can pick the right ski wax for the day - this expert step makes a world of a difference on how well you can glide and how hard you’ll need to work. Snow temperatures near Kelowna usually range between -10 degrees to 0 degrees Celsius.

Kids racing on cross country skis at Telemark in West Kelowna

Telemark Nordic Club, West Kelowna, BC

Telemark Nordic Club is known as one of the best places to go cross country skiing in the Okanagan Valley. Telemark features over 60km of nordic trails for both skate and classic skiers that are groomed daily. Trails range in difficulty from green (easier) to black (most difficult), but most are blue (more difficult).

There’s also a great network of snowshoeing and winter hiking trails, and a biathlon track with a target shooting range. If you’re new to the sport, equipment rentals and lessons are available on site. After your workout, you can warm up in the day lodge with a cup of tea, bowl of soup, or your own bag lunch.

Cross Country Ski Trails at Telemark

Our favorite trails at Telemark are Squirrel (Green, 1.5km), Telemark (Blue, 6.8km), and Panorama Ridge (Black, 5.4km). Check the latest trail conditions and snow temperature before you go.


Skiers at Kelowna Nordic Ski and Snowshoe Club

Kelowna Nordic Ski and Snowshoe Club

Kelowna Nordic Ski Club is a cross country skiing area next to the McCulloch lakes with 75km of wooded ski trails and 75km of snowshoe trails. On a clear day, you’ll get pristine views overlooking the Okanagan Valley as you glide along the tracks.

Also known as the McCulloch Cross Country Ski Trails, Kelowna Nordic’s terrain is suitable for beginners, intermediates, and advanced skiers. Along the way, you’ll pass a number of warming huts to eat lunch, have a drink, or catch your breath. Rentals and lessons are available via the day lodge, but do book ahead.

Note: The Kelowna Nordic Ski parking lot is notorious for vehicle theft, so keep your belongings secure before you head out!


The warming hut at Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre

Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre

Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre is a ski and snowshoe club near Vernon with 105 km of groomed classic and skate ski trails from beginner loops to advanced trails. There’s also a network of well-marked snowshoe tracks. As one of the most popular XC ski areas, Sovereign Lake has tons of ski programs, lessons, and competitions throughout the season. If you buy a Pooch Pass, you can bring your dog on your adventures at Sovereign Lake; check the trail maps page for details.


Trails with views of mountains at Nickel Plate Nordic Centre, Penticton

Nickel Plate Nordic Centre, Penticton

Nickel Plate is a nordic centre with 56 km of groomed classic & skate ski trails located 41km west of Vernon in the South Okanagan. Fast elevation changes, great snow conditions, and gorgeous views make for an exciting day of XC skiing. You can rent gear, including snowshoes, from the Nickel Plate lodge. If you’re serious about improving your skills, you can set up ski lessons on site.


A cross country track lined by trees covered in snow at Larch Hills Nordic Society, Salmon Arm

Larch Hills Nordic Society, Salmon Arm

Located 20 km from the Town of Salmon Arm, Larch Hills is one of the largest cross country skiing areas in the Okanagan with 170 km of trails (56 km of which are groomed trails), and 19km of snowshoe trails. Experience skiers will appreciate the long distance trails, great snow conditions, and valley views from the upper trails. In the summer season, you can go hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding on the Larch Hills trails.


A family going nordic skiing at Big White

Big White Ski Resort

While it’s best known as a downhill ski area, Big White Ski Resort has a solid network of cross country skiing and snowshoe trails. While they’re not the best in the valley by anyone’s measure, if you’re renting a cabin or condo on your Big White trip, the nordic trails make a great diversion from the usual tubing, skating, and apres ski activities.


Classic cross country skiers at Silver Star Resort, Vernon

Silver Star Resort, Vernon

SilverStar Resort, located 24 km northeast of Vernon, BC, is home to 105 km of groomed XC trails, making it the largest groomed XC area in Canada.

With a range of green, blue, and black trails (most are dog-friendly) there’s something for the whole family. Stop at the warming huts along the way for a snack and social banter with your fellow skiers. If you want to stay overnight, you can rent one of the colorful cabins in SilverStar’s quant mid mountain village.


Kelowna Cross Country Skiing FAQs

When does the cross country ski season start in Kelowna?

The nordic ski season in Kelowna typically starts in mid or late November once the snowpack is deep enough to form a base for machine grooming. The Kelowna nordic ski season typically ends with a final groom in mid April.

Where can I get cross country skiing lessons in Kelowna, BC?

You can get cross country skiing lessons (Nordic skiing lessons) at the following locations near Kelowna, British Columbia.

Want to Call Kelowna Home?

Thinking about buying or selling real estate in Kelowna, BC? We're Kelowna's top-rated real estate firm with 700+ 5-star Google reviews and counting. Find out what it's like working with a 5-star agency in the Okanagan Valley.

Vantage West Realty logo

Schedule a Call
We use cookies to enhance your browsing experience and deliver our services. By continuing to visit this site, you agree to our use of cookies. More info

Terms of Use

This website is operated by Vantage West Realty Inc./AJ Hazzi, REALTOR®, a Brokerage who is a member of The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). The content on this website is owned or controlled by CREA. By accessing this website, the user agrees to be bound by these terms of use as amended from time to time, and agrees that these terms of use constitute a binding contract between the user, Vantage West Realty Inc./AJ Hazzi, REALTOR®, and CREA.


The content on this website is protected by copyright and other laws, and is intended solely for the private, non-commercial use by individuals. Any other reproduction, distribution or use of the content, in whole or in part, is specifically prohibited. Prohibited uses include commercial use, “screen scraping”, “database scraping”, and any other activity intended to collect, store, reorganize or manipulate the content of this website.


REALTOR®, REALTORS®, and the REALTOR® logo are certification marks that are owned by REALTOR® Canada Inc. and licensed exclusively to The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). These certification marks identify real estate professionals who are members of CREA and who must abide by CREA’s By-Laws, Rules, and the REALTOR® Code. The MLS® trademark and the MLS® logo are owned by CREA and identify the professional real estate services provided by members of CREA.

Liability and Warranty Disclaimer

The information contained on this website is based in whole or in part on information that is provided by members of CREA, who are responsible for its accuracy. CREA reproduces and distributes this information as a service for its members, and assumes no responsibility for its completeness or accuracy.


Vantage West Realty Inc./AJ Hazzi, REALTOR® may at any time amend these Terms of Use by updating this posting. All users of this site are bound by these amendments should they wish to continue accessing the website, and should therefore periodically visit this page to review any and all such amendments.