Canmore Nordic Centre - Trail, Canmore, Alberta

Canmore Nordic Centre - Trail, Canmore, Alberta

DESCRIPTION

Everything from beginner to World Cup style (elite). Many km's of different trails. Always a blast and free facilities... showers even!

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 24, 2008]
BrentP
Cross Country Rider

I honestly don't see how there could be another mountain biking facility anywhere that can compare to the CNC. There is something here for everyone, but the trail maps show perhaps only a quarter to a third of the actual ridable trails. I would estimate there are probably close to 300 km of trails available, and it isn't hard to spend several hours there and never see another rider. Technically, the CNC offers everything. Heart searing technical climbs that will make you feel like you're about to pass out, scary downhills, rock gardens, single track, double track 'highways', and on and on. This year's 24 Hours of Adrenalin quotes a stat that the course will include about 2,800 feet of climbing (I love climbing). Most of the trails are in the forest, but when you break out into the meadow, the views are outstanding. The only people who don't love this place are the people that haven't ridden it enough to discover what it has to offer.

Customer Service

Go out and pick one. Then another, then another.... you get how it works?

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 19, 2006]
wedelmaster
Cross Country Rider

The Nordic centre is a great spot to ride mainly due to the wide variety of trails and degrees of challenge. The trails range from smooth, wide ski trails with minimal elevation change, to older doubletrack ski trails with more climbs and fast smooth descents, to some great singletrack (which can be harder to find). Best bet is to go into Trail Sports at the Nordic Centre, you can buy a basic but decent map that shows most of the main singletrack in relation to the ski trails.

With the renovations to the ski trails from 2005, the CNC is even more confusing as there are new sections and renamed sections, but after a few rides some of the main ski runs are recognizable and help orient you when you fire out of the woods on some of the singletrack.

Make lots of noise to avoid bears and other wildlife.

Customer Service

too many variables and options. get the map. Killer Bees, The Oven bring you up to some of the high points, from there there are lots of singletrack and ski trail descents and traverses.

the 24 Hours of Adrenalin route is a good 16 km (2006) loop.

Similar Products Used:

Montane traverse, alpine club and G8 trails in the Benchlands on the north side of the valley.
Goat Creek to Banff for a fast fireroad cruise (and Rundle Riverside back for a slow, rooty grind back to the Nordic Centre)

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 19, 2006]
wedelmaster
Cross Country Rider

The Nordic centre is a great spot to ride mainly due to the wide variety of trails and degrees of challenge. The trails range from smooth, wide ski trails with minimal elevation change, to older doubletrack ski trails with more climbs and fast smooth descents, to some great singletrack (which can be harder to find). Best bet is to go into Trail Sports at the Nordic Centre, you can buy a basic but decent map that shows most of the main singletrack in relation to the ski trails.

With the renovations to the ski trails from 2005, the CNC is even more confusing as there are new sections and renamed sections, but after a few rides some of the main ski runs are recognizable and help orient you when you fire out of the woods on some of the singletrack.

Make lots of noise for bears and other wildlife.

Customer Service

too many variables and options. get the map. Killer Bees, The Oven bring you up to some of the high points, from there there are lots of singletrack and ski trail descents and traverses.

the 24 Hours of Adrenalin route is a good 16 km (2006) loop.

Similar Products Used:

Montane traverse, alpine club and G8 trails in the Benchlands on the north side of the valley.
Goat Creek to Banff for a fast fireroad cruise (and Rundle Riverside back for a slow, rooty grind back to the Nordic Centre)

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 15, 2006]
Canadian Biker
Cross Country Rider

This is a great trail if you take a guide out. They can show you all the goods little singletracks or the really steep hills. My favorite trail is called the oven. Its at the highest point of the nordic centre. Its super steep and you really hate yourself for trying to go up it. But once your there you have a really sweet downhill that takes about ten minutes depending how far you go down.

Customer Service

Look for the sign that says CANMORE NORDIC CENTER DUH!!!

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If you like a good jump cross the highway and then take a left as soon as you can and ride down a dirt trail. follow it up the hill and you should see a jump. Ive personaly got about four feet of air. If your any good you should beat that.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 12, 2004]
pinkrobe
Cross Country Rider

There's soooo many ways to combine the trails at CNC. Case in point: the Magic Ride. This starts off by climbing out of the stadium and straight up and over the first bridge. Hang a sharp right, then get onto the Killer B's course [I think] which links up to the old Bike SHop CC course, but then you go left instead of right to get to Terminator, then... The reason it's Magical is because a) I can actually find the route every year and b) it seems to have more downhill than up. Plus you hit some classic old-school downhill, the Giant Berm, and the Coal Chutes. I think it's 15 km and takes about 90 minutes to do the whole loop at a relaxed pace. I can show it to you if you want, as it's not on the maps. Always go to the Sherwood pub afterwards for beer and nachos. It's a moral imperative. :)

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Benchlands, on the other side of the valley [unless they turned it into a golf course].

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 19, 1999]
Scott

The course is about an 9 km loop with the first 3 km a hard climb. The next 5 km is a fast decent with everthing from fast rollers to deadly steep chutes (jump in, hold on, pray).

Just got back from the world cup out their, It was snowing (no this isn't typical for July in Canada, I was their a week earlier and it was 25C) people were dropping out with hypothermia. The course was as greasy as they get.

Highly recommended. If your not into this hard core there are tons of intermediate and beginner trials in the same area.

Customer Service

World Cup Course

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Tons of incredible trails near by. Lots of great biking in Bragg Creek (Powder Face) and Kananaskis.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jul 20, 1999]
Jacques Krzepkowski

This trail starts with a 1.5km (about) climb, leading to a singletrack section filled with roots and rocks. The trail then opens up onto a fireroad before climbing into singletrack again. After another long, flat fireroad section the trail turns into flat singletrack before falling down two steep, rooty chutes. Then the trail falls down the infamous coal chutes (2 really steep chutes on COAL!). The hellish Georgetown climb leads you back to grassy fireroads as you enter the stadium again.

Customer Service

Canada Cup Course

Similar Products Used:

World Cup Course

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 23, 1999]
Luke

The competive trail is fun. Also going all the way to the top is fun and going down all the little single track. WATCH OUT FOR BEARS!!!!!!! i was climbing a hill, and then a bear poped of the forest, i turned around and that was the fastest i ever biked in my life...

Customer Service

Ummm Almost all of them are good

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Sep 29, 1999]
Drummond Lawson

The nordic centre is one of the top XC ski facilities in North America, but Canmore's huge mtn biking population has turned it into an amazing venue for biking too. From Stadium follow the Banff trail, effectively a gravel road, and keep your eyes peeled, many trails branch off in the first few hundred metres. Alternativley, cross biathlon range and follow signs for the Canmore trail. Lots of descending/climbing, fireroad on the Canmore trail, but lots of singletrack if you keep your eyes peeled.

Customer Service

Take off from stadium, you will see a shitload that will all be awesome

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Continue past Nordic centre on spray lakes road, get off at Grassi lakes(500m past NC) and prepar for a sheer climb for 10 min. At top is a beautiful view of Canmore, as well as the impressive Grassi ponds. On return look to left for single track heading further up into woods.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 04, 1999]
Scott

The Nordic Centre was developed for the '88 Calgary Winter Olympics and has an awesome selection of trails. Bisecting the area is the old Banff trail a 6km gravel road that is used to access the rooty Rundle-side portion of the Goat-creek loop. The many trails of the nordic centre criss-cross the road in several places. Start off by exploring any of the well marked trails that vary from 2.5 to 15kms, and tag a few on to eachother. Terrain on the marked trails is usually fire-road width or better with a grass/hardpack consistency. The rolling terrain makes for a fast roller-coaster like ride well suited to novice riders with good conditioning. For the more adventurous there are dozens of single-track routes through the trees that are commonly used in the Canada Cup series, these offer intermeidate to advanced riding and some scary chutes and rooty drop-offs. There is a cafeteria (not always open) and showers. Overall it's great fun to ride here, if you're looking for your first mountain ride or if you're looking to failure-test parts.

Customer Service

I recommend all of the routes at the centre, and I recommend riding lots of 'em.

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The Goat Creek loop is good, there's also the Benchlands across the Trans-Canada Hwy (North side of Canmore)that get an extra month of rideableweather every year.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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