Winter Ski Trails

 

The west Bragg Creek winter ski trails offers about 45 km of groomed foothills cross country skiing.  Trails are generally easy to intermediate and vary in length from 3 to 16 km. 


Most trails are 10 to 15 feet wide, and groomed with classic tracks on both sides, with skate skiing down the middle.  When skating, the recommended direction of travel is clockwise.


Telephone Loop is a more rustic trail, is groomed less frequently, and not recommended for skate skiing due to its narrow track.


For a complete description of trails, go to Kananaskis Country Trail descriptions:

http://www.albertaparks.ca/kananaskis-country/information-facilities/trails.aspx

Snowshoeing/Hiking/Biking/Dog Walking


When hiking or biking use All-Season Trails, Mountain Road or snowshoe trails.


Snowshoers use snowshoe trails, All-Season Trails, and the meadows adjacent to the Mountain Road.


Several options exist for other trail users during the winter season.  During the fall of 2010, the GBCTA hand built the 5.5 km long Snowshoe Hare loop for snowshoers.  In addition, the GBCTA has built almost 40 km of new all-season trails that are ideal for hiking, fat tire biking, dog walking, and snowshoeing.  


Snowshoeing, biking and walking is recommended on these trails to help prevent damage on the groomed ski trails.  The trails also provide access to additional off-trail terrain into second growth and glades for snowshoers.


Due to environmental sensitivity, Snowshoe Hare loop is closed annually from March 31 to Nov. 30.


Please note that not all trails on the summer map are completed, and caution is advised until complete signage is installed.

Winter Trail Etiquette


This is a multi-use area, non-motorized area. 


West Bragg Creek Ski Trails December 1 to March 31


Ski trails are groomed annually for x-country skiing from December 1 to March 31 or earlier, depending on snowfall.  Please ski on the right, pass on the left and skate ski in the middle. Downhill skier has the right of way. Do not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible to others.


When hiking or biking, use All-Season Trails, Mountain Road or snowshoe trails.


Snowshoers use the Snowshoe Hare Loop, the summer trails and the meadows adjacent to the Mountain Road or other summer and unofficial trails for snowshoeing.  (Please see map)


During this period horses should use Mountain Road; they are not allowed on ski trails.


Dogs must be on-leash in the Provincial Recreation Area (PRA) including the parking lot and surrounding area. Outside of the PRA in the Public Land Use Zone, dogs can be off-leash but must be under control.


If skiing with a dog on leash, use a short leash to prevent interference with others. 


Clean up after your pets and dispose of in garbage bins provided.


For further information, please contact Kananaskis Information 403-678-0760.


THANK YOU FOR YOUR CO-OPERATION

In case of emergency, call 911 and ask for Kananaskis Country Emergency Dispatch

Trailhead information


The west Bragg Creek trailhead is approximately 10 km west of the hamlet of Bragg Creek, Alberta, on Township Road 232. While in the area, don’t forget to stop and explore the hamlet of Bragg Creek, with many shops, restaurants, coffee shops and services.