Kane Valley Cross Country Ski Trails
Just south of Merritt, the Kane Valley Cross Country Ski Trails is one of the interior’s most popular Nordic skiing destinations.
Profile Last Updated: February 11, 2008
The Kane Valley’s base elevation of 1160 metres provides the ideal climactic conditions for cross country skiing. The snow is dry and usually sits around 1 to 1.5 metres deep while the average temperature hovers between freezing and -15 degrees Celsius throughout the entire winter season. Located off the Coldwater Road exit on the Coquihalla Highway, just 20 minutes south of Merritt, access to the trails is found off Kane Valley Road near Corbett Lake.
The 40 kilometres of ski trails themselves are on crown owned land and follow old logging roads and skid trails through woodlands and wide open slopes. The Nicola Nordic Ski Club maintains the trail system and individual memberships are available for a $30 annual fee. Family memberships run $60 and non-members using the trails are asked to make a $5 donation. Membership fees and donations are the only source of funding used to maintain and groom the trails throughout the year.
Nordic Skiing Paradise
The Kane Valley Cross Country Ski Trails is the only trail system in British Columbia that allows dogs on a portion of the trails. There are five parking areas in the immediate area and shelters, fire pits and outhouses throughout the trail system. When the snow melts, the trails are used for a variety of summer activities including hiking, mountain biking and bird-watching. A Mecca for Nordic ski enthusiasts, the Kane Valley cross country ski trails are among the best the province has to offer.
Man's best friend: The Kane Valley Cross Country Ski Trail system is the only trail system in BC that allows dogs on a portion of its trails.