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Canmore Nordic Centre

Average Rating:    (4.4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 20

Everything from beginner to World Cup style (elite). Many km's of different trails. Always a blast and free facilities... showers even!
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Latitude
51.080961635064114
Longitude
-115.37824630737305
Trail Directions
Go to Canmore, follow the signs to the Nordic Centre.
Trail Length
various
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Canmore
   


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Review Date
June 24, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: BrentP ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

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



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Review Date
August 19, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: wedelmaster ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
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)



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Review Date
January 15, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Canadian Biker ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
Look for the sign that says CANMORE NORDIC CENTER DUH!!!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
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.



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Review Date
March 12, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: pinkrobe ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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. :)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Benchlands, on the other side of the valley [unless they turned it into a golf course].



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Review Date
June 16, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Craig Nadeau , from Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Summary:
I have competed in most of the races at the Nordic Centre. There are near limitless trails to explore. Great facilities. It is a different ride than taking long trails but the variety is tremendous and you are only a click out of Canmore. There are trails for all skill levels. The 24 hours of Adrenaline goes here in July and is the Woodstock of Mountain Biking. It is not really designed to be a scenic venue with the exception of a couple of spots.

Recommended Route:
Ride to Banff and return later in the day.



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