About Foothills Nordic and the Calgary Nordic Alliance
In December 2016, Foothills Nordic received approval to operate Nordic trails at Confederation Park Golf Course. Overwhelming support from Calgarians for local Nordic skiing at Confederation led Foothills Nordic to spearhead an initiative to create a single voice for Nordic skiing in Calgary. This initiative led to the formation of the Calgary Nordic Alliance in October 2017.
The Calgary Nordic Alliance represents 12 local clubs (including Foothills Nordic) and retailers working in partnership with the City of Calgary to support reliable and accessible Nordic recreation and training opportunities for Calgarians, right here in the heart of our city. The Calgary Nordic Alliance believes that access to Nordic sports within the city fosters active, fun communities.
What does Calgary Nordic Alliance do?
The Calgary Nordic Alliance:
- Advocates for and supports Nordic sports in Calgary.
- Acts as a united voice representing the collective interests of Nordic clubs, retailers, partners and other supporters.
- Addresses the need for Nordic facilities (cross-country skiing, biathlon and Nordic combined) in Calgary.
- Acts as a single point of contact with policy makers, landowners, funders and other stakeholders.
- Supports local operators through fund-raising and volunteer recruitment.
Foothills Nordic Ski Club and Calgary Ski Club, both volunteer-led, non-profit clubs, operate and maintain ski trails at the City of Calgary’s Confederation Park and Shaganappi Point golf courses through their operating agreements with the City. Thousands of volunteer hours are required each year to bring ski trails to Calgarians. These clubs need to reach beyond their member-bases to support reliable operations for the benefit of all Calgarians. The ski trails that these clubs maintain are open to the public, free of charge and accessible 24/7.
How you can help
The Calgary Nordic Alliance needs your help to ensure Nordic sport access in Calgary.
- Volunteer – Visit the Volunteer page
- Donate – Visit the Donate page
- Learn more – Visit the Calgary Nordic Alliance page.
In June of 2016, WinSport Canada announced the installation of a tube park through the cross-country ski trails at Canada Olympic Park for the 2016/17 season, leaving local skiers scrambling for ski trails in Calgary. Without alternate locations, our city of over one million people and home to the 1988 Winter Olympics did not have a Nordic ski facility with consistent and reliable snow conditions that offered safe terrain for all abilities.
Snowmaking and other enhancements at local golf courses improves the viability of cross-country skiing in Calgary, a lifestyle sport that keeps people of all ages and abilities leading active, healthy, outdoor lifestyles.