Know Before You Go - Cross Country Skiing

What should I wear/bring?

Dress for comfort, avoid wearing cotton and dress in light layers of synthetic or wool so that you can adjust your temperature as you heat up and cool down and to be comfortable in varying conditions. Most avid skiers dress as if they are heading out for a winter run or cycle. Layers that allow for mobility and breathability are best. If you come skiing on a wet day ensure you have a top layer that keeps you dry. Pack thin gloves/avoid thick alpine gloves or mittens. Don’t forget sunglasses, sunscreen and, if you are planning on going on a longer tour, a drink belt plus some light snacks. Our restaurant in the Day Lodge can help you refuel after your ski as well! A limited number of lockers is available at the Day Lodge (own lock required).

Where can I check weather and trail conditions?

Click here for up-to-date weather and trail information.

What trails should I use when I ski on my own without an instructor?

Check our trail map and review the trails according to your ability and fitness. When in doubt, ask our team, they will be able to recommend the perfect trail to you. Be realistic with the duration of your ski session, especially if you are a beginner. It’s better to come back feeling like you still have some gas in the tank as opposed to pushing it at the beginning and then losing your enthusiasm towards future trips. Here are some recommendations:

  • Beginner trails:
    New to cross-country skiing? A great trail to start on is the Neverland trail that leaves right from the Day Lodge and follows flat and forgiving terrain for 3.8 km.  The Neverland trail also provides an opportunity to explore the Olympic cross-country, biathlon and ski jumping facilities. If you are a little more advanced and feel comfortable with moderate up- and downhills, try Top of the World which has a great view and a small picnic shelter. The Madeley Creek trail gives beginners a longer trek through beautiful west coast forest.
  • Advanced Skiers:
    More experienced skiers will enjoy the Olympic competition trails and in particular the Olympic Biathlon Loop for some serious climbing and fun descents.  For those that love long rolling climbs and descents the Norwegian Woods trail and return on Madeley Creek trail provide a great 15km loop. For a great rollercoaster ride skate skiers can head up Madeley Creek to Howe It Goes and Loon Lake. Those skiers looking for a more relaxed ski may want to head out past the ski jumps for a loop around Mountain View, Lower Line Road, Around the World and Cross train.

Skiing with your Dog

  • Whistler Olympic Park/Ski Callaghan allows dogs on select trails.
  • Dog owners and their pups have access to over 27 kilometers of dog friendly ski trails (plus over 17 km of dog-friendly snowshoe trails).
  • Ensure your dog has a valid day admission ticket or pass.
  • Make yourself familiar with the venue’s dog regulations and respect dog-free areas to avoid conflicts with lessons, events and training sessions. For any questions, ask our Guest Services staff.
  • Leash your dog in parking lots and while preparing your skis.
  • Dogs may be off leash on dog specific trails but have to be under control at all times, especially when encountering other Park/trail users or wildlife. Watch your dog especially on winding/curvy trails or on climbs and descents.
  • Pick up after your dog both on the trails and in the parking lots! No one wants that special “wax” on their skis, snowshoes or boots.
  • Dogs (except service dogs) are not allowed in the Day Lodge and other public buildings in the Park.

Safety & Signage

Please familiarize yourself with our safety regulations, the trail ratings and the on-site signage here.

Waxing for Whistler Olympic Park

  • Classic Skiing:
    Temperatures are often around zero degrees Celsius or 32 deg. F at the Park which can make waxing a bit tricky and many skiers choose to use no-wax skis to remove the complication of waxing.  Our rental shop stocks high quality no-wax classic ski equipment.  If you’re a diehard waxing fan that likes to prepare your own equipment try skiing first thing in the morning after a clear night for the best conditions, or prepare for the possibility of breaking out the klister.
  • Skate Skiing:
    The relatively warm temperatures at Whistler Olympic Park (around 0 C or 32 F) make it an ideal site for skate skiing.  Warm snow conditions provide for fast skiing and because skate skis are not “kick” waxed in the same way as classic skis, the waxing challenges encountered by classic skiers are not part of the skating experience.