Published on December 15, 2021

Get Outside and Try the Cross-Country Ski Trails

St. Albert and Sturgeon County are fortunate to have extensive trail systems and fantastic community groups and regional partners who have come together to create a network of over 20 km of groomed cross-country ski trails.

“We look forward to welcoming cross-country skiers to Sturgeon County,” says Alanna Hnatiw, Mayor of Sturgeon County. “We are proud to host one of longest networks of cross-country ski trails in the capital region. Getting outside for physical activity is such an important part of staying healthy, both mentally and physically.” 

With the recent snowfall, many ski trails are already set. The network of trails stretches west along Sturgeon Road to Kingswood Park and extends from the edge of Riverlot 56 Natural Area towards Bellerose Drive and Starkey Road. You can view an interactive map of the trails from Sturgeon County or visit our Cross-Country Skiing page for a map and information on where to access the trail network with parking. 

“Cross-Country, or Nordic skiing, is an ideal activity to get outside and enjoy nature while getting a great workout,” adds Mayor Cathy Heron. “It is a sport that you can do with the whole family and enjoy safely with friends because it naturally allows for physical distancing with a minimum of two metres apart from other skiers.”

people cross-country skiing

When compared to downhill skiing, cross-country skiing is more accessible and affordable. The trails are geared toward the beginner to an intermediate-level skier, and there is no admission fee to use the cross-country ski trails.

To help make skiing a safe and pleasant experience for everyone, we ask that users not walk, bike or snowshoe on the tracks. The groomed trails are for cross-country skiing only. As well, please keep dogs off the tracks, on a leash, and pick up pet waste immediately. 

The cross-country ski trails are groomed and maintained by volunteers for the St. Albert Nordic Ski Club. To learn more about the club and how to get involved or donate to help with trail maintenance, visit Stay tuned to the St. Albert Nordic Ski Club's Facebook or Twitter page for the latest trail conditions.

The cross-country ski trails are a partnership between the City of St. Albert, the St. Albert Nordic Ski Club, Sturgeon County, Riverlot 56 Natural Area Society, Cantiro Communities and the Sturgeon Valley Golf Course.

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Last edited: February 22, 2022