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Snowshoeing in the Kootenays
In the winter months it is so enjoyable to go out snowshoeing or cross country skiing in our beautiful nature. But sometimes it is hard to think of a new location. Below are some common, groomed trails.
LOUIS CREEK TRAILS
The Louis Creek trails are beautiful cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails adjacent to Kimberley. Its trailhead is located at 8th Ave where it intersects with Elko Street in Kimberley.
LUMBERTON SKI TRAILS
The Lumberton ski trails offer approximately 30 km in trails. It utilizes unplowed logging roads and trails in the Lumberton area. The Lumberton turnoff is about 10 minutes South of Cranbrook on the Crowsnest highway.
The parking lot is located at N40.25.125' W115.58.807' You will see two trails: One leaving the parking lot area in a direction nearly perpendicular to the road and climbing up quite a bit. The other (the left one) gently angling away from the road and going up much more gently. For cross country skiing, take the left one and work your way uphill for around six kilometers (some take their snowmobile for this). The tracks are on the plateau. Remember tracks are prepared by volunteers. Situation and availability is subject to change.
Hosted by the Kimberley Nordic Club are the beautiful trails of North Star. North Star provides a large array of groomed loops through beautiful forest. The trailhead is located at the base of the ski hill. There is an entrance fee. Details about the rates can be found here: http://www.kimberleynordic.org/#!rates/c21kz
South Star offers a 25 km trail with a variety of loops suitable for novice to advanced skiers and snowshoers. The entrance is located at the end of 38th Ave., off the Gold Creek Road.
For the advanced snowshoer/cross country skier most of the trails mentioned here (https://www.mmoutdoors.ca/blog/hiking-trails-in-the-kootenays.html) are also available for winter sports. However, backcountry skiing/snowshoeing can be extremely dangerous and extreme caution must be used.
*** Mountain Man Outdoors is sharing this information as a service to her web site users and is not involved in the availability, suitability, maintenance and/or upkeep of these trails. Please use this information at your own discretion.