Chartered buses take us to snow country for a day or a weekend. We visit some of Bittersweet,
Sprucewoods, Falcon Lake, Hecla Island, Pinawa, Grand Beach, Pumpkin Creek, Sandilands, Shannondale, Turtle Mountain, Riding Mountain; and out of province ski areas of Duck Mountain in Saskatchewan, or Kenora, Ontario. In the past we have also organized ski buses to Canmore Alberta and for more than ten years Giants Ridge, Minnesota. A typical day tour begins in Winnipeg at a central meeting place. Once you load your equipment on the bus you can catch some quiet time, or chat with friends, while the bus takes you safely and comfortably to ski country. Once at the ski area, some members try to cover as many kilometres as possible, while others are just happy to ski at a more leisurely pace. After a full day of enjoying the trails, fresh air and camaraderie, there's no need to worry about a long drive home. Just board the bus, put your seat back and savour the wonderful feeling that only comes from a day of fresh air and exercise. Join in on the fun and good times as the snacks make the rounds of the bus.
Member lead day trips offer an opportunity to see some of the smaller and less known ski areas in the Winnipeg area. You can join or offer to lead a small group to a wide range of locations. With your new found ski friends you can explore new ski areas. Have you ever tried a ski at Windsor Park, Beaudry Provincial Park or Birds Hill Park? We also have day trips to such places as Grand Beach, Sandilands, Pinawa, Shannondale, Pumpkin Creek, Bittersweet, Burwalde Woods, Duck Lake (Pine Falls) and Camp Morton Provincial Park (Gimli).
CSC has organized a week-long, cross-country skiing trip to Canmore, Alberta every year since
1982. The town of Canmore acts as a fantastic home base for the trip and provides easy access
to the many scenic ski trails in the area. Just west of Canmore one can access the Canmore
Nordic Centre, which was originally constructed for the 1988 Winter Olympics and which hosts
training camps for Canada’s biathlon and cross-country ski teams. The 60 km of trails are
world-class, wide, and groomed for both classic and skate. One could easily spend several days
skiing Nordic Centre trails and relaxing in the Day Lodge with services such as a cafeteria, day
lockers, showers, equipment rentals and lessons. However, there are many more options
available. CSC members look at ski conditions, chat over breakfast and make decisions about
where the entire group or subgroups will ski each day. Generally, groups set out with packed
lunches around 9:30 am and return to the hotel around 4:00 pm after a full day of adventures.
One favourite option is to drive up the mountains above Canmore and ski the 18 km Goat Creek
trail through the Spray Valley to the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel parking lot. From there
participants often enjoy a post-ski drink and snack in the Banff Springs lounge and/or a dip in the
nearby Banff Upper Hot Springs. Each day brings an opportunity exploring a new set of ski
trails such as those at Lake Louise, Peter Lougheed PP, Kananaskis Country, and Banff National
Park or a chance to experience the mountains while snowshoeing, fat-tire cycling, driving, or
simply hanging out in Canmore or Banff. After a day outside CSC members often relax in the
hotel hot tub and pool, their rooms, and while dining in one of the many great restaurant options
in Canmore. More details about our Canmore trip is available on the Trips & Events page.