Panorama on West Bragg Creek XC ski trail near Kananaskis, the Canadian Rockies
Panorama on West Bragg Creek XC ski trail near Kananaskis, the Canadian Rockies

West Bragg Creek XC Ski Trail

Kananaskis Country
View Photos
Great views from West Bragg Creek XC ski trail near Kananaskis, the Canadian RockiesBeginning of West Bragg Creek XC ski trail near Kananaskis, the Canadian RockiesWinter views on West Bragg Creek XC ski trail near Kananaskis, the Canadian RockiesMountain view on West Bragg Creek XC ski trail near Kananaskis, the Canadian RockiesMap of West Bragg Creek XC ski trail near Kananaskis, the Canadian RockiesJunction on West Bragg Creek XC ski trail near Kananaskis, the Canadian RockiesAlberta Foothills on West Bragg Creek XC ski trail near Kananaskis, the Canadian RockiesMoose on West Bragg Creek XC ski trail near Kananaskis, the Canadian RockiesFauna on West Bragg Creek XC ski trail near Kananaskis, the Canadian RockiesPretty views on West Bragg Creek XC ski trail near Kananaskis, the Canadian RockiesSnowy path of West Bragg Creek XC ski trail near Kananaskis, the Canadian RockiesPath through the forest on West Bragg Creek XC ski trail near Kananaskis, the Canadian RockiesGreat scenery on West Bragg Creek XC ski trail near Kananaskis, the Canadian Rockies

West Bragg Creek XC Ski Trail

Distance: 5.7mi
Elevation: 499ft
Time: 1-2h

Difficulty Rating:

User Ratings:
9 Overall Rating
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty

The West Bragg Creek cross-country ski trails are an outstanding network of XC ski trails a short drive from Calgary. There are trails for all abilities at West Bragg, and the higher elevation means their snow is typically far superior than that found in Calgary.

West Bragg Creek XC Ski Trail Map

Getting there

From Balsam Ave in Bragg Creek, head west and cross over the Elbow River. At the T intersection go left and drive for 5.5mi on Centre Ave and then it turns into West Bragg Creek Road. There is a large parking lot at the end of the road on the right.

I’ve done this 5 people have done this
I want to do this 29 want to do this route

About

When to do

Mid-November to Marchy

Backcountry Campsites

No

Toilets

Yes, at parking lot

Pets allowed

Yes - On Leash

Avalanche Risk

None

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Moderate

Route Type

Circuit

Type of XC Route

Double Track-set


West Bragg Creek
Elevation Graph


Route Description for West Bragg Creek

West Bragg Creek is a multi-purpose trail system that has been expanding in recent years. Expect to see fat-bikers, snowshoers, cross-country skiers and lots of families. There is a lot of variety at West Bragg for cross-country skiers; novices and more advanced skiers can have a great day XC skiing at West Bragg.

We rate West Bragg so high due to how close it is to Calgary and how well maintained the trail network is. The quality and proximity make West Bragg really popular with families, especially those that live in SE Calgary, as the drive is under 45 minutes door to door.

There is also typically much better snow here than in Calgary, as the trail network starts at 4593ft elevation, which is 1148ft higher than Calgary.

Our route follows the green Mountain Road trail out from the parking lot, a green trail to start that turns into a blue trail. The route comes back on Mountain Road West and then goes onto Mountain View.

From the parking lot, head west on the Mountain Road trail. This is a wide trail, with pleasant views. After 1.0mi the trail splits, with Moose Connector coming across the Mountain Road Trail. Continue straight on the Mountain Road XC ski trail, now a blue trail.

After 0.6mi, you come to the junction with Mountain View Trail. This is the route you’ll take back, however we like to continue another 1.0mi on Mountain Road, all the way to the connection with Mountain View West Trail, where we will turn around.

Mountain View West is a good XC ski trail, however it is not track-set nearly as often, so we usually turn around here.

Retrace your route and descend 0.6mi until you reach the junction with Mountain View Trail. Go right onto Mountain View, a blue trail that winds around and is very pretty.

After 0.9mi you come to a junction, where you go roughly straight onto the West Crystal Line trail. This route goes through the trees for just over 1 km until you are back in the parking lot.

Insider Hints

  • The Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association does a great job in maintaining these trails, and we urge users to donate to support this great organization.

  • There are a wide variety of trails at West Bragg, not just cross-country skiing trails, but also snowshoeing, fat biking, and skate skiing. It’s a great place.

  • Stop off in Bragg Creek for the fun shops and surprisingly good restaurants. The Italian Farmhouse is one of our favourites. Other good places are the Cinnamon Spoon Café, Powderhorn Saloon and The Bavarian Inn.

  • Moose Mountain General Store rents skis and snowshoes.

Comments

SJ 2 years ago

I really enjoyed XC Skiing the West Bragg Creek trails!

9.0 Overall Rating
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
1 Comment

Similar XC Ski Trails to the West Bragg Creek XC Ski Trail

Scenery of Canmore Nordic Centre XC ski trail in Canmore near Banff National Park

Canmore Nordic Centre

Difficulty:
8.3mi
512ft
2-3h

We love to cross-country ski at Canmore Nordic Centre. The trails are usually in great condition and there are so…

Ribbon Creek XC ski trail near Kananaskis and Canmore

Ribbon Creek

Difficulty:
7mi
945ft
1.5-3h

We love to ski at Ribbon Creek when conditions are good. This is some of the closest cross-country skiing to…

Pocaterra XC ski trail near Kananaskis and Canmore

Pocaterra

Difficulty:
14.2mi
1709ft
4-6h

The Pocaterra cross-country ski area in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park has some of the best snow in the Kananaskis region.…