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Nordic, Downhill Ski & Snowshoe

Snow sports are closer than you think.

Arrow Slocan is home to big backcountry adventures and also family-friendly skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and nordic experiences.

The waterfront towns make ideal bases to launch deep powder missions. Together, the nordic ski areas create a multi-day winter exploration through the region. Families will appreciate the quiet charm of the Summit Lake Ski Area, a small community-operated ski hill just 16 km south-east of Nakusp on Highway 6. Scenic snowshoe trails make for enjoyable winter hikes.

Summit Lake Ski and Snowboard Area

The Summit Lake Ski Hill offers a skiing and boarding experience for the whole family. The snowshoe and cross country ski loop, terrain and tube park mean fun outside of the typical downhill. Normal hours of operation are Wednesday to Sunday and Friday nights.

Near the base of the ski area there is a loop for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. The rental shop has ski and snowboard packages, snowshoes, helmets and goggles.

Cross Country and Skate Ski

A Journey beyond the track.

Groomed XC trails: 78+km in 5 ski areas
Ungroomed terrain: Many kilometres of backcountry routes throughout the region for the more adventurous skier looking to make their own tracks.

Arrow Slocan has three nordic areas and also groomed scenic trails that connect skiers with the remote nature beyond the track. No two spots are the same.

Always pay your user fees, or make a donation

These go directly toward fuel, equipment maintenance and trail upkeep costs of these volunteer maintained trails. Consider making an additional donation to the organizing Club.

Valhalla Hills Nordic Ski Club

The Valhalla Hills ski area lets visitor glide along on a Club maintained trail network. The 11 km of groomed trails are ideal for both skate and classic ski. A 5 km groomed section of the rail trail heading north from Hills is accessed via Reibin Road and also maintained by the Club. The nordic area is host to Club organized youth programs and a race team.

Valhalla Hills nordic area offers some challenging climbs and descents for the more experienced skiers, as well as some gentler loops for beginners. Don’t miss out on the famous ski bumps or the roller coaster downhill that will get the adrenaline pumping!

Membership and day passes are available.

  • Bring $5 cash for user fees. Access is on an honour system – no change is provided.
  • Seasonal memberships are available online.

Slocan Valley Rail Trail

The 52 km groomed and track set Slocan Valley Rail Trail follows the scenic Slocan River through nature reserves and past local cafes. The trail runs north-south with access from Highway 6 via seven trailheads.

  • South Slocan to Crescent Valley – 5 km
  • Crescent Valley to Passmore – 16.5 km
  • Passmore to Winlaw – 10.1 km
  • Winlaw to Lemon Creek – 12.0 km
  • Lemon Creek to Slocan – 8.1 km

Skiers enjoy a mix of forests, meadows, wetlands and river shoreline. Informational signage about the area along the trail covers history, wildlife habitat, ecosystems and more. The trail has both track set and open corduroy lanes for xc skiing.

Sandon’s K&S Trail

Located 14 km east of New Denver, off Highway 31A, the Sandon end of the K&S Historical Rail Trail offers skiers views of Sandon, the mountains and also passes by the historical Altoona mine. A warming hut is available at Sandon Rail Station.

The K&S Rail Trail is track set for 3 km from Sandon Rail Station warming hut before looping back on a higher trail to connect to the 3 km ungroomed Cody Spur that brings skiers back to the wood fired warming hut.

  • Bring cash to leave in the donations box at the Sandon Rail Station. Donations go to the North Slocan Trail Society.
  • A $5 – $10 donation is suggested, but any amount is appreciated.

Wensley Creek Ski Trails

Maintained by the Arrow Lakes Cross Country Ski Club, the 8.2 km of groomed trails and warming hut are located about 5 km east of Nakusp off Highway 6. Membership or day use fee is required.

  • Bring $4 cash for the user fee. No change is provided.
Kootenay XC – explore the region

To explore more places in the Kootenay Rockies Region, visit the Kootenay XC website. With 7 towns and 300+km groomed trails there are endless places to visit. Share your adventures with #KootenayXC


Snowshoeing is a great way to get out in the snow and enjoy the stillness of nature. Convenient trails in the region cater to snowshoers, while extensive mountainous terrain offers unlimited options. Tread safely wherever you go.

Jack Rabbit Interpretive Trail

Just a 5 minute drive from downtown Nakusp, this trail is located within the Nakusp and Area Community Forest at Wensley Creek. The area also includes cross country ski trails. The cross country ski club warming hut is located approximately mid-way down the trail. Signage along the trail points out tree species, viewpoints and mountain peaks. Parking is available at both ends, enabling a one-way hike.

Kuskanax Hot Springs Trail

This 19.6 km trail features a waterfall and runs through mossy old growth forest along the south wall of the Kuskanax River canyon between Nakusp and the Nakusp Hot Springs. Near the Hot Springs, the trail crosses a wooden covered footbridge over the rushing river. In winter it is recommended to travel from the hot springs and enjoy a soak at the end of the hike.

Need equipment or a tune up?

Shon’s Bike & Ski in Nakusp has an assortment of winter gear. Check with them to confirm snowshoe or xc ski rental availability.

250-265-3332 OR

Looking to hire a professional guide for a snowshoe adventure?

Alpenglow Mountain Escapes will get you where you want to go safely. OR (250) 265-1449

Know before you go….

  • Weather conditions can change quickly. Always be prepared for cold temperatures.
  • Not all areas have cell service.
  • Know where your are going and how to return to the car.
  • Not all areas permit dogs. Please pick up after your pet.