Chandra Crawford's top 3 Nordic vacation destinations
The Olympian shares her picks for a winter getaway
Silver Star Mountain Resort, B.C.
Silver Star, 24 km from Vernon, B.C., boasts a full downhill experience, adjacent to the Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre and its 50 km of groomed trails. “Silver Star Resort is so unique because all the accommodations are those beautiful houses. It’s a magical family town. The trails go around all the houses, so you can ski out the door. Almost every house has a hot tub. It has an amazing chocolate shop and candy store, there’s tubing for the kids, alpine skiing right there; I don’t think you could have a better family vacation. Tons of snow, perfect trails. So that’s a real dream spot.”
Mont-Sainte-Anne, Beaupré, Que.
Located 40 minutes from Quebec City along the St. Lawrence seaway, Mont-Sainte-Anne has 200 km of cross-country trails and 526 acres of skiable terrain. “Mont-Sainte-Anne has beautiful rolling terrain, through birch trees, beside a creek, as well as the excellent joie de vivre of being in Quebec. It’s also got alpine and cross country, so there you go; you can rip the turns and Nordic ski through the beautiful forest. And that way, no matter what skiing you do, you can have a good time with the après skiing.”
Canmore Nordic Centre, Canmore, Alta.
Located 45 minutes from Calgary, the Canmore Nordic Centre offers more than 100 km of perfectly groomed trails. “Canmore’s a great Nordic destination because of the different levels of trails for any ability. You can challenge yourself on the World Cup Trail, at the Olympic Loop, or you could take in the views of the mountains and ski out to the meadow. Then you get all the amenities of all the fabulous restaurants and spas of Canmore. It’s a place that still has the Olympic magic from the 1988 legacy.”