Whitehorse Nordic Centre
The Whitehorse Nordic Centre is operated by the Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club and offers 85 kilometers of groomed trails for classic and skate skiing and snowshoeing. An additional 20 kilometers of ungroomed single track are available for snowshoeing and ski touring. The trail system, combined with a great indoor facility, varied programs and affordable fees makes the Whitehorse Nordic Centre a popular choice for winter recreation. The trails are open year round and are equally popular in summer for mountain biking, hiking, running and walking.
In Memoriam: Father Mouchet
The Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club would like to celebrate the legacy of Father Jean-Marie Mouchet today on behalf of the cross-country ski community across the North. He passed away on Dec 2, 2013 at the age of 96. His remarkable dedication and enthusiasm for cross-country skiing in the North has left a mark on the entire region. The history of cross country skiing in the Yukon owes much to the vision, strength, character and wisdom of Father Mouchet.
Father Mouchet was born in France in 1917 and moved to Yukon in 1945 as an Oblate priest in his missionary. With him he brought his passion for skiing and started the Territorial Experimental Ski Training (T.E.S.T) Program in Old Crow to develop character in children through skiing. The TEST program was then brought to Whitehorse and introduced into the elementary school system. From modest beginnings - with seven pairs of skis at Takhini Elementary -the cross-country ski training program became one of the most popular participation sports in the territory. Hundreds of Yukon skiers trained under the tutelage of Father Mouchet. A number of the skiers that he brought into the sport became members of Canada’s national ski team and went on to compete at Olympics.
Father Mouchet has been recognized locally, nationally and internationally. He was inducted in the Yukon Sports Hall of Fame in 1980, awarded the Yukon Commissioner’s Award in 1981, awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre National due Merite in 1987 from the French Government, and was awarded the Order of Canada in 1993.
Father Mouchet will be remembered as an inspiration. Father Mouchet continued to ski right up until the end of his life throughout the Yukon.
Five Great Reasons to Visit the Whitehorse Nordic Centre
Extensive Trail System
85 kilometres of expertly groomed skate and classic trails for novice to experienced skiers and snowshoers. Plus 20 kilometers of ungroomed single track for off trail exploring.
The trails are open 24 hours a day.
Waxing benches, change rooms, showers, saunas and licensed lounge.
Cross country ski and snowshoe rentals, lessons, ski repairs, accessories, and snack bar with coffee, hot chocolate, soup and energy bars.
5 minutes from downtown Whitehorse. Accessible by bus or taxi. 2 minute walk from Canada Games Centre. Click here for transit schedule.
Our trails are wide, professionally groomed and well signed. Trail conditions are monitored and updated daily. Trail maps are free of charge.