When winter blows into the British Columbia Interior, the Kane Valley, south of Merritt, becomes a haven for Nordic (cross-country) skiers. With a base elevation of 1160 metres (3800 feet), the timbered valley has a micro-climate that can provide ideal Nordic skiing conditions. The snow is generally dry, seldom more than 1 to 1.5 metres deep, and the air temperature is usually between 0 and -15 degrees Celsius throughout the winter.
The trails are located on Crown land. However, there is privately-owned land adjacent to and within the trail system. The ski trails follow old logging roads and skid trails through open timber and across natural grassy slopes. Our trails are not suitable for skate-skiing, but great for classic skiing on wilderness groomed trails.
Please note: the Kane Valley Ski Trails are not patrolled; use at your own risk.
Kane Valley Trail Maps
Click on the thumbnail below to see a low resolution trail map.
Click here to download a higher resolution PDF version of the Kane X-C Trails Map 2012-F .
Please do not snowshoe on our groomed ski trails. There are clearly marked snowshoe trails adjacent to the ski trails – please use those. For information on snowshoeing options in the Merritt area please e-mail the Nicola Valley Explorers : firstname.lastname@example.org or go to their Facebook page Explorers Facebook
Getting there ….
The Kane Valley is centrally located near British Columbia’s Coquihalla Highway network. The Valley lies 20 minutes south of Merritt, an hour west of Peachland and an hour north of Princeton.
The best winter access to the ski area is via the Kane Valley Road which joins Highway 5A/97C near Corbett Lake, 18 km south of Merritt.
Access to the skiing area is also possible from the western end of the Kane Valley Road near Kingsvale. Take exit 256 (Coldwater Road) on the Coquihalla Highway (Highway 5) and turn north towards Merritt along Coldwater Road until Kane Valley Road. Turn right.
Here is a Google Map showing the access roads and parking lots of the Kane Valley Ski Trails on Kane Valley Road. The blue flags are the parking lots — click on them for a bit more information.
View Kane Valley Ski Trails in a larger map
Accommodation, Dining and Tourism Information Available …
Visitor services and accommodations are plentiful in Merritt and the Nicola Valley. For further information about accommodation, restaurants, tourist facilities and points of interest in the Merritt area go to the Hello BC: Merritt page or the Baillie House: Merritt Visitor Information Centre.
Select accommodation in this area:
Seven Half Diamond Guest Ranch website Phone: 1-800-357-3198
Running Waters Country Estate B&B website Phone: 250-378-4476