Come join us March 9-15, 2015!


The Hinton Nordic Skiers have been successful in their bid to host the 2015 Canadian National Biathlon Championships and the North American Biathlon Championships. This international sporting event will bring over 350 athletes, coaches, officials, and spectators to the Town of Hinton for one week in March. We are very proud to showcase the Town of Hinton and what it has to offer as well as the Hinton Nordic Centre, a world class cross country skiing and biathlon facility.


Athletes, coaches, wax technicians, family members, and Biathlon Canada Officials from all provinces, territories, and the USA will descend upon Hinton for a period of seven days. These athletes will vary in age from 15 to 60 years old, accompanied by their families. In addition, we have over 100 local volunteers each day for five days of the event.

The Hinton Nordic Skiers have 5 local athletes competing in this premiere event! Click here to read about them.

Click here to see How to Hang Out in Hinton!



Please visit the Biathlon Alberta website to register. Follow this link, and select the Race Invitation on the left hand side of the page.

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A buffet banquet will be held onThursday March 12th at 17:30 hrs, at the Hinton Center located at 965 Switzer Drive, next to the Hinton Campground. Presentation of awards for the Pursuit Competitions and the Biathlon Canada awards will be held during the evening.

Tickets are $30 per person and are available online with event registration or (cash only)  in Hinton at Vicious Cycle and the Old Grind until March 6th.

Doors open at 5:30pm, Program starts at 6:00pm, and Dinner at 6:30pm. Dinner and cash bar service are provided by Pat’s Catering.

Tickets are limited.  Please come join the celebration!



Spectators are more than welcome to come watch on RACE DAYS!


Wednesday, March 11th– Sprint Competitions    10:00 a.m./ 1:45 p.m.

Thursday, March 12th– Pursuit Competitions      10:00 a.m./ 1:45 p.m.

Saturday, March 14th– Mass Start  10:00 a.m.  Individual   2:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 15th– Relay Teams   10:00 a.m./ 1:15 p.m.


*A concession (cash only) will be available to help you keep up your energy while you cheer on our athletes.


Volunteer Opportunities:

An event of this magnitude cannot take place without the support of hundreds of incredible volunteers; we have over 100 local volunteers each day for five days of the event, but we could always use more!

If you haven’t already, please contact Rhonda about volunteer opportunities.

We need 5-10 strong individuals to help set up festival tents on Friday, March 6th at 10:00 a.m. Please contact Louis if you are available: (780)740-3639


Biathlon Photo Contest:

This is truly an amazing sport with some fantastic photo opportunities. Visit the contest website for more details.



An event like this would not be possible without the generous donations and contributions of time and products. We would like to thank the people and businesses who are helping make this event happen!



Please contact Kim for Sponsorship Opportunities




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  • Alberta Sport Connect
  • Town of Hinton
  •  Quality Inn & Suites
  •  Minich Oilfield

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  • The Brick
  • Clark Construction- Hinton
  • Foothills Concrete
  • Peregrine Helicopters
  • Talisman Energy Inc.
  • Canwest Propane Inc.
  •  Marmot Basin
  •  Foothills Dental
  • The Cat Rental Store – Hinton
  • Morad Communications Ltd.
  • Griffiths Ford
  • West Fraser
  •  OK Tire
  •  Vicious Cycle
  • Hinton Jazz Society
  • Laccyn Line Locating
  • Rideout Oilfield
  • Big Berland Construction
  • Lalonde Contracting
  •  Holiday Inn – Hinton
  •  Foothills Surveys

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Race Sponsors:

  • Bev Nagam
  • Alberta Parks
  • Dig That Stitch Embroidery
  • Daniel Duval
  • Intersport
  • 3Folium Fit Personal Training
  • Fast Trax Run & Ski Shop- Edmonton
  • JD&C Services
  • Aaron Boreen
  • Jeff Robertson & Carrie-Anne Guthrie
  • Global Raymac Surveys
  • Sue Voelker
  • Canadian Rockies Hotsprings
  • Tim Horton’s – Hinton
  • a1 signs inc. – Hinton
  • Pearl’s Bake Shop
  • Freson Bros. Valley – Hinton
  •  Freson Bros. Hill – Hinton
  • The Old Grind
  • Canada Safeway – Hinton
  • Walmart – Hinton
  • Pines Motel
  • Dianne Dubetz
  • Napa Auto Parts
  • Subway Sandwich Shops – Hinton
  • Boston Pizza – Hinton
  • Dairy Queen – Hinton
  • King Drug and Home Healthcare
  • Shoppers’ Drug Mart
  • Flor-Lay Interiors
  • Northland Maintenance
  • Gateway Chiropractic – Hinton
  • The Wild Orchid Liquor Company
  • Sharon McGettigan
  • Mid-West Glass Ltd. – Hinton
  • Maximum Work Gear
  • Lynx Creek Steaming & Oilfield Svcs.
  • K&L Sushi
  • Kaj Jensen
  • Hinton Veterinary Clinic
  • Best Canadian Motor Inns
  • Acklands-Grainers Inc.
  • A Touch of Relief Massage Therapy
  • Lisa Cumby
  • McDonald’s – Hinton
  • Harry Lasonder
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Conditions Dec 3rd

Ed did a great job of making marginal conditions into very good ski skiing. It is fast transformed snow so if you like speed, you will like this. The Marathon maybe a bit bonier (but I didn’t ski there) but … Read More

Mar 4th

Going up to groom Cabin, K9, Snowy River Loop.

Conditions March 15

A skiff of snow and all trails are in excellent condition today. I will probably go up and scratch up the skate lane tomorrow morning as well.

Conditions March 13th

I groomed the skate lane on the Snowy Cabin/K9 loop, so the skating is great and fast. The classic track is getting a little dirty but still pretty good, given the forecast and its mid week I didn’t reset the … Read More

Monday March 4, 2019

It is chilly up here, but the conditions are awesome! We just groomed some trails now, but everything has been groomed in the last week, so conditions on the marathon, windy hill, and creekside, and killer 5 are still good. … Read More

Conditions Feb 17, 2019

Everything got groomed on Sunday. Temps look good for the week. Enjoy the trails, and lets hope its not too windy up there.

Conditions Feb 12

Everything is groomed and ready to go for classic and skate skiing. Marathon trail will be groomed tommorrow, Feb 13. If you can brave the cold, the skiing is great!

Conditions Feb 10

Its cold out there, but we have groomed for skating and set a classic track.  Skiing should be great if you can come out and brave the cold. Special thanks to Steve for braving the wind chill today.

Conditions Jan 28th

There was just enough fresh snow to put in some new tracks so we have great classic and skate skiing once again.

Conditions Jan 24th

Everything is groomed up, enjoy them when they are cold because Saturday looks down right hot and perhaps fallowed by more snow Sunday (we live in hope) Marathon, Killer 5 and Windy Hill are a little thin but for the … Read More

Trail Conditions – January 22, 2019

Weather is warm and windy. The track was getting washed out, icy and dirty so have tried grooming a new track on Boogie, Snowy River, Easy Rider and K9 trails. Hopefully this will improve classic skiing. Environment Canada is feeling … Read More

Trail Conditions – January 19, 2019

Groomed the skate lane on most trails this morning. More fluff through the night which will help the track conditions. In general, I’d say the classic conditions are fair to good and the skate conditions are good to very good.

Condition Jan 17th

We only got a couple cms, but that has made a big difference. Back up to good conditions for the weekend.

Trail Conditions – January 16, 2019

Groomed the skate lanes for Boogie, Snowy River, Connector, K9, and Homerun trails this afternoon. Also reset the track on Switchback and Lit Hill Trails. Most trails don’t have enough snow to set a new track and consequently the existing … Read More

Conditions Jan 10th

A bit more snow and great skate and classic skiing on the main trails, the Marathon and upper 5 are only set for skating yet.

Conditions Jan 4/19

FINALLY SOME SNOW! we will head up this afternoon after a little more accumulation, looks like some good conditions for the weekend.

Conditions Dec 21/18

We got about 1.5″ of snow, most of the trails were covered with ice so the skating is pretty good but a little sparse on the lower Connector and still not enough snow to set a track.  I hope Santa … Read More

Trail Conditions – December 17, 2018

Skiing not recommended. The wind storm on Friday and the lack of snow has rendered the Nordic Centre unusable for skiing.  We have been busy clearing downed trees with more work to do, but most trails have so much debris … Read More

Ski and Road Conditions – December 15

Ski conditions are poor, with the strong winds and warm temperatures we have had over the past few days.  We have not groomed since December 8.  Access to the K9, upper parking lot and the telemark parking is blocked due … Read More

Ski Conditions – December 8, 2018

Current conditions are best suited to advanced level skate skiing due to the poor snow conditions.  Some sections are quite good, but other sections are thin and possibly icy with dirt and vegetation poking through the snow.  However, for those … Read More

Dec 7/18

We have received a skiff of snow this week so I will go up and groom a skate late Saturday morning, should be reasonably good skating.

Nov 23rd

Well, no new snow this week and I haven’t been up but sounds like we didn’t lose too much snow so I will groom the skate lane early tomorrow morning and it should be reasonably good, doubt there will be enough … Read More

Chili Loppet February 2024

We are planning to host the 7th annual Chili Loppet this year, as part of the Hinton Winter Magic Festival, on the Saturday of the Family Day long weekend.  Saturday Feb 17, 2024. The Chili Loppet has become a Family … Read More

Nov 16th Conditions

Yahoo we have skiing!  Excellent conditions right now but looks really warm temps next week so get it when it’s (not) hot!

Nov 15th/18. And so it begins. 

As of 8pm looks like a couple inches of snow and snowing heavily.  That on top of a couple inches of residual snow means that we will have enough snow to groom tomorrow, so we will have some ski conditions … Read More

Nov 8, Please send snow

So we have a couple of inches up there and the frost has gone in but we will need a significant snowfall before we can start grooming.  So you can help out with the snow dance.

April 14th, A short spring ski

If it is frozen up there in the morning I plan to groom at least a skate lane.  That should give us a couple hours of good skating at least.  So check the webcam and if I have groomed come … Read More

April 8th, last day I think

I’m going to go up and groom this bit of snow so we will have awesome skiing for what looks to be the last day of skiing at the nordic centre looking at the forecast.  Don’t make me do this for … Read More

Conditions April 6th

Excellent! Cold snow warm sun.  Looking like this will be the last weekend to ski with a forecast of +14 for Tuesday so you might as well get out and enjoy it.

Conditions April 4th

Looks like the snow is done so I will head up and groom.  If the forecast is accurate then we should awesome ski conditions through the weekend.  I know, it should be spring and you have had enough skiing but … Read More

Conditions March 31

Fresh groomed trails this morning – conditions should be great!  Thanks Jeff for volunteering your midnight hours

Conditions Mar 28

Thanks to the volunteer groomers for keeping the trails in such great shape!  Steve was out this morning to groom Snowy River, Connector, K9 and Home Run… see you on the trails!

Conditions March 7

Conditions are looking excellent for the weekend.  Please be advised that we are hosting the Alberta Biathlon Championships on Saturday and Sunday.  A number of trails will be closed to the public during races, these are; Boogie, Kevins, Giver, Switchback, … Read More

Conditions March 3rd

Thanks to the continued help of Dave and Morris we are all groomed up and the conditions are awesome.  Hope you have a great remainder of the ski season, I’m joining the rest of the Canadian snowbirds in Tucson, biking USA.  See … Read More

Conditions March 2nd

Another 13cms of fluffy stuff and still snowing so I will head up early in the AM to groom again so perhaps come after lunch to give it a bit of time to set up.  Keith

Conditions Feb 23rd

We are all groomed up and the crazy winds in the valley haven’t found the Nordic centre yet, hopefully, they will give us a pass again.  Finally, some warm snow with some glide, enjoy it while it lasts.

Conditions Feb 16th

And again more snow.  Groomed up a bunch this afternoon thinking it was over but I see they put snow into tonight’s forecast, oh well we’ll see.    

Wednesday night ski

Wednesday Night Ski. We regularly meet at the main lodge at 6.30 pm and head out for a ski, all you have to bring along next to your skis is a headlamp. The next ski is Valentines day and why … Read More

Ford Key fob

A Ford Key fob was found by the kiosk at the Nordic centre it is now by the self registration book there.

Febuary 9th

Roads now open and lots groomed and its warm and sunny.

Conditions Feb 8th

If you have a higher 4×4 you can enjoy some very good skiing in a winter wonderland.

Conditions Feb 7th

Groomed one pass today if anybody wants to venture out but it will have filled in quite a bit.  I will groom again tomorrow when this slows down.

Conditions Feb 7

We are being dumped on right now.  We will groom some today so there will probably be a classic track but the snow is forecast to continue all day and tonight and roads will be poor.

Conditions Jan 30

All Right!  We got about 7cms of snow so great conditions now and more grooming to be done in the morning.

Conditions January 25th

We got 4cms of new snow, not as much as much of Alberta but we do have great conditions.  A tad chilly but great skiing.

Conditions Jan 23rd

Groomed up the skate lane on the Snowy-K9 loop and it is great and the classical skiing is still very good as well but abrasive.

Jan 19th

Lots groomed and great conditions and looks like good temps though the weekend.

Conditions Jan 17th

It has been a bit warm up there the last couple days and perhaps warm again tomorrow as well.  If it doesn’t look like it will melt tomorrow I will groom tomorrow morning, if not I will groom Friday.  Either way … Read More

Wednesday night ski

Rahel (865-1100) will be breaking trail on the Wednesday night ski.  Meet at the main lodge at 6:30.  Bring a headlight.

Conditions Jan 14

Steve and Louis have taken good care of things in my absence, conditions are great.  I will groom again in the next day or two depending on the forecast.  Keith

Conditions Jan 4

The cabin Snowy, K 9, Home Run and Boogie are all Excellent!  Get temps and snow for the weekend, it doesn’t get much better than this.  The Killer 5 and the Marathon are a little bumpy but still very good … Read More

Conditions Dec 30th

“Baby its Cold out there!”  I plan to go up and groom tomorrow IF the temp is forecast gets above -20 C (because who is going to ski colder than this anyway), if not I’ll go up the New Years … Read More

Conditions Dec 22

Snowy River, Cabin K9 has excellent classic and skate conditions but the Marathon and Cruiser are just OK skating.

Dec 21st Conditions

We got at least 10cms of snow and still snowing.  The Snowy R, Cabin, K9 loops and Boogie were groomed and I will be regrooming them in the morning and attacking the other trails.  We will have excellent conditions for the … Read More

Conditions Dec 20th

We got 4 cms of snow this has made for great skating and with more snow forecast for tomorrow we should have excellent condition for Christmas.

Conditions Dec 18

Things are pretty grim up there now.  We do have a base however so unless we loose more snow this week all we need is a couple inches and we are back in business

Conditions Dec 17th

There is a demand to go ski so I’m going up t scratch up some skating lane, probably will be pretty good but limited amount.

Night Skiing

The lights will be set so they can be turned on Tues, Wed & Thurs nights from 4:45-9pm, just turn on the timers on the wall to the right of the wood box.  The new lights use a fraction of … Read More

Conditions Dec 12th

Well, that was the last grooming today until we get more snow, so get out there and do the snow dance.

Conditions Dec 7th

Groomed the skate lane only of the Snowy River, Cabin K9 and Home Run.  The skating conditions are holding up pretty well but the track is icy and dirty and won’t be able to reset it until we get more snow.  … Read More

Dec 6th

Sorry for not updating conditions, the website has been down.  I will be grooming tomorrow morning and I expect things to be OK for skating but not very good for classic

Conditions Nov 24th, ready for the loppet.

Just got done grooming at 6:30 and things were great when I left, but a bit of wind kicked up.  So the classical skiing will be a bit abrasive I imagine but otherwise good.  Skating looked awesome, it’s going to be fast … Read More

Conditions Nov23rd

We lost a bit of snow yesterday and things were looking iffy but this morning we got a 2-3 cms of heavy wet snow that hasn’t disappeared today and now it’s freezing so if the forecast holds true the loppet will … Read More

Conditions Nov 22nd

Sad to see the snow come out of the trees, but the trails still have good cover yet but we will see what a couple more days of this leaves us.

Conditions Nov 20th

A couple inches of snow made the world of difference, great skiing out there.

Condition Nov 17

Groomed yesterday and got a skiff of snow overnight so very good conditions on the cabin k9 loop.  The frost in the trees is amazing, check it out because Sunday looks like things will change.

Ski Conditions Nov 10th

The Snowy River loop, K9, Windy Hill and Barf Hill are all set for classic and skating and are in very good condition.  Boogie and Switchback are only set for skating but skating will be good.  The Marathon is packed … Read More

Conditions Nov 8th

The Snowy river loop to the cabin is excellent for both skate and classic.  The boogie and Switchback are set for skate only and are good skating.  I will get some more trails set for skate and classic prior to the … Read More

Nov 3rd Conditions

Got another 5 cms last night and we were able to set a pretty good classical track on the Snow River to the cabin k9 loop.  the boogie has a bit of shrubs showing through but ok for skating.

Nov 2, 2017

We have good skating condition, but we would need another 10 cm snow to set a track.  You won’t need your rock skies anywhere but lower elevation trails down by the lodge have a bit more brush showing through.  The … Read More

Lodge floor under repair

You may have noticed a softness in the lodge floor this winter.  Well upon inspection we have a little water damage, if you want to help and join the Campbell fitness program give Keith a call at 640-3635  

Conditions April 15

Groomed to the cabin and back and around the Easy Rider Loop.  Got stuck a couple time and called it an (early) day.  But if you are into a last romp on the snow (what else ya gonna do) both … Read More

Report your cougar sitings

The U of A is doing cougar research and our cougar is the ideal candidate.  They want to collar cougars and it will be better for both this cougar and us if it developed a healthier fear of humans.  If … Read More

March 19th

As promised, a bit of snow and cooler temps, so we have some great conditions for the next couple days at least so you better get out there, spring is around the corner.

Cougar at the cabin

If you look at the door threshold of the cabin you will see what looks like claw marks of a cougar and tracks surround the cabin that travel down the ridge. There is a report on Mar 16th (facebook) of … Read More

Way to Go Hinton!

What an incredible mix of people battling cold, (wasn’t that wind nasty!), snow and dark of night.  HNS members and so many community members at large pulling together to host another great event, what a great community we have!