Where to snowshoe | Trail Report

Where to snowshoe

Prime snowshoeing is available late-December through early April, but be aware that avalanche season in the mountains extends from November to June. Designated winter trails follow portions of summer hiking trails but not all sign-posted destinations are safe for winter travel. Use the winter trail guides below to choose a safe and fun destination.

Winter Trails: Banff Area | Winter Trails: Lake Louise Area 

Please keep in mind

Not all signed trails are safe for winter travel

  • Even a short walk can take you into avalanche terrain. Trails with a known hazard have been identified in our winter trails guides with an avalanche symbol. When travelling beyond marked trails, or past an avalanche danger sign on some trails, assume you are in avalanche country – your group should be prepared with the appropriate knowledge, skills and equipment.
  • Check the current avalanche forecast. Did you leave your trip plan with someone? For more information on backcountry travel and how to stay safe in the mountains, visit Parksmountainsafety.ca.

Pets are welcome on most trails but must be leashed at all times

  • To a wild animal, your dog is a canine – a predator. An animal may behave aggressively or flee, endangering itself or your pet.
  • Dogs are not permitted on the Cascade Valley, Spray River, Goat Creek, and Redearth Creek trails.

Non-skiers and dogs must stay on the far outer edge of the track set and groomed ski trails

  • Walking or snowshoeing on the track set portion of cross country ski trails endangers skiers who later use the track.

Never feed or follow wildlife

  • If you see tracks, do not follow them toward the animal.
  • If you see an animal, give it lots of space and observe from a distance with binoculars or a telephoto lens.
  • We recommend carrying bear spray until mid-December and after mid-March.

Check the weather and trail report before departing

  • Be aware that cell phone coverage is not reliable in the park. 
  • Trail reports are updated regularly as conditions change. Trails are rated for their overall condition and difficulty.
  • Review the weather, trail conditions, and current closures before your trip and enjoy!