Breathe cool, spruce air while the winter light casts long, blue shadows. Banff’s ski season is one of the longest in North America, running mid-November through April.  

Where to skiSafety & Etiquette | Trail Report

Where to ski

Scenic trackset and skating options are available in the Banff, Lake Louise, and Castle Junction areas. Early and late season conditions are best in Lake Louise, with optimal skiing throughout the park from late-December to early April. Check the trail report for grooming and conditions, updated Friday through Sunday weekly.

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

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

Safety and Etiquette

Are you skiing beyond groomed trails?

  • 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 some 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 allowed on the following groomed cross country ski trails: Cascade Valley, Spray River, Goat Creek, Redearth Creek and Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court.

Yield the right of way to those descending

  • If you fall, move off track as quickly as possible.
  • When taking a break, step to the side of the trail.
  • Do not skate-ski on the track set portion of a classic ski trail.

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.
  • Leave no trace. Pack out everything you pack in.
  • 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!