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Cross-country Skiing in Yoho National Park

What’s happening?

The Honourable Peter Kent, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, announced in August that Parks Canada had reached an agreement with businesses and volunteers in Yoho National Park to see Emerald Lake Lodge, Kicking Horse Ski Club, and Emerald Sports and Gifts provide Nordic ski trail grooming services in Yoho National Park beginning in November.

Parks Canada will support these businesses and volunteers by supplying grooming equipment and training, servicing repairs, providing avalanche safety advice and offering other in-kind support.

The new agreement will focus on trail grooming in the Emerald Lake area, Yoho's most popular Nordic skiing destination.

At a minimum, this agreement will re-establish approximately 15 kilometres of track set trails in Yoho. There will also likely be a loop established on the ice surface of Emerald Lake, adding another five kilometres to the offer.

While fewer kilometres will be track set than in the past – 34 km were track set last year – trails that were formerly groomed by Parks Canada may be added in the future if all parties concerned are in agreement.

This agreement is established for the period of November 15, 2012 to April 15, 2013, and may be renewed with the agreement of all parties.


Provisions under this agreement will see the following locations groomed and track-set beginning this November:

  • Emerald Lake Shoreline, Old Horse Trail - the Emerald Lake Slide Path may only be groomed in the early season in accordance with direction provided by Parks Canada Visitor Safety staff; 
  • Emerald Lake Alluvial Fan, Loop
  • Emerald Lake Shoreline, East Side
  • Emerald Lake Connector - from Emerald Lake south to the turnaround prior to the Class II avalanche terrain.

For more information:

Todd Keith
Acting Planning Manager