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Banff National Park

Winter Trails 
Cross country skiing near the village of Lake Louise 

Where to ski and snowshoe | Rules & Regulations
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What's New: Skiing at Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court and New trails will be groomed from the Lake Minnewanka day-use area trailhead to Upper Bankhead. 

Notice - In late June 2013, the eastern half of Banff National Park received significant rainfall. Warnings are in place for trails with severe erosion or bridges out. Check the Trail Report for the most up-to-date conditions.

Where to ski and snowshoe

Optimal skiing, winter walking and snowshoeing opportunities are from late-December to early April. The winter walking and snowshoeing trails follow summer hiking trails. They are not groomed or maintained during the winter season and may be slippery. Be prepared to adjust your activity based on current conditions. As a general rule, if there is fresh snow, conditions may be better suited for snowshoeing; if the snow is old and well-travelled, it may be better for winter walking.

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

Rules & Regulations

  • Do not walk or snowshoe on the track set portion of cross country ski trails.
  • Do not skate-ski on the track set portion of a classic ski trail.
  • When climbing, yield the right of way to descending skiers.
  • If you fall, move off track as quickly as possible.
  • When taking a break, step to the side, out of tracks.
  • Leave no trace. Pack out everything you pack in.
  • If tracks are observed, do not follow them toward the animal.
  • If you see wildlife, do not approach; give them lots of space and observe from a distance with binoculars or a telephoto lens.

Dogs

  • Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times to prevent them from chasing wildlife
  • Dogs are not allowed: Cascade Valley, Spray River Trail, Goat Creek and Spray River, and Redearth Creek   

Safety

  • Be prepared. Even short trips from the Town of Banff can have serious consequences. Minimize your risk by planning ahead.   
  • Be sure you have the most current information: weathertrail conditions, road reports or visit a Parks Canada Information Centre.
  • Trail reports are updated as conditions change and trails are rated for their overall condition; grooming reports are included for cross country ski trails. 
  • Cell phones are not always reliable throughout the park.

Avalanches

Travel beyond these trails may take you through avalanche terrain. In such cases, make sure you have the appropriate knowledge, skills and rescue equipment. For avalanche conditions visit a Parks Canada Information Centre or the avalanche bulletin.