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Kootenay National Park

Cross-country Skiing, Snowshoeing and Ski Touring

Some of the park's hiking trails are suitable for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. No trails are track-set, groomed or patrolled. Some of the park's backcountry trails are suitable for ski touring. No routes are designated and skiers travel at their own risk. Most backcountry trails cross dangerous avalanche terrain so a knowledge of avalanche safety and equipment is essential. National parks are managed as natural areas. Hazards are part of the wilderness environment. Safety is a skier's own responsibility.

If you plan to stay overnight in the backcountry you are required to purchase a Wilderness Pass. Call or email a Visitor Centre.

Standard of Care for Youth Groups in the Backcountry

Policies have been introduced for custodial groups planning backcountry travel in the mountain national parks (Banff, Yoho, Kootenay, Jasper, Mt. Revelstoke, Glacier, and Waterton Lakes). These policies are in effect from Nov 15 - Apr 30 each year, and have evolved significantly since they were first introduced in April 2004. Parks Canada has established a new standard of care, and custodial group leaders have new obligations and pre-trip planning considerations they must understand.

Parks Canada’s goal is to encourage our youth to travel in their mountain parks, while at the same time receiving appropriate leadership in suitable locations. The information contained within these pages attempts to offer a strong resource for custodial groups who plan to undertake backcountry travel.