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Kootenay National Park

Cross-country Skiing and Snowshoeing

Mitchell Range and the moon © Parks Canada / Alan Dibb
The Mitchell Range © Parks Canada / Alan Dibb

Where to Ski and Snowshoe

In Kootenay, the backcountry is right on your doorstep!

Some hiking trails are suitable for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing but the park is a natural area and travel is at your own risk. Parks Canada does not maintain or patrol winter trails in the park. Not all signed summer destinations are safe for winter travel, so check with a Parks Canada Visitor Centre for advice on safe and fun options.

Youth Groups: From November 15 to April 30 annually, custodial groups are subject to special policies and planning obligations. Learn more.

Winter Services

Restrooms are open at popular backcountry trailheads all winter long. As always, there is no fuel or cell coverage in the park. Beautiful views and winter wildlife are plentiful. Please drive with care. Thank you!

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Did you know? The Banff-Windermere Parkway (Highway 93 South) is controlled for avalanches to ensure visitor safety and reduce the frequency of road closures.

Avalanche Safety

You don’t need to venture far to be in avalanche terrain where training, skills and equipment (i.e. beacon, probe and shovel) are essential. If you plan to stay overnight in the backcountry, don’t forget your Wilderness Pass.

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