Skiing and snowshoeing
Draped in snow and ice, the Rockies form a dramatic backdrop to the pleasures of travelling over crisp snow through Yoho's valleys.
Yoho’s beautiful winter trails are generously groomed and maintained by the Kicking Horse Ski Club and Emerald Sports. The best skiing and snowshoeing is from late-December through early April. The park is a natural area and travel is at your own risk. Parks Canada does not maintain or patrol winter trails in Yoho.
*Cell phones are not always reliable throughout the park.
You don’t need to venture far to be in avalanche terrain.
- Emerald Lake: There is a large, clearly signed avalanche slide path on the left side of the lake. Please do not travel on or near the slide path November through May.
- Tally-Ho Trail: The trail climbs gradually for about 1.5 km from the highway then descends to a junction and crosses an avalanche slide path. The path is not controlled or patrolled. Proceed at your own risk.
- Yoho Valley Road: After the famous switchbacks en route to Takakkaw Falls, the road crosses significant avalanche slide paths. Avalanche training, skills and equipment are required.
- Going farther? Not all signed destinations are safe for winter travel. If you plan to travel beyond machine-groomed trails, please ensure you can recognize avalanche terrain and have appropriate knowledge, skills and equipment (i.e. beacon, probe and shovel).
Pets are welcome on many trails.
- Dogs are welcome on Monarch Trail, Yoho Valley Road and Lake O’Hara Fireroad. Dogs are not permitted on other groomed, trackset ski trails.
- Please note that walking or snowshoeing on the track set portion of cross country ski trails endangers skiers who later use the track.
- When climbing, yield the right of way to those descending.
- When taking a break, step to the side of the trail.
- Leave no trace. Pack out everything you pack in.
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.
- Never feed wildlife.
- We recommend carrying bear spray until mid-December and after mid-March.
- A little preparation can prevent a small setback from ruining your day or your trip. Here are some tips.
Thank you and have a wonderful visit!