General conditions

Winter conditions.

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Be alert for bears

Travel in groups, make noise, carry bear spray and know how to use it. Keep pets on a leash at all times.

Closures and restrictions

For a complete list of ongoing closures and restrictions, please visit our Important Bulletins page. 

Banff Area Cross-Country Ski Trails

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Spray River West Winter Trail Poor. 03-12-2019: Not yet maintained; Insufficient snow for tracksetting for cross-country skiing; Trail details
Easy Tunnel Mountain Winter Trails (Cross-country ski) Poor. 03-12-2019: Not yet maintained; Insufficient snow for tracksetting for cross-country skiing; Trail details
Easy Healy Creek Winter Trail Poor. 03-12-2019: Not yet maintained; Insufficient snow for tracksetting for cross-country skiing; Trail details
Moderate Goat Creek Winter Trail Poor. 03-12-2019: Not yet maintained; Insufficient snow for tracksetting for cross-country skiing; Trail details
Easy Cascade Valley Winter Trail Poor. 03-12-2019: Not yet maintained; Insufficient snow for tracksetting for cross-country skiing; Trail details
Moderate Brewster Creek Winter Trail Poor. 03-12-2019: Not yet maintained; Insufficient snow for tracksetting for cross-country skiing; Trail details
Moderate Redearth Creek Winter Trail Poor. 03-12-2019: Not yet maintained; Insufficient snow for tracksetting for cross-country skiing; Trail details

Banff Area Winter Walking Trails

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Marsh Winter Loop Snow covered with icy sections. 03-12-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Fenland Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 03-12-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Stewart Canyon Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 03-12-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Spray Winter Connector Snow covered with icy sections. 03-12-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Mountain Summit Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 03-12-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Johnston Canyon Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 03-12-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Sundance Canyon Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 03-12-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 03-12-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details

Banff Area Snowshoeing Trails

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Tunnel Mountain Drive - Winter Snow covered with icy sections. 03-12-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Surprise Corner to Hoodoos Viewpoint Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 03-12-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Upper Stoney Squaw Winter Loop Snow covered with icy sections. 03-12-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Ink Pots Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 03-12-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Westside Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 03-12-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details

Banff Area Fat Biking Trails

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Spray River East Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 03-12-2019: Studded tires recommended; Trail details
Easy Tunnel Mountain Winter Trails (Multi-use) Snow covered with icy sections. 03-12-2019: Studded tires recommended; Trail details
Moderate Banff Avenue Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 03-12-2019: Studded tires recommended; Trail details
Easy Sundance Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 03-12-2019: Studded tires recommended; Trail details

Cross-Country Ski Trails on the Bow Valley Parkway

GENERAL CONDITIONS: Poor. Thin snow coverage. Tracksetting has not yet begun for the season. Construction work in area.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Baker Creek to Protection Mountain Campground Not recommended. 30-11-2019: Not yet maintained; Construction work in progress; Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Moderate Protection Mountain Campground to Castle Mountain Lookout Not recommended. 30-11-2019: Not yet maintained; Construction work in progress; Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Easy Castle Junction Cross-country Ski Trails: Trail #1 - Castle Junction to Castle Mountain Lookout Not recommended. 30-11-2019: Not yet maintained; Construction work in progress; Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Easy Castle Junction Cross-country Ski Trails: Trail #2 Not recommended. 30-11-2019: Not yet maintained; Construction work in progress; Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Easy Castle Junction Cross-country Ski Trails: Trail #3 Not recommended. 30-11-2019: Not yet maintained; Construction work in progress; Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details

Lake Louise Area Cross-Country Ski Trails (Banff National Park of Canada)

GENERAL CONDITIONS: 10-20 cms of fresh snowfall. Pipestone trails closed due to construction work. RECENT GROOMING: DEC. 5 : FAIRVIEW - Double trackset classic; MORAINE LAKE RD - Double track set classic and skate. DEC. 3 : CAMPGROUND LOOP - Double track set & skate. DEC. 2 : GREAT DIVIDE - Double track set classic and skate; UPPER & LOWER TRAMLINE - Single track set classic. NOV 25 : BOW RIVER LOOP - Single trackset classic; TOWNSITE - Single trackset classic

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Campground Loop Construction is occurring in the area. Please respect all posted notices and signs. 03-12-2019: Construction work in progress; Dogs on leash permitted; Double trackset classic and skate; Trail details
Easy Townsite Construction is occurring in the area. Please respect all posted notices and signs. 28-11-2019: Single trackset classic; Dogs on leash permitted; Please walk or snowshoe beside tracks set, not on tracks; Trail details
Easy Upper Tramline Good. 02-12-2019: Single trackset classic; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Easy Lower Tramline Good. 02-12-2019: Single trackset classic; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Moderate Fairview Loop Fair. 05-12-2019: Double tracket classic; Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Please walk or snowshoe beside tracks set, not on tracks; Trail details
Easy Moraine Lake Road Good. 05-12-2019: Double trackset classic and skate; Dogs not allowed; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; Trail details
Moderate Lake Louise Loop Safety hazards 23-11-2019: Not recommended; Not yet maintained; Ice is thin, unpredictable and may give away unexpectedly; Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Trail details
Difficult Upper Telemark Safety hazards 23-11-2019: Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Skier tracked; Not yet maintained; Use caution; Trail details
Easy Great Divide Good. 02-12-2019: Double trackset classic and skate; Dogs not allowed; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; Trail details
Moderate Peyto Safety hazards 23-11-2019: Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Skier tracked; Not yet maintained; Use caution; Trail details
Easy Lower Telemark Packed. 19-11-2019: Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Trail details
Easy Bow River Loop Construction is occurring in the area. Please respect all posted notices and signs. 28-11-2019: Single trackset classic; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Moderate Pipestone Loop Closed. 05-11-2019: Construction work in progress; Trail details
Easy Hector Closed. 05-11-2019: Construction work in progress; Trail details
Easy Drummond Closed. 05-11-2019: Construction work in progress; Trail details
Easy Merlin Closed. 05-11-2019: Construction work in progress; Trail details

Lake Louise Area Snowshoeing and Winter Hiking Trails (Banff National Park of Canada)

Avalanche risk! When travelling beyond marked winter trails, or past an avalanche danger sign, assume you are in avalanche country-your group should be prepared with the appropriate knowledge, skills and equipment.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Lake Louise Lakeshore Icy sections, cleats recommended. 14-11-2019: Dogs on leash permitted; Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Fairview Lookout Snowshoe packed 14-11-2019: Dogs on leash permitted; Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Louise Creek Snowshoe packed 14-11-2019: Dogs on leash permitted; Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate "Highline" trail to Paradise Creek Trees blown down. 14-11-2019: Avalanche Risk rated as Simple Class 1 terrain - at km 1, the trail crosses the runout zone of an avalanche path which rarely runs; Dogs on leash permitted; Snowshoes recommended; Trail details
Moderate Mirror Lake, via Lake Agnes Trail Snowshoe packed 14-11-2019: Dogs on leash permitted; Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Avalanche risk: beyond Mirror Lake, the trail is rated as Challenging Class 2 terrain and travel requires appropriate avalanche training and equipment; Trail details
Difficult Taylor Lake Snow covered. 14-11-2019: Dogs on leash permitted; Snowshoes recommended; Avalanche danger beyond reaching the lake; Trail details
Easy Laggan's Loop Snow covered. 19-11-2019: Dogs on leash permitted; Snowshoes recommended; Trail details

Bow Summit Area on Icefields Parkway (Banff National Park of Canada)

Peyto Lake road, upper parking area, trail and viewing platform are CLOSED for construction. Lower parking lot and day-use area OPEN.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Peyto Lake Viewpoint Closed for the season. 05-11-2019: Construction work in progress; Respect all posted notices and signs; Trail details