General conditions

Winter conditions.

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Avalanche season is here!

Know before you go! Please visit avalanche.pc.gc.ca for the latest avalanche conditions. You can consult our staff at the Parks Canada visitor centres for further advice on safe trails. Ice climbers and skiers alike should carefully consider their exposure to overhead terrain.

Closures and restrictions

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

Banff Area Cross-Country Ski Trails

RECENT GROOMING - Please note that Sundance Canyon trail will not be trackset this year. – FEB 19: Tunnel Mountain Winter Trails. FEB 17: Redearth Creek (up to Lost Horse Creek). FEB 13: Healy Creek. FEB 12: Cascade Valley Trail (Minnewanka to Cascade River bridge - 6km, and Lake Minnewanka to Upper Bankhead); (Cascade River bridge to Stoney Creek). FEB 10: Goat Creek. FEB 9: Spray River West, Spray River East.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Spray River Winter Trails: Spray River West Good. 12-02-2020: Double trackset classic and skate; Please walk or snowshoe beside tracks set, not on tracks; Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Easy Spray River Winter Trails: Spray River East Good. 12-02-2020: Single trackset classic; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Easy Tunnel Mountain Winter Trails (Cross-country ski) Good. 12-02-2020: Single trackset classic; Trail groomed; Please walk or snowshoe on rows 100, 200, 300 and 400; Trail details
Moderate Goat Creek Winter Trail Good. 12-02-2020: Single trackset classic; Please walk or snowshoe beside tracks set, not on tracks; Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Easy Cascade Valley Winter Trail: Lake Minnewanka Parking to Upper Bankhead Good. 12-02-2020: Double trackset classic and skate; Please walk or snowshoe beside tracks set, not on tracks; Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Easy Cascade Valley Winter Trail: Lake Minnewanka Parking to Cascade River Bridge (6km) Good. 12-02-2020: Double trackset classic and skate; Please walk or snowshoe beside tracks set, not on tracks; Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Moderate Cascade Valley Winter Trail: Cascade River Bridge (6km) to Stoney Creek Good. 12-02-2020: Single trackset classic; Trail groomed; Please walk or snowshoe beside tracks set, not on tracks; Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Moderate Brewster Creek Winter Trail Poor. 12-02-2020: Single trackset classic; Please walk or snowshoe beside tracks set, not on tracks; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Easy Healy Creek Winter Trail Fair. 13-02-2020: Double trackset classic; Please walk or snowshoe beside tracks set, not on tracks; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Moderate Redearth Creek Winter Trail Good. 12-02-2020: Single trackset classic; Trail groomed; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; Dogs not allowed; Trail details

Banff Area Winter Walking Trails

Avalanche season is here! Know before you go! Please visit https://avalanche.pc.gc.ca/ for the latest avalanche conditions.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Marsh Winter Loop Snow covered with icy sections. 12-02-2020: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Fenland Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 12-02-2020: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Stewart Canyon Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 12-02-2020: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Spray Winter Connector Snow covered with icy sections. 12-02-2020: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Mountain Summit Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 12-02-2020: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Johnston Canyon Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 12-02-2020: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Sundance Canyon Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 12-02-2020: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 12-02-2020: Cleats recommended; Trail details

Banff Area Snowshoeing Trails

Avalanche season is here! Know before you go! Please visit https://avalanche.pc.gc.ca/ for the latest avalanche conditions.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Tunnel Mountain Drive - Winter Snow covered. 12-02-2020: Snowshoe packed; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Surprise Corner to Hoodoos Viewpoint Winter Trail Snow covered. 12-02-2020: Snowshoe packed; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Upper Stoney Squaw Winter Loop Snow covered. 12-02-2020: Snowshoe packed; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Ink Pots Winter Trail Snow covered. 12-02-2020: Snowshoe packed; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Westside Winter Trail Snow covered. 12-02-2020: Snowshoe packed; Cleats recommended; Trail details

Banff Area Fat Biking Trails

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Tunnel Mountain Winter Trails (Multi-use) Snow covered with icy sections. 12-02-2020: Flat packed; Studded tires recommended; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; Trail details
Moderate Banff Avenue Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 12-02-2020: Flat packed; Studded tires recommended; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; Trail details
Easy Sundance Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 12-02-2020: Flat packed; Studded tires recommended; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; Trail details
Easy Spray River East Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 12-02-2020: Flat packed; Studded tires recommended; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; Trail details

Cross-Country Ski Trails on the Bow Valley Parkway

GENERAL CONDITIONS: Good. Trail#1 is track set as far as the construction zone only. Regularly track-set every Friday.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Baker Creek to Protection Mountain Campground Good. 14-02-2020: Single trackset classic; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Moderate Protection Mountain Campground to Castle Mountain Lookout Good. 14-02-2020: Single trackset classic; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Easy Castle Junction Cross-country Ski Trails: Trail #1 - Castle Junction to Castle Mountain Lookout Partially closed, check trail details for additional information. 14-02-2020: Dogs on leash permitted; Single trackset classic; Trail details
Easy Castle Junction Cross-country Ski Trails: Trail #2 Good. 14-02-2020: Single trackset classic; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Easy Castle Junction Cross-country Ski Trails: Trail #3 Good. 14-02-2020: Single trackset classic; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details

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

GENERAL CONDITIONS: Good.The Pipestone region has re-opened for skiing. The Pipestone loop segment from the parking lot to the Drummond trail intersection is closed. Campground loop - park at the Train Station. RECENT GROOMING: FEB 18: Peyto; Upper Telemark, Pipestone; Hector; Drummond; Merlin. FEB 17: Fairview; Lake Louise surface. FEB 16: Campground; Bow River Loop; Townsite; Lake Louise shoreline. FEB 15: Moraine Lake Rd; Great Divide; Lower Telemark; Tramline.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Campground Loop Good. 16-02-2020: Parking lot closed due to construction.; Double trackset classic and skate; Dogs on leash permitted; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; Trail details
Easy Townsite Good. 16-02-2020: Single trackset classic; Dogs on leash permitted; Please walk or snowshoe beside tracks set, not on tracks; Trail details
Easy Upper Tramline Good. 15-02-2020: Dogs not allowed; Single trackset classic; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; Trail details
Easy Lower Tramline Good. 15-02-2020: Dogs not allowed; Single trackset classic; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; Trail details
Moderate Fairview Loop Good. 17-02-2020: Double trackset classic; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Easy Moraine Lake Road Good. 15-02-2020: 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 Good. 16-02-2020: Double trackset classic; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Difficult Upper Telemark Good. 18-02-2020: Double trackset classic; Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Easy Great Divide Good. 15-02-2020: Double trackset classic and skate; Dogs not allowed; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; Trail details
Moderate Peyto Good. 18-02-2020: Double trackset classic; Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Easy Lower Telemark Good. 16-02-2020: Single trackset classic; Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Easy Bow River Loop Good. 13-02-2020: Single trackset classic; Dogs on leash permitted; Please walk or snowshoe beside tracks set, not on tracks; Trail details
Moderate Pipestone Loop Good. 18-02-2020: Track set; Dogs on leash permitted; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Partially closed; Trail details
Easy Hector Good. 18-02-2020: Track set; Dogs on leash permitted; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Partially closed; Trail details
Easy Drummond Good. 18-02-2020: Track set; Dogs on leash permitted; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Partially closed; Trail details
Easy Merlin Good. 18-02-2020: Track set; Dogs on leash permitted; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Partially closed; 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 Some icy sections. 15-02-2020: Dogs on leash permitted; Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Fairview Lookout Snow covered with icy sections. 15-02-2020: Dogs on leash permitted; Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Louise Creek Snow covered with icy sections. 15-02-2020: Dogs on leash permitted; Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate "Highline" trail to Paradise Creek Trees blown down. 15-02-2020: Snowshoes recommended; Dogs on leash permitted; Avalanche Risk rated as Simple Class 1 terrain - at km 1, the trail crosses the runout zone of an avalanche path which rarely runs; Trail details
Moderate Mirror Lake, via Lake Agnes Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 15-02-2020: 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. 15-02-2020: Snowshoes recommended; Avalanche danger beyond reaching the lake; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Easy Laggan's Loop Snow covered. 15-02-2020: Snowshoes recommended; Dogs on leash permitted; 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