Jasper offers up a great mix of cross-country ski trails with something for everyone. Relax with the whole family and take in the vistas on a casual ski around one of our easy campground trails or get your heart pumping up the steeply-ascending Pyramid Fire Road.



Trail etiquette

Thanks for respecting our trails and keeping them safe so that they can be enjoyed by all.

  • Please respect dog restrictions and closures
  • Do not walk or snowshoe on ski trails
  • Pack out all your garbage

Learn more about trail etiquette.

Ski areas

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Ski areas
Area Difficulty Trail Distance Description
Athabasca Falls Moderate Leach Lake trail -
Athabasca Falls to Leach Lake
No dogs
Skate skiing Classic skiing
8.2 km return Also known as the sunny side, this trail brings you to beautiful Leach Lake. On the way back, you’ll be rewarded with dramatic views of mounts Hardisty and Kerkeslin.
Athabasca Falls Moderate Leach Lake trail -
Athabasca Falls to Whirlpool cross-country ski hub
No dogs
Skate skiing Classic skiing
15.2 km return Follow the trail past Leach Lake (4.1 km) to reach the Whirlpool River and Whirlpool cross-country ski hub. Dramatic views of Mount Hardisty and Mount Kerkeslin on the return.
Whirlpool Easy Moab Lake trail -
Whirlpool cross-country ski hub to red chairs
Skate skiing Classic skiing
7 km return Ski through the woods on the gentle rolling terrain of Moab Lake Road. The red chairs at a viewpoint of the Whirlpool River make a great destination.
Whirlpool Moderate Moab Lake Trail -
Whirlpool cross-country ski hub to Moab Lake viewpoint
Skate skiing Classic skiing
15.2 km return Follow Moab Lake Road past the red chairs and the Whirlpool River (3.5 km). The groomed trail ends at a viewpoint of Moab Lake.
Whirlpool Moderate Leach Lake trail -
Whirlpool cross-country ski hub to Leach Lake
No dogs
Skate skiing Classic skiing
7 km return Also known as the sunny side, this trail brings you to beautiful Leach Lake at 3.5 km.
Whirlpool Moderate Leach Lake trail -
Whirlpool cross-country ski hub to Athabasca Falls
No dogs
Skate skiing Classic skiing
15.2 km return Follow the trail past Leach Lake (3.5 km). As you ski the extra 4.1 km to Athabasca Falls you’ll be rewarded with views of Mount Hardisty and Mount Kerkeslin.
Pyramid Difficult Pyramid Fire Road
Skate skiing Classic skiing
15 km return This trail is not for the faint of heart. Dig deep as you gain in elevation along the shoulder of Pyramid Mountain. Your thighs will be burning as you continue to climb but the ski down makes it all worthwhile.
Wabasso Campground Easy Wabasso Campground
Skate skiing Classic skiing
Various 0 m Popular with families and dogs, this area provides a medley of options for all ski enthusiasts: gentle terrain, with a beautiful section of trail alongside the Athabasca River.Gentle terrain along the river with inside loops. Skate skiing
Classic skiing
1. Whirlpool cross-country ski hub
1. Whirlpool cross-country ski hub
Difficulty Trail Distance Description Type
Easy Moab Lake trail -
Whirlpool cross-country ski hub to red chairs
7 km return Ski through the woods on the gentle rolling terrain of Moab Lake Road. The red chairs at a viewpoint of the Whirlpool River make a great destination. Skate skiing
Classic skiing
Moderate Moab Lake trail -
Whirlpool cross-country ski hub to Moab Lake viewpoint
15.2 km return Follow Moab Lake Road past the red chairs and the Whirlpool River. The groomed trail ends at a viewpoint of Moab Lake. Skate skiing
Classic skiing
Moderate Leach Lake trail -
Whirlpool cross-country ski hub to Leach Lake
No dogs
7 km return Also known as the sunny side, this trail brings you to beautiful Leach Lake at 3.5 km. Skate skiing
Classic skiing
Moderate Leach Lake trail -
Whirlpool cross-country ski hub to Athabasca Falls
No dogs
15.2 km return Follow the trail past Leach Lake. As you ski the extra 4.1 km to Athabasca Falls you’ll be rewarded with views of Mount Hardisty and Mount Kerkeslin. Skate skiing
Classic skiing
2. Athabasca Falls
2. Athabasca Falls
Difficulty Trail Distance Description Type
Moderate Leach Lake trail -
Athabsaca Falls to Leach Lake
No dogs
8.2 km return Also known as the sunny side, this trail brings you to beautiful Leach Lake. On the way back, you’ll be rewarded with dramatic views of Mount Hardisty and Mount Kerkeslin. Skate skiing
Classic skiing
Moderate Leach Lake trail -
Athabasca Falls to Whirlpool cross-country ski hub
No dogs
15.2 km return Follow the trail past Leach Lake to reach the Whirlpool River and Whirlpool cross-country ski hub. Dramatic views of Mount Hardisty and Mount Kerkeslin on the return. Skate skiing
Classic skiing
3. Pyramid
3. Pyramid
Difficulty Trail Distance Description Type
Difficult Pyramid Fire Road 15 km return This trail is not for the faint of heart. Dig deep as you gain in elevation along the shoulder of Pyramid Mountain. Your thighs will be burning as you continue to climb but the ski down makes it all worthwhile. Skate skiing
Classic skiing
4. Wabasso Campground
4. Wabasso Campground
Difficulty Trail Distance Description Type
Easy Wabasso Campground Various Popular with families and dogs, this area provides a medley of options for all ski enthusiasts: gentle terrain, with a beautiful section of trail alongside the Athabasca River. Skate skiing
Classic skiing

Current conditions

Grooming guidelines

Start of season

We aim to start grooming December 15, conditions permitting.

Needed conditions include:

  • Ground is frozen
  • Sufficient snow on the ground (*Varies based on terrain and type of snow)
  • Favourable weather forecast
  • Snowmobile packing is essential until the initial base is set (can range from 15-30 cm of packed snow depending on ground surface).
End of season

Ski trails are maintained until March 15, or as weather and snow conditions permit.

Temperatures

Temperature has a large impact on snow conditions, grooming quality and our ability to groom. Warm wet snow can be very challenging and hard on equipment and, if followed by a cold spell, the resulting icy surface can be dangerous. In extreme cold, snow does not pack well and can pose a safety concern for groomers.

Temperatures
Temperature range Impact
> 5°C No grooming takes place. Equipment is likely to bog down and damage trail. Snow chunks and poor corduroy are likely.
5°C to 0°C Grooming is avoided when possible.
0°C to -10°C Generally, best temperature range for good packing and grooming results .
-10°C to -20°C Quality of snow packing and grooming declines; safety risk from temperature and windchill increases
-20°C to -25°C Poor grooming results. Compacting is possible, track-setting is not. For safety, staff time spent in these temperatures is limited.
< - 25°C No grooming to take place: grooming results are too poor, machinery malfunctions, and safety concerns from cold temperatures.

Skier set trails

Looking to go beyond the trackset trails and explore more of what Jasper National Park has to offer? Skiers can strike off on their own adventure to explore the landscape.

Before heading out, keep in mind the following

Popular areas for exploring on skis include:

Summit Lakes / Jacques Lake
Explore for half a day to Summit Lakes, or head into the Jacques Lake Cabin for an overnight (operated by the Alpine Club of Canada). Learn more about avalanche safety and ice safety at Summit Lakes.
Hidden Cove
Explore the spectacular views along the wintery shoreline of Maligne Lake. Hidden Cove makes a great destination at 3.5 km. Interested in spending the night? Call 1-877-737-3783 or visit reservation.pc.gc.ca. Be safe while travelling on ice. You can learn more about ice safety here.
Pyramid Bench
Pyramid Bench has a wide variety of summer trails ready for you to explore in the snow. Trail 15 is flat packed, or make your own tracks on the many other trails. Refer to the day hiking page for ideas.
Big Bend
Starting at Sunwapta Falls, this wide, forested trail winds through the upper Athabasca Valley toward panoramic peak and river views. Big Bend campground is a great place to try winter camping.

Ski touring

Looking to earn some turns? Visit our ski touring page.