Nordic Skiing in Banff

Taste Olympic Cross Country Skiing at Canmore, or Take it Easy Just Outside Banff in Canada’s Rocky Mountains

Find Olympic-class cross country skiing in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies.The area in and around Banff, Canada and elsewhere in Banff National Park features some of the best walks and hikes of anywhere in the Canadian Rockies, when it comes to scenic beauty. Whether you are looking for a short, easy day hike or a multi-day trek through unspoiled wilderness, there is a trail for you here – in the summer.

In the wintertime, when snow blankets the ground, these hiking trails are transformed into some of the greatest cross-country skiing – or Nordic skiing, if you prefer – in the world. Whatever you’re looking for, it’s not far from Banff, be it classic track-set cross-country and groomed skate-skiing trails, or untracked backcountry trails, hut-to-hut traverses,  telemark slopes and rugged ski mountaineering routes.

Yamnuska: your guides for every Canadian Rockies adventure.For most recreational skiers, the cross-country ski season runs from December through March here in Banff National Park. But the snow begins to fall in earnest in November by the middle of the month our local Nordic skiers and competitive athletes are usually hitting the trails, particularly those north of Banff.

Easy-to-moderate cross-country trails in or near Banff:

  • Cascade Fire Road, from the Lake Minnewanka parking lot
  • Spray River Loop, from the Banff Springs Hotel trailhead
  • Sundance Canyon, starting from Cave and Basin Historic Site
  • Banff Springs Golf Course, from the Bow Falls parking lot
  • Bow River, from the Canoe Docks

Banff TravelOf course if you want to stay in Lake Louise, there are plenty of trails for great Nordic skiing, which will not only give you a great workout, but let you enjoy the beautiful alpine scenery of the Canadian Rockies in winter.

Popular trails in Lake Louise:

  • Moraine Lake Road
  • The Great Divide (Highway 1A)
  • Bow River Loop, starting near the Station Restaurant
  • There is also a series of scenic cross-country trails accessible from the top of the Sunshine
  • Village Gondola (note that there is a fee for the gondola ride).

If you need assistance arranging a cross country ski outing in Banff National Park, whether you need equipment rental, transportation or a guide for a long hut-to-hut ski tour, contact either Banff Travel or Yamnuska Mountain Adventures. These adventure specialists will fix you up with whatever you need for your Nordic adventure in the Canadian Rockies.

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Banff Travel

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Canadian Rockies Lodges & Inns

Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge
Get great deals on lodging in our newly renovated rooms & cabins surrounded by Jasper scenery.

Johnston Canyon
The Johnston Canyon Resort is the best way to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Canadian Rockies in beautiful Alberta.

Mount Robson Inn
A Jasper hotel offering family friendly accommodations in the Canadian Rockies with landscapes that will capture your heart.

Mountaineer Lodge
Comfortable lodge located in Lake Louise, nestled in a pine forest with tremendous views of Mount Temple and its summit glacier.


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Banff Backpacking & Mountaineering
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Banff ATV Tours & Zipling
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