CRMR Winter Insider Tips

Winter in the Canadian Rocky Mountains is an experience of true delight and wonder. Along with snow covered peaks and breathtaking scenery, winter in the mountains brings with it a number of exciting activities, such as cross-country skiing, skating and snow shoeing. These Insider Tips for Deer Lodge, Emerald Lake Lodge and Buffalo Mountain Lodge are sure to make your trip to our beautiful back yard a memorable one.

 

Insider Tip #10

Experience the majesty of Mount Fairview, Mount Victoria and the Victoria Glacier, all from the Deer Lodge rooftop hot tub in Lake Louise. After a long day outdoors, it’ll put you right.
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Paul Zizka, BLLT

Insider Tip #11

It’s a half-hour walk that may well prove the highlight of your visit. From Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff, head for the breathtaking views of the Cascade Mountain Range, around the shoreline of beautiful Two Jack Lake.
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Insider Tip #12

The deep silence of winter in the Rockies is as beautiful as it is unforgettable. While cross country skiing around Emerald Lake Lodge, stop and listen to the sound of silence. There’s so much available, and it’s free.
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The Emerald Lake Connector Trail is a 10km round trip through rolling terrain and provides a good opportunity for skiers to work on their technique. The north end of the Connector Trail is groomed from Emerald Lake southward for a distance of approximately 5km. Rentals available from Emerald Sports. Trail starts at the foot of the bridge leading to Emerald Lake Lodge.

Insider Tip #13

Snowshoe to the middle of Emerald Lake in deepest winter, when it is completely frozen. Stop. Catch your breath. Wait for the silence and, if you’re among the fortunate, hear the mystical sounds of the ice “gossiping” beneath you. An easy trip from Emerald Lake Lodge.
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Paul Zizka, BLLT

Insider Tip #15

Stand utterly amazed as you watch courageous ice climbers ascend the massive blue curtains of Johnson Canyon’s cliffs in the wintertime.
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Johnston Canyon is located 30 minutes from Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff by car. The lower falls are a 1km hike up from the day parking lot.

Insider Tip #16

While exploring the outstanding snowshoe trails, be sure to stop and listen to the great white silence punctuated by the whispering of conifers rubbing shoulders as the breeze picks up.
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Emerald Lake Loop is an easy 5km trail that’s ideal for snowshoeing. It starts at the bridge by Cilantro on the Lake and takes you on a grand tour around one of Yoho National Park’s most gorgeous bodies of water. Start from Emerald Lake Lodge.


Darcy Muenchrath

Insider Tip #17

Around here, adventure comes on a scale of 1 to infinity. Set the dial to match your comfort level.
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Try one of the magnificent cross-country ski tracks in the area. The Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court Campground Trail offers 4.43km of easy track-set cross-country and skate skiing. The trailhead is a 5-minute walk from Buffalo Mountain Lodge, Banff.


Paul Zizka, BLLT

Insider Tip #18

Lace up your skates and get ready for a mind-expanding experience. Lake Louise is not only frozen and skate-ready, but features an ice castle.
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Lake Louise is only a 5-minute walk from Deer Lodge. Downtown Banff also has an outdoor rink, which is a 15-minute walk from Buffalo Mountain Lodge. The town of Field’s outdoor ice rink is a 15-minute drive from Emerald Lake Lodge.


Paul Zizka, BLLT

Insider Tip #19

Carve up the slopes of Mt. Norquay, Lake Louise or Sunshine Village. Let the crisp mountain air and massive views remind you why hurtling down a mountain is what winter in the Rockies is all about.
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From Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff, it’s a 15-minute drive to Mt. Norquay and a 30-minute drive to Sunshine Village. Deer Lodge in Lake Louise is only a 15-minute drive from Lake Louise Ski Resort.


Paul Zizka, BLLT

Insider Tip #20

Research proves that human happiness is directly related to our amount of exposure to nature. Explore some of the superb cross-country ski trails in Lake Louise and come back exhilarated.
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 Only a 5-minute walk from Deer Lodge the Lake Louise Loop is a 4.1 km double track-set trail. Ski across frozen Lake Louise before entering the woods for a great up & down excursion. Access is via the Fairview-Lake Louise connector trail. Ski directly from the parking lot onto the lake. Track-setting ends at the far side of the lake, as the trail up the valley crosses wintertime avalanche paths.


Paul Zizka, BLLT

Insider Tip #21

Mountains have stories. Get up close and listen to one while snowshoeing one of our favourite trails in Lake Louise.
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The Lake Louise Lakeshore trail starts in front of the Chateau Lake Louise. This 4 km return trail features classic views at the lake’s end as well as a 100m-high frozen waterfall. A 5-minute walk from Deer Lodge.

Insider Tip #22

Forget your work life and responsibility grind as you explore one of our much loved cross-country trails. The mountains have all been expertly vetted to guarantee a sense of pure escapism to all who explore them.
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Emerald Alluvial Fan Loop is for cross-country skiers who want a longer outing (~9 km). Start by following the Emerald Horse Trail, which connects the parking area with the Alluvial Fan loop. Take the left fork around the Emerald Basin trail on a loop around the alluvial fan, through the trees and back to the Emerald Lake Horse Trail. Rentals available from Emerald Sports. Leaves directly from Emerald Lake Lodge.

Stay tuned for Insider Tips 1-9 for the Spring and Summer!