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Cross-Country Skiing in the Rockies

Cross-country skiing is a truly spectacular way to experience the gorgeous mountains, fresh air and wildlife of the Rockies.

The ideal exercise for beginners and advanced athletes, this opportunity to be out in the wilderness, surrounded by the peace, quiet and majesty of the Rockies is unparalleled. There are many groomed trails throughout Banff, Lake Louise and around Emerald Lake. Lake Louise, in particular, has focused on improving the cross country skiing conditions for our guests.

Ask our front desk agents at Buffalo Mountain Lodge, Deer Lodge and Emerald Lake Lodge about the best places to cross country ski in the area. Our favourite cross country skiing blog for up-to-date, local and honest information is Ski Here!

Popular trails near the lodges are below.

Popular Trails near Emerald Lake Lodge

Alluvial Fan Loop, a beginner to intermediate trail that is approximately 8km long. You can also drive to the Natural Bridge to ski 7 kms one way along the Kicking Horse Fire Road for a beginner/intermediate trail. The Connector Trail between Emerald and the Natural Bridge is an intermediate/advanced trail, which is approximately 8km long along the Emerald  River. Ask at the lodge or The Boathouse for more information about these nearby trails. Complete your day with a warming hot chocolate with whipped cream in the lounge at Emerald Lake Lodge!

For More Information on trails near Emerald Lake Lodge or visit Kicking Horse Ski Club for current conditions.

Stay at Emerald Lake Lodge

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Popular Trail near Deer Lodge

The Lake Louise Loop, is a 4.1 km loop that is double track set. Ski across frozen Lake Louise before entering the woods for a fun “up & down” trip. This trail is accessed by using the Fairview – Lake Louise Connector trail to ski directly from the parking lot onto the lake. Track setting ends at the back of the lake, as the trail up the valley crosses large avalanche paths.

For cross country trails in Lake Louise visit Parks Canada.

Stay at Deer Lodge


Photo credit: Banff Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography
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Popular Trail near Buffalo Mountain Lodge

Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court is a brand new trail for 2014. It comes courtesy of the Town of Banff and Parks Canada partnering to create ski trails on Tunnel Mountain. The trailhead is in the Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court Campground (5 minutes from Buffalo Mountain Lodge) and provides basic level track-set cross country and skate skiing trails. Parking and other amenities are available on site in the Village 2 Campground. Dogs are not allowed on the trail. The trail is 4.43km total.

For more cross country trails in Banff visit Parks Canada.

Stay at Buffalo Mountain Lodge


Photo credit: Banff Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography
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Maps of the area

Find more information about cross country skiing in the Banff area here. For information about lessons or guided tours while cross country skiing, visit Banff Lake Louise’s website.

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Near Buffalo Mountain Lodge:

Near Emerald Lake Lodge:

Near Deer Lodge:

Photo credit: Banff Lake Louise Tourism / Noel Hendrickson 

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CRMR's involvement in Cross Country Skiing

Due to budget cuts, Parks Canada was going to be forced to discontinue track setting the trails around Emerald Lake and surrounding area. Luckily we have reached an agreement to continue doing the track setting, as we truly believe these are some of the most beautiful trails in the world.

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