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Two people skiing on Moraine Lake Road in Banff National Park
Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-Country Ski Moraine Lake Road

One of Banff National Park’s best-known destinations is completely transformed in the winter, and some locals would tell you they like it better this way. The views over the Valley of the Ten Peaks are stunning with a snowy layer on top, and they’re saved for skiers willing to make the trip up on foot.

It’s easy to do that when the wide trail is trackset and groomed for skate-skiing, and the higher elevation preserves the quality of the snow. The trails climbs gently uphill over about 9 km to a viewpoint and a fun cruise back downhill.

Good To Know

Difficulty
Easy
Duration
1-3 hrs

The Experience

  • Length 15.6 km return
  • Elevation gain: 250 m loss
  • Trailhead: Great Divide Trailhead
  • Double trackset with skating lane

Location

Distance from Banff:
58km
Distance from Lake Louise:
2km

Parking

Limited parking is available at the start of Moraine Lake Road. Plan to arrive early and come prepared with an alternative plan in case parking is full.

When to go

Operating Dates

MonthOperating Status
JanOpen
FebOpen
MarOpen
AprOpen
MayClosed
JunClosed
JulClosed
AugClosed
SepClosed
OctClosed
NovOpen
DecOpen

Dates can vary based on conditions

Local Tips

  • Bring an extra layer or even a small foam pad to use as an insulated seat. Trust us – when you reach the viewpoint at the end of the trail, you’ll want to stay a while!

  • It’s tempting to take up both sets of tracks, but they’re intended for two-way traffic.

  • Beyond the end of the tracks there is significant avalanche hazard and travel is not recommended.

  • New to cross-country skiing? Sign up for a lesson to learn the ropes.

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Banff Adventures

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Chateau Ski & Snow

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Chateau Mountain Sports

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Wilson Mountain Sports

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