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People getting ready to ski the Pipestone Loop in the Lake Louise area
Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-Country ski the Pipestone Loop

Some places in Banff National Park go into hibernation in wintertime, and others come to life. The Pipestone Valley is one of the spots that is reliably buzzing with activity on a sunny winter day. It’s home to a great network of cross-country ski trails like the local favourite Pipestone Loop. This is a 13 km circuit that’s groomed for both classic and skate-skiing, and offers great terrain and the occasional open view to an unbelievable mountain backdrop.

Good To Know

Difficulty
Moderate
Duration
1-3 hrs
When
Dec - Apr

The Experience

  • Length: 13.3 km return
  • Elevation gain: 190 m loss
  • Trailhead: Pipestone trailhead parking
  • Single trackset

Location

Distance from Banff:
60km
Distance from Lake Louise:
4km

Parking

Parking is available at the trailhead.

When to go

Operating Dates

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

Dates can vary based on conditions

Busy Times

Weekends

Local Tips

  • The local custom is to ski the Pipestone Loop counter-clockwise, so everyone can make the most of the flowy downhill sections.

  • Plan to take a trailside break when glacier-capped Mount Temple comes into view.

  • There are several other great trails that link up with Pipestone. Make a day of it and ski the Hector, Drummond or Merlin trails.

Useful Links

  • Check the Parks Canada Trail Report for up to date conditions.

Let's do this

Cross-country ski rentals available from

Wilson Mountain Sports

Equipment Rentals
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Chateau Ski & Snow

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Banff Adventures

Activity & Tour Providers
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Snowtips-Bactrax Ski & Bike Rental

Equipment Rentals
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Ultimate Sports

Sporting Goods & Apparel
Location
Banff Town Area
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Chateau Mountain Sports

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