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Cross-Country Skiing

Tunnel Mountain Winter Trails

In summertime the Tunnel Mountain area is alive with hikers and bikers stretching their mountain legs on this small but mighty summit. When winter comes, the whole mountaintop is tranquil and downright enchanting – especially at night.

This is the only place around Banff and Lake Louise for a lit-up cross-country ski session beneath the night sky. The lights are just bright enough to guide the way along the smooth trails. On clear nights the moon and stars also help, though we almost prefer it when snowflakes are falling and reflecting light across the trail.

Good To Know

Difficulty
Easy
Duration
1-3 hrs
When
Dec - Mar

The Experience

  • Length: 8 km all loops
  • Elevation gain: flat trial
  • Trailhead: Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court Campground entrance
  • Single trackset with double in some sections

Location

Distance from Banff:
2km
Distance from Lake Louise:
60km

Parking

Parking is available at the Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court Campground. The trails start from there.

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

Local Tips

  • It may not feel like it, but the Tunnel Mountain cross-country trails are very close to some excellent restaurants for an apres-ski hot chocolate. Stop in the town on your way home to find your favourite.

  • The trusty rule of layers applies here too, especially on an evening ski when the temperatures are going down.

  • This is a shared cross-country skiing, fat biking and snowshoeing trail.

Useful Links

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

Let's do this!

Winter rentals available from

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
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Chateau Ski & Snow

Sporting Goods & Apparel
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Chateau Mountain Sports

Sporting Goods & Apparel
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Wilson Mountain Sports

Equipment Rentals
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