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Experience Cross Country Skiing
At Lake Louise

Lake Louise, located in the Banff National Park, is quickly becoming a premiere destination for cross country skiing. Aside from having incredible snow, the area offers skiers a wide variety of trails, incredible mountain scenery, wildlife viewing opportunities, world class accommodations, and dining options.

Cross Country Ski Trail Map

Cross Country/Touring Ski Rentals

Wilson Sports located in Samson Mall Lake Louise carries a wide selection of quality cross country & touring skis and boots.

Cross Country/Touring Ski Rentals

Why Lake Louise?

If you're a cross country skier, or are thinking about getting into this wonderful sport, you have to come to Lake Louise! Lake Louise is truly is the perfect setting for a cross country ski destination. Here are some of the best reasons to cross country ski at Lake Louise:

Ski Trails
  • Very pretty trails in a gorgeous mountain wilderness setting.
  • Many natural clearings with mountain vistas alternate with tree-lined trails.
  • Traditional, narrower, more intimate XC ski trails 3 metres wide, 4 & 5 metres on hills.
  • Lots of twists & turns, ups & downs to entertain the skier.
  • Ski-skating on the Moraine Lake & Great Divide trails.
Great variety of XC skiing close by
  • Trackset Trails (total 70 km).
  • Backcountry (Light) Touring on skier-set tracks (total 150 km).
  • Telemark skiing at 2 Lift-serviced areas & 3 "climb-it-yourself" areas.
Incredible Snow
  • Located in Alberta’s snow belt .
  • Longest ski season in Alberta – Mid November to Mid April.
  • Fun & frolic in waist-deep snow by mid-February.
  • Usually 1 metre of settled snow-pack beside the XC ski trails by mid-February.
  • Wonderful scenery with sunshine and blue skies.
Other Attractions
  • World class downhill skiing and riding at the Lake Louise Ski Resort.
  • Snowshoe trails & routes for all abilities.
  • Ice skating on the iconic lake ice in front of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
  • Hockey Rink on the iconic lake ice.
  • Sleigh rides on Lakeshore trail.
  • Dog sled trips on Great Divide Trail and adjacent forest trails.
Access, Facilities & Services
  • Easy access from major scenic highways.
  • Hotels, historic lodges, restaurants & cafes close by .
  • Three full-service ski-in lodges in the backcountry close to Lake Louise.
  • Two full service XC ski shops conveniently close to Lake Louise.
  • National Parks Visitor Info. Centre with weather, ski trail & other info .
  • Heated washrooms close to trails.
Banff National Park World Heritage Site
  • An unspoiled Winter Wonderland.
  • Surrounded by the "rugged Canadian Rockies".
  • Limited commercial development.
  • Eco-tourism opportunities.
  • Opportunities to see deer, elk & sheep – but please drive safely!
Special Events
  • Lake Louise Loppet – Oldest mass-participation race in Western Canada (since 1973).
  • Ice Sculpture Festival .
  • Lake Louise to Banff XC ski relay race.