Located in Alberta, the cross country skiing in Banff National Park offers more than a half-dozen beautiful cross-country ski trails. The best Banff National Park cross country skiing based on popularity are considered to be Skoki Trails, Sundance Canyon Trail, Fairview Loop, Telemark Loop, and Shadow Lake Trails. For a detailed Nordic ski trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Banff National Park cross country skiing trail below.
Just east of Lake Louise, the Skoki Trail starts from the Fish Creek parking lot near Ski Lake Louise and climbs 15 km up to the Skoki Lodge. At the 4 km mark is the Ski Areas Temple Lodge and at the 9.5 km point is the Halfway Hut.
In Lake Louise north of Banff, the Telemark Loop is a challenging 9.3 km cross country ski route on intermittently groomed track. The trail begins behind the Chateau Lake Louise on the lake shore.
Starting from the Banff townsite at the Cave & Basin Site, the Sundance Canyon Trail is a cross country ski tour route along the Sundance Rnage up to the Banff Sundance Lodge and beyond. The first 16 km up to the lodge are groomed intermittently.
East of Lake Louise, there are two nice cross country ski trail systems under the slopes of Ski Lake Louise, albiet rarely groomed. The Pipestone Loops are a trail networked accessed off the TransCanada Highway about 0.7 km north of the main Lake Louise exit. This network has an outer loop of 12.6 km, but make sure to carry a map since the many intersections can be confusing.