Fairview Loop Cross Country Skiing

In Lake Louise north of Banff, the 9.3 km Fairview Loop is a forested rolling cross country ski track set route with great views of nearby peaks around the Bow Valley. The trail begins at the eastern end of the public parking lots at Chateau Lake Louise. Follow the Tramline Trail down 1.6 km to Moraine Lake Road. Turn right and ski south on the road for 1.5 km to the Fairview Trail on the right. If you’ve got plenty of energy, you can continue following the rolling road on the slopes of Mount Temple for another 6.5 km for views of the Valley of Ten Peaks (don t go past the groomed sections due to avalanche crossings). Otherwise, turn right onto the Fairview Trail which begins with some heathly climbs. Watch closely for moose, lynx and snowshoe hare. Leveling off, the trail continues for 4.25 km across the lower slopes of Saddle and Fairview mountains under the treeline before returning to the parking area.


Local Contact(s):  BNP (403) 522-3833; Banff Tourism (403) 762-8421; Alberta Visitors (800) 661-8888; Alberta Cross Country Assoc. (403) 453-8620; Avalanche Update (403) 762-1470; Gem Trek Recreation Map #5 (403) 932-4893.

Recommended Book:  "Basic Cross-Country Skiing" from J Scott McGee

Best Season:  Dec. - Apr.

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Base Camp:  Hostel International (403) 522-2200; Lake Louise Inn (403) 522-3791

Luxury Loding:  Chateau Lake Louise (403) 522-3511; Post (800) 661-1586

Breakfast Restaurant:  Laggan's Mountain Bakery

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Date Updated:  7/18/2016


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