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.
Overall, Fairview Loop is the 8th most popular cross country ski area of all 35 Nordic ski destinations in Alberta. Several of the better cross country ski trails are nearby Fairview Loop including Skoki Trails, Telemark Loop, Sundance Canyon Trail, Pipestone / Whitehorn Loops, Cascade Trail and Shadow Lake Trails.
Local Contacts: Banff National Park (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.
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
Reference Source: click here http://www.pc.gc.ca/
Date Published: 1/1/2016
Date Updated: 7/22/2016
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