Best Pipestone / Whitehorn Loops Cross Country Skiing

The 21st most popular XC Ski in Alberta.

  Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada


  July 3, 2016

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 (and don't ski on any of the lakes). The Whitehorn Loop is accessed from the northeast end of Parking Lot 4 at Ski Lake Louise (unsigned). These trails are intermittently groomed and the max loop is 6.4 km.

Overall, Pipestone / Whitehorn Loops is the 21st most popular cross country ski area of all 35 Nordic ski destinations in Alberta. Several of the better cross country ski trails are nearby Pipestone / Whitehorn Loops including Skoki Trails, Telemark Loop, Fairview Loop, Sundance Canyon Trail, 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

Date Published:  12/30/2015

Date Updated:  7/3/2016

ID:  7061

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