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. Ski north to the trailhead signs and veer to the right up a short slope. After winding around the north end of the Chateau, the Telemark Loop descends steeply for 1.6 km (stay to the right) to the closed 1A Hwy. Continue across the road and begin steep rolls for 4 km through thick woods before reaching 1A again. Turn left and ski back up 1A for 1.7 km. Veer right at trail sign to ascend back to the Chateau.
Overall, Telemark Loop is the 9th most popular cross country ski area of all 35 Nordic ski destinations in Alberta. Several of the better cross country ski trails are nearby Telemark Loop including Skoki Trails, Fairview 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: 1/6/2016
Date Updated: 8/2/2016
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