Athabasca Falls System Cross Country Skiing

The 12th most popular XC Ski in Alberta.

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South of Jasper townsite on Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93), the Athabasca Falls System has 31km of groomed cross country ski trails on level terrain with views of the Fryatt Range. The trails follow unplowed sections of Highway 93A and a side trail leads to Moab Lake.

The trailhead is located 30km south of Jasper.

For some night skiing, check out the 4.5 km Whistlers Campground Trail off Hwy 93.

Overall, Athabasca Falls System is the 12th most popular cross country ski area of all 37 Nordic ski destinations in Alberta. Several of the better cross country ski trails are nearby Athabasca Falls System including Jasper Park Lodge Ski Trails, Maligne Canyon Trail and Marmot Basin Ski Area.


Local Contact(s):  JNP (780) 852-6176; Canadian Explorer Guides (888) 238-8000; Alberta Visitors (800) 661-8888; Alberta Cross Country Assoc. (403) 453-8620; Avalanche Update (403) 762-1470; Gem Trek Recreation Map #1 (403) 932-4893.

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

Best Season:  Dec. - Mar.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Maligne Canyon Hostel; Backcountry Huts (403) 678-3200; Jasper Inn (403) 852-4461; Tonquin Inn (403) 852-4987

Luxury Loding:  Jasper Park Lodge (800) 441-1414 or (403) 852-3433

Breakfast Restaurant:  Mountain Foods Cafe (403) 852-4050

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Date Published:  12/26/2015

Date Updated:  8/7/2016

ID:  7068