Maligne Canyon Trail Cross Country Skiing

The 13th most popular XC Ski in Alberta.

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Near Valley of Five Lakes south of Jasper, the backcountry Maligne Canyon Trail (#7) runs from the Valley of Five Lakes up to Maligne Canyon. The Maligne Lake area has 20 km of groomed trails plus backcountry ski touring in the snowfield of Bald Hills above the treeline. To reach the trailhead from Valley of Five Lakes, head south on SR93 (a.k.a. Jasper-Banaff Highway) and watch for trailhead parking area. While in Jasper National Park, also check out the Miette Hot Springs (800) 767-1611.

Overall, Maligne Canyon Trail is the 13th most popular cross country ski area of all 37 Nordic ski destinations in Alberta. Several of the better cross country ski trails are nearby Maligne Canyon Trail including Jasper Park Lodge Ski Trails, Marmot Basin Ski Area and Athabasca Falls System.


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.

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

Reference Source:  click here

Date Published:  1/3/2016

Date Updated:  7/8/2016

ID:  7070