Yoho Valley Cross Country Skiing

The 17th most popular XC Ski in British Columbia.

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East of Golden and northeast of Field, the closed Yoho Valley Road is track set for cross country skiing beyond Monarch Campground to the base of the switchbacks near Takakkaw Falls under Daly Glacier (7 km one-way). The Takakkaw Falls Campground is open in the winter and is a good lunch point. Continuing northwest up the switchbacks, watch out for several avalanche paths on the slopes of Mt. Wapta. After 3.8 km, turn west at Laughing Falls up the Little Yoho River to the ACC Stanley Mitchell Hut near Kiwetinok Pass (5.4 km). The total round trip is 44.4 km.

Overall, Yoho Valley is the 17th most popular cross country ski area of all 56 Nordic ski destinations in British Columbia. Several of the better cross country ski trails are nearby Yoho Valley including Emerald Lake Loop Trails, Lake O'Hara Trail, Ottertail Trail, Wapta Falls, Ice River Trail and Amiskwi Trail.


Local Contact(s):  Yoho National Park (250) 343-6783; BC Visitors (800) 435-5622; Canadian Tourism (800) 577-2266; Canadian Explorer Guides (888) 238-8000; Avalanche Update (250) 837-6867; Emerald Lake Sports (250) 343-6000.

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

Best Season:  Jan. - Apr.

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  Kicking Horse Lodge, Field (250) 343-6303; ACC Mitchell Hut (403) 678-3200

Luxury Loding:  Lake O Hara Lodge (604) 343-6418; Emerald Lake Lodge (800) 663-6336

Breakfast Restaurant:  Emerald Lake Lodge; CP Rail Cafe, Field

Reference Source:  click here http://www.pc.gc.ca/

Date Published:  1/6/2016

Date Updated:  7/28/2016

ID:  7094