Cross-country & Back Country Skiing
Over 300 kilometres of trails make Jasper one of the largest cross-country ski areas in Canada. Right from your doorstep, groomed trails take you through scores of beautiful valleys, past stunning lakes and mountain scenery. Whether you enjoy short loops with gentle slopes and spectacular sights, or longer, more challenging routes, Jasper National Park is full of breath-taking cross-country adventures.
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Jasper National Park
Offers some of Canada’s best cross-country skiing. Close to the townsite, Whistlers Campground’s loop and the The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge’s 26 kilometres of gently graded trails are just minutes away.
Offers some of the best cross-country skiing in the park. For novice skiers, the Lake Trail loop or either of the Moose Lake Trail offer easy skiing with a couple of gentle descents. More advanced skiers find the 7.3 km Lorraine Lake loop a more challenging trail.
Edith Cavell Road
This 14km trail resides on the road of Edith Cavell. The trail is groomed when the closure is lifted in mid February. It also has a Youth Hostel at the trail head into Tonquin Valley. The trail starts off on a good grade till you reach the lookout on the road, then it mellows out towards the Hostel.
Athabasca Falls-Whirlpool Valley
The Athabasca Falls to Whirlpool Valley area has some great trails with terrific views. One favourite is the 18 km Moab Lake Trail, which starts at the Meeting of the Waters picnic area 20 kilometres south of Jasper on highway 93A. The Whirlpool Campground Trail is an easy 4.5 kilometres starting at the Moab Lake trailhead reached via the Athabasca Falls turnoff on the Icefield Parkway.
The Pyramid Bench
Offers moderate trails that begin off Pyramid Lake Road. You can either ski right from town or drive up to one of the two parking areas near Pyramid Lake. Bench trails include the Mina/Riley Loop, a 6 to 7km intermediate trail that follows gently sloping terrain or the shorter 4.7 km Pyramid Bench Loop which offers spectacular views of the Athabasca Valley.
You can access this trail from the Whistlers campground entrance, head left once past the Whistlers campground gates.
The Evelyn Creek
This loop is a 12 km, difficult trail which follows the Bald Hills fire road up to the Skyline Trail.
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