Cross Country Skiing Activities

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Quite a few trails in Jasper, to explore all the trails around here, you will have to spend at least a season to truly enjoy the beauty Jasper National Park has to offer.

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. Below are just some of those trails, there are many places to cross country ski once the snow flies. From Maligne Lake, with its incomparable wildlife viewing, to Pyramid Road groomed trails, there are long stretches of prime skiing for you to explore.

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Jasper National Park Cross Country Ski Playground

Maligne Lake

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.

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Cross Country Ski – Maligne Lake

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.

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Leech Lake – Moab

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.

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Pyramid Lake Road Cross Country Ski

Marmot Meadows

You can access this trail from the Whistlers campground entrance, head left once past the Whistlers campground gates. Call Parks for info, closures. 

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Marmot Meadows – Parks closed this trail or not maintained

The Evelyn Creek

This loop is a 12 km, difficult trail which follows the Bald Hills fire road up to the Skyline Trail.

Cross-country Skiing Pyramid Lake Road

Track set on a trail towards Pyramid This would be a medium level due to the  inclines this track has to offer. It is not a stack loop system, in and out the same road. See how far you want to go and turn around when you are good and ready. 2008 RELATED LINKS My...

Cross-country Skiing Moab

This Lake is easier to get to now that Parks Canada extended the cross country ski trail access starting point on Hwy 93a further south this year. With the warm weather this winter, I am not sure how the condition of the snow is at time of writing this. [gallery...

Cross-country Skiing Moose Loop

Access: Maligne Lake Parking: Yes Trailhead: Last parking lot at the end of Maligne Lake Road Activities: Sights / Hiking / Cross-country ski Part of a loop in the Maligne Lake area, start from the trail head of Bald Hills and the signs will direct you to the left a...

Cross-country Skiing Snaring River

Exploring new areas in the winter Taking advantage of the cold weather and hoping the the river will be frozen enough for us to travel as far as we can get before the trail stops us in our tracks. The equipment we used for this trip was a variety of old light gear...

Cross-country Skiing Maligne Lake

Winter at Maligne Lake Cross-country skiing is fantastic in the Maligne Lake area, you can travel 22km south on the lake when the condition is right. Alpine is also reachable on the Bald Hill trail. Or even do some multi-day tours with the Six route pass or the...

Cross-country Skiing Bald Hills

Classic recreation area Locals love to hit the slopes, but this is a self propelled activity as natural as it can be. Winter and summer, this place has easy access to the alpine. The trail is about 6km to Bald hills. Start off from the parking lot of Maligne Lake....

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