Moraine Lake Road XC Ski Trail

Banff National Park
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Moraine Lake Road XC Ski Trail

Distance: 18.4km
Elevation: 275m
Time: 3-4h

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A morning spent cross-country skiing along the Moraine Lake Road is a must-do route in the Canadian Rockies. This XC-ski trail is usually kept in the best condition in Banff National Park, with regular track-setting and great snow conditions. While it doesn’t descend down to Moraine Lake, it is still a great day out skiing.

Moraine Lake Road XC Ski Trail Map

Getting there

From the Trans-Canada highway, take the turn off for Lake Louise and follow the road through the village and up towards Lake Louise. You will see a sign for Moraine Lake Road on your left. You may pull off to the entrance of the road and park by the closure barricades.

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When to do

Mid-November to April

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Pets allowed

Yes - On Leash

Avalanche Risk


Family friendly

Older Children only

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Route Type

Out and back

Type of XC Route

Double with skating lane

Moraine Lake Road
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Route Description for Moraine Lake Road XC Ski Trail

The cross-country skiing on Moraine Lake Road is usually the best condition skiing in Banff National Park. Being at a high elevation and regular grooming means that the snow is usually in great condition and you can expect to have a great day skiing here. Most people don’t ski the entire road, so you’ll find many beginner cross-country skiers turning around part-way.

From the parking area at the beginning of the Moraine Lake Road, begin skiing on the double track set road. There is a skating lane here as well. On your left, you will get glimpses of the Lake Louise Ski Resort, and surrounding peaks in the Bow Valley.

You will gain 275m as you glide along the summer-only road. All elevation is gradual with no major ascents or descents. The track set ski trail will take you to a viewpoint over Consolation Lakes and the Bow Valley. This is the end of the official trail. It is not recommended to continue beyond this point due to avalanche risk.

Return the way you came.

If you’re feeling strong, you can add the Fairview trail on your way back. To get to the Fairview trail, look for a turn-off on your left by the Paradise Creek parking area. This route is signed as Number 2, and takes you back up to Lake Louise. From there you’ll need to come back down to your car by taking the Tramline ski trail. It makes a great day out.

Insider Hints

  • This is usually one of the first cross-country ski trails to open in November.

  • Don’t go past the end of the track set portion of this trail unless you are trained and equipped to travel in avalanche terrain.

  • Pick a clear, sunny day to maximise your experience on this trip.


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Sally Worchuck 2 months ago

Moraine Lake was a really amazing trail. Really enjoyed it.

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