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Tunnel Mountain XC Ski Trail

Banff National Park
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Tunnel Mountain XC Ski Trail

Distance: 4.7km
Elevation: 29m
Time: 1-1.5

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Cross-country skiing at Tunnel Mountain is perhaps the best place to learn to cross-country ski in Banff National Park. These trails are track-set and flat, allowing a skier to confidently learn to ski, with great views of surrounding mountains.

Tunnel Mountain XC Ski Trail Map

Getting there

From the Banff Visitor Centre on Banff Ave, drive North and turn right on Wolf Street. Take your 3rd left onto Otter Street, which turns into Tunnel Mountain Road. Follow this past a series of Hotels, and then turn left into the parking lot at Tunnel Mountain Camping.

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When to do

December to March

Backcountry Campsites

No

Toilets

No

Pets allowed

No

Avalanche Risk

None

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Low

Route Type

Circuit

Type of XC Route

Track-set


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Route Description for Tunnel Mountain

If you’re in Banff and want to learn to cross-country ski, then you are in luck. The best place to learn to xc ski is just above Banff, in the Tunnel Mountain Campgrounds, which are mostly closed in winter.

From the parking lot at Tunnel Mountain Campground, take any of the track set trails down through Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court. These trails are straight with very minimal slope, perfect to learn to cross-country ski.

If you want to progress to a more difficult trail, consider taking the connector at the far north-east section of the trailer court that connects to Tunnel Mountain Village 1 campground. This section is a series of forested loops and is a great progression area for those just learning to cross-country ski. These cross-country ski loops are still relatively flat, so suitable for beginner cross-country skiers.

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