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Cross Country Skiing in Waterton

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There are excellent opportunities for cross country skiing in Waterton Lakes National Park. Ski trails in Waterton are categorized as designated and non-designated. Designated trails are identified by trailhead signs describing degree of difficulty and other information. Track setting is carried out for weekend skiing. Skiers who venture off designated trails are advised to voluntarily self-register their activitiy at the Park Warden's office.

Voluntarily self-registration is available at the Park Warden's office to anyone undertaking what they consider to be a hazardous activity. Registration is provided to ensure your safe completion of an activity. Once registered you must check in at the completion of your activity.

Weather in mountain parks can change without warning. Detailed avalanche forecasts and information regarding backcountry ski conditions are available by contacting a warden (403.859.2224) or by telephoning the Canadian Avalanche Association (1.800.667.1105).

Name of Trail Length Trailhead Description
Cameron Ski Trail (Designated) 5.0 km / 3.1 mi (round trip) Little Prairie Picnic Shelter on Akamina Parkway

This easy trail from Little Prairie Picnic Shelter to Cameron Lake is wide and flat, and on Akamina Parkway. Travel through a coniferous forest to a beautiful Cirque Basin (Cameron Lake), carved out by glacial ice and snow.


Dipper Ski Trail (designated) 5.5 km / 3.4 mi (round trip) Rowe Trailhead on Akamina Parkway

Following babbling Cameron Creek, this moderately difficult trail is a real wilderness experience! You will meander through wooded slopes, gliding over knolls and dips on this single width track. Your ski starts across from Rowe Trailhead and ends at the Little Prairie Picnic Shelter, or continue your adventure all the way to Cameron Lake!


Crandell Lake (undesignated) 1.6 km / 1.0 mi (round trip) Crandell Lake Trailhead on Akamina Parkway

Moderately Easy short trip to beautiful Crandell Lake.


Rowe Trail (undesignated) 10.4 km / 6.5 mi (round trip) Rowe Trailhead on Akamina Parkway

A difficult trail to Rowe Meadow. It is possible to visit Lower Rowe Lake prior to the meadow, or to continue beyond and visit Upper Rowe Lake. This is a natural trail and Skiers are advised to wear PIEPS and check Avalanche conditions.


Akamina Pass to British Columbia (undesignated) 3.2 km / 2.0 mi (round trip) 14.4 km on the Akamina Parkway

This moderately difficult trail takes you on a scenic tour into British Columbia. Skiers can continue to Wall Lake, Forum Lake, and/or further into British Columbia. This is a natural trail and Skiers are advised to wear PIEPS and check Avalanche conditions.


Summit Lake (undesignated) 8.0 km / 4.9 mi (round trip)

East of the Lakeshore Parking Area at Cameron Lake where the bridge spans Cameron Creek

A difficult trail leading you to Summit Lake. This is a natural trail and Skiers are advised to wear PIEPS and check Avalanche conditions.

 

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