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Parks Canada grooms these trails for skate and classic skiers:
Icefields Parkway/Hwy 93A: South of town is Whistlers Campground. Here an easy 5 km / 3 mi loop is partially lit at night, while an intermediate trail takes skiers into the forest. Turn right on Hwy 93A and go past Marmot Basin Rd to uphill and unplowed 11.6 km / 7 mi Cavell Rd that offers an exhilarating return. Farther south, the plowed road ends at 9 km / 5.6 mi Whirlpool Trail that starts easy then turns moderate as it rolls and climbs to Moab Lake. Sharing the same trailhead at the road, moderate 10.5 km / 6.5 mi Leach Lake Trail rewards with Mt Hardisty and Kerkeslin views as it approaches Athabasca Falls; connect to challenging and occasionally track-set 6 km / 3.7 mi Geraldine Rd, that rises to Geraldine Lakes.
Pyramid Bench: The plateau north of town has trails near Patricia and Pyramid Lakes plus groomed Pyramid Fire Rd, a challenging 15 km / 9.3 mi trail with views from the shoulder of Pyramid Mountain.
Maligne Lake Rd From Hwy 16, go south 29 km / 18 mi to track-set Summit Lakes, an easy 10 km / 6 mi round trip between the Colin and Queen Elizabeth ranges to Beaver and the two Summit Lakes. Farther up the road 48 km / 30 mi from town is Maligne Lake with good snow, ski touring and alpine touring at Bald Hills.
Decogine Winter Use Area 22 km / 13 mi west of town via Hwy 16 are 15 km / 9.3 mi of pipeline right-of-way trails with a warming hut and fire pit. Visit Jasper Information Centre, 500 Connaught Dr, 780-852-6176, for trail suggestions, maps and snow reports.