Cross-country skiing is a peaceful and rewarding way to explore Denali, whether on an afternoon trip following sled dog trails, along the Park Road, or on an extended trip into the backcountry.
Telemark skiing and snowboarding involve long climbs on foot, but are becoming increasing popular in Denali. If you plan to travel in areas that present avalanche hazards, please have proper training and equipment. We encourage you to travel with a partner or a group.
Please be prepared for all conditions and call the park with any questions you may have about trail conditions and winter recreation in Denali (907-683-2294 daily, 9 am - 4 pm). Snow cover in Denali can range from excellent to nonexistent and temperatures can range from 40 F to -40 F.
While the park does offer free snowshoe rentals, there are no ski rentals - so be prepared to bring your own equipment to Denali. Fairbanks and Anchorage are the closest areas to buy/rent skis and other gear.
The map below offers a look at the established trails near the park entrance. All of these trails are accessible from the winter visitor center (called the Murie Science and Learning Center). Longer routes are possible, either along the Park Road beyond the vehicle closure, or along various, seasonal trails put in by park sled dogs. Many creeks and small rivers become excellent ski routes once cold weather has safely frozen them.