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Cross-Country Skiing Winter Outdoor Activities

That feeling when you’re weightless? Cross-country skiing does that. There’s this moment when you stop paying attention to the physical exertion and just glide over the snow. There's nothing like it. • Learn it: Pull on some long johns and get your skis under you where the Olympians train, the Canmore Nordic Centre. • Do it: Cross-country skiing can happen just about anywhere in the province where you can find snow, including urban parks, groomed trails around your mountainside hotel and parts of the Trans Canada Trail (also known as The Great Trail). 

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Canyon Ski Resort

Red Deer, Alberta

Canyon Ski Resort is Alberta’s Largest Non-Mountain family ski area! With 70 acres of skiable terrain, 18 runs and 6 lifts, Canyon is the best thing to do in Red Deer in the winter! Our resort offers a Terrain Park, Super Pipe, Snow Tube Park, a rustic lodge, cafeteria and cozy lounge. A day at Canyon is sure to be fun for everyone. Our two chair lifts, two T-bars and magic carpet can transport over 5,000 people per hour, so you can maximize your runs in the day. Canyon‘s vast snow-making system which covers 95% of the area gives you a jump on the season and ensures great conditions throughout the winter. Night Skiing 3 days a week! Rentals and pro-shop services are in the lower lodge, so be sure to drive down if you need these services. Open weekends & holidays only starting mid December.

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Pine Valley Snow Resort

Tawatinaw, Alberta

Northern Alberta ski hill featuring terrain park, super pipe, snow tubing, and 25 kilometers of cross country ski trails

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The Lake Louise Ski Resort and Gondola

Lake Louise, Alberta
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Located in the heart of the magnificent Canadian Rockies, the Lake Louise Ski Resort has a legendary 4,200 skiable acres of world-class terrain, and famous friendly hospitality, that speaks for itself. The unique layout with beginner, intermediate and expert runs from every chair allows families and groups of varying abilities to share the experience together. There are endless chutes, glades and gullies, gentle slopes, cruising runs, remote bowls and some of the most challenging terrain in the Rockies. Renowned dining options included a sushi restaurant a gourmet meals. Non-ski activities include the Winter Sightseeing Gondola, snowshoeing, snow tubing, and events.

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Tours

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Pika-Adventures

Cochrane, Alberta
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'Pika-Adventures' offers small and personalized Summer as well as Winter tours in Kananaskis Country, the Rocky Mountain NP's and all over Western Canada. We strive to customize each and every adventure to fit your personal interests and fitness level. That way we will make it an unforgettable experience for you. Come and join us on your very own 'Pika-Adventure' and stay at 'The Pika B&B'! We offer tours in English, German or French.

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Skadi Wilderness Adventures

Nordegg, Alberta

Skadi Wilderness Adventures is a full-service backcountry guiding and wilderness training and adventure company located in a little-known yet spectacular wilderness in the Rocky Mountains around Nordegg, Alberta. Rustic cabins provide a unique base for individually tailored single- or multi-day trips for small or large groups led by certified guides and specialized training courses designed for all levels of interest and ability. We offer a variety of training, from corporate team building to hostile environment training. Our priority is to ensure you enjoy the most rewarding Canadian Rockies experience possible in comfort and safety.

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The Great Canadian Adventure Company

Ryley, Alberta

The Great Canadian Adventure Company provides the ability to completely plan an unforgettable wilderness adventure vacation to your specifications anywhere in Alberta. From hiking rafting and horseback pack trips in the summer to dogsledding snowmobiling and downhill skiing in the winter we can make your adventure dream a reality.

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Events

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Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival

Edmonton, Alberta
2019-02-08 To 2019-02-10 MST

The Canadian Birkebeiner, Canada’s largest classic cross-country ski event, takes place the second Saturday of every February. Grab a flask of hot chocolate and come cheer on more than 2,000 cross-country skiers as they whip around the loppet at speeds over 20 km per hour (12.4 mi per hour).

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