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Skiing & Snowboarding Winter Outdoor Activities

Imagine floating on top of a cappuccino. That’s kind of what it’s like to ski or board the legendary, airy powder in the Canadian Rockies. • Good to know: You’re spoiled for choice with ski resorts in Alberta. Wide open runs and uncrowded ski lifts may be so exciting you'll forget you're on the world's best dry and powdery snow. • Try it: Leave the resorts behind and book a backcountry trip. The pure white slopes are just begging for your attention. • Level up: Take a helicopter with some pals and cut into that untouched alpine marshmallow fluff. Make it a multi-day heli-trip with a stay in a mountainside lodge. 

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Ski Resorts

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Castle Mountain Resort

Pincher Creek, Alberta
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Experience Alberta's only ski and snowboard resort with drive to your door ski-in, ski-out accommodation. The resort is also home of the Powder Stagecoach, Alberta's best Cat skiing/riding. Castle Mountain is BIG where it counts. BIG Snow, BIG Terrain, BIG Value and BIG Smiles.

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Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort

Banff, Alberta
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Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort boasts the longest non-glacial ski season in the Canadian Rockies, receiving up to 9 m (30 ft) of snow in its mid-November to late-May season. Located just 15 minutes from the town of Banff and spread over 3,300 acres, the resort is also home to Canada's first heated lift - the TeePee Town LX. In the centre of the village at 2,195 m (7,200 ft) you will find the Sunshine Mountain Lodge, Banff's only ski-in, ski-out hotel. Book your lift tickets, ski school and accommodation in advance.

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Canyon Ski Resort

Red Deer, Alberta
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Alberta's largest non-mountain ski and snowboard resort located in Central Alberta, Canyon has it all: rentals, lessons, full service cafeteria, and lounge. With 5 lifts and 18 runs, Canyon has a run for every skill level.

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Tours

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Alpine Air Adventures

Banff, Alberta

Alpine Air Adventures specializes in rock climbing, ice climbing, alpine climbing, backcountry skiing and snowboarding, avalanche courses and improvised rope rescue courses. Fully certified IFMGA Mountain Guide and ACMG Guides. AAA offers a variety of private and course based adventures to suit all levels of adventurer.

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CMH Heli-Skiing and Summer Adventures

Banff, Alberta
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In 1965, founder Hans Gmoser invented heli-skiing and staked out an exclusive 3-million acre reserve of pristine wilderness. Serviced by 11 lodges in the winter, the powder-obsessed can challenge some of the best mountains in the world. Multi-day trips include powder intros, family weeks, heli-assisted ski touring and private outings. In the summer, 2 lodges allow alpine addicts to commune with the mountains. Offering everything from glacier treks to photography workshops, the majestic peaks of Western Canada are the backdrop to getaways that are equal parts inspiration, relaxation, and exhilaration. Oh, and did we mention, travel by helicopter?

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Yamnuska Mountain Adventures

Canmore, Alberta
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Yamnuska Mountain Adventures is a premier provider of mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, backcountry skiing, avalanche training and trekking experiences in the Canadian Rockies. We run trips, programs and courses from beginner to expert level and have some of the top mountain guides in Canada.

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Events

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Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival

Edmonton, Alberta
2018-02-09 To 2018-02-10 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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