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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. 

Lake Louise | Jake Dyson

Lake Louise Ski Resort | Jake Dyson

Ski Resorts

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Edmonton Ski Club

Edmonton, Alberta

Spend the day at the Edmonton Ski Club (ESC) and experience the best winter recreation our city has to offer! Located in the river valley, directly across from downtown Edmonton, the ESC is Edmonton’s urban snow sports learning centre, offering extensive skiing and snowboarding programs for all ages and abilities. The Edmonton Ski Club boasts 10 skiable hectares of machine-made pristine groomed snow, offering runs for beginner and advanced skiers and snowboarders, as well as a mogul run and Terrain Park.

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Rabbit Hill Snow Resort

Leduc, Alberta
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Ride the slopes at the Rabbit Hill Snow Resort, the largest ski and snowboard resort in the Greater Edmonton area! Located 15 minutes southwest of Edmonton, it is a great escape from the city for the day or for an evening of night skiing. Never skied or snowboarded before? Not a problem! Rabbit Hill's award winning Snow School has an instructor waiting to show you how much fun these winter sports are. If you are looking for a thrill, head to the three terrain parks located at Rabbit Hill.

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Marmot Basin

Jasper, Alberta
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Marmot Basin is located in Jasper National Park, which is the most northerly park in the UNESCO Canadian Rockies World Heritage Site. The ski area has the highest base elevation of any major area in Canada. Over 400 cm of natural snow blanket the mountain annually allowing skiing from mid-November to early May. Explore a wide variety of runs, from novice to expert, on four mountain faces spanning 1,675 acres (678 hectares) of skiable terrain. Visitors to Jasper regularly get to see wildlife such as elk, deer, coyotes, Bighorn sheep and others throughout the winter

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Tours

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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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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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Pursuit Adventures

Red Deer, Alberta

Find your adventure in Central Alberta, from the badlands to the incredible ice bubbles of Abraham Lake. Head out for an evening snowshoe adventure in Red Deer, paired with local craft beer and gourmet wings, explore the West Country on a guided hike or ride the ski bus to the mountains.Join a small group tour on your own or with a few friends, book a private tour or let us plan you own custom group adventure.

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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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