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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.
Snow Valley’s true calling is to get people up on snowboards or skis and prepare them for riding in the mountains. All instructors are nationally certified through either the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance or the Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors. If you've never been on a pair of skis or a snowboard, or are eager to learn more, Snow Valley Ski Club offers 8 runs over varied terrain and is a great place to gain confidence. There are two carpet lifts, a triple chair and possibly the world’s only ‘high-speed pulse quad chairlift with a downhill unload’. The entire hill is groomed daily and the terrain park is raked and groomed daily with banks, boxes, rails and more for the free style crowd. Volunteer and Paid Patrollers are sentinels of safety on the slopes of Snow Valley. The day lodge features a fully equipped tech shop, licensed concession, a rental ski fleet featuring Elan skis with snowboards from Burton, Nitro and others. Night skiing is available Monday to Friday. Access is through the south entrance of Whitemud Park where over 200 free parking spaces await. Immediate access to the lodge and hill.
A jewel in the Peace Country, the non-profit Nitehawk Adventure Park has been delighting outdoor sports enthusiasts of all ages since 1960. In that time it’s grown from a quaint ski hill to a year-round, multipurpose recreational area, with more than 40,000 visits each winter. Located 10 minutes south of Grande Prairie, Nitehawk also offers an onsite luge track, as well as warm-weather activities such as the Gravity Mountain bike park and freestyle water ramp. Their renowned wilderness campground (46 fully serviced sites, plus another 33 power only) is open year-round. Nitehawk’s scenic surroundings make it a popular destination for weddings, and its expanded chalet and rental shop are one of the reasons they were chosen to host the 2010 Arctic Winter Games.
50 minutes north of St. Albert, just off Highway 2, the scenic Tawatinaw Valley offers a variety of recreation opportunities. With our nordic trails and downhill runs for every experience level, the ski area is a hidden gem. From the quiet lift lines, to the challenging terrain park and fun tubing area, we offer a great place for families to gather. Covering 140 acres and with a vertical height of 250 feet, our downhill ski area has a terrain park, beginner to black diamond runs, two t-bars and a bunny hill with rope tow. Our trail system offers 20 kilometres of groomed classic and skate trails for all ability levels. Enjoy the beautiful valley views as you glide along! Our ski and snowboard rental shop hosts a fleet of new Elan skiis and snowboards for you to try. Visit our chalet restaurant for a variety of hot meal choices and snacks, and enjoy watching the action from our licensed lounge area or expansive deck. Our chalet is also available for event rentals and birthday parties.
The Wonders of Winter Card is all about guilt free skiing. Once the card is in your pocket you’ll enjoy unlimited 50% off days at Castle Mountain Resort and Ski Marmot Basin (Jasper – Canadian Rockies) + up to five 50% off days at Pass Powderkeg Ski Area (Crowsnest Pass).
Package includes: 4-day car rental from Calgary, 3 nights of accommodation in Banff, Unleash the Musher 2-hour dog sledding tour, 1-day ski pass and Johnston Canyon ice walk.
Jasper Ski for Free Package includes nightly accommodation for two, ski lift tickets for Marmot Basin and transportation to and from the ski hill.
Cloud Nine Guides is a mountain school & internationally (IFMGA) certified guide service located in Canmore, in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. It provides guiding and instruction for ice climbing, rock climbing, mountaineering, hiking, and backcountry skiing / split boarding ventures. The programs are run in the form of single and multi-day trips, all abilities are welcome.
Guided rock climbing, mountaineering, ice climbing, ski touring in Banff and the surrounding areas. Banff Alpine Guides also offers avalanche courses and climbing instruction. All of the guides and instructors are certified under the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides and/or the International Federation of Mountain Guides.
Climbing, Via Ferrata, Hiking, Mountaineering, Ice Climbing, Backcountry Skiing and Mountain Skills. From beginner to expert let PeakStratagem take you on an adventurous trip in the Canadian Rockies. PeakStratagem teaches the skills, decision making, and confidence needed to safely and confidently explore the outdoors. They have developed a unique and extensive curriculum for technical skills, trip planning, team communication, and risk management that will make your adventures safe and successful.
Watch the fastest skiers in the world begin the World Cup speed circuit at the Lake Louise Ski Resort. The Lake Louise Audi FIS Ski World Cup features speed events on the World Cup circuit and will play host to the first downhill and super-G races of the season. This is the only event of its kind in Canada.
Join us on the Kokanee Kabin deck for a Canadiana-themed après ski patio event celebrating local ski culture, and regional food & beverage. Wear your parka and taste locally crafted cocktails and brews while staying cozy by the fire. Take in the exciting atmosphere of the Lake Louise Audi FIS Ski World Cup Women's event that starts at 12:30pm. There will be a chance to play games and win some prizes.
Watch their specially trained torch bearers put on a nighttime show for the guests of Sunshine Mountain Lodge.