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. 

Ski Resorts

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Marmot Basin

Jasper, Alberta

Only 20 minutes from the town of Jasper, Marmot Basin offers 3,000 vertical feet (914m) of superb skiing and snowboarding on 1,720 acres of varied terrain. Marmot Basin is located in Jasper National Park and is the northern most Rocky Mountain ski area. At Marmot Basin you can enjoy abundant dry, light & fluffy snow that is a dream to ski and snowboard on. The ski area has the highest base elevation of any major ski area in Canada. An average of 450 cm of natural snow blankets the mountain annually allowing skiing from November to early May. Explore a wide variety of runs, from novice to expert, on four mountain faces spanning 1,720 acres (696 hectares) of skiable terrain. View Webcam

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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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Tawatinaw Valley

Tawatinaw, Alberta

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.

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Off Piste Banff

Using ski lifts to access the backcountry is a great way to get fresh powder turns, but carries inherent risks. The guides at Alpine Air Adventures will get you to the best snow outside the ski area boundary while keeping you safe. Mention Travel Alberta to secure an exclusive discount.

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Ski Escape at Nakiska

Save up to 25% on lift tickets when you book this package. Lift Tickets must be added to this package as a separate component and are not included in the price of lodging. Special offers are subject to availability and prices based on double occupancy. New bookings only.

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Save up to 20% on Ski & Stay in Banff Natl Park

Save up to 20% on lift and lodging when you stay at the centrally located Banff Park Lodge. Enjoy 5 night accommodation and 4 days skiing for two adults with SkiBig3. All our package prices include lift tickets, accommodation, daily shuttles to the ski resort of your choice.

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Tours

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CMH Heli-Skiing and Winter 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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Aquabatics Calgary

Calgary, Alberta
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With the Canadian Rockies nearby, Aquabatics Calgary is ideally positioned to be Canada’s leading paddlesports retail and education facility. Aquabatics Calgary helps both beginners and accomplished paddlers improve technique and learn to tour different locales by offering lessons, including tours in the Kananaskis. They strive to offer a high-quality, personalized experience with a focus on safety, skill development and fun. They also offer paddlesports rentals.

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PeakSTRATAGEM

Exshaw, Alberta

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.

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Events

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Robbie Burns Day

Banff, Alberta
2020-01-25 To 2020-01-25 MST

Join in the fun at Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort to celebrate and honour the life and poetry of the Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns. Wondering what they have prepared for this day? Take note!- Come to Sunshine wearing a kilt and ski or snowboard for FREE! Get your ski knees out, put your kilt on and enjoy a FREE full day of Canada’s Best Snow!! Collect your ticket from Guest Services or Ticket Windows. - their restaurants are also part of this fun celebration! Chefs at Sunshine have worked on a special Robbie Burns Day menu that includes ‘Bangers and Mash with gravy and peas’. Enjoy this menu for lunch or dinner at The Chimney Corner, The Lookout Kitchen & Bar and Mad Trappers.- Watch and listen to the bagpiper performing on the mountain, celebrating the poet’s legacy.

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Saint Patrick's Day

Banff, Alberta
2020-03-17 To 2020-03-17 MST

The Hunt is on. Find one of the leprechauns and six clovers hiding on the mountain, and come redeem your prize at the General Offices at the base area. Don't forget to follow them on Facebook & Instagram to get some clues! Saint Patrick's Day specials include green beer at Mad Trapper's and Creekside. The event is free of charge. Lift ticket needed.

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Valentine's Day Love Chair

Banff, Alberta
2020-02-14 To 2020-02-14 MST

Stop by our cute Love Chair that will be set up from 11 AM to 3 PM in the Village. Snap a picture and share your love on social media thanks to the hashtag #SSVLoveChair.Want to extend the day? Invite your beloved one for dinner at Chimney Corner or Eagle's Nest restaurants. Our Chef specially designed a menu for the greatest delight of your palate!

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