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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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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Rabbit Hill Snow Resort

Edmonton, Alberta
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Ride the slopes at 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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Mt Norquay Via Ferrata

Banff, Alberta
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From Mt Norquay's Via Ferrata you will experience views of Banff rarely seen. Climb ladders, cross suspension bridges and marvel at the grandeur of the mountain vistas that surround you. Each of the tours starts at 7,000 feet above sea level at the top of Norquay's sightseeing chairlift. After your tour, unwind at the Cliff House Bistro with a beverage and appetizers. The views are wild, and tours are led by a highly experienced, ACMG-certified guide, you wear a harness that is always attached to the mountain’s steel cable pathway, securing you to the rock at all times.So leave your worries behind, live in the moment and get set to explore! Norquay’s Via Ferrata is designed to accommodate beginners seeking a taste of the alpine, as well as folks who already have alpine experience. No climbing knowledge is needed – just a basic level of physical fitness, and a big sense of adventure!

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March Madness Ski Touring Lake Louise

Join the Alpine Air Adventures guides for an incredible long weekend based in Lake Louise, spent climbing and skiing some of the Rockies' greatest peaks. The end of March is an excellent time of year to climb and ski the high peaks around Lake Louise and north towards Jasper.

Expires: 2020-03-19
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Weekend Warrior Ski Touring

This weekend is designed to introduce people to the backcountry in the Lake Louise, Kananaskis Country and Hwy 93 North areas. If you are interested in ski touring, the Weekend Warrior program will suit you. Valid on select Jan. 2019 weekends only. Mention Travel Alberta for an exclusive price.

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Bow-Yoho Traverse April Powder

Five days of skiing on the famous and remote Wapta and Yoho glaciers. From Lake Louise at the Alpine Centre, you will head to Bow Lake where the adventure begins, conquering peaks, glaciers and ice fields. Hut to hut to hut! Mention Travel Alberta to secure an exclusive price.

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Tours

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Banff Alpine Guides

Banff, Alberta

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.

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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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Yervana

Canmore, Alberta

What if there was an outdoor adventure tailor-made just for you? Yervana is an outdoor adventure platform designed to connect people who want to explore with knowledgeable locals who can lead them on personalized adventures. Spend less time on your phone, and more time in the great outdoors by using Yervana! Yervana is about real people sharing their passion for the outdoors, creating once in a lifetime memories. Skip the tourist traps and guidebooks, with the help of our community of Locals, you’ll see more than just the sights. Whether your idea of paradise is skiing the best powder, canoeing in the clearest waters, or unearthing hidden hiking trails, Yervana can find your next adventure, so you can start living it. Use the Yervana iOS app or website to search, discover, and book unique, personalized outdoor adventures start to finish. Whether you’re looking to discover new places in your own backyard, or visiting for the first time, there’s a Yervana experience for you! Dive into our growing list of Adventures and discover your nirvana. We’re here for the wild at heart.

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Events

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Rockies Shred Fest

Banff, Alberta
2019-10-17 To 2019-10-17 MST

One of Banff’s most anticipated events of the year, Crowfoot Media’s fifth annual Rockies: Shred Fest takes over Wild Bill’s on October 17, 2019! A sold-out event in its first four years, Shred Fest is a pre-season gathering hosted in collaboration with Capow Guiding, featuring the “best of” local ski and snowboard films (showcased on Wild Bill’s giant screen), a winter expo, major door prizes, giveaways, and more!

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Lake Louise Audi FIS Ski World Cup

Lake Louise, Alberta
2019-11-30 To 2019-12-01 MST

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.

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Lake Louise Audi FIS Ski World Cup Men 

Lake Louise, Alberta
2019-11-27 To 2019-12-01 MST

Experience the high-speed action of world-class alpine ski racing at the Lake Louise Audi FIS Ski World Cup, Canada’s premiere ski event. It's one of the select few that hold both the men's and ladies speed events on the World Cup circuit and will play host to the first Audi FIS Ski World Cup Downhill and Super G races of the season! Come cheer on the fastest ski racers in the world, get autographs and roast marshmallows! The Lake Louise Ski Resort will also give a free kids ski lesson on race days to beginners 12 and under to celebrate the Audi FIS Ski World Cup coming to town.

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