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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. 
Family downhill skiing Sunshine Village Banff

Family skiing at Sunshine Village

Family skiing Lake Louise

Skiing at Lake Louise

Helicopter snowshoeing at Fortress Mountain in Kananaskis Country

Fortress Mountain | Sean Thonson

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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 (25 acres) 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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Pine Valley Snow Resort

Tawatinaw, Alberta

Northern Alberta ski hill featuring terrain park, super pipe, snow tubing, and 25 kilometers of cross country ski trails

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Medicine Lodge Ski Area

Bentley, Alberta

Ski Hill fun! A short drive from Bentley Lacombe Ponoka Rimbey Sylvan Lake Red Deer Eckville and Rocky Mountain House. Just under 500 vertical feet of skiing area with a total of 13 runs ranging from beginner to advanced.

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Tours

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Fortress Mountain and KPow cat skiing

Kananaskis, Alberta
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KPOW! (Kananaskis Powder) No lift lines! Just you, your snow cat ,and 13 others exploring Fortress Mountain. With annual snowfall amounts of between 8 and 11 meters Fortress gives you a great chance of virgin snow!

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Pursuit Adventures

Red Deer, Alberta
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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 local food, explore David Thompson 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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Aster Mountain Adventures

Canmore, Alberta

Aster Mountain Adventures is a small tour company offering guided hiking, backpacking, climbing and backcountry skiing adventures in the Canadian Rockies. Contact us to arrange a tour customized to your preferences. We also offer scheduled interpretive hikes on 'Glaciers and Climate Change'. These hikes are offered at two locations - Wilcox Pass, near the Columbia Icefields and the Iceline Trail. Learn all about how glaciers have shaped our landscape in the past and at present, and what the future holds for glaciers in the Canadian Rockies.

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Events

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Lake Louise FIS Ski World Cup Women

Lake Louise, Alberta
2019-12-03 To 2019-12-08 MST

Watch the fastest skiers in the world begin the World Cup speed circuit at the Lake Louise Ski Resort. The best skiers converge on Lake Louise, where you can see them cross the finish line for free.

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Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival

Edmonton, Alberta
2020-02-07 To 2020-02-09 MST

The Canadian Birkebeiner, Canada's largest classic cross-country ski event, takes place the second Saturday of every February. Grab a thermos of hot cocoa and come cheer on more than 2,000 cross-country skiers as they whip around the loppet at speeds over 20 km per hour.

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Lake Louise FIS Ski World Cup Men 

Lake Louise, Alberta
2019-11-27 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 best skiers converge on Lake Louise, where you can see them cross the finish line for free.

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