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Skiing & Snowboarding Winter Outdoor Activities

Hear the soft swish of your skis cutting brand new lines in the feather-light snow. With each turn, an arc of sun-sparkled crystals sprays up as you fly down the tree-lined slope. The ice glitters on the evergreens against a backdrop of blazing white peaks and baby blue skies. You feel like you’re living a moment from a glossy ski magazine. In Alberta, the slopes of the Canadian Rockies have the legendary, airy powder revered by skiers and boarders worldwide. Go by snowcat or helicopter to the backcountry, where pure virgin runs await. Boarders can also strut their stuff in the terrain parks.

Ah, spring! The days are a little longer and the sun a little stronger, but that doesn’t mean winter is out of the picture just yet. If you’re thinking of retiring the skis or snowboard for the season, think again!

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Castle Mountain Resort

Pincher Creek, Alberta
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Castle Mountain Resort is a hidden, not so little gem of a ski resort in Southern Alberta. Often called the best kept secret in the Rockies, the mountain was founded in 1966. 51 years later, Castle is lauded for its superior ski / snowboard terrain, laid-back community feel and, most of all, its sense of authenticity. Boasting almost 3,000 vertical feet of some of the longest continuous fall lines in North America, Castle is spread out over two mountains, with 94 in-bounds trails and bowls, serviced by 7 lifts. The resort also boasts one of North America’s only resort based cat-ski operations; the Powder Stagecoach. From family cruisers, to the infamous steeps of the South Side Chutes, to wonderful tree skiing, Castle Mountain has terrain to satisfy every guest and every ability level. Castle is truly an authentic western ski experience. Nestled between the communities of Pincher Creek and the Crowsnest Pass, local ranch hands and seasoned powder hounds alike, share the slopes on the daily. Here the Wild West is alive and well. Plentiful snowfall makes more than just skiing and snowboarding possible. The resort offers guided snowshoe tours, complete with equipment rentals and featuring a scenic chairlift ride, every weekend. The Syncline Castle Trails Association maintains a 15 km network of beginner to intermediate cross-country ski trails at the Syncline-Castle Cross-Country Ski Area, just minutes from the mountain. Accommodations are also plentiful at Castle Mountain Resort, nearly all of which are truly ski to your door options. The Castle Mountain Lodge and Hostel features more than 50 beds in a hostel style format, in addition to a dozen hotel rooms. If you’re looking for something a bit roomier, or for a larger family or group, more than two dozen vacation homes and condos are available throughout the resort. In the summer Castle Mountain is the perfect venue for an intimate mountain getaway wedding. The T-Bar Pub and Grub is also open on weekends throughout the summer. If you stop by while you explore the beautiful West Castle Region, you won’t be disappointed.

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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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Valley Ski Club

Alliance, Alberta

This ski hill near Alliance has a full service lodge with a rental shop and great programming for novices, including lessons with certified instructors.

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Ski Big 3 Package for Two

Enjoy Banff's world class ski hills! The SkiBig-3 resorts boast nearly 8,000 acres of skiing, 2 gondolas, 26 chairlifts and 30 feet of feather-light powder annually. Package includes accommodation for 2 at Blackstone Mountain Lodge and two lift tickets redeemable at Mt. Norquay, Sunshine Village or Lake Louise Ski Resort.

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Sunshine Village Ski Week

Experience five days of breathtaking Rocky Mountain views, legendary powder and Canadian hospitality. Lift tickets, lodging, lessons and nightly activities included. Starting from $999 per person, based on double occupancy, plus taxes and resort fees. Available on select weeks all season long, subject to blackout dates.

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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 this discount.

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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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Fortress Mountain and KPow cat skiing

Canmore, 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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Alpine Adventure Guide

Banff, Alberta

Mountain guiding service. Specializing in custom ice rock alpine climbing mountaineering via ferrata ski touring and expedition style trips. Banff based and in business for 20 years.

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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 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 (12.4 mi per hour).

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