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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Pine Valley Snow Resort

Tawatinaw, Alberta

With Nordic trails and downhill runs for every experience level, the ski resort is a hidden gem. Located in Northern Alberta this ski hill features a terrain park, super pipe, snow tubing, and 25 kilometers of cross country ski trails.

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Mt Norquay, Banff

Banff, Alberta
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From the legendary ski racers that have claimed their glory on Norquay’s slopes since the 1930s, to beginners clipping on skis or a board for the very first time, Norquay is for everyone with over 60 runs to choose from. The fun does not stop when the sun goes down. Norquay offers the only night skiing in the Alberta Rockies. On Friday and Saturday nights the Cascade chair is fully lit, including the entire terrain and tube parks. Banff National Park’s deep-rooted ski culture started at Mt Norquay. Norquay is also home to Alberta’s largest tube park. Just take a seat on a purpose designed inflatable tube, hold onto the handles and get sliding! Summer months offer opportunities to climb, explore and relax. Norquay has maintained its place as the locals’ hill for over nine decades, it’s Banff’s backyard – all while hosting skiers, riders and sightseers from all corners of the globe. Norquay is a Banff classic!

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Hidden Valley Ski Resort

Elkwater, Alberta
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A unique winter paradise in the Alberta Cypress Hills to discover and improve your winter sports skills for skiing or snow boarding. Locally owned and operated, this family orientated resort offers a great snow school and quality guest experience. Not to mention the best view in the prairies!

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Wapta Ski Traverse

The Wapta Traverse is the ultimate Canadian Rockies hut to hut ski tour. With vast glaciers, easy peaks and a superlative hut system, the area is perfect for a great ski traverse. The Wapta is a second home for our guides and no one does the Wapta Traverse like Yamnuska!

Expires: 2020-04-10
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Intro to Backcountry Skiing & Boarding

With unlimited potential for ski descents, the backcountry is where the heart of every true skier resides. The shift from resort skiing to the backcountry has taken off and our beginner backcountry ski course will give you the foundational skills you need to get out of the lift lines.

Expires: 2020-04-15
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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.

Expires: 2020-01-25
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Fortress Mountain and KPow cat skiing

Kananaskis, Alberta
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Visit Fortress Mountain and learn why KPOW (Kananaskis Powder) is the stuff of legend! With annual snowfall amounts of between 8 and 11 meters, and with up to 2000 + Acres of stunning, skiable terrain, Fortress gives you a great chance to experience virgin snow. Come expereince skiing or snowboarding from a cat ski, which means no lift lines - just you, your snow cat and 13 others exploring Fortress Mountain.

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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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Backcountry Skiing / Wapta Ski Traverse

Banff, Alberta

Join Powder Guides on the famous Wapta Traverse, the ultimate hut to hut ski tour in the Canadian Rockies. The Wapta Icefields spread for many miles north along the continental divide from the Lake Louise area. With vast glaciers, easy peaks and a well placed hut system, the area is perfect for a great ski traverse. Join them today.

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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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Untracked Concert Series

Banff, Alberta
2020-04-04 To 2020-04-05 MST | Show All Dates

The Spring Concert Series is back at Banff Sunshine Village. Starting every weekend they'll be jammin’ with bands from all around Canada performing on the Pepsi stage. Join them in the Coors Light beer garden at the Mad Trapper's Saloon. Each weekend, the Pepsi stage will host a different artist playing on Saturday and Sunday in the afternoon. So, grab a seat, grab a beer, and relax while listening to live music in the heart of the Rockies. Bands to be announced,

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Lake Louise Audi FIS Ski World Cup Ladies

Lake Louise, Alberta
2019-12-06 To 2019-12-08 MST

Experience the high-speed action of world-class alpine ski racing at the Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup, Canada’s premiere ski event. It's one of the select few that hold both the ladies and men's 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! Kids Ski & Learn for free during World Cup to sweeten your day. Come cheer on the fastest ski racers in the world, get autographs & roast marshmallows! Fun for the whole family! No lift ticket required.

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