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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. 
Lake Louise Skiing

Lake Louise | Jake Dyson

Red Deer Skiing

Canyon Ski Resort | Kirstina Cajipe

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Spring Lake Ski Hill

Grande Prairie, Alberta

Spring Hill has been run by volunteers for over 20 years. We welcome downhill skiers and boarders and have a great beginner hill. For the cross-country skier we offer over 10 km of groomed trails. There are also plenty of other activities offered to the non-skier such as: ice fishing, snowshoeing and snow mobile trails. We have a small rental shop, offer ski lessons, chalet & concession. Open seasonally Saturday/Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Nitehawk Recreation Area

Grande Prairie, Alberta
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Nitehawk Recreation Area is a great place to spend your free time this winter skiing snowboarding tubing and even luging. Enjoy the fresh air and learn life long skills! We have diverse terrain suitable for beginners & experts and are proud of our fun safe and family friendly venue.

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Sunridge Ski Area

Edmonton, Alberta

Sunridge Ski Area is located in the Strathcona Science Park, a provincial park on the eastern edge of the City of Edmonton. While we overlook the City, we are actually located in Strathcona County on the eastern slopes of the North Saskatchewan river valley. Snow tubing is the best thing to happen to winter and Sunridge has the only Snow Tubing Park around. With a dedicated tubing lift (so you don't have to walk up the hill), three groomed chutes down one of our main hills, and special tubes provided by us, you won't find a better outdoor winter activity.

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Signature Cat Ski Package - Castle Mountain Resort

Castle Mountain's Powder Stagecoach is Alberta's best Cat Skiing! The Signature Cat Ski Package brings together a guided day of cat skiing + a USB photo package of your day and a day of resort skiing, for one great rate. Rates from $458-$548. Cat skiing offered Thursday - Saturday.

Expires: 2019-03-16
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Play for Seven Pay for Five in Lake Louise

Enjoy your sixth and seventh nights free along with a $350 resort credit per stay! This package invites adventurers of all ages and abilities to explore Banff National Park from its most elegant base camp - Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Price is per night and reflects min. 7-nt. stay.

Expires: 2019-04-09
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Alberta Winter Wonderland

This package includes: VIA Rail transportation Edmonton to Jasper, 3 nights of accommodation in Jasper, Maligne Canyon ice walk, dogsledding excursion in Jasper, transfer to Banff, 3 nights accommodation in Banff, 1 day ski pass, snowshoeing excursion to Marble Canyon, sleigh ride tour in Banff, transfer from Banff to Calgary.

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Tours

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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 us today!

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FreeBird Adventures

Cochrane, Alberta

FreeBird Adventures is based in Cochrane, AB. We offer small group excursions for up to 12 people. Working with local tour and activity providers throughout Alberta, we will plan and deliver an awesome single day or multi-day excursion for your group into one easy price, including transportation on our mini coach bus. We will pick your group up from the office or other central meeting location to start the trip, and bring you back safely at the end of the trip. In the winter months we can offer: skiing, snowmobile tours, snowboarding, ice fishing, x-country skiing, and more.

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CMH Heli-Skiing and Summer 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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Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival

Edmonton, Alberta
2019-02-08 To 2019-02-10 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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SnowDays

Banff, Alberta
2019-01-17 To 2019-01-27 MST

The annual SnowDays Festival is the highlight of the winter season in Banff and Lake Louise. A month-long celebration held during January and February, the festival features a variety of events, shows, and activities that combine history, culture and winter adventure.

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