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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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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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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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Marmot Basin

Jasper, Alberta
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Marmot Basin is located in Jasper National Park, which is the most northerly park in the UNESCO Canadian Rockies World Heritage Site. The ski area has the highest base elevation of any major area in Canada. Over 400 cm of natural snow blanket the mountain annually allowing skiing from mid-November to early May. Explore a wide variety of runs, from novice to expert, on four mountain faces spanning 1,675 acres (678 hectares) of skiable terrain. Visitors to Jasper regularly get to see wildlife such as elk, deer, coyotes, Bighorn sheep and others throughout the winter

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Red Deer's Ski Bus to Castle Mountain

Castle is a great option for day trips and a great way to get away from the crowds to focus on your riding. Since we take care of the driving, that´s all you need to think about. Includes transportation, snacks and adult lift ticket. Multiple options available. Valid in-season only.

Expires: 2017-11-30
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Tours

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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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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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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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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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