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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. 
Child skiing Lake Louise

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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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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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Snow Valley Ski Club

Edmonton, Alberta
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Snow Valley’s true calling is to get people up on snowboards or skis and prepare them for riding in the mountains. It is a ‘teach’ facility and they do it very well. All instructors are nationally certified through either the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance or the Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors. If you've never been on a pair of skis or a snowboard, or are eager to learn more, Snow Valley Ski Club offers 8 runs over varied terrain and is a great place to gain confidence. There is nothing like the unique sensation of sliding on snow. It’s also perfect for regaining the skills lost over the ‘off season’. There are two carpet lifts, a triple chair and possibly the world’s only ‘high speed pulse quad chairlift with a downhill unload’! The entire hill is groomed daily and the terrain park is raked and groomed daily with banks, boxes, rails and more for the free style crowd. Volunteer and Paid Patrollers are sentinels of safety on the slopes of Snow Valley. The day lodge features a fully equipped tech shop, licensed concession, a rental ski fleet featuring Elan skis with snowboards from Burton, Nitro and others. Night skiing is available Monday to Friday. Some say that they know when Snow Valley Ski Club is open when they can see the lights from the Whitemud Freeway as they cross Rainbow Valley Bridge. Access is through the south entrance of Whitemud Park where over 200 free parking spaces await. Immediate access to the lodge and hill.

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Play for Seven Pay for Five in Lake Louise

Explore Banff National Park from its most elegant base camp in Lake Louise, and enjoy your sixth and seventh nights free, plus a $350 activity credit per stay! Price is per night and reflects minimum 7-night stay. Rates vary based on dates. Restrictions apply.

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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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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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Backside Tours Inc.

Edmonton, Alberta

Backside Tours makes it easy to get out to the mountains. Choose a private bus for a group, drive yourself, or join an open bus trip. Included accommodations and lift tickets. Guarantee a rad, stress-free time. Custom tours for anyone during any season! You hop on one of their public weekend trips with your friends and they take care of everything. You want a private, custom experience for your group of 5+, and want assistance to make it happen. They are and want to be your one stop shop for all skiing and boarding in Alberta.

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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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Cloud Nine Guides

Canmore, Alberta
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Cloud Nine Guides is a mountain school & internationally (IFMGA) certified guide service located in Canmore, in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. It provides guiding and instruction for ice climbing, rock climbing, mountaineering, hiking, and backcountry skiing / split boarding ventures. The programs are run in the form of single and multi-day trips, all abilities are welcome.

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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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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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