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Climbing & Mountaineering Summer Outdoor Activities

If the thought of becoming a human mountain goat hanging off the side of a cliff terrifies you – don’t worry. There’s a starting point for everything, even conquering mountains. • First time: Via ferrata is a type of mountaineering up slopes equipped with steel ladders, steps and cables. It makes scaling a mountain way more accessible. Get the same views of Mt. Norquay as a peregrine falcon does – no experience required. • Rock star: The canyons and cliffs in the Canadian Rockies are what rock climbers’ dreams are made of. Breathtaking views meet heart-stopping multi-pitch routes up limestone and quartzite. Fledgling climber? Sign up for a climbing class. You’ve got to start somewhere. 
Banff National Park

Rock Climbing near Banff

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Mt Norquay, Banff

Banff, Alberta
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Family-friendly Mt. Norquay offers outstanding conditions for beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers and riders. Since its opening in 1926, Mt. Norquay continues to be a local favorite. Famous as the training ground of Olympic and World Cup athletes, the resort offers the only night skiing in Banff-Lake Louise including a fully lit terrain park. Après ski, dine at the base of the mountain in the Cascade Lodge or at the top in the Cliffhouse Bistro.

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Via Ferrata

Banff, Alberta
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In Banff National Park, a unique climbing experience awaits on Mount Norquay’s Via Ferrata. Italian for Iron Road, it takes hiking to a new level – and if you can climb a ladder you can climb the Via Ferrata. Ride up to the site on an open chairlift and watch for wildlife. Experienced guides at the top will provide an in-depth safety orientation and all the gear you need. Using a an anchoring system of cables and ladders you’ll conquer the pitches and cross a suspension bridge to be literally on top of the world.

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Mt Norquay, Banff

Banff, Alberta
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Family-friendly Mt. Norquay offers outstanding conditions for beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers and riders. Since its opening in 1926, Mt. Norquay continues to be a local favorite. Famous as the training ground of Olympic and World Cup athletes, the resort offers the only night skiing in Banff-Lake Louise including a fully lit terrain park. Après ski, dine at the base of the mountain in the Cascade Lodge or at the top in the Cliffhouse Bistro.

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March Madness Ski Touring Lake Louise

Based out of the Lake Louise Alpine Centre, the long weekend will be spent climbing and skiing some of the Rockies' greatest peaks. The end of March is an excellent time of year to climb and ski the high peaks in and around Lake Louise and north towards Jasper.

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Ice Climbing Review

This Ice Review introduces skills for people who want to climb ice at the crags and begin multi pitch climbing. We will discuss leading techniques, belaying techniques, setting up top rope anchors and how to clean them safely, rappelling, proper communication and do some climbing. Let's climb!

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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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Skadi Wilderness Adventures

Nordegg, Alberta

Professional and interpretive guiding trips in the Nordegg area of the Canadian Rockies; facilities experience and expertise for you to comfortably and safely build new knowledge and skills. Corporate team-building wilderness first aid and survival hostile environment training all with experienced experts.

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Banff Adventures

Banff, Alberta
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Banff’s activity booking center. For almost two decades, Banff Adventures has helped visitors experience the best of Banff and the Canadian Rockies. Offering every summer or winter activity and tour available, we specialize in providing convenient service, allowing you to spend more time playing in the mountains and less time planning for them. We have a variety of packages that bundle activities together, saving you time and money. We offer bike rentals from our store in the summer and ice cleats, skates and cross-country ski rentals in winter. Open seven days a week. Your adventure starts here.

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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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