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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 | Mike Seehagel

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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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Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort

Banff, Alberta
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Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort boats the longest non-glacial ski season in the Canadian Rockies, receiving up to 9 m (30 ft) of snow in its mid-November to late-May season. Located just 15 minutes from the town of Banff and spread over 3,300 acres, the resort is also home to Canada’s first heated lift – the TeePee Town LX. In the center of the village at 2,195 m (7,200 ft) you will find the Sunshine Mountain Lodge, Banff’s only ski-in, ski-out hotel. Book your lift tickets, ski school and accommodation in advance.

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The Lake Louise Ski Resort and Gondola

Lake Louise, Alberta
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Spectacular scenery awaits at Lake Louise with uniquely beautiful terrain that is both vast and varied. The wilderness is pristine and inspirational. Located in the heart of majestic and historic Banff National Park, Lake Louise is truly legendary and offers world class ski and snowboard terrain.

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5 Day Winter Adventure in Banff

Make your way to Banff, the jewel of the Rockies. Take a sleigh ride, head to the hills and experience the "champagne powder" Banff is known for, and adventure through steel walkways built into the walls of Johnston Canyon. Includes 4 nights accommodation and transfers.

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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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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.

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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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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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Events

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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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