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10 best places to ski and snowboard without leaving Alberta

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Dania Gravelle Jan 25, 2017 6:09 am 124

Living in Calgary has a ton of perks, from being voted one of the cleanest cities in the world, to having a world renowned mayor, Calgarians have it made.

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You don’t have to head to British Columbia to get some grade A run, after all, one of the best things about Calgary is the close proximity to the mountains. In just a matter of hours from door to mountain you can be shredding the slopes.

Check out some hills close to the city that will let you hit the slopes ASAP.

WinSport Calgary


Getting your snowboard on has never been easier with a park right inside Calgary City Limits. WinSport offers tubing, skiing, snowboarding and much much more!
Distance: Within city limits
Where: 88 Canada Olympic Road SW
Cost: $45.99 adult lift ticket

Nakiska Ski Resort, Kananaskis

Nakiska’s close proximity to Calgary makes it the perfect destination if you don’t like travelling on icy roads or just want to do a quick half day. For Olympic grade skiing, Nakiska is actually a great option. The Mountain was built from the ground up for the 1988 Calgary Olympic Games, and is home to Olympic grade runs and some of the best snow-making equipment around. The tube park is also a bonus!

Distance: About one hour
Where: 2 Mt Allan Dr,Kananaskis
Cost: $76.95 Adult Lift Ticket

Banff Norquay Resort

Banff Norquay is extremely close to the Trans-Canada Highway which makes it a breeze to get to. Not only does Norquay offer special sightseeing packages, but they also offer “Toonie Tuesdays” on February 8th, March 12th and April 12. Thats right you can or board all day for just a Toonie, and all proceeds go to charity.

Distance: About an hour and a half
Where: Near town of Banff exit on TransCanada highway
Cost: $69.99 Adult Lift Ticket

Sunshine Village


Sunshine Village offers all of the skiing and snowboarding your heart desires. With tons of snow fall, Sunshine is often open later than most mountains in Canada, AND they carry the first heated chair lift in the Country!

Distance: About An Hour and a Half
Where: 1 Sunshine access Rd, Banff
Cost: $99.00 Adult Lift Ticket

Fortress Mountain

While Fortress Mountain isn’t “technically” open in the way the other mountains are operating, it is still available for cat skiing until next season. Fortress originally opened in 1969 and was known for its massive amounts of snow, however closed until recent years and is now being redeveloped. Grab a group of friends, head out there and get ready for a personalized ski experience.

Distance: Two Hours
Where: Near Kananaskis
Cost: $395-$475 a seat

Castle Mountain

Instead of heading West to hit the mountains, most don’t think to head North, But in Southern Alberta lies Castle Mountain, your premier ski & snowboard destination. The hill offers over 80 runs, lessons, snowshoeing and even cat skiing.
Distance: Two Hours
Where: Pincher Creek – Range Road 40A
Cost: $74.00 Adult Lift Pass

Lake Louise


Lake Louise’s 4200 skiable acres of world-class terrain makes this a hot spot for skiers and snowboarders. The hill has numerous beginning, intermediate and black diamond runs which makes it a perfect place for shredders of any capability.
Distance: Two Hours
Where: 1 Whitehorn Rd, Lake Louise, AB
Cost: $99.00 Adult Lift Pass

Canyon Ski Resort

Central Alberta Represent! Canyon Ski Resort is located in Red Deer, Alberta, and offers a large array of specials from College nights to Thrifty Thursdays.

Distance: One hour 40 minutes
Where: RR#2 Site #8 Box 26, Red Deer, AB
Cost: $42.00 Adult Life Pass

Hidden Valley Ski Resort

Ski Hidden Valley is a true Hidden Valley, located in Alberta’s Cyprus Hills Provincial Park. Stunning views of Alberta’s Prairie and world-class snow making machines make the hill top-notch.

Distance: 3 and a half hours.
Where: 1 Box 12, Elkwater, Alberta
Cost: $41.00 Adult Life Pass

Marmot Basin

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Located in the heart of Jasper national park Marmot Basin is located right inside the Canadian Rockies which make it a great place to guarantee fresh powder!

Distance: 5 hours
Where: 1 Marmot Road, Jasper, AB
Cost: $89.95 Adult Life Pass


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Dania Gravelle

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