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Skiing in the Canadian Rockies

Skiing in the Canadian Rockies

The mountain resorts in the Rockies offer thousands of acres of open glades, bowls, steeps and runs for skiers of every experience level amid some of the most stunning scenery to be found anywhere. The slopes are blanketed with champagne powder and serviced by outstanding ski facilities that cater to skiers and snowboarders. Cross-country skiers will find miles of track-set trails just waiting for them, and the region boasts a wide variety of backcountry touring options.

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The mountain resorts in the Rockies offer thousands of acres of open glades, bowls, steeps and runs for skiers of every experience level amid some of the most stunning scenery to be found anywhere. The slopes are blanketed with champagne powder and serviced by outstanding ski facilities that cater to skiers and snowboarders. Cross-country skiers will find miles of track-set trails just waiting for them, and the region boasts a wide variety of backcountry touring options.

Mount Norquay Mount Norquay is only minutes away from downtown Banff. Its unique location at the bottom of a steep valley combined with plenty of tree-sheltered runs makes for fine skiing even in inclement weather. This resort's double-black diamond steeps draw a loyal crowd of extreme skiers, but don't let those heart-stopping drops scare you-half the runs here are beginner and intermediate level.

Lake Louise Skiing Louise has some of the most scenic runs in the Rockies, and as North America's largest ski area, there's lots to explore. Expanded back bowls mean even more steeps for experienced skiers. Upgraded snowmaking systems have extended the season, so there's more time to play on the resort's 4,200 acres, well served by 11 lifts which whisk skiers and boarders up four mountain faces draped with a variety of easy and challenging runs.

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Sunshine Village Sunshine Village Ski Resort has far-ranging views, an abundance of dry, light powder and the longest ski season in the Park. Its high-speed gondola, extensive lift system and car-to-gondola van service give you more time on the slopes. The resort, eight kilometres west of Banff on the Trans Canada Highway, boasts one of the deepest snowpacks in Canada, and receives an average of more than 34 feet of natural snow per year. Can you say “powder?”

Nakiska Nestled in beautiful Kananaskis Country, Nakiska was home to the Calgary 1988 Olympic Alpine events. Today skiers and riders enjoy wide-open, Olympic-length runs that are groomed to perfection. The hill has a secure beginner's area with friendly ski school staff, perfect for youngsters and novice skiers, while the wide-open, corduroy-groomed runs offer challenge for the more experienced.

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Kicking Horse Mountain Resort Kicking Horse Mountain Resort near Golden, BC, also has the altitude edge, with 4,133 feet (1,260 metres) of vertical drop, deep champagne powder and ridiculously long downhill runs. The resort encompasses more than 2.700 acres of diverse skiing and snowboarding terrain and boasts more than 120 runs. Canada's highest elevation restaurant, Eagle's Eye, is situated at the top of the mountain and can seat 130 indoors.

 

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Marmot Basin Located 19 kilometres south of the Jasper townsite, Marmot Basin offers stunning views, wide opens slopes for all abilities, 100 percent natural snow and lots of room to play and maneuver. At an elevation of 8,534 feet and a vertical drop of 3,000 feet, the season usually starts in November and ends in April. The usually short lift lines carry skiers to 86 marked trails ranging from beginner to expert and three mountain day lodges.