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Nakiska Ski Area

 

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Calgary International Airport

 
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Blackstone Mountain Resort  

 

 

Luxurious mountain retreat offering hotel rooms and fully furnished 1,2 and 3 bedroom suites.  They have one 4 bedroom luxury penthouse.  There is an indoor pool, hot tub and spa.

Extra person charges may apply 

 

$79 and up 

 

Solara Resort and Spa 

 

 

Upscale resort in Canmore with  fully furnished  1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites.  Under construction is a conference center, relaxation pool, hot tub, restaurant, deli and much more  

Extra person charges may apply 

 

$159 and up 

 

Radisson Hotel & Conference Center Canmore 

This 164 room hotel has an indoor pool, 12 person jacuzzi, fitness center and business center. 

Extra person charges may apply 

$109 and up 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See Lodging for additional accommodations.

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Dining

 

Lodge At Kananaskis

 

Boulton Creek Trading Post contact at 403.591.7678

 

Chef Francois

 

  • Additional restaurants available in Canmore. 

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The new rail park will have a variety of 18 features and starting mid-December, will be accessible from the Silver Chair Express and located on Elbow.
 
 
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Nakiska Ski Area
Description:

Specifically designed to host the alpine events of the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, Nakiska is Alberta's youngest Rocky Mountain ski resort. Just a 45 minute drive west of Calgary in Kananaskis Provincial park, Nakiska was created using the latest computer technology produced by Ecosign of Whistler -- the same company also designed the long wide fall-line runs of Blackcomb.Primarily an intermediate skier's mountain, Nakiska's layout is simple and user friendly. The expert terrain is primarily at the top, with the Intermediate runs in the middle, and the lower areas for beginners.To fully ensure a successful Olympic games and reliable snow conditions for years to come, Nakiska was equipped with one of the most expensive and sophisticated snow making systems in the world. The result is that skiers can depend on quality snow coverage from mountain top to valley bottom from December until mid-April.

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Posted

Pros: Great Grooming, usually not crowded

Cons: Lack of expert terrain, lack of snow

Really only a resort for beginers, intermediates and skiers who crave a freshly groomed cruiser. Not a resort for much else besides that. In my opinion.

Posted

Pros: Incredible grooming, great lift network, new lodge upgrades

Nakiska Ski Area is the only resort in the Banff and Lake Louise Area of the Canadian Rockies to get a new High Speed Quad this season. The Gold Express Chair is the new lift and it makes skiing the upper mountain quick and easy with a 5 minute ride time! Also new is the enhancements to the Finish Line Lounge! Can't beat a Kokanee Beer after skiing or riding the best grooming in the Alberta Rockies!

Posted

Pros: Cruisers, high speed carving, close to calgary

Cons: No snow, no alpine terrain

Ahh, the Olympic Mountain. Most Alberta skiers think that the construction of Nakiska was a mistake. Olympic organizers should have been willing to hold the alpine events at the further site of lake louise, and the government should have allowed olympic events in the park. They decided to create a new hill instead. Designed for racing, nakiska offers great high speed cruisers with steep pitches and rollers, unfortunately, winds can be high, and it almost never snows. The ski resort does not operate a tow above the Gold chair that was used in the Olympics to add vert and access a trail above the silver chair, but the lift system is more than adequete. Nakiska is often seen as a good choice for Calgarians because it is only 45 minutes from the city. Although seemed like any time I planned on skiing Nakiska, I called an audible and continued on to Fortress. With Fortress now closed, this might make a good upslope option, but not a destination resort.

Posted

Pros: Great facilities,short drive to better resorts

Cons: Mediocre mountain, short drive for day-trippers w. kids

The upside of Nakiska is that it was built for the Olympics, and so has some really great facilities and lifts, is able to handle big crowds, and is really, really, nicely done all the way around.

 

The downside of Nakiska is that the mountain isn't all that well suited to a ski resort.  Many if not most of the runs, particularly mid-mountain,  are like a series of giant stair-steps, alternating short steeps with frustratingly level flats. This is something that was criticized during the Olympics as making for a lousy downhill course, but it also makes for some disappointing runs for the recreational skiier.

 

Now, if you could just take Nakiska's facilities and move them to Lake Louise's terrain, you'd have a ski resort! (Just don't get it backwards and combine Nakiska's terrain with Lake Louise's facilities).