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We'll I just moved to Alberta and I'm wondering if you're favorite type of skiing is trees and backcountry what would be the best resorts for


a) weekend day trip. i.e. in alberta or near the border of alberta/bc such as panoram and kicking horse.

b) long weekend trips i.e. opens up the interior of BC and US resorts near the canadian border.

post #2 of 3

Are you living in Calgary?

If so, I would skip panorama. It is a long drive for a day trip and really not worth it, in my opinion.

Kicking Horse is great for alpine steeps. Definately try to hit Kicking Horse.


The best tree skiing within a days drive is Fernie, although it is a really long drive for one day.


Other options for day trips are:

Nakiska-good for cruisers-no real snow

Sunshine-best snow in the Banff/Kananaskis area-steeps are in the "freeride zones", otherwise intermediate mountain

Lake Louise-the biggest and most balanced resort. Intermediate and beginner terrain can be busy on Saturdays. Not much snow.

Castle-Long fall line runs. Nothing scary steep in bounds, but the pitch is maintained for 2000+ vertical feet. Usually more snow than banff, but can get blasted by high winds (including chinooks), often closing the top chair.



For a long weekend trip, you can't beat Red/Whitewater for trees and backcountry acccess. I haven't been to revelstoke yet, but this should be on your must hit list as well. The okanogan resorts are okay. They have nice snow, but I wouldn't go out of my way to hit them. A lot of Albertans love Whitefish, Montana, but again I can't comment.


Whistler isn't the easiest resort to travel to from calgary. In fact, the Bozeman resorts are probably easier and Jackson Hole and Salt Lake City are no worse. I-15 is an easy cruise, especially when compared to highway one in the winter.

post #3 of 3
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Thanks for the feedback, Red/Whitewater I think are going to be next on my to ski list. Skied Revy over new years and it was the best resort skiing I've ever done. Highly suggest getting out there if you can. I'll also have ot add Whitefish to my list of places to check out.


Unfortunately I live in Edmonton actually, but have some places to crash in Calgary which I can use as hub when convenient.

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