Ski Canada: Nakiska Mountain Resort

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Written by Cassidy Barnes posted on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

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Nakiska is Calgary’s closest mountain, just a 45-minute drive out of town. This picturesque resort in the Canadian Rockies was the setting for the 1988 winter Olympics and skiers are still today enjoying the world-class slopes.

A few of the slopes at Nakiska Mountain Resort in Canada. (Perry Thompson/Nakiska Mountain Resort)

Nakiska Mountain Resort receives 100 inches (250 cm) of snow annually on its slopes that have a 2,412 foot (735 meter) vertical rise.

It is a family-friendly resort, with smooth, wide, groomed runs and a secure beginner’s area. Drop the kids off with the friendly instructors and head to the upper mountain terrain for a challenge! And lessons aren’t just for the kids, they offer a variety of programs for beginners of all ages.

Powderface Snowboard Park includes the Board Doktor Half Pipe and other features for daredevils and people who like what’s beyond a normal slope.

And Nakiska is always improving- new in 2009/2010 were their Monster Glades, Gold Chair Express Lift plus 40% more snowmaking, trail improvements and renovations in their rental shop and day lodge- all providing a better winter playground for skiers and boarders alike.

When you’ve exhausted yourself on the slopes, Banff and Calgary aren’t too far away, and Kananaskis Village is is just five minutes away from Nakiska Mountain Resort. This picturesque village is full of hotels with Jacuzzis for tired legs, fireplaces for wind-whipped cheeks and restaurants for growling stomachs.

The resort also has a full-service day lodge that is located right off the slopes. Consider them for your next corporate event, ski club outing or family reunion!

Nakiska is in the Kanaskis Country, Alberta just 46 miles from Banff (75 km) and 53 miles (83 km) from Calgary.

Reservations: 1-800-258-7669
Snow Phone: (403) 591-7777

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