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Nakiska ski resort is only 35 minutes (weather permitting) from Canmore. So if you want a vacation base that has a wide choice of accommodation including hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, restaurants and shops then Canmore is the perfect option with only a short drive to and from Nakiska at the beginning and end of each skiing or riding day.

In the same way that the XV Olympic Winter Games held in Calgary in 1988 developed the Canmore Nordic Centre and the Canada Olympic Park, Mount Allan was chosen as the site for the Olympic Alpine events, construction began in 1986 and Nakiska resort was born.

Nakiska offers a wide variety of ski tickets: season passes, multi-day, full or half day tickets (regular or peak season).

It also has snow school with several groups available to suit all ages and abilities: mountain monsters (3-5), Kananaskis kruisers (6-12), everyone else (13+).

Rental of ski or snowboarding gear is available on the mountain, so there's no reason to be held up from getting out on the slopes if you've left something vital behind.

Nakiska also offers daycare services from 8:30am to 4:30pm. The facilities for children 19 months to 6 years are staffed by qualified professionals.

Nakiska stats:

  • Area elevation:
    Base - 1,525m (5,003 ft)
    Top - 2,260m (7,415 ft)
  • Vertical drop: 735m (2,412 ft)
  • Longest Run: 3.3km (2 miles)
  • Skiable terrain: 28 runs over 750 acres + 35 acres of glades
  • Ski season: early December to mid April
  • Average snowfall: 250cm (98") ( snow report )
  • Lifts: 2 quads, 1 triple, 1 double, 1 t-bar, 1 magic carpet

Accommodation is available in Kananaskis Village. The village complex was also built for the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, and the village can offer cross-country ski trails literally from the hotel door, sleigh rides, tobogganing, snowshoeing and ice skating, with the hotels also offering swimming pools, jacuzzis, steam rooms and exercise areas.

For more information visit the Nakiska website.

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