Let’s get straight to it— the Rockies are one of the hottest ski destinations in the world. And thanks to its proximity to these majestic mountains, Calgary has become a go-to for skiers of all calibres.
Whether you’re a ski virgin wanting to learn the sport or a seasoned skier looking for thrill-inducing descents, there’s a ski resort for you here. And we have rounded up 5 resorts that are sure to please the pickiest of snow bunnies.
In fact, we’ve done one better and hunted down a cozy-meets-luxe stay for you as well. Enter: Alt Hotel. An offering by the Canadian, family-owned Germain Hotels, the Alt Hotel Calgary East Village is a relatively new addition to the hip East Village neighbourhood.
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The modern, ultra-comfy rooms and the warm and welcoming service make Alt Hotel a great stay. As do the stunning views of the Bow River. Plus, a stay here gives you a chance to experience the famed culinary offerings of their in-house restaurants, Nupo and Eight.
The hotel is the perfect stay before and after your trip to the mountains.
Coming back to our list—
Nakiska Ski Resort
A little over an hour’s drive from Alt Hotel is the Nakiska Ski Resort. It’s a relatively small but well-known mountain in the Kananaskis region of Alberta. The resort features state-of-the-art grooming and snowmaking. And it is perfect for beginners and families with its wide, well-groomed runs which are fun for racing and cruising. It’s pretty much a local fave.
Travel time from Alt Hotel: 1 hour 10 minutes
Sunshine Village Ski Resort
Sunshine is quite the popular choice for skiers, and we don’t mean just locals. For one, the resort is known for Canada’s best snow. And for two, it features three different mountains with distinct terrains with varying difficulty. What doubles up the ski delight are the insane views of the Banff Rockies.
Travel time from Alt Hotel: 1 hour 40 minutes
Lake Louise Ski Resort
Lake Louise is one of the most beautiful places in the whole of Canada. And while incredibly scenic Rocky views is one heck of a perk of this ski resort, the other is the versatile terrains. Want to race gentle slopes and long cruising runs? Check. Want to navigate greens on a glade? Check. Want to get your thrill on skiing down chutes and flaunting turns at wide-open bowls? Done and Done!
Travel time from Alt Hotel: 2 hours
Mount Norquay Ski Resort
Mount Norquay is easily the best-kept secret of the Rockies. The resort is just minutes from the Town of Banff and is the best place for anyone trying to avoid massive crowds. While most people think of the ski slopes here to be exclusively for the pros, the fact is that there’s something for every level of skier here. Plus, it is the only resort with a fully lit terrain in the park for night skiing.
Travel time from Alt Hotel: 1 hour 30 minutes
Canada Olympic Park
As compared to its counterparts on this list, this one is a much smaller facility. It’s a ski hill and a multi-purpose sporting venue in the middle of the city. And while you’ll spot professional athletes training here, it is also a great place to start. Especially, if you want to learn the sport without leaving the liveliness of the city.
Travel time from Alt Hotel: 20 minutes
There you have it folks, ski resorts that have put Calgary on every ski traveller’s map. Before you start packing your snowsuits, we suggest you head over to the Alt Hotel Calgary East Village website below to book your stay.
635 Confluence Way SE, Calgary
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