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Guide: Your perfect Canmore ski day

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December’s almost over, but our winter fun is definitely not. It’s about time you escaped for a ski-cation, so we teamed up with Basecamp Resorts to give you a complete guide on your perfect Canmore ski day. Keep reading for the breakdown!

Start your ski day right at Basecamp Resorts

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If you’re lucky enough to have spent the night at Basecamp, you’ll be well rested and ready to go the morning of your ski day! But before you get on the road, prepare and enjoy a home-cooked breakfast in your own personal in-suite kitchen and dining areas. Then, blast your favourite pump up tunes on the in-room Bluetooth speaker, and get ready for a wicked day on the slopes!

Where: 1102 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore

When: Availability Varies By Date

Ski your heart out at Canmore Nordic Centre

canmore nordic centre cross country ski

Hit up the Nordic Centre bright and early for prime cross country skiing hours. As the site of the 1988 Winter Olympics, the place is a world-class cross-country skiing facility. It boasts a wide variety of trails for beginners and experts, and on-site rentals are available, so it’s the perfect place to get some wintercise (winter exercise- keep up people!).

Where: 1988 Olympic Way, Canmore

When: 9AM-5:30PM Daily

Get a downhill thrill at Lake Louise Ski Resort

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We know, we know, this isn’t technically in Canmore but it’s only an hour away. If you’re more downhill inclined, hit up the Lake Louise Ski Resort to experience the #1 ranked ski spot in Canada. There’s 4,200 skiable acres, so you definitely won’t run out of room out there!

Where: 1 Whitehorn Road, Lake Louise

When: Mon-Wed, Fri 8:30AM-5PM; Thurs 8:30AM-8PM; Sat 10AM-4PM

Crush some beers at Grizzly Paw Brewing

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Anyone in for a lil après-ski action? There’s nothing like a tasty brew to cap off a great day on the hill, so hit up Grizzly Paw for your fix. Pair their Powder Hound Blonde Ale or Grumpy Bear Honey Wheat with a hearty dish like their Bison Bolognese- your stomach will thank you.

Where: 622 8 St, Canmore

When: Sun–Thurs, 11 AM – 11 PM; Fri-Sat 11AM-12AM

Warm up at Mountain Mercato


If you’re about ready to head back to home base, you gotta stock up on nibblies first. Pick up cheese, meats, baked goods, condiments and other must-have snacks for DIY charcuterie board assembly at Mountain Mercato. You can also grab perfect post-slopes sandwiches, soups, beer and wine, too!

Where: 102-817 8 St, Canmore

When: Mon-Wed 9AM-6PM; Thurs, Sun 9AM-7PM; Fri-Sat 9AM-8PM

Dabble in Old Fashioneds at Where The Buffalo Roam Saloon 

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Once you’ve recharged and you’re ready to go back out, there’s no better place to hit than Canmore’s Saloon. This place is rumoured to have the best drinks in all of Canada, so don’t miss their unbelievable Bourbon Smash cocktail, or their unforgettable Old Fashioned (pro trip: Leo DiCaprio himself sampled these, and said they were his all-time fave).

Where: 2 – 626 Main Street, Canmore

When: Mon 12PM-12AM; Tues-Thurs 3PM–12AM; Fri-Sat 12PM-2AM; Sun 10AM-12AM

End your evening back at Basecamp Resorts

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So now you’re full of snacks, drinks, and your body is feeling pretty good. Until it isn’t. That day of skiing was oh-so-worth-it but pretty hard on your joints, so loosen up and spend your evening getting nice and toasty. Then dip into their rooftop hot tub, take in those mountain views, and stargaze the night away!

Where: 1102 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore

When: Availability Varies By Date

There you have it– the ultimate ski day, thanks to us and Basecamp Resorts! Now go out there and get after it!

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