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Family ski resort for Calgary day-skiers

Developed specifically for the 1988 Winter Olympics, Nakiska lies beside Kananaskis Village and around an hour’s drive from either Calgary or Banff.

Designed from scratch, it’s a supremely user-friendly resort and since it was intended for downhill racers to fly down, the runs here are mostly smooth and steep, making it a great mountain for intermediate-level cruising or beginner snowboarders.

Lack of snow is rarely a problem, since snowmaking covers 85 percent of the mountain, and though conditions can be crusty, its good grooming helps. Also well-maintained, are two competition-standard half-pipes and a terrain park.

At a glance

Size: 4 lifts; 64 runs; 1021 acres; 779m vertical
Location: base 1479m; summit 2258m
Style: % beginner/intermediate/expert 16/70/14
Snowfall: average annual 250cm + snowmaking
Facilities: daycare; ski school; rentals; day-lodge

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Daily Oct—April 9am—4pm

Adult day passes $150 (half-day/kids'/seniors' discounts).

Kananaskis Country

Ski Resorts

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