Now that you have hopefully read my first article about winter sports in Alberta, allow me to offer you a couple of sample itineraries that will whet your appetite for travelling to this part of Canada.
Winter Sports in Alberta
Please remember that these are simply sample itineraries, and can be amended and changed to suit your needs. But take these as a framework from which I am happy to work with you, to reach your exact needs.
Recommended Itinerary No 1: 
This winter, allow me to set your sights on a Canadian Rockies ski holiday in pristine, protected Banff National Park. Alberta‘s iconic ski resorts are a haven for powder hounds the world over, offering some of the best skiing and boarding on the planet and an après ski scene that has a life of its own. Banff and Lake Louise are both top ten TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice 2013 destinations. Venture beyond the slopes for plenty more awesome Alberta winter adventures.
Night 1-2
Alberta Winter SportsThe view of the Canadian Rockies from the plane approaching Calgary will have you eager to make a beeline for the slopes. Of course, I know you can’t wait to experience the excitement in store at Banff National Park! But let me tell you that you can get a head start on the adrenaline rush right on the edge of the city at Canada Olympic Park. It’s a great opportunity to try an Olympic sport, like zooming down a course at up to 75 mi/h in a professionally piloted bob-sleigh. If that doesn’t deserve a Blue Peter badge, I don’t know what does? (for my reader’s outside the UK, I suggest you Google the children’s television series, Blue Peter).
Night 3-6
Banff is nestled in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can choose to stay on-mountain at Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort, or in Banff’s full service luxury resorts, small boutique hotels and rustic mountain lodges. Sunshine Village is one of three resorts within a one-hour drive of each other. The others are Mount Norquay, 10 minutes from Banff, and The Lake Louise Ski Resort. One convenient tri-area lift ticket for all three resorts offers almost 8,000 acres of skiable terrain. How about three days with their own professional instructor, one day each at all three resorts, with the SkiBig3 Club Ski Program. New at Sunshine Village for spring 2014 weekends is the Yoga and Ski Retreat. Mix the vacation up even more with an exhilarating Discover Banff Tours ice walk, snow tubing at Mt. Norquay and the brand new heritage snow shoeing tour at Sunshine Village.
Night 7-9
A variety of accommodation choices are available in and around spectacular Lake Louise, including The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and Baker Creek Chalets. Complimentary bus service to The Lake Louise Ski Resort is available from area hotels. You could also choose a ski-in only, back country experience and stay at Skoki Lodge, chosen by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for a personal retreat in 2011.
Why not arrange the trip to coincide with a winter event, such as Torchlight Dinner and Ski with après drinks, appetizers and live music in a majestic setting. Ice Magic Festival runs over two weekends in January and features an international ice carving competition. The festival is part of Snow Days, a month-long celebration in Banff National Park. A private Brewster Adventures sleigh ride from the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, or a glide across the frozen lake on ice skates are special ways to take in the gorgeous surroundings.
Night 10
Canmore is all about mountain lifestyle and active adventure, perfectly located along the route back to Calgary. I wholeheartedly recommend dog sledding at Mad Dogs & Englishmen Expeditions – skijöring is also available here – or Snowy Owl Dog Sled Tours, and a tour of the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary. Should you not be getting enough skiing, Canmore is a really short drive to Nakiska Mountain Resort in Kananaskis.
Night 11
A final night in Calgary is an opportunity for you to shop downtown on historic Stephen Avenue and The CORE to find contemporary local and international designers or browse the funky boutiques in Kensington and haute couture in the 17th Ave Retail & Entertainment District. Calgary is one of Canada’s hot new culinary destinations, where top chefs’ creative concepts are grounded in local traditions and fresh Alberta ingredients. After dinner, you can explore a new museum exhibit, browse the galleries, find a jazz club or spend the evening at the theatre, symphony or ballet.
Distance driven is 231 miles
Recommended Itinerary No 2: 
Winter Sports in Alberta - SkiingPlease allow me to invite you to discover the beauty of Alberta in the wintertime. Jasper National Park is an unspoiled, snowy winter wonderland, and the wide open night skies of the north are transformed by surreal northern lights. Marmot Basin ski resort and the authentic mountain town of Jasper are sure to impress ski and snowboard enthusiasts, while Alberta’s north offers unique winter adventures that will give you plenty to brag about. Round this out with lots of time to explore the capital city of Edmonton and you have the perfect winter holiday you are are looking for.
Night 1
Edmonton is Alberta’s capital city and your clients’ hub for this Jasper/Fort McMurray holiday. Be sure to schedule some time for exploring Edmonton’s eclectic dining scene followed by a theatre performance.
Night 2-4
An Air Canada flight from Edmonton takes your clients to Fort McMurray, gateway to Alberta’s north, and a fabulous opportunity to see the northern lights with their own eyes. Plan a two-day Aurora Borealis Quick Escape beginning from Fort McMurray. Guests discover what makes the night sky blaze with colour and hear the old legends and lore that surround this mesmerizing display. Winter is a great time to go fishing in Alberta’s northern regions – ice fishing, that is! From Edmonton, Reel Adventures offers fully inclusive ice fishing packages in the Athabasca region. The fish are especially keen to bite in the winter and anglers from novice to expert can expect to take home quite the fish story!
Night 5 
After their spectacular outdoor adventures in the north, your clients may be ready for an indoor interlude. It’s time for the famed West Edmonton Mall. More than eight hundred shops, one hundred eateries, luxury accommodation, cinemas, a water park, ice skating rink and themed attractions make it the largest indoor shopping and entertainment complex in North America. Be sure to check for winter festivals happening in Edmonton – Canada’s festival city – such as the Ice On Whyte ice carving festival, which runs Jan 24-Feb 2 in 2014.
Night 6-10 
You may choose to self drive from Edmonton to Jasper in the heart of Jasper National Park, or may prefer to take in the scenery as passengers. i suggest travelling by train with Via Rail or by Sundog Tours shuttle bus (I can book both). Marmot Basin resort awaits you, whether as a ski or a snowboard enthusiast.
Boasting Canada’s highest base elevation, Marmot offers terrain to suit all levels and superb airy powder. This ski season begins year-long celebrations to mark Marmot’s 50th anniversary, alongside several notable anniversaries within the town of Jasper itself. The night sky is a major area attraction – Jasper is the world’s second largest dark sky preserve. On a clear night, the backbone of the Milky Way appears to rise directly out of the centre of the Athabasca Glacier. Jasper Adventure Centre and Sundog Tours offer a variety of winter tours, including canyon ice walks, dog sledding and wildlife discovery.
Night 11
A final night in Edmonton gives you a chance to attend an art gallery exhibit, such as Angakkuq: Between Two Worlds. This display of spiritual and mythological figures in Inuit and Inuvialuit art runs from Oct 26 2013 – Feb 16 2014 at the Art Gallery of Alberta. I can highly recommend a night of luxury at the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald where you can reflect on your Alberta winter holiday over a regionally inspired gourmet meal.
Distance driven: 451 miles
These sample winter sports itineraries in Alberta, as well any of your own, may be booked through World of Transport Travel, so why not contact me to see how I can be of assistance to you?
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