Recommendations For Winter Sports Opportunities In Alberta, Canada

Alberta Winter SportsWho Travels to Alberta for Winter Sports?…

Alberta is a compelling sell for winter sports fans old and new with great opportunities for skiers of all abilities. Many resorts offer a mixed selection of runs from each lift so it is ideal for those in a group of differing abilities to ski together. It also has lots to offer off-piste so we encourage those with non-skiers in their group to give it a try.
While skiers head to the slopes, non-skiers can take in the fabulous winter scenery, try snow shoeing hikes, dog sledding adventures, sleigh rides, ice skating and ice walks. They’ll love the shops, café’s and spa opportunities in town too and, of course, the historic Banff Upper Hot Springs should be a must for all.

What’s in Alberta for Winter Sports fans?…
First of all I need to big up the snow – Alberta has a fabulous reputation for the quality of its powder snow and the reliability of its winter conditions. Add to that the diversity of its resorts and activities beyond the slopes and it can it is perfect for those of all abilities and tastes. Wide open trails and encouraging, English speaking instructors standby to welcome beginners while established adrenaline junkies junkies will be inspired by the heli-skiing offered across the province by Canadian Mountain Holidays heli-skiing, cat-skiing and exciting back-country ski trails.
Where Is Alberta?…
Skiing the Rockies is an iconic choice packed with kudos and variety. The province has over sixty five ski hills.


Resorts to Consider and Travel Tips for Alberta:

This is a rare opportunity to ski a UNESCO World Heritage site at the following resorts:

Skiing in AlbertaMt Norquay – just 10 minutes from Banff with a focus on families
• The Lake Louise Ski Resort – an iconic choice with a unique layout which allows those of varying abilities to ski together
• Sunshine Village – offers ski-in, ski-out accommodation right on the mountainside and the excitement of Delirium Dive, one of the Top 10 off-piste destinations in the world.
Jasper National Park – an internationally-recognized destination with the friendly town of Jasper at its heart and major ski resort.
Marmot Basin – with its relaxed and friendly atmosphere, Marmot has a great choice of trails and large snow-filled bowls which are perfect for powder skiers and snowboarders.
Alberta Winter SportsFor those of you looking for somewhere less well known, I recommend:
• Castle Mountain – two and a half hours drive from Calgary with two mountains, spectacular views and lots of off-piste skiing opportunities.
Kananaskis – offers cross-country skiing from the Canmore Nordic Centre, Alpine skiing at Nakiska Ski Resort, dog sledding in the Spray Valley, snow shoeing tours and winter caving opportunities.
We recommend this to those who want cat-skiing where you board giant snow-terrain vehicles to access steeper gradients and much more terrain.
When is the best time for Winter Sports in Alberta?…
Alberta has one of the longest ski seasons in North America with resorts open November to April, and often into May for some resorts.
Well, I find clients that used to European ski resorts will find the warm welcome and genuine friendliness of the resort staff and the lack of queues a refreshing change.
Smiling faces and helpful lift attendants abound and volunteers work as local guides to man the slopes and offer help and advice among the pistes.
For beginners and intermediates the quality of the instructors and guides, the relaxed atmosphere and wide choice of suitable slopes are also a big plus. Learning here is fun and rewarding. For the advanced skier, expert guides will happily show visitors around their own favourite slopes and off-piste trails.
Is It Affordable?…
Well, this is the ultimate question, so let me explain a bit more.
Many of you may initially think a long-haul ski holiday is out of your price range, but if we tackle this head on, I have to say that the Canadian slopes have become increasingly competitive.
Euro-zone destinations are no longer a cheap option when you add in the costs of après-ski and dining out, so I must highlight the fact that the value of the Canadian dollar is good (yes, it has been better, a few years ago, but it is still good now) and here’s one to watch for,  suppliers now include many added-value offers on passes, lessons and equipment which can really make a difference.
Alberta does not charge any sales tax which also helps keep in-resort costs down.
How To Get to Alberta?…
Travelling from the UK to Calgary, and specifically Heathrow, you have daily nonstop services, year-round, with both Air Canada and British Airways. Air Transat offer charter flights out of Gatwick, Manchester & Glasgow. Indirect flights with American Airlines, Delta Airlines and United Airlines, mean that many regional cities are connected to Calgary than every before. If you live elsewhere, there are many possible ways of getting there.
One Last Thing…
I’m passionate about Canada, both as a country and about the people. Canadian hospitality is second-to-none and unlike some countries, there is no sense of falseness about things. Accommodation comes in different guises, in terms of budget, and you can go from one extreme to another. Why not take a look at my blog on Fairmont Hotels in the Alberta area, to show you the top end of the spectrum.
If this article has tickled your fancy and you wish to know more, then please contact World of Transport Travel and allow me to arrange your perfect holiday. Whether you live in the UK, or reside overseas, I am here to be of assistance, and will gladly work with you to arrange the right connections from your point of departure, to your point of arrival.
I can also arrange car hire, tours and excursions, and just about anything else you can think of. Why not combine a winter sport’s holiday with a week on a Hawaiian island? Sounds crazy, well not really. As you are in Alberta, you are closer to these paradisaical islands than you think (about six and a half hours flying time should do it). Air Canada would be my first thought, but equally we can offer WestJet and all other carriers that fly to the islands.
As for destination combinations, let your imagination run wild. Let me know your preferred itinerary and I’ll arrange a quotation, whether it be for Economy or Business class travel (a few carriers do offer a Premium Economy cabin, if you would like a quotation).
I look forward to working with you to book your ideal winter sports holiday in Alberta.
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