There are plenty of great ways to experience Alberta's phenomenal snow.
Ski the Big Three
There's a reason Mt. Norquay
, Lake Louise Ski Resort
and Sunshine Village
are called the Big 3
, they have a combined total of 7,700 acres of skiable terrain. With a single tri-area lift ticket, visitors can try all three resorts in one trip - one of the best deals in the Canadian Rockies.
Alberta's All Natural High
At Marmot Basin
in Jasper National Park
, you really are on top of the world. Marmot has the highest base elevation of any Canadian ski area at 5,570 feet along with 1,675 acres of cold, dry Alberta powder stretched over 86 runs.
Cat Skiing at Castle
The Powder Stagecoach climbs high up Castle Mountain Resort's Mount Haig and deposits skiers and boarders in front of 2,000 vertical feet of powder runs and glade chutes. The real thrill is standing at the top and seeing so much fresh powder with no one else to track it up.
Modern ski resorts are not just for skiers and snowboarders. Visitors both young and old can feel the wind through their hair and watch the snowy slopes rush by as they whiz down the hill aboard a snow tube at Nakiska Mountain Resort's brand new tubing park or the parks at Lake Louise Ski Resort and Mt. Norquay. The best thing about this kind of sledding is you don't have to carry your tube back up the hill. Just hop on the magic carpet and ride.