Alberta's Secret Season
Credit: Paul Zizka
March and April is prime time for powder hounds. When other resorts are wrapping up their ski season, Alberta’s resorts are lapping it up: up to 50 cm (1.6 feet) of snow on top of a base typically at 200 cm (6.5 feet). Here are some ways you can enjoy the snow besides skiing and snowboarding:
- Barrelling your way down the mountain with a tube ride. Dedicated lanes are provided at Mt. Norquay, Lake Louise Ski Resort, Calgary's Winsport and Canyon Ski Resort near Red Deer.
- It’s rare to find an outdoor adventure that incorporates a cultural element, but snowshoeing at Alberta ski resorts do just that. At Sunshine Village , White Mountain Adventures takes you on a hike along an ancient First Nations trading route, while your guide gives a naturalist perspective on the area. Snowshoe trails and rentals can also be found at Mt. Norquay and Lake Louise Ski Resort.
- Sunshine Village sports an organic spa right on the mountain. Whether you’re in need of reviving tired ski legs or glowing skin, the massages and facials at on-site dissolve all traces of city stressors.
- Forget heli-skiing! Cat Skiing is an affordable one-day adventure - especially at Southern Alberta’s Castle Mountain. This backcountry experience nets skiers and boarders hidden powder stashes untouched by resort masses.
- Fat biking is all the rage in the Rockies, and Frosty’s Fat Bike Race Series hits Jasper in January. Throughout winter, rentals and trails are available at Pyramid Lake Resort.
- Canmore Cave Tours run all year long. Spelunkers explore the natural history of the region, and learn about the ancient cultures that also explored underground.