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Extend Your Winter Stay in Alberta

Here, cold is actually cool. Head out from Calgary or Edmonton to any of our six major Rocky Mountain ski resorts, where the abundance of dry, airy snow is a magnet for powder hounds. Run wild with the huskies as enthusiastic dog sled teams pull you through pristine wilderness. You may get to see a stunning performance of the northern lights. An ice walk through a canyon iridescent with frozen waterfalls is a show stopper. Take a private sleigh ride, or slip into a natural hot spring under the stars. Iconic hotel castles, cozy resorts, backcountry lodges and crackling fires await you.

Winter Experiences

Dog Sledding in Kananaskis
Dog Sledding

The feeling of speeding across the snow, pulled by a living force, is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. You’re in for the ride of a lifetime. Stand on the back and drive your very own team, or snuggle up in the sled under a warm buffalo rug and enjoy the ride. Mush in the tracks of the early explorers who braved this frozen land and discover the advantages of travel by dog sled.

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Northern Lights
Northern Lights Viewing

Unravel the mystery of what makes the night sky blaze with color. Hear the old legends and lore that surround this mesmerizing display. Learn the tricks you’ll need to photograph one of the most surreal natural phenomena on earth: the aurora borealis. Optimal viewing is September through April in northern Alberta and in dark skies around the province.

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Skiing at Lake Louise
Skiing & Snowboarding

Alberta is one of the few places on earth blessed with the conditions that create the legendary, airy powder revered by skiers and boarders worldwide. Learn to carve it up one-on-one with a professional instructor or a group. Go by snowcat or helicopter to the backcountry, where pure virgin runs await. After a blissful day on the slopes, unwind in the lodge for some well-deserved après ski.

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Snowshoeing on Fortress Mountain, Kananaskis Country
Snowshoeing

If you can walk, you can snowshoe! Sign up for an organized outing or make your own tracks on a group excursion. Just pick up your snowshoes and go where there’s snow. 

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