A place to ski: The delights of the Canadian Rockies

The unspoiled wilderness and rolling peaks of the Canadian Rocky Mountains will have even the most accomplished skier’s jaw dropping to the floor. The Canadian mountains are home to some of the world’s most renowned ski resorts and to slopes where events and festivals such as the Commonwealth games and the Winter Olympics have taken place.

Alberta, Canada

Alberta, in western Canada, should definitely be an option for people who are looking to go skiing in Canada. The area offers a multitude of visual and cultural experiences as well as the opportunity to ski in one of the world’s most beautiful settings. The province of Alberta is home to two of the country’s most well-kept and protected national parks: Banff National Park and Jasper National Park. Banff national park is host to three very popular and desirable resorts all within an hour of one another: Mount. Norquay, Sunshine Village and the Lake Louise Ski Area.

The Lake Louise Ski Area offers a range of beginner, intermediate and advanced slopes so everyone’s needs are covered. This area is not far at all from the village of Lake Louise and has over 4,200 acres of landscape spread across four mountain faces with views and sights including glaciers, lakes and forests, as well as the breath taking mountain views.

Aside from the visually spectacular, Alberta offers a variety of gastronomic delights to get your teeth into. Alberta proudly offers some top quality beef and venison as well as some local specialities such as elk and bison. If red meat is not your thing, then there’s plenty of delicious wild fish caught fresh, as well as other quality produce farmed in the area. If you are in Alberta you might like to try their famous Alberta cocktail, ‘The Caesar’, a concoction of Alberta premium rye whiskey, beef stock and, of course, a piece of grilled flank steak on a skewer.

After a day’s skiing, a soak in one of the area’s natural springs promises a relaxing end to an active day. This part of the world is one of the few where you can witness one of nature’s most beautiful displays: the northern lights. This spectacle of rippling neon purple and green lights can be seen between September and April in areas of Alberta such as Calgary and Edmonton and makes for unforgettable moments.

For those who are looking for a luxurious skiing holiday there a variety to choose from in the Alberta region as well across the other mountainous regions of Canada. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is a famous luxury hotel overlooking Lake Louise itself. This hotel offers a free shuttle bus to the resort, fine restaurants and an array of shops.

Chateau Lake Louise

Ice skating on the lake is also an option and seasonally you can also go for a sledge ride around the lake. Alternatively Deer Lodge offers a more intimate setting where you can enjoy the views of the surrounding region from a hot tub on the roof. This is a historic hotel with many of its original features still intact; a perfect place to escape and relax.

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