The province of Alberta is peppered with world class ski resorts. Located in western Canada, the Canadian Rockies are quite different in appearance and geology from the American Rockies to the south. img_4620

The Canadian Rockies are overall more jagged than the American Rockies, because the Canadian Rockies have been more heavily glaciated, resulting in sharply pointed mountains. The American Rockies are overall more rounded, with river-carved V-shaped valleys between them.

This makes skiing in western Canada that much more exciting and dramatic. So don’t forget about these epic ski resorts when you need a dose of the pow-pow.

LAKE LOUISE SKI RESORT

Spectacular scenery awaits at The Lake Louise Ski Resort with uniquely beautiful terrain that is both vast and varied.img_4627 The wilderness is pristine and inspirational, located in the heart of majestic and historic Banff National Park. (Adult Lift Ticket for 1 day = $99)

SUNSHINE VILLAGE SKI RESORT

Sunshine Village sits high on the Continental Divide in the heart of Banff National Park, yet just a 15 minute drive from the cozy mountain town of Banff. Three sprawling mountains provide breathtaking sitelines, uninterrupted by any signs of civilization. (Adult Lift Ticket for 1 day = $99)

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WHERE TO STAY

Stoneridge Mountain Resort is the premiere luxury property in Canmore, Alberta. The resort is conveniently located 60 minutes from Calgary International Airport, 15 minutes from Banff and 35 minutes from Lake Louise Ski Resort.

You’ll need to rent a vehicle to get to/from the airport (although a shuttle is available for a fee) and to get to the nearby ski resorts. The hotel offers heated underground and above ground parking. There is also an outdoor heat pool and hot tub. It’s the perfect way to unwind after a day on the slopes.

And one more thing….the hot tub is open until 10pm. After a few hours with the beer googles on and multiple games of rummy, the Blonde called the front desk to see if that rule was “strictly enforced.” There was a chuckle on the other end of the line and the answer was “yes.”img_4623

Banff Upper Hot Springs

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Put the Banff Upper Hot Springs at the top of your list of things to do in Banff. Soak in the steamy hot mineral water where travelers have come to ‘take the waters’ for over a hundred years. Banff National Park’s only hot springs pool welcomes you for an authentic heritage experience that is a favorite among visitors. When in Banff do as the locals do – come in the morning for the most relaxing visit. This picture was obviously not taken in the morning.

SOAK FEE

$7.30 (adult)

HOURS

October 28th, 2016 to May 18th, 2017

Sunday to Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

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