#BucketListAB

 

#BucketListAB

What gets you excited about travel? Is it learning new things, discovering places, taking in awesome experiences or new cultures?
 
Whether it’s uncovering 6,000-year-old history, skiing some of North America’s top powder-filled slopes or sampling local food and craft beers, Southern Alberta has exceptional adventures awaiting.
 
SnowSeekers has teamed up with a crew of engaging correspondents to bring you #BucketlistAB – a series of video, photos and stories in partnership with Travel Alberta, Chinook Country Tourism, Canalta Hotels. Along with more than a dozen attraction partners, we want to show you what adventures await across Alberta. 
 
You’ll discover how you can get in some fine skiing and riding at Castle Mountain Ski Resort, Hidden Valley Ski Resort and Pass PowderKeg.
 
You’ll also learn that the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass, Waterton National Park, Alberta’s Historic sites, each have their own unique cultural, historic, music, craft beer and food scenes. And you won’t want to miss fascinating attractions like Franks’ Slide, Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo-Jump, and all the City of Medicine Hat offers. 
 
Start exploring now using the search #BucketlistAB to find your next adventures. And don’t forget to use #BucketlistAB as a tag so we can follow along on your adventures.

Correspondents
Joanne Elves
Karen Ung
Chris Wheeler
Jim Barr
Kenton de Jong
Stories

Burrr. January can be so cold. It’s impossible to just chill (yes, pun intended) and listen to some sweet tunes when it’s so dang cold. Tongue on the Post Music Festival feels your pain and has come to the rescue.

The giant Saamis Tepee fades from view as I exit the highway and head into Medicine Hat’s historic downtown. On past visits, I’d whizzed through “The Hat” unaware the river valley hub is buzzing with an energetic culinary, cultural and recreational scene. 

Waterton Lakes National Park and I have been best friends for half a century. It was our go-to for camping as kids, our place for summer hikes, epic cross-country ski treks and a pitch or two of ice climbing. But now, it’s my private escape from the hubbub of life. It’s silent. 

Tucked into the Crowsnest Pass and backing onto backyards in the town of Blairmore, Pass Powderkeg (PPK) quietly goes about its business. The micro-resort has been the same since 1938; untouched, unspoiled and underestimated by so many skiers. This is the time to slow down, pull off the highway and find out why it should be on your #BucketlistAB.

Can you imagine laying in the grass under a skin of a wolf while the searing sun beat down, waiting and waiting for the herd of buffalo to move in the direction you want them to? Not just minutes but hours and maybe days. It was a tremendously tough task but you as a Buffalo Runner had to do it. At Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site near Fort McLeod, find out just how much that buffalo meant for survival for the Blackfoot Nation.

Sun sparkles on snow at the top of the quad chair at Hidden Valley Ski Resort. At 1,400 metres (4,593 feet) elevation, we can see clear across the park. It’s hard to fathom a ski hill in southeast Alberta, but it’s here, and it’s great. Bernard Blackburn chuckles at my astonished expression and whoops, “We’re skiing in the Prairies!” before taking off down McGee for a warm-up run with his daughter, Gabrielle (Gabby), 10.

On April 29, 1903 at 4:10 a.m., 82 million tons of rock broke off Turtle Mountain’s summit and came hurtling down on the sleeping town of Frank. While the slide avoided the main part of town, at least 90 people were killed. The Frank Slide Interpretive Centre describes what life was like before, during, and after the disaster, and shares amazing tales of heroism and survival through modern, hands-on exhibits.

The walls in the day lodge at Castle Mountain Ski Resort are lined with bold photos of skiers and riders pushing through copious amounts of powder on epic terrain. But, those photos need to change with the times. No longer is it just for folks with planks strapped to the feet, yee-hawing through the glades. It’s for snowshoes, fat tire bikes, snow cat tours and yes, some serious fine dining. It’s the full mountain experience.

“I can almost connect my turns!” first-time snowboarder, Ivy Folkhard says, grinning from ear to ear. She’s been on a snowboard for little more than an hour, but has already mastered the basics. Edward Ford, Pass Powderkeg Snow School Instructor extraordinaire, gives her a high five before checking on the rest of the family. While Cohen, 8, works hard to keep up to his 10- year-old sister, Berkeley, 5, laughs as she falls in the snow again. “You’re doing that on purpose!” Edward teases.

“Every time I drive into the park it's so breathtaking,” Pat Morris tells me on a sunny afternoon in Waterton Lakes National Park. Morris, has lived here for 18 months and is still in awe of the awesome landscape. I couldn’t agree more. In Alberta’s southernmost mountain park, jagged peaks rise dramatically from the prairies, wildlife wanders the streets, and recreational opportunities abound.

With its rolling prairie hills and mountain views, a recent visit to Pincher Creek and Castle Mountain Resort, gave our family of four an epic day of skiing. But more than that, it stole all of our hearts. We’ve classified it as a perfect southern Alberta family getaway that we won’t forget. Here are our three reasons why.

Destinations

Approximately 260 km south-west of Calgary, Castle offers an exciting ski experience that includes one of two cat-ski operations in the province.

Hidden Valley is located in the picturesque evergreen forest of the Cypress Hills. The trails are diverse, offering gentle slopes for beginners, cruising terrain for intermediates and challenging runs for experts.

Opened in 1938, we are located in the beautiful Crowsnest Pass in SW Alberta, about 140 km from Lethbridge and just 230 km from Calgary.  Pass Powderkeg is a community-owned ski area, designed for skiers and riders of all ages and abilities where there’s no need to hunt for parking, battle for space to turn on the slopes or go to the bank to finance a family ski trip.

Medicine Hat is a city in southeast Alberta, Canada located along the South Saskatchewan River. It is approximately 169 km (105 mi) east of Lethbridge and 295 km (183 mi) southeast of Calgary. This city and the adjacent Town of Redcliff to the northwest are within Cypress County. Medicine Hat was the sixth-largest city in Alberta in 2016 with a population of 63,230.

Nestled in the far southwest corner of Alberta, Waterton is one of the most distinctive mountain parks on the planet. Shaped over centuries by wind, fire, glacial ice and floods, the park’s ecosystem is so distinctive that it was designated a Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations.

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