#SkiNorthAB

 

#SkiNorthAB

Look up to the darkened skies in Northern Alberta and there’s a good chance there is a ripple of lights streaking across the sky. The Northern Lights are an awe inspiring sight after a day discovering a new community and/or on the slopes at any of the Northern Alberta snow-filled destinations. 

Sure, the sky is fantastic, but the landscape for snow sports is even better. From community hills, where kids roam free to a sprawling mountain resort located within the Canadian Rockies, all these destinations are filled with down-home hospitality and a charm that's unique that can only be found in smaller communities.

Explore the slopes then slow down and explore destinations rich in local legends, Indigenous history and a culinary and craft beer scene. The crew at SnowSeekers has teamed up with an inspirational group of digital storytellers that love to dig in and serve you up treasures from the North. Dive in below to their work and uncover a new kind of awesome this winter.  Head north to experience and to #SkiNorthAB.  

Be sure to search and use #SkiNorthAB to show us your adventures. Bookmark this page as we deliver up more stories, video and photos from SnowSeekers’ correspondents through the 2018/19 winter season.

SkiNorthAB includes the following destination/resorts:

Stories

Cold Lake, AB – Kinosoo Ridge is a ski and snowboard destination that makes magic happen and now that it’s spring, that magic is happening in every learn to ride and ski camps the hill is hosting this month.

Ski hills heading into 2020 are going to have to be innovative to stay alive; continuing to offer up experiences that ensure their audiences not only keep coming back, but offerings that bring their friends and family along with.

What does a kick-ass winter adventure park, water slides, dinosaurs and creative culture all have in common?

#DYK Jasper, Alberta Canada is one of the only five places on the planet earth that McDonald’s went bankrupt and had to close its doors because the locals didn’t support it? This is my kind of place, this is #MyJasper.

Grande Prairie, AB – Closing in on 60 years of serving the communities which surround it, Nitehawk Year-Round Adventure Park was happy to say that with the hard work of its snow making crews, the resort was able to have a soft opening on Nov. 17.

Kinosoo Ridge is a ski and snowboard destination that makes magic happen almost hourly, every single day. For Kinosoo camp goer, Cohen Petranic, the magic-making efforts resulted in his best day…ever.

There is a place just east of Edmonton that is very good at producing winter awesome. That place is Vermilion, where it’s very Vermilion to be a winter enthusiast, even if the closest downhill ski or snowboard destination is either Kinosoo Ridge Snow Resort (two hours) or Mount Joy Ski Club (45 mins).

Cold Lake, AB – You have to love alpine fans. Nothing will deter them, not even living on the Prairies. Prairie topography may be devoid of mountains, but it’s not devoid of big hills and alpine fans definitely make use of them.

Fort McMurray, home to the planet’s most densely populated grove of trees. Ok, I just want to get this out of the way up front. We know in 2016, Fort McMurray was home to one of the worst wildfire disasters in Canadian history, but Mother Nature is back. Please be advised, the winter experience is alive and well around here as per this account of the winter bliss we discovered in one of the world's biggest forests.

Snow sloughs over the hump of the large cliff I’m standing above, trickling down over the rocks below. I wait poised on the shoulder of a spiny chute dropping into the new Tres Hombres area, via the second gate off Marmot Basin’s Paradise area.

There is a Nordic skiing paradise in northern Alberta that has 20 kms of Nordic skiing paths for any experience level.

From the minute my plane hovered above the boreal forest just outside of Fort McMurray, I knew my expectations were out of whack.

Destinations

Jasper can be described as one of Canada's most authentic ski towns. Home to Marmot Basin Ski Resort, Jasper is located in the Canadian Rockies about 365 km west of Edmonton. Or at the end of the Icefield Parkway - rated as one of the most scenic drives in the world. 

Not just an oil town, but also home to stellar snowmobiling and northern light gazing. Fort McMurray is located approximately 450 km north of Edmonton.

Kinosoo Ridge is approximately 300 km east of Edmonton just outside the town of Cold Lake, Alberta.

NiteHawk is a full service, year round regional family recreation facility featuring skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, luge and a campground.

Located about a two hour drive east of Edmonton, Vermilion is home to the Vermilion Provincial Park, a nordic ski and snowshoe wonderland.

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