Nakiska, Calgary's closest ski area, opens October 29, 2011

Nakiska, Calgary's closest ski area, opens October 29, 2011

All RCR Season Passes valid for record-setting opening weekend

– Oct. 26/11

Nakiksa Ski Area opening day 2011
Photo taken at Nakiska Ski Area on October 27, 2011.
Photo courtesy of Nakiska Ski Area

KANANASKIS, AB - Calgary’s closest ski resort, Nakiska Ski Area, made skiing history by being the first ski area in Canada to open and the first ski area to open in October. “This is a very Happy Halloween for skiers and riders in Canada, as the ski season begins at Canada’s Olympic Mountain, Nakiska!” said Matt Mosteller.

Nakiska Ski Area opened Saturday, October 29th and Sunday, October 30th from 10 am-3:30 pm. Nakiska is open on the weekends until the 7-day-a-week schedule begins in December.

On Opening Weekend, skiing and riding was off the Gold Express Chair on 3 ski runs—Upper Mapmaker, Middle Mapmaker and Big Bear. Skiers and riders uploaded and downloaded on the Olympic Express Chair.

For all other amenities and lift ticket pricing for the weekend please check for more updates.

Services Available:

  • Mid-Mountain Lodge: OPEN
  • Daylodge: OPEN, Food & Beverage Services Available
  • Rentals: OPEN
  • Retail: OPEN

Lift Ticket Pricing*:

  • Adult (18-64): $39.95
  • Senior (65+): $31.95
  • Youth (13-17): $27.95
  • Child (6-12): $12.95
  • *prices do not include taxes

About Nakiska Ski Area

With recent significant enhancements in snowmaking, additional ski runs and the new Gold Express Chair, Nakiska has become a family favorite for Calgary’s skiers and riders. “Skiing is less than one hour away from Calgary. So drive less and ski more” added Mosteller. Skiers and Riders will not want to miss the opening of the enhanced Na.jib.ska Rail Park and the NEW Skier/Boarder Cross course coming later this ski season.

Don’t miss the Best Deal in Skiing. Get your Nakiska iSki Card now; for only $39.95 you get one FREE ski day at Nakiska Ski Area, plus daily lift ticket discounts at Nakiska as well as Fernie Alpine Resort and Kimberley Alpine Resort. Purchase your card online at or through Calgary Co-op, Sport Chek, Sport Mart and AMA locations. For a full list of retailers available visit the iSki Card link.