Nakiska Ski Area

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Only 45 minutes west of Calgary, Canmore is the perfect basecamp to tackle the Canadian Rockies.  With its own mountain town charm, Canmore is home to great dining and many winter adventures.  Places such as Kananaskis Provincial Park for Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and ice climbing, plus the ski slopes of the Bow Valley (Sunshine, Norquay and Lake Louise) will leave any snow-seeker satisfied. Canmore has been on the world stage many times with its internationally acclaimed Nordic ski centre, located just minutes from the town centre. Nakiska Mountain Resort is what is known as Calgary's closest Rocky Mountain ski resort. It's located about 45 minutes west of the city and is set within Kananaskis Provincial Park. Home to four lifts and lots of terrain that is perfect for beginners or intermediate skiers, Nakiska makes for a great stop for anyone looking to get conditioned before they tackle the steeper terrain of the mountain resorts further down the Trans-Canada highway.

Nakiska Ski Area - Overview

The Mountains

Average Season Snowfall
100 in
Average Temperature (Celsius)
Top Elevation
7,415 ft
Vertical Rise
2,412 ft
Base Elevation (Ft)
5,003 ft
Total Runs
Longest Run


Beginner Runs
Intermediate Runs
Advanced/Expert Runs
Terrain Parks
Rideable Area
1,021 acres
Number of Lifts
Lift Details

Three High Speed Quads Chairs, one Double Chair, two Magic Carpets

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About the Resort

Hours of Operation

Daily 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.


Nakiska Ski Area
2 Mt Allan Dr
Kananaskis, AB
T0L 2H0

Early November to mid April


  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Dog Sledding
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Tube Park
Other Winter Attractions

Five minutes from the base of Nakiska is the Kananaskis Village. The Delta Kananaskis Lodge has great food, lovely suites and a giant hot tube with your name on it. 

Special Passes

RCR Card

M.A.X. Pass 

Lessons/Ski School
On-Hill Village
On-Hill Food Options
On-Hill Accommodations

Nakiska Ski Area Trail Map

This map is fully interactive, explore the resort and its surrounding area by clicking on elements in the map.

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Getting There

Nakiska is really not that far from Calgary, Canmore or Banff. 


From Calgary, join all the other snow hounds as they bolt from the city heading west on highway 1. You'll take the turnoff for highway 40 into Kananaskis Country. It's only 83 km from the west side of the city to the parking lot. 

From the west, like Canmore or Banff, you'll be taking highway 1 going east towards Calgary. Take that turn off south into Kananaskis country on highway 40. From Canmore it's 56 km and Banff 81 km.


Calgary International Airport is your closest airport. Rental cars are available at the airport complex.