Prolonged stay and don't want to ski everyday? Someone in your group doesn't ski or ride? Not a problem. Alberta and British Columbia resorts offer up a number of activities for everyone to enjoy – both on-hill and off.  Whether it's fat biking at Silver Star, snow shoeing at Lake Louise, ziptreking at WhistlerBlackcomb or night tubing at Kinosoo Ridge, our ski hills, big and small, have you covered. Check out these stories below and discover more off-slope activities to enjoy.


Giant, fluffy flakes twirl down from a darkening sky as we glide toward Wild Horseman’s Cabin for a warming cup of hot chocolate, much to my kids’ delight.

CANMORE, AB — Our team of seven sled dogs goes silent the moment musher Brock Taylor yells “Hike!” and lets their pent up energy erupt onto a snow-packed trail in Spray Valley Provincial Park near Canmore, Alberta. We leave the cacophony of canine barks and howls behind, replaced by the giggles of my two kids as the dogs speed down hills and over bumps, tossing the three of us in the sled like croutons in a salad bowl.

"It'’s so soft",” says a newly arrived Australian couple in unison as they touch snow for the first time in their lives at Big White Ski Resort. Magical snow - the dry, fluffy, soft-as-marshmallows variety is part of the thrill of a visit to this mountain. 

In the backcountry, beyond the highway, beyond the resorts and beyond where most people will trek is a place of solitude and silence in some of the best untracked snow in the west. 

Sometimes we forget that resort skiing and snowboarding aren’t the only ways to embrace winter in B.C.’s Coastal Mountains. There are so many equally enjoyable outdoor activities – from the adventurous to decadent. Here are a just a few of the many ways you can learn to love winter on the Left Coast.

JASPER, AB - The 2012-13 ski season has been a banner year for the Jasper resort. So good, in fact, that they’ve decided to keep the doors open one week longer than usual. This year, the last ski day for Marmot Basin will be May 5 and conditions look to be spectacular.


Known as one of the world's most picturesque ski resorts, Lake Louise can be found 180 km west of Calgary.

Rossland plays host to one of Canada's oldest winter carnivals, and Red Mountain Ski Resort. Located 200 km north of Spokane, Washington, Rossland is along the Powder Highway.

Recognized as one of the world's premier winter ski resorts, the Town of Whistler and its Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort is found 125 km north of Vancouver.

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. 

Smithers, B.C. is home to Hudson Bay Ski Resort, found in Northern B.C. along the Yellowhead Highway. Smithers has a regional airport serviced by Air Canada.

One of the world's top mountain destinations, Banff is located 130 km west of Calgary and its international airport. Norquay Ski Resort is minutes from Banff and both are set in the Canadian Rockies.