Welcome to Alberta, Welcome to A Winter Wonderland.

Are you looking to feel more apart of Alberta culture? It's easier then you think...read on.

Skiing and Snowboarding is an essential part of living through Alberta's winters. When its -15 outside look forward to what could be fresh snow and ultimately a fresh experience growing you and your friend's confidence in all things Canadian.

After a big day in the snow, there is nothing that will make you feel more Albertan than cozying up in favorite sweater, big mittens and enjoying the great outdoors with a steaming mug of hot chocolate.  Even better if that time in the great outdoors sees you onto one of Alberta's 18 places to go skiing or snowboarding.

Oh you say you could never ski, or snowboard?  Did you know in Alberta many of the places you would go skiing or snowboarding have ethnic instructors who speak a wide array of languages?  Did you know there are women's camps or that by becoming a skier or a snowboarder it will build confidence making it easier to make new friends and build your career here in Western Canada.

Welcome to Alberta, where we welcome you to be a #NewSkiAB participant.

But how is probably your next question?

Linda Hoang has just what you need to unlock some of winter's best experiences here in Alberta.

For more on options visit some of our friends' websites for details.

WinSport - Learn the basics in Calgary that will see you tackle the Canadian Rockies on skis. #Winsport, Find rental information here.

Lake Louise Mountain Resort - In the heart of the Canadian Rockies, there is a reason people come here and rank it one of the best views they have ever seen. #JustLakeIt Find rental information here.

Nakiska Ski Resort - This ski & snowboard destination was built specifically to host the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics and is only 45 mins from Calgary. #SkiClose Find rental information here.

Snow Valley - Enjoy skiing and snowboarding in the heart of Edmonton. Get out on the slopes close to home. Find rental information here.

It's not all downhill skiing and snowboarding at the resorts above, many offer snow tubing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and other experiences that will leave you feeling accomplished and more Albertan from the time outdoors.

Build your Canadian identity, #NewSkiAB

Do you have an appetite to try something new and challenge yourself in a new way this winter? Skiing or boarding is a great way to amp up your physical fitness level. If you can climb a flight of stairs, you can do this. Remember there are chair lifts and magic carpets to get you to the top of the hill!

Then ask a friend or a family member to come along with you to try skiing or snowboarding. It’s way more fun when you’re with someone. But don’t worry if you show up alone, especially if you are there to take a ski or snowboard lesson. No doubt you’ll meet a few new friends in the class.

Now, you might be asking: What should I wear? Here are the basics for staying comfy and warm:

  • Good socks are key, but not wool because they can be itchy.
  • Quality gloves. It’s wise to spend a bit more so your fingers stay warm.
  • Your base layer should be some soft long underwear, a top and bottom, piece, perhaps in a nice cosy, merino wool. You can buy this at MEC or Mark’s Work Warehouse.
  • Your final layers (it’s all about layering!) should be another top, a ski jacket, ski pants, a neck warmer, goggles and a helmet. You’re all set for the slopes now!

Next, you’ll need a skiing destination. But before you go, you might just want to get a feel for what it’s like to be at a ski hill. Perhaps start with a short visit to a resort. You could go for lunch at WinSport in Calgary for starters. But if you’re up for a longer day, take a weekend drive to Nakiska or Lake Louise. Both resorts will sell you a gondola-only pass so you can have a look around and get a lay of the land. You could even go for a little snowshoe session to get you primed for your first day of skiing.

Let us know what you find on your ski or boarding adventures. Use #NewSkiAB and you might be featured on SnowSeekers’ and/or our partners social media channels


Alvin Lee hadn’t laid eyes on snow until three years ago, at the age of 33 while on a trip to Japan. He thought the strange looking white stuff was piles of plastic, he recalls, chuckling at the thought.

Aren’t we lucky to live in a city with so many activities to choose from? Each season offers tons of reasons to get outside and enjoy the environment. Yes, winter in Calgary can be brutally cold. But those nasty days are actually very few. With some good clothing choices, you can leave the house and have a heap of winter fun. There are lots of outdoor options that can be done on a skinny budget right here in Calgary. Here are our top six ideas to help you enjoy the beauty of winter.

Immigrating to Canada isn’t easy, especially if you’re making the move from a completely different climate. Discovering that winter may mean a foot of snow and -30 C weather is jarring at best. And learning to ski or snowboard probably isn’t on the top of the list of “things to learn about Alberta” when people first immigrate – but perhaps it should be.

When winter comes and the temperature drops and the snow starts to fall, all you need to do is bundle up and get excited, then you’ll be all set to enjoy one of the best things about Canada — our winters.

About 30 years ago, I joined my grade school class on a field trip that altered how I view downhill skiing. It was my first attempt, and for the next three decades, it was my last attempt.

The Bhagchandani family had driven to Banff before, but as they were about to have their first day on the slopes at Lake Louise, they took advantage of the free shuttle service from Calgary, thinking wouldn't it be nice just to sit back and enjoy the views and let someone else do the driving.


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

An ideal mountain base camp, Canmore is located approximately 75 km west of Calgary and is home to many winter adventures.

Home to the 1988 Olympics, Calgary is a gateway to the Canadian Rockies and the chance to live as an Olympian at Calgary Olympic Park.

Known as a "Winter City," Edmonton is the capital of Alberta and its international airport makes for an ideal landing spot for anyone headed to Jasper/Marmot Basin or Edmonton's own ski hill.