As a winter destination, Alberta is hard to beat. An abundance of feather-light snow falls almost daily in our mountain parks, making for some of the best skiing on the planet – from early November through April. And the alpine towns within these parks have all the amenities your guests could wish for. Accommodation ranges from a fairy-tale castle on a mountainside to authentic alpine lodges and chateaus with all the creature comforts – second only to the wide variety of unique outdoor activities that make leaving that cozy cabin so worthwhile.
If you’re looking for something beyond the ordinary, look no further. Here are some novel adventures that will have your guests coming back for more.
Alberta has a rich Olympic history, given Calgary hosted the 1988 Olympic Winter Games. At Winsport’s Canada Olympic Park, your guests can get a taste of what it’s like to be an Olympian with a bobsleigh experience. It’s a 60-second rush guaranteed to get the heart pumping, with speeds reaching 62 mph (100 km/hr). Squeeze into the four-person bobsleigh driven by an experienced pilot to do 14 twists on the track. If you want to go solo, try the luge track, which is also a blast. Serious bragging rights.
What better gift than the chance to climb into a dog sled for a memorable ride through spectacular scenery? In front, eight Alaskan huskies run full speed ahead, born and bred for this. Behind stands a knowledgeable guide, or musher, urging them on. Tucked into warm blankets, guests can just sit back and admire the mountains along the way. But take it to the next level and stand with the musher at the back of the sled for a few minutes to help guide the dogs. Bucket list stuff.
In winter, the canyons and gorges of the Canadian Rockies turn into icy wonderlands of iridescent frozen waterfalls and blue-tinged ice. The chance to walk where rushing rivers flow in summer shouldn’t be passed up. Local outfitters supply knowledgeable guides who can speak to the history and geography of the canyon. Ice cleats are provided and there’s hot cocoa along the way. For an extra thrill, try it at night with headlamps and moonlight. Best spots? Maligne Canyon in Jasper National Park, Johnston Canyon in Banff National Park and Grotto Canyon, near Canmore in Kananaskis Country.
Your clients on a canyon ice walk may notice ice climbers scaling the frozen waterfalls above them. Trade in the ice cleats for crampons and with an expert’s guidance and training, they could easily be the ones scaling the heights. They’ll join an elite club of alpine achievers. Alberta is one of the top destinations in the world for ice climbing, an ever-growing winter sport attracting its own subculture.
If your clients are looking for a fresh take on alpine skiing, here’s a novel way to experience it: cat skiing. There are only a few cat ski operators and they can’t wait to take guests up the slopes by caterpillar to find those pristine runs. Fortress Mountain Cat Skiing is just an hour west of Calgary in the heart of Kananaskis Country. A private booking means exclusive access to wide bowls, tree-studded glades and views that literally take the breath away. Think about it. No line-ups, no crowds and the only waiting is for the cat to take you back up the mountain for another run.
To discuss bringing your group to Alberta for an unforgettable winter experience contact
Kyla Knudson at email@example.com or 703-969-4738