Nakiska Ski Area
2 Mt Allan Dr, Kananaskis, AB T0L 2H0
25 km south of Trans-Canada Highway
Nakiska was host of the downhill skiing events in the 1988 Winter Olympic Games. Nakiska receives 250 cm of snowfall (nine feet) per year, with a ski season from December to April. The vertical drop is 750 m 2,460 ft, serviced by five lifts capable of handling 8,620 skiers per hour.
41 km south of Trans-Canada Highway
This is the focal point of Kananaskis Country, with three hotels, two 18-hole golf courses and plenty of shopping. There are lots of nice hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing trails accessible from the village. For shopping, dining and accommodation in the Kananaskis, visit the Kananaskis Village.
This mountain is home to Nakiska, host of the downhill skiing events in the 1988 Winter Olympic Games. The very top of the Olympic downhill run is not served by lifts anymore, but there are plenty of challenging runs left. From the top of Mt Allan (elevation 9,462 feet or 2,886 metres) you can see the Canadian Rockies’s skyscrapers, 50 miles away.
This is the spectacular ice-covered mountain to the southeast of the Kananaskis Village. It is 9, 108 feet 2, 778 metres high.
KPOW! Cat Skiing at Fortress Mountain
48 km south of Trans-Canada Highway
Fortress has a vertical drop of 330 m or 1,082 ft that is now services by a cat skiing operation. Fortress is at a higher elevation than Nakiska and receives 508 cm or 14 ft of snow each winter. Fortress used to be a ski report with chairlifts, and has been used as a set for several movies.
This mountain is just south of Fortress Mountain Ski Area, and on the east side of the highway, at 10, 150 feet or 3, 093 metres, is the second highest peak in Kananaskis Country.
This pass, just south of Kananaskis Lake, which takes Highway 40 from Peter Lougheed Provincial Park down the slopes of the foothills, has an elevation of 7,233 feet or 2,206 metres, and is higher than any of the Highway passes across the Continental Divide. (This portion of the road is closed during winter months, and is great for cycling when the road is snow-free from early May up to mid-June, when it re-opens for car traffic)