Fortress Mountain - Ski Area Guide

Fortress Mountain, Canada

Ski Resort (2,040m to 2,370m)

Full-service ski area located 45 minutes from the facilities of Canmore and close to the Nakiska Ski Centre.

The base area complex at Fortress Mountain is situated at an altitude of 2040 m (6,692 ft), the highest in the Alberta Canadian Rockies. This lofty elevation ensures Fortress an annual snowfall 630 cm (21 ft) and a ski season that stretches from early November until late April. Fortress Mountain is thus often the first Alberta Mountain ski area to open for the winter and is the pre-season training site for the Canadian National Freestyle ski team. The casual and relaxed resort offers wide-open cruising as well as serious bumps.

 Fortress Mountain Snow News

The next notable snow forecast for Fortress Mountain is 2cm, expected on 28 March, with around 16cm forecast over the next 7 days. There is significant snow currently indicated by the long-range (7 days+) forecast; but too far ahead to be relied upon.

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Who is Fortress Mountain good for?

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Fortress Mountain Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Fortress Mountain
100kmCross Country Pistes
6Ski Lifts

Fortress Mountain Ski Area Height

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Fortress Mountain
330mMax Vertical
2370mHighest Lift
2040mLowest Piste
2040mResort Altitude (Fortress Mountain)

Fortress Mountain

The Canadian Ski Resort of Fortress Mountain has direct access to 47 individual pistes, served by 6 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is above 1500m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With skiing above 2000 metres, snow cover is generally reliable.

Skiing in Fortress Mountain

Fortress is the pre-season training site for the Canadian Freestyle Team - it is the perfect resort for freestylers, whether skiers or boarders. This casual and relaxed resort offers wide open cruising, serious moguls, large gladed areas, natural halfpipes and backcountry powder bowls. To help you make the most of your ski holiday its a good idea to join one of the twice daily guided mountain tours which Fortress provide. Friendly ski hosts will show you around the mountain and answer any questions you may have.

Its an affordable place to take the family out on the slopes and younger skiers can enjoy the uncrowded slopes while learning to ski. The ski area climbs over 2 mountain sides, and then up another on the backside. The mountain is serviced by 6 lifts (1 triple chair, 2 double chairs and 3 t-bars). 55% of the terrain is suitable for intermediates with 25% for the more advanced and 20% for beginners. More advanced skiers looking for powder and a challenge can head off into the numerous gladed tree areas that Fortress has to offer, or dive into the backcountry bowls via Fortress' daily Snowcat tours.

This is the perfect place to try Snowcat skiing. Fortress Mountain Snowcat Skiing offer full or half day trips with lunch included. Six runs are guaranteed with extra runs at no extra charge. Skiers wishing to try Snowcat skiing should be at least of intermediate ability and easily able to ski powder snow, this is a wilderness environment and conditions can vary in the extreme. The snowcat is a Piston-Bulley 200 with a closed cabin accommodating 12 passengers. A typical day of Snowcat skiing begins at the day lodge with a safety talk and signing off on liability waivers. The group then proceed to the Snowcat to do a warm-up run on lower angle terrain. Three to 4 runs are made in the morning after which there is a one hour break when lunch is served. The balance of the guaranteed runs are made after lunch, as well as any extra runs (the number of runs is dependant on the slowest skier in the group). The longest runs are 1700 ft while the shortest are 300ft with the average run length about 1000ft. The general areas used are Broken Pole Bowl, Super Wall Street, Fortress Lake Valley, Fortress Lake Ridge Glades, West Woody Ridge, The Artesians and the South Chutes.


Snowboarding in Fortress Mountain

As the pre-season training site for the Canadian Freestyle Team, Fortress is the perfect resort for freestylers. This casual, relaxed resort offers wide open cruising, serious moguls, large gladed areas, natural halfpipes and backcountry powder bowls. Its easy for boarders to get around on the triple chair and 2 double chairs. The Freestyle Park and halfpipe are located parallel to the triple chair on the Third Chute.

Fortress Mountain in brief

Fortress Mountain Ski Resort is:
Ok for Expert Skiers.
Good for Intermediate Skiers.
Ok for Beginners.
Very good for Snowboarding.

Fortress Mountain Season Dates

We have no confirmed season dates for Fortress Mountain.

NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Fortress Mountain.

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Fortress Mountain Ski Lift Capacity

Ski Lift Capacity :- The 6 Ski Lifts of Fortress Mountain are able to uplift 8,400 skiers / snowboarders per hour.

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