Nakiska - Ski Area Guide
Ski Resort in Canadian Rockies (1,530m to 2,260m)
Purpose-built to stage the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics Alpine events, accommodation is centred on Kananakis Village, close to Canmore and Calgary.
Nakiska Snow News
There is currently no significant snow in the forecast for Nakiska.
Who is Nakiska good for?
Nakiska Ski Area
|40km||Cross Country Pistes|
Nakiska Ski Area Height
|1530m||Resort Altitude (Nakiska)|
The Canadian Ski Resort of Nakiska has direct access to 28 individual pistes, served by 5 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.
There are three Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Nakiska are perfectly feasible. Kelowna Airport is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.
Skiing in Nakiska
To help you get the most from your holiday, ski hosts lead free guided tours of the mountain. The mountain offers 28 different runs and a vertical drop of over 2,400 feet and features 5 lifts including 2 quad chairs, 1 triple chair, 1 double chair and a surface lift. Although designed with ski racing in mind Nakiska's terrain was carefully planned to meet the needs of family visitors. In fact 70% of Nakiska's terrain is rated as intermediate, with 16% classified as novice and the remaining 14% as expert. The overall design of the mountain is simple and very user friendly, with the expert terrain primarily at the top, intermediate runs in the middle, and the lower areas for beginners. There is also an Easy Way Down, a green run which starts at the very top of the mountain and will take novices all the way back down to the Day Lodge.
To fully ensure a successful Olympic games and reliable snow conditions for years to come, Nakiska was equipped with one of the most extensive and sophisticated snow making systems in the world. The end result is that skiers and snowboarders alike can depend on quality snow coverage from mountain top to valley bottom. This, combined with a commitment to world class grooming makes Nakiska the destination of choice for those that enjoy long cruising runs, or are looking for some serious carving. The daily snow report consistently talks about acres of picture-perfect corduroy. This is no idle boast, as those that are in the know will tell you that Nakiska is not only the closest to town, but is the destination of choice when it comes to groomed cruising and carving.
The Canmore Nordic Centre is considered to be one of the best developed cross-country ski and biathlon trails in the world, with over 70km of trail ideal for public use, snow-making, illuminated night skiing and a well appointed day lodge.
Snowboarding in Nakiska
Nakiska has an FIS competition half pipe and terrain park on Homesteader while beginner/intermediate boarders have their own halfpipe at the top of the Silver Chair. A new superpipe, built by world renowned terrain park architect Jeff Patterson opened for the 2002-3 season.
Superpipes - traditionally used exclusively by snowboarders - are gaining in popularity amongst skiers these days. Nakiska also offers an advanced terrain park and a toned-down family park for beginners and younger children.
The Nakiska Snowboard club have their own fully certified coaches and organise courses in racing, boardercross and half pipe for all ages and skill levels. Committed to providing youth with the opportunities to participate in snowboard programmes and competitions, their courses run for 28, 35 or 50 days. A good grounding in basic riding skills is required as well as an advanced level of fitness. Courses are suited to those who would like to reach an advanced level of freeriding as well as those who wish to compete in racing, boardercross and halfpipe.
Nakiska Aprés Ski
Torchlight descents are available for group bookings. The Shine and Dine takes place at 4.30pm at the mid-mountain lodge. A cash bar is followed by a buffer dinner and then a guided torchlight descent back to the base station.
Nakiska in brief
Nakiska Ski Resort is:
Ok for Expert Skiers.
Ok for Intermediate Skiers.
Ok for Beginners.
Very good for Snowboarding.
Nakiska Season Dates
We have no confirmed season dates for Nakiska.
Usual opening - Mid Nov.
Usual closing - Late April.
NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Nakiska.
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Nakiska Snow Making
Snowmaking :- Nakiska is able to augment natural snow, with 65 Snow Cannons.
Nakiska Ski Lift Capacity
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 5 Ski Lifts of Nakiska are able to uplift 8,620 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
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