It’s been 30 years since Nakiska hosted the world’s most elite alpine racers during the 1988 Winter Games.
Since then, the purpose-built resort has earned a reputation for having first-class grooming on its Olympic-length, wide-open runs with near-perfect fall-line.
Located in Kananaskis Country, in the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies, the corduroy here makes for dreamy runs. if you’re longing for speedy cruisers and outstretched carving, look no further. Find your ski legs by opening it up on the core training run, Mapmaker. While powder days are rare, head up the Gold Chair first thing after a storm to find fun stashes in the trees.
Nakiska is under an hour from Calgary, which makes it the de facto local mountain for families, intermediates and those looking for an affordable and easy-to-navigate alternative to the larger Banff resorts. Season passes have been famously cheap the past few years and heading into 2018 they start at $309, which is a steal these days.