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  • Writer's pictureAdriana Storms

Best Places To Ski Near Canmore

Updated: Mar 27

Are you wanting to hit the slopes while you’re here??! Canmore offers easy access to some of the best skiing in North America. Whether you're a beginner or an expert looking for a thrilling adventure, there's something for everyone around here. Here are the top spots for skiing within an easy drive from Canmore.

man and child standing on skis looking over the tops of mountains

1. Banff Sunshine Village

With an average snowfall of 30 feet per year (!!),  this renowned hill is only 40 km from Canmore - that’s a quick thirty minute drive to absolutely amazing skiing. No matter your skill and experience level, Sunshine has something for everyone. There are a whopping 3,300 acres of all levels of terrain to discover. 

four skiiers and two snowboarders riding the chairlift together

2. Lake Louise Ski Resort

Another forty minutes down the road (and a gorgeous road I might add!), you will find Lake Louise Ski Resort. This is another “must do” for the skiing crowd when they are in town. Lake Louise is surrounded by stunning mountain scenery and offers over 4,200 acres of skiable terrain. There is something for everyone at this hill,  also. Be sure to take a ride on the famous Top of the World chairlift for panoramic views of the Rockies. A+++

empty chairlift chairs covered in frost on a mountain top

3. Norquay Ski Resort

If you're short on time but still want to squeeze in some skiing, head to Norquay Ski Resort, located just outside Banff. This family-friendly resort is only a 20-minute drive from Canmore and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains. With a variety of terrain options, including night skiing on the weekends, Norquay is a great choice for skiers of all abilities.

distant shot of gondola on top of mountain

4. Nakiska Ski Area

Nakiska is the other direction from Canmore. A quick drive east and then south into Kananaskis country will find you at a hill that is loved by visitors and locals alike. It is smaller than the first two options, but still offers 1.700 acres of terrain for all skill levels to explore. This is the site of the alpine events that were held during the 1988 Winter Olympics. Come check out a piece of history and experience it for yourself!

man in skis mid jump with snow spray behind him

Whether you're a seasoned skier or hitting the slopes for the first time, Canmore and its surrounding areas offer an unparalleled skiing experience. With world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery, and endless adventure opportunities, it's no wonder why Alberta is a top destination for winter sports enthusiasts. Grab your gear, bundle up, and get ready for an unforgettable skiing adventure in the Canadian Rockies!

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