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Getting Tubular at Rabbit Hill Ski Resort

Ready to take your kiddos for a spin?

Mama Chris and her two kiddos, 10 & 11 headed out to Rabbit Hill this weekend to take advantage of the beautiful weather with some tubing. We’ve always wanted to go but hadn’t had the chance, so this was the perfect day for it!

With three choices of slide, even though it was busy we weren’t waiting long to go, and the burlap at the bottom made it so you slow down safely!

The handy magic carpet helping you get to the top, once you have spun (or not haha) down is great. The kids think their dad should put one in our back yard now lol!

It was an amazing way to get out of the house, and really out of the city. We got to spend some time having fun, in a covid-friendly way.

It was indeed, TUBULAR 😉

Chris is a Mom of 2, a 10 & 11 year old, she works as a admin for a local bakery. She loves cider, hanging out with good people and writing about her feelings. She currently resides in our Capital City, however she grew up on an Alberta farm.


*Our visit to Rabbit Hill was complimentary. As always all opinions are our own.

Beginner Family Skiing Tips + Giveaway to Rabbit Hill Snow Resort!

Beginner Skiing at Rabbit Hill Snow Resort

I have flirted with skiing my entire life. I love the idea of it, but to be honest I found it kind of overwhelming. There’s the gear that I don’t really understand, the risk of hurting myself, the potential embarrassment of hurting myself or looking a fool and don’t even get me started on my fears of me or kids falling off the chair lift! BUT I see families skiing together and I love it! The chance for exercise outside all day, the scenery, the family connectedness, confidence building and often challenging nature of the sport are all reasons that I want my family to ski together. Plus, my husband grew up in a small mountain town and has been on skis since he was 3. Its in his blood and something I would love for my son and I to share with him.

Go Ski Alberta approached us and asked if we would be interested in doing a beginner ski day a few weeks ago. I jumped at the chance because as a family we had made a goal that we would ski more this winter (yet had only been once so far) and I love the idea of sharing the experience of skiing with others who also might be apprehensive about it.

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For just $29.95 the SnowPass gives you access to 0ver 150 ski areas across Canada. In Alberta, there are over 15 ski areas which include Lake Louise Ski Resort, Sunshine Village, Nakiska, and Mount Norquay.

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5 Reasons for Families to Love Marmot Basin Ski Resort

Marmot Basin offers family skiing in Jasper

Tanya here and I’m back to tell you about another great ski resort, this time in Northern Alberta! We like Marmot Basin so much, we’re willing to drive the 400 km from Calgary for a weekend if it means we can spend a couple of days skiing and playing in beautiful Jasper National Park.

Family skiing at Marmot Basin in Jasper

There are many reasons for families to love Marmot Basin Resort in Jasper, but I’ll tell you about my top 5 favourites: 

  • One. The whole family can ski together on the entire mountain

The whole family can ski together on the entire mountain as long as you have confident advanced-beginner or intermediate skiers. Most chairlifts on the hill allow skiers to access green, blue, or black runs, with options for groomed or natural runs, bumps, glades, and even terrain parks (of which there are three on the hill).

The only chairlift that doesn’t give access to a green beginner run is the Knob Chair, Marmot’s highest lift, but there is an easy blue traverse off the top (that would be considered green at most other resorts). Wait until the Knob Traverse has been groomed, and most advanced-beginners should do fine.

I love that beginners aren’t stuck skiing on the lower mountain while the rest of the family leaves them behind, and I like that there is something for all abilities and preferences of skiing off each chairlift. For my family, it means we can all ride up together and then split up to ski something fun or comfortable for each of us, always meeting at the bottom to ride up together again (while we swap stories of our chosen runs).

  • Two. Marmot is fabulous for beginner skiers

 Marmot Basin has a true beginner chair, the School House Chair, with two easy green runs off it, access to the main lodge at the bottom, and conveniently located beside the parking lots for ski in/out access.  There is also a tiny beginner area (serviced by a magic carpet) perfect for toddlers or the complete first timer.

Beyond that, beginners will love everything off the Eagle Express Quad. With runs like Bunny Hop, Old Road, and Sleepy Hollow, you’ll know you’re not in for anything too scary. These are some of the best green runs I’ve seen at a resort and gave me confidence when I was learning to ski as a kid.

After mastering the runs off the Eagle Express Quad, advanced-beginners will have the confidence to ski green runs across the entire resort with access to the mid-mountain lodge.

  • Three. There are so many opportunities to “play” at Marmot Basin

My son loves terrain parks, and so he was in heaven at Marmot with three parks spread around the hill. And you can hit all three in one descent from the top of the Canadian Rockies Express Quad.

My son also enjoyed playing in the trees off the “Old Road” beginner run. Narrow twisty runs resembling a luge track make their way through the trees alongside this run, and parents can just stick to the road (waiting for the kids to pop out on the next switchback lower down).

Marmot is an amazing hill for intermediate skiers wanting to take it up a notch with easy bump runs on low angled slopes. There are also several wide-open bowls off the Knob Chair that are fun to play in on a powder day (and they have easy escape routes back onto the groomed traverse if the kids get scared at any point).

And if groomed terrain is more your speed, there is no shortage of groomed blue and black runs for intermediate/advanced skiers looking to carve some swoopy turns. My personal favourite was Highway 16.

  • Four. There are unlimited ways to challenge every member of the family

 Once you get beyond the green runs, the groomers, and the easy traverse off the Knob, you’re going to want something more challenging – and Marmot definitely delivers here!

I’ve already mentioned the open bowls off the Knob (a dream on a powder day,) the terrain parks, and the variety of runs for skiers of all abilities. Other highlights for advanced skiers include the double black runs off Eagle East (this was my husband’s favourite area on the hill) and the brand new “Tres Hombres” area off the Paradise Quad Chair – full of steep double black chutes.

My boys also discovered that you can climb up above the higher chairlifts to ski down fresh untracked powder (in avalanche-controlled terrain that is still technically “in bounds.”) They carried their skis up the “Peak Run” off the top of the Knob Chair and then skied down into the bowl below. And that’s just one of the many runs that you can “bootpack” your way up if you’re willing to earn your fresh turns. 

  • Five. Marmot Basin is an easy hill to navigate

Step One: Arrive before 8:45am and make your way to one of the upper ski in/ski out parking lots off the School House Chair. There’s no need to use the bottom drop off zone. (It just gets congested and is way too busy.)

Step Two: Carry a small backpack to the mid mountain lodge, hang it on a hook, and make that your home base for the day. Avoid the main base area (which gets very crowded.)

Step Three: Have fun and enjoy this easy to navigate hill where you shouldn’t ever have to worry about getting lost. There’s no “back side,” and you don’t have to worry about kids accidentally ending up at the wrong chairlift or in the wrong bowl. Set an emergency meeting spot for the bottom of the hill (or even the mid mountain lodge) and you’ll always find your way there if you ski down.

We found it very easy to navigate our way around this resort and knew the runs quite well by noon on the first day. No matter how we chose to get down off the top of the mountain, we always ended up at the mid-mountain lodge. And if we went further, we always ended up on Bunny Hop or Old Road. There was comfort in seeing the same runs at the end of each descent and I knew my son would find his way down if we ever got separated.

Marmot Basin offers family skiing in Jasper

Tanya blogs about her outdoor adventures on her website Family Adventures in the Canadian Rockies. We are so happy to have her as our regular ski contributor this winter!  To read the previous ski stories she has written for Alberta Mamas, check out the links below:

5 Reasons for Families to Love Nakiska Ski Area in Kananaskis

5 Reasons for Families to Love Lake Louise Ski Resort

5 Reasons for Families to Love Fernie Alpine Resort

5 Reasons for Families to Love Panorama Mountain Resort




5 Reasons for Families to Love Panorama Mountain Resort

Review of Panorama Mountain Resort

It’s Tanya here, and I’m back with another great family winter resort! Panorama Mountain Resort is perfect for families who want to enjoy a wide variety of winter activities from downhill skiing and boarding to cross country skiing, fat biking, snowshoeing, tubing, and even ice skating on the village rink. It’s located 20 minutes southwest of the Town of Invermere in the East Kootenay region of British Columbia. From Calgary, it’s a 3.5-hour drive and doable for a normal 2-day weekend. Make it a long weekend though and you’ll find the trip a bit more relaxing.

While I could easily list over ten reasons why you’ll love Panorama Mountain Resort with your family, below are my top 5

Review of Panorama Mountain Resort

  • One: Panorama is Much More than a Downhill Ski Resort

We recently enjoyed our first downhill ski trip to Panorama, but we’ve visited the village many times over the years for cross country skiing (and even to go fat biking last winter.)

While many ski resorts offer cross country skiing or snowshoeing as “options” for the non-skier, Panorama excels at their Nordic offerings with scenic trails. Our favourite is one leading up to a warming cabin called the Hale Hut. We haven’t tried snowshoeing at Panorama yet, but you can read more about our adventures cross country skiing and fat biking here in the story I wrote on my own blog, Rockies Family Adventures, last winter: Panorama Mountain Resort  (much more than downhill skiing.)

Other great activities to enjoy at Panorama Mountain Resort:

  • Tubing – new for the 2017-2018 winter season on Friday and Saturday nights. And what sets this tube park apart from others we’ve visited is that you can go down on your stomach if you want! You can even take a running start with your tube.
  • Relaxing in the Panorama Springs Hot Pools at the end of the day – included with lodging on the hill!
  • Panorama is a “ski-foodie’s Paradise!” – Panorama has a European ski village feeling to it with cozy huts spread out around the hill serving fondue, raclette, and other European menu items for the ultimate ski-in lunch experience. Arrange for an après-ski package and enjoy your raclette or fondue party with a guided ski down the mountain after the lifts close for the day. For those who’d rather walk to lunch or dinner, there are several restaurants located in the village for those enjoying the ski-in/ski-out accommodations.
  • Daily Kids’ Programs – The new Après-Kids program is offered daily from 3:30-5:00 pm and activities could include tubing, ice skating on the village rink, heading back up for a few more ski runs on the main run that is open for night skiing, or even snowshoeing on the village trails. The program includes hot chocolate and snacks and does have a cost associated with it. There are also free kids’ activities offered daily including movie nights, campfires, and various arts and crafts projects. This is a great compliment to a day spent skiing on the hill (especially for kids who tire out mid-afternoon).


  • Two: You can Spend the Night in a Real Alpine Village

We really liked the ski-in, ski-out lodging on the hill, and spent two nights at the Panorama Springs Lodge, conveniently close to the Panorama Springs Pools, located in the same building.

We loved arriving Friday night, parking the truck, and then not having to drive again until Sunday afternoon. Everything we needed for the weekend was right outside our door with all restaurants a short walk away. We were first on the lifts in the morning, got to enjoy the pools and tubing in the afternoon, and loved eating on the hill in the evening.

Truly, there is nothing more relaxing than staying right on a ski hill for your winter vacation. And should you get tired of downhill skiing early in the day? No problem, because there are cross country trails right outside your door as well. Don’t like the ski conditions the day you’re there? Go snowshoeing or fat biking instead. And if you just want to ski for a half day, there are plenty of other activities to keep you occupied without committing to a full day on the slopes.

  • Three: Panorama is Great for Beginners and Families with Young Children

There are two magic carpets for progression of skills when first introducing the kids to the basic ski techniques. From the carpets, skiers can move up to the Silver Platter and the beautiful beginner run off it. It’s the perfect intermediate step from bunny hill to actual green runs.

From the Silver Platter, families can move up to the Discovery Quad with its short green runs and the awesome “Discovery Zone,” with a special tree course for the kids. It is a guaranteed crowd pleaser for all children, no matter how experienced at skiing. From the Discovery Quad, families will want to move up to the Mile 1 Express Quad and follow the easiest way down.

Panorama also offers a great child care program for families of little ones who might not want to ski the whole day. They accept babies as well as young as 18 months!

  • Four: There is a fabulous Terrain Park off the Toby Double Chair

There is a large terrain park off the Mile 1 Express Quad but my 9-year old won’t be ready for that one for quite some time yet! Fortunately, we discovered a more “secret terrain park” off the small Toby Double Chair near the bottom of the hill. This terrain park had the typical boxes and rails, but also had several jumps my son loved. And what we parents loved most was that the terrain park had its own dedicated lift for fast efficient laps of the park. There were only a handful of other people on the Toby Chair, all using the park. In an hour we easily lapped the terrain park a dozen times.

  • Five: Panorama is an Awesome Day Trip Destination from the Columbia Valley

For families spending time in nearby Radium Hot Springs or Invermere, Panorama is a great destination for a fun winter day trip. Park in the lower parking lot and enjoy a free ride to the Upper Village on the Village Gondola (which will be special enough for young children without even setting foot on the ski hill). Have lunch at one of the restaurants in the Village (we loved the Picnic coffee shop) and then take the gondola back down. Half day outing complete.

Panorama is also a great place to bring the beginner skiers in your family for a day of affordable skiing with Discovery Zone lift tickets. These tickets give you access to the Discovery Quad, Silver Platter, Red Carpet, and Little Ripper Carpet. And at $29 for children ages 6-12, it’s quite a deal! (Adults are $49 which is still affordable for downhill skiing).

And finally, as mentioned earlier, the Panorama Nordic Centre is worth a visit if you want to check out the cross-country trails for skiing, fat biking, or snowshoeing.

Review of Panorama Mountain Resort

Other Areas that Stood out to us at Panorama:

  • Panorama is a great hill for cold ski days. Stop in at one of three huts spread out around the hill, grab something warm to drink, and then ski on to the next hut or cabin.
  • Parents with babies or toddlers will love the amenities in the Village. Skip the crowded day lodge and head to the Picnic coffee shop instead with a great breakfast and lunch menu, locally brewed Kicking Horse coffee, and a cozy fireplace to warm up by.
  • The hill has great grooming first thing in the morning. (some of the best we’ve seen at a resort and appreciated on some of the steep black runs).
  • My husband liked the lift-accessed backcountry style skiing in the Taynton Bowl (with the security that comes from skiing big lines in avalanche-controlled terrain).
  • There are easy ways off most chairs with groomed cat tracks, winding traverses, or groomed blue/black runs.
  • My son loved finding the secret tree house with slide on the lower mountain (look for the Secret Forest on the map).
  • All parents will love that there are bathrooms everywhere spread out around the hill near every chairlift.

To find out more about this amazing resort, please visit the Panorama Mountain Resort website.

Tanya Koob is a seasoned blogger over at Family Adventures in the Canadian Rockies and has graciously agreed to be our “Ski Contributor” this season for Alberta Mamas. You can read her other ski stories by following the links below:

5 Reasons for Families to Love Nakiska Ski Area in Kananaskis

5 Reasons for Families to Love Lake Louise Ski Resort

5 Reasons for Families to Love Fernie Alpine Resort

5 Reasons for Families to Love Fernie Alpine Resort

Families love Fernie Alpine Resort

It’s Tanya here and I’m back with another one of family’s favourite ski resorts. This time, we’re moving into BC and I’ll be telling you all about how awesome ski-in, ski-out holidays can be. I’ll warn you up front though that staying on a ski hill raises the bar for all future ski vacations.

Fernie Alpine Resort is located minutes outside the small mountain town of Fernie in SE British Columbia, a 3-hour drive south of Calgary. And while this may sound like a distance that requires an extended multi-day trip, Calgary families routinely make the drive for a two-night weekend to ski at this amazing hill.

5 Reasons for Families to Love Fernie Alpine Resort

Families love Fernie Alpine Resort

One: Fernie is a Fantastic Hill for Novice Skiers and Families with Young Kids

I was pleasantly surprised by our first family visit to Fernie when I realized that there were two dedicated beginner chairlifts accessing the easiest green and blue runs on the hill, almost all groomed with gradual slopes. And these aren’t just cute little “bunny hill” type runs either. The beginner/novice terrain accessed off the Deer and Elk Chairs is extremely fun for the whole family, and the runs are a decent length to really get some solid turns and practice in.

Highlights off the Deer and Elk Chairs:

  • The Minute Maid Kids’ Trails off the Deer Chair – Twisty winding tree runs that resemble a luge track, aimed at the young (and young at heart, if your skis are short enough.)
  • The Terrain Park off the Deer Chair – This is one of the best beginner terrain parks I’ve seen, and it was the first one I let my son try. He loved the small box jumps that required little to no special skills. And don’t worry about older kids or teens finding it boring, because there are plenty of intermediate features in the park as well.
  • The Elk Run off the Elk Quad – This green run is longer than the ones accessed off the Deer Chair (and a great progression step before moving higher up the mountain.) It is fun for the whole family, and kids love the trees along the side of the run. Trust me, try to keep your kids out of the trees. (It won’t happen.)
  • And from the main Elk run, make sure you find the tunnels accessed via “Holiday” (green) or “Holo Hike” (blue.) You get to ski through two tunnels that children love!! – I think they’re fun too and seek them out at least once or twice a visit. When you get tired of the crowds on the main Elk run, head over to “Dipsy” and “Lower Lizard,” both groomed beginner runs but with a third of the traffic found on Elk.
  • “Power Trip” off the Elk Quad. This narrow intermediate run resembles a half pipe with trees bordering the edges. It is insanely fun for kids who can ski at an intermediate level on non-groomed terrain with a few bumps.
  • “Incline Trail” off the Elk Quad. This narrow run has several fun rollers that you get to ski over, and my son said it was like skiing on a bike pump track. And it’s still a groomed green run that most kids will have few difficulties with.

Two: Amazing Intermediate Terrain and Opportunities for Progression

When you’ve mastered the Deer and Elk chairs as a family, take the next step with a ride up the Timber Bowl Express Quad where you can warm up and enjoy the views at the Lost Boys Café. Then, ski down “Falling Star,” one of the best “true intermediate” runs on the hill with consistent grooming first thing each morning. There are a few steep pitches (and one narrow section,) but it’s the easiest intermediate run on the upper mountain. – And if you make it to the top of the White Pass Quad, you can enjoy the entire 5 km descent off “Falling Star,” the longest run on the mountain.

Beyond “Falling Star,” there will always be several other groomed intermediate runs spread around the hill each day. We recently discovered a groomed black run called “The North Ridge” as well off the Boomerang Chair that was glorious for another progression towards steeper terrain.

Three: Kids’ Saturday Night Pool Parties at Lizard Creek Lodge

We recently stayed at Lizard Creek, and my 8-year old son said the pool party was a highlight of his weekend. Families can register their children for this activity (even if not staying at Lizard Creek) which includes supervised time in the outdoor slope side swimming pool, a bbq dinner, and movie night. Add this to a day on the hill, and your kids will sleep very well!

More information can be found at this link to the Fernie Alpine Resort website, and note that there is a cost associate with this activity.

Lizard Creek Fernie Alpine Resort

Four: Free Night Skiing for Kids on the Mighty Moose Platter Lift Every Saturday

Skiing on the Mighty Moose is free for kids 17 and under Saturday nights from 4-9pm. It is also included with your day’s lift ticket. Adults not skiing during the day can pay $19.95 +tax for access to the Mighty Moose in the evening.

This beginner slope is fun for kids, and it’s a great way to get back out on the hill for an hour or two before bed (especially if you stopped skiing earlier in the afternoon for naps or rest time.)

Five: Ski-in, Ski-out Lodging on the Hill

Stay at the Fernie Alpine Resort Village and enjoy the slope side swimming pool and hot tub (if staying at Lizard Creek Lodge,) on-hill restaurants and pubs (all family-friendly and some with live entertainment), and other activities in the après-ski hours.

We love staying right on the hill so that we can easily be first on the slopes in the morning, accessing the day’s best snow and grooming. We also love being able to go back to our condo for lunch rather than trying to find a table in a crowded day lodge. Finally, renting a condo on the hill allows us to cook our own meals, saving money.

And I’m sure we can all appreciate having a condo with actual bedrooms and closed doors rather than staying in a hotel for a night (and hiding in the bathroom or hallway while the kids try to fall asleep at night)!

Follow this link to read more about the different accommodation options in Fernie. And follow this link to find out more about ski vacations, hot deals, and package specials.

Families love Fernie Alpine Resort

We’ve never had a bad weekend in Fernie, and we plan annual ski trips here which are always a highlight of our winter.


Tanya is an active Calgary-based mom and an outdoor family travel blogger over at Family Adventures in the Canadian Rockies.

Read my previous Alberta Mama ski stories here:

5 Reasons for Families to Love Nakiska Ski Area in Kananaskis

5 Reasons for Families to Love Lake Louise Ski Resort

5 Reasons for Families to Love Lake Louise Ski Resort!

5 reasons to ski lake louise

It’s Tanya here of Rockies Family Adventures, and I’m continuing with my plan to review and write about ski resorts across Alberta and BC, and to share another one of my family’s favourites with you.

Hopefully you had a chance to read my first story: 5 Reasons for Families to Love the Nakiska Ski Area in Kananaskis. In my previous story, I recommended finding a home hill, and “skiing close.” Well, in today’s story, we’re moving on to road trips, and “skiing BIG.”

The Lake Louise Ski Resort has been chosen as “Canada’s Best Ski Resort” for the fourth time in the World Ski Awards. It also ranks in the top three for “World’s Best Ski Resorts.”

If you haven’t skied here as a family yet, read below for five reasons my family fell in love with Lake Louise last year!

5 Reasons to ski at Lake Louise

One: Lake Louise is surprisingly great for beginner skiers

I was pleasantly surprised by how many beautiful, groomed novice runs Lake Louise has. Complete beginners can start in the Sunny Side Learning Area, serviced by three progressive magic carpet runs. This is also the location of the Sunny Side Tube Park when the kids get tired of skiing (discounts available with a lift ticket.)

From Sunny Side, beginners can progress to Wiwaxy (#9,) or Pine Cone Way (#10,) from the Glacier Express chairlift. These gentle green runs offer the perfect intermediate step between skiing in the learning area, and moving on to the Grizzly Express Gondola.

Other beginner runs that we loved at Lake Louise:

Eagle Meadows (#55) or Deer Run (#56) from the top of the Grizzly Express Gondola, linking up with Wiwaxy or Pine Cone Way lower down.
Pika (#65) from the top of the Grizzly Express down to Temple Lodge on the back side. This was my son’s favourite run on the entire hill because of the bumps and fun features along the sides of the run.

With a green run off every chairlift, you can now move on to any other lift (summit platter aside) knowing that there will be something easy for the kids, and that you won’t accidentally end up in an “experts only zone.

Two: The whole family can ski together

At most ski hills, the beginner terrain tends to be accessed from one or two chairlifts (always at the bottom of the mountain,) with the intermediate and advanced terrain accessible from the upper chairlifts (where there is often nothing for a novice skier).

Lake Louise is a rare exception where there are green runs accessible from every chairlift on the mountain. You’ll also find at least one black run off every chairlift. This works very well for my family because we can all ride up together, divide up by terrain we can ski, and then meet at the bottom again after our individual runs. Often, I’ll choose to ski the green or blue run with my son while my husband seeks out a more advanced run, or my boys will leave me behind on the groomed terrain while they seek out something harder. Either way, we always meet up at the lift line to ride up together again (and have stories to share during our ride.)

Three: Plenty of options for rest, food, and mountain breaks

I really don’t like crowded day lodges, so it’s always a relief for me when I look at a ski map, and see that there are multiple options for eating, resting, and taking a break on the mountain.

At Louise, you have the Whiskey Jack Lodge and the Lodge of the Ten Peaks at the main base area, both with cafeterias or areas from which to eat your own packed lunch. Alternately, you can soak up some afternoon sun on the deck of the Kokanee Kabin with a cold beer and a burger. (And in spring, there’s often live entertainment here on weekends).

Higher up the mountain, you can stop in at the Whitehorn Bistro, half way down from the Glacier Express Gondola, or you can use Temple Lodge on the backside of the mountain as your day lodge. (If doing so, just bring a day pack up with you and leave it in the lodge for lunch time. Bring it back down with you though after lunch because this lodge closes earlier than the ones on the front side).

Four: Ease of arrival and parking 

This will always be a big one for me. I don’t want parking to be a hassle, and I don’t want to have to show up an hour early just to get in to the parking lot! Fortunately, at Lake Louise, the parking lot is very big, and it’s not too hard to get a spot if you show up 20-30 minutes before lifts open.

Our parking/drop off strategy for Louise was to first pull into the loading zone in front of the Whiskey Jack Lodge. Here we unloaded our skis, our day packs, one parent (myself,) and my son. My husband then drove off to find parking. Meanwhile, my son and I carried our skis around to the front of the building, and moved our day packs inside the lodge. Inside we discovered an amazing system where you can leave your bags on a series of shelves (assuming you don’t leave valuables in them) without having to get a locker. And because of the shelves, nobody was stashing bags and shoes under tables, on the floor, or in every corner of the room!

I love organization, and I was in Heaven at Lake Louise.

Five: Spend a weekend and enjoy a variety of fun winter activities

Book a private room at the Lake Louise Hostel and Alpine Centre where you can save money by doing your own cooking in the communal kitchen. This hostel is very comfortable and has a large fireside lounge on the upper floor with a pool table and plenty of space for a family games night.

While staying in the Village, you can enjoy a wide variety of activities from cross country skiing and snowshoeing (the hostel has trails right outside the door,) to ice skating on Lake Louise, sleigh rides around the lake, or even dog sledding.

And if you tire of downhill skiing at the ski resort (or just want to add some variety to your weekend,) you can also sign up for a guided snowshoe tour or enjoy some tubing at the Sunny Side Tube Park.

Whether you visit Lake Louise for a day trip from Calgary, or you spend the weekend in the Village, it’s a great family-friendly destination, and a spectacular place to hit the slopes as a family this winter.


Tanya is an active Calgary-based mom and an outdoor family travel blogger over at Family Adventures in the Canadian Rockies.


Never Ever Days: A chance to try Skiing & Snowboarding on the cheap

Never Ever Days Alberta

I haven’t been skiing or even to a ski hill for or over 20 years. There are however days where I think it would be fun to try it again – but the price tag that comes along with it (for something I may not like) isn’t something that I am willing to shell out for…

Never Ever Days Alberta

However, as I was scouring the internet one day I came across information about Never Ever Days. These are for anyone who’s ever considered trying skiing or snowboarding and it’s just $25 (+tax). This ultimate beginners package includes everything you need – equipment rental, beginner lift ticket, and a lesson. The best part is that Never Ever Days has 15 ski areas in Alberta and over 80 across Canada.

Locations for Never Ever Days in Alberta

  • Castle Mountain Resort – Pincher Creek
  • Hidden Valley Ski Resort –  Elkwater
  • Kinosoo Ridge Snow Resort –  Cold Lake
  • Lake Louise Ski Resort –  Lake Louise
  • Long Lake Ski Hill –  Thorhild
  • Misery Mountain Ski Area –  Peace River
  • Mt Norquay –  Banff
  • Nakiska Ski Resort –  Kananaskis
  • Nitehawk Year-round Adventure Park – Grande Prairie
  • Pass Powderkeg Ski Resort – Coleman
  • Rabbit Hill Snow Resort –  Leduc County
  • Ski Marmot Basin –  Jasper
  • Snow Valley Ski Club –  Edmonton
  • Sunshine Village –  Banff
  • Valley Ski Hill – Alliance

How to register

Spots for Never Ever Days need to be booked online and are on a first come first serve basis. Different ski areas have different dates available and anyone age 9 and above can register. To see what dates are available for ski areas in Alberta as well as ski areas across Canada check out the Ski Canada website here.

Have you tried out Never Ever Days? Did you like it? Join the conversation on Facebook and Instagram.



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5 Reasons for Families to Love Nakiska Ski Area!

Nakiska is a very family friendly place to ski in Alberta

5 Reasons for Families to Love Nakiska Ski Area in Kananaskis

Nakiska is a very family friendly place to ski in Alberta

My name is Tanya and I have accepted the assignment of “Ski Writer Extraordinaire” for the Alberta Mamas this winter! And while I admit that I may have added the “extraordinaire” part myself, my mission is clear: I plan to review and write about ski resorts across Alberta and BC all winter long, and to share all my family’s favourites with you.

I’ve chosen to start with Nakiska Ski Area in Kananaskis because it’s the hill that we’ve chosen as our “home hill” this winter as a Calgary based family. We believe in “skiing close” when we head out for a Saturday ski day, and we want to make sure we spend more time on the hill than we do in the car driving.

Nakiska is a very family friendly place to ski in Alberta

Nakiska is a great hill for families that I recommend for the following five reasons:

  • Nakiska is good for beginner skiers

With a dedicated beginner chair, you can rest assured that your children aren’t going to accidentally drop down a black run when they get ahead of you (and yes, this has happened to me in the past at a bigger ski resort, and it was terrifying.) Stick to the Bronze Chair and ski worry-free on short, groomed beginner runs.

And, when the kids can confidently ski the runs off the Bronze Chair, they’ll enjoy Nakiska’s newest run, Easy Street, a true beginner run, top to bottom off the Silver Chair.

Other perks include free skiing in the beginner area for all skiers (young and old) with a free magic carpet pass.

Nakiska also offers a full assortment of ski and snowboard lessons including family coaching clinics where the whole family can learn to ski together (provided kids are 5 and up, and everybody skis at a similar ability.)

  • Nakiska is Easy to navigate.

Have you ever skied at a big resort and lost somebody? I have, and it was not pretty! Waiting at a chairlift, wondering if you are at the right one, or if you’re even on the correct side of the mountain, is a scary experience when skiing with kids. Fortunately, at Nakiska, there is no “back side,” all runs end at the mid-mountain lodge or at the bottom of the hill by the main lodge, and it’s easy to stick together as a family.

  • There are bathrooms everywhere you’ll need them at Nakiska.

I can’t tell you how many times we’ve been stuck somewhere far from the nearest bathroom at a ski resort, my child panicking, and us having to dash quickly into the trees. At Nakiska though, there is a heated mid-mountain lodge with bathrooms and a cafeteria, and then there’s the main building at the base of the hill (with all services you could ever need.) You’re never more than a short ski down to the nearest bathroom at Nakiska.

  • Nakiska is great for families with young children.

Looking for somewhere to hang out with a tired toddler who’s finished skiing for the day (while the rest of the family still wants to stay at the hill?) I recommend heading to the nearby Delta Kananaskis Lodge. There’s a coffee shop, large fireside room with cozy sofas, walking paths, a playground, and even a skating pond (with rentals on site.) It’s a great place to hang out with younger kids near Nakiska. (Just have your partner text you when the rest of the family is ready for you to come pick them up at the hill.)

  • Spend a weekend and enjoy a variety of fun winter activities.

You’ll find plenty of activities near Nakiska for a well-rounded winter getaway. The resort plans to build a snowshoe trail from the base of the hill to the mid mountain lodge for non-skiers that might be joining you. There are also snowshoe trails nearby at the Village beside the Delta Kananaskis Lodge.

You’ll also find a tubing hill at Nakiska, cross country ski trails in the Village area, along with a skating pond and a sledding hill at the Delta Lodge.

The Delta Kananaskis Lodge offers a wide assortment or rooms and has great dining options for families (including the children’s buffet at Forte Restaurant.) There’s also an indoor swimming pool and a large indoor/outdoor hot tub.

For families on a budget, you can also book a private room at the HI Kananaskis Hostel nearby where you can save money by doing your own cooking in the communal kitchen. The hostel is a wilderness property but has indoor plumbing and heat, so you’ll be comfortable during your stay.

Whether you visit Nakiska for a day trip from Calgary, or you spend the weekend in Kananaskis, it’s a great family-friendly hill and a safe place to get the kids on the slopes this winter.


Tanya Koob

Tanya is an active Calgary-based mom and an outdoor family travel blogger over at Family Adventures in the Canadian Rockies.

New Runs Open in Marmot Basin – Plus a Giveaway for Our Readers!

New Runs Opening for the 2017/18 Season at Marmot Basin

Marmot Basin has been working on the Tres Hombres project for more than 10 years. Last night they unveiled that five brand new runs are being added this year and are scheduled to open next week! This brings the total of runs to 91! You can see a full map here. With ski conditions being so great this year as well as the addition of snow machines (which will give them an estimated 25 extra days this season) skiing and snowboarding in Jasper has never been so exciting!

Tres Hombres will be a boot pack/ski pack black diamond and double black diamond that is 2270 ft long which is 3 times the length of Charlies Bowl which was their longest run before Tres Hombres. This North facing slope is filled with potter snow which means it will last longer than other slopes.

They have also renovated the cafeteria which will be open for the season soon. With an updated look inside and menu items that will elevate the dining experience, Marmot Basin has it all covered. From great coffee and snacks to new items like gourmet hot dogs and avacado smashies; you’ll want to stop in!

We are giving away TWO FREE PASSES to Marmot Basin! Leave us a comment below and let us know who you would take with you! The winner will be selected randomly from all the entries from Facebook, Instagram, and our website on November 16th. (Yes, that means you can enter the contest in 3 places for more chances to win)

The contest is open to all residents across Canada.