year, we made the most of our season’s pass (15 visits!), and were surprised at how quickly our kids progressed from bunny hill to blue runs! If you love to ski and want to go often, a Season’s Pass or RCR Rockies Card is the best value for your money.
Since Nakiska is less than an hour from Calgary, you not only save time and money driving, but on lodging and dining also! (If you want to treat yourself, however, there is on-mountain dining! For a weekend getaway, Pomeroy Mountain Lodge is close by and has beautiful rooms and a wonderful indoor/outdoor hot tub!)
- Ski any time, all season long, for a great rate: Your Season’s Pass pays for itself in only 11 visits (way less if you get the early bird special)! Not sure you will go that many times? Consider the RCR Rockies Card*.
For little more than a single lift ticket, you get three free days and discounts at partner ski resorts. *Only
available until December 26, 2015.
Makes a great Christmas gift!
Whether you like to sleep in, have an evening engagement, or have babies that nap in the morning, a season’s pass allows you to ski when you want. There’s no need to wait until 12:30 pm for half-day lift tickets! Since our girls are late risers, we head out mid-morning after a big breakfast and ski until the lifts shut down. It’s just the right amount of time for little legs (and by not overdoing it, they’re keen to go back)!
Stoked to hit the slopes with my big girl!
Terrain for All Levels:
Nakiska boasts a large learning area (Kids’ World with Magic Carpet), beginner-friendly green runs, the NaJibSka Rail Park, Monster Glades, and everything in between. While the runs off the Gold Chair are my favorite, now that I have children, I appreciate the beginner terrain. Beginner Tip: Once you have mastered everything off the Bronze Chair, try the Easy Way Down from the top of the Silver Chair and take the Homesteader Bypass to avoid the steeper section on Lower Homesteader. My daughter was able to do the easy way down when she was five!
Shredding Pow In The Monster Glades!
Image Credit: Resorts of the Canadian Rockies
Resort Size: With 71 runs, Nakiska is just the right size. The hill is easy to navigate, with all runs on the same side of the mountain, and there are plenty of fun runs for everyone. Pop in to the mid-mountain lodge or main lodge for a bite. Fun fact: 28% of Nakiska’s runs are advanced!
Tell your kids to meet you at the Lodge for lunch!
8. No Getting Stuck In The Flats:
Nakiska doesn’t have long, flat stretches to get stuck in, so you can ski or ride more! My boarder friends appreciate this most!
9. Family Friendly:
Families will love Nakiska’s onsite daycare, Snow School, great learning area for first timers, and beginner friendly runs from the Bronze Chair. The Bronze Chair is not too fast, so first-timers can safely get the hang of getting on and off.
Disclosure: I received free skiing from Resorts of the Canadian Rockies, but all opinions are my own.
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