A Skier and Snowboarder’s Guide to Calgary

A Skier and Snowboarder’s Guide to Calgary
A Skier and Snowboarder’s Guide to Calgary
Make Calgary Part of Your Rockies Getaway

A Skier and Snowboarder’s Guide to Calgary

Local tips for skiers and snowboarders in Calgary.

You’ve decided to make the trip to ski the iconic Canadian Rockies! You’ll experience unbelievable terrain, breathtaking views, and our world-class mountain life. I know you’ll be keen to get out there, but when you land at Calgary’s International Airport, plan to take a couple of days to experience our city before and after you hit the slopes.

As a skier and outdoor enthusiast, here are some of my must-visit places, and how I would make the most of a day or two in Calgary before or after a ski or snowboard adventure.

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Gear up at Patagonia Calgary on 17th Avenue.

Gear up at Patagonia Calgary on 17th Avenue.

 

Gear Up

You might find Canadian weather to be quite different than what you expected! Yes, our winters can be cold, but you may also encounter a phenomenon called a Chinook – a warm wind that brings mild temperatures to the city, and often lots of snow to the mountains.

We have a saying in Canada – “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad preparation.”

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Get into the cool vibe at Bridgette Bar in Calgary.

Get into the cool vibe at Bridgette Bar in Calgary.

Chow down on delicious Indian fare at Calcutta Cricket Club in Calgary.

Chow down on delicious Indian fare at Calcutta Cricket Club in Calgary.

Chow Down

Before or after a visit to the slopes or a day in the snow, here are some of my favourite spots for tasty, fresh, fill-you-up food.

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Get a flight of tasters delivered on a ski at Cold Garden (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Davey Gravey).

Get a flight of tasters delivered on a ski at Cold Garden (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Davey Gravey).

Drink

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Get your culture fix in Calgary at Glenbow

Get Cultured

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Play in the city at WinSport (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/A.V. Wakefield).

Play in the city at WinSport (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/A.V. Wakefield).

 

Play

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Pamper yourself at the Stillwater Spa in Calgary.

Pamper yourself at the Stillwater Spa in Calgary.

 

Pamper Yourself

 

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Warm up by the fire at Hotel Arts in Calgary.

Warm up by the fire at Hotel Arts in Calgary.

Stay

I hope you fall in love with the Canadian Rockies, as well as my hometown that sits at their doorstep. You’ll soon see why our friendly city is a must-visit highlight to and from your mountain escape.

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By
Paula Worthington

Paula grew up in Calgary, spending countless weekends on the slopes of Alberta’s ski resorts. She’s a Calgary entrepreneur who loves running her business in the city, but often makes quick escapes to the mountains to ski, showshoe, hike and play!