There are downhill areas at Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, Nakiska and Golden. At its best, skiing is superb here: The snowpack is copious, the scenery is beautiful, the après-ski festivities are indulgent, and the accommodations are world-class. There's good value in an Alberta ski holiday -- lift tickets here are generally cheaper than those at comparable ski areas in the United States. Lift tickets range from C$58 to C$78 per day (adults), with tickets for children a bargain at approximately one-third the cost.
Heli-skiing isn't allowed in the national parks but is popular in the adjacent mountain ranges near Golden in British Columbia. CMH Heli-Skiing (tel. 800/661-0252 or 403/762-7100; www.cmhski.com) is the leader in this increasingly popular sport, which uses helicopters to deposit skiers on virgin slopes far from the lift lines and runs of ski resorts. CMH offers 4-, 5- and 7-day trips to 12 locations; prices begin at C$4,690 for 5 days, including lodging, food, and transport from Calgary.
Cross-country skiers will also find a lot to like in the Canadian Rockies. A number of snowbound mountain lodges remain open throughout winter and serve as bases for adventurous Nordic skiers. You'll also find endless pleasure in exploring the Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park (tel. 403/678-2400), also built for the 1988 games. More than 70km (43 miles) of trails are available to skiers all winter; Trail Sports (on-site) offers ski rentals, skill-building courses, and guided excursions.
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