Canada Olympic Park: A Huffington Post Travel Ski Resort Guide
01/11/2012 03:23 pm ET
The Huffington Post
Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta, is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. As part of a series on ski resorts, Huffington Post Travel offers our guide to Canada Olympic Park, featuring all the key information snow lovers need to know before they hit the slopes.
Canada Olympic Park is located just 15 minutes from downtown Calgary, offering a ton of winter activities plus the fun and convenience of being close to a major city. Aside from skiing and snowboarding, the park offers bobsleigh rides, a luge and zip line. For the thrifty skier, Canada Olympic Park hosts discounted events such as Women's Wednesdays and Family Fun Nights. Situated at the edge of the Rocky Mountains, this vast park was also host to the XV Olympic Winter Games.
Canada Olympic Park has a summit elevation of 4,101 feet and a base elevation of 3,707 feet. The vertical descent is 394 feet with trails offering everything from downhill skiing to cross-country. The park is open from November to April, providing a nice long ski season. Typical annual snowfall is only 45 inches, but the park has the capacity to cover 97 percent of the skiable terrain with artificial snow when needed.
Trails And Lifts
There are five lifts at Canada Olympic Park, one high-speed quad, one fixed-grip quad, one double chair and two magic carpets. There are three trails over 90 acres of skiable area, one rated as easy and the other two tailored to intermediate-level skiers. The longest run is about 2,096 feet. An International Ski Federation-sanctioned 15-foot superpipe, the only one of its kind in North America, was added to the park in 2003 for snowboarders.
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Canada Olympic Park has everything needed to train like an Olympian. Group and private lessons, long-term training and a variety of ski and snowboard camps are available for children and adults. Check the website for more details on the extensive list of other activities available. Olympic Park also hosts the World Luge Cup, Burton Canadian Open and the Freestyle Skiing Canadian Series.
Daily lift tickets for Canada Olympic Park are $38 for adults, $36 for students, $33 for those ages 13 to 17 and $28 for seniors and those 5 to 12 years old. There are also family plans available for $95. Standard daily equipment rental packages start at $32 for adults and $24 for kids. Check out the Olympic museum for only $6.20.
Canada Olympic Park has a long tradition of hosting apres-ski parties and special events. The area has everything from five-star elegance to the cozy comfort of private chalets. With a vast array of restaurants and bars within minutes of the park, there is always something to do after a day on the slopes. The Westways Bed & Breakfast in Calgary is a charming arts-and-crafts style home where they rouse guests from slumber with the smells of tasty French Canadian cuisine. Those looking for the best late-night pizza, soft tacos or hot wings, should visit Aardvark Pizza & Sub.
WATCH: Canada Olympic Park
A reporter receives a ski lesson at Canada Olympic Park.