This weekend I had the opportunity to drive a bus charter up to Nakiska for the day. It was for a group of international students that were in Calgary, Alberta, Canada studying oil and gas to work for various companies around the world.
Nakiska is located on Highway 40, about 15 min south of Highway 1. The short drive 45 minute drive from Calgary makes this the perfect opportunity for a day of skiing.
Nakiska was one of the Olympic sites for the 1988 Winter Games. It was named after the cree word “to meet.” Featuring over 1,000 acres for you to explore, there are over 70 trails ranging in difficulty from beginner to black diamond runs. There are four chair lifts and two magic carpets to take you up this 735 meter (2,412 ft.) slope.
There is a mid-mountain lodge available serving burgers, hot beverages, and most importantly beer. At the base of the hill there is also lodge with plenty of seating for you and your family to enjoy a Starbucks coffee or something from the Slopeside Deli.
If you are after a proper sit down meal, the Finish-Line Lodge has you covered. The menu has put a unique twist on some popular favourites. I had the opportunity to try the chicken quesadilla, which was made with apples in the blend and served with a house-made cranberry salsa. The staff was really friendly and made sure that everything was served to perfection. Thankfully, my server also notified me of their “no-refill” policy on soda. If only she had told me this before I spent $3 on my glass of Coke and drank half before my food came.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to enjoy the hill as I was working, but I look forward to making a trip out here skiing soon. Have you been to Nakiska? What is your favourite part of this hill?