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“It's alright” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Nakiska Ski Resort

Nakiska Ski Resort
Alberta, Canada
403-591-7777
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Calgary
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“It's alright”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Nakiska is a decent ski area if you are a beginner or intermediate skier. Little bit less expensive than Sunshine/Louise so probably a better value if you aren't quite skilled enough to take full advantage of those larger resorts.

There are, however, a couple things about Nakiska which sour my opinion of it:

First, if you are going midweek (as I did) you can expect the single major black diamond off the Silver chairlift to be closed due to racing team training. Unfortunately, that particular run is the nicest black diamond, in terms of snow coverage, on the entire mountain. Probably the best candidate for a lengthy mogul run, but again, due to racing team training that run is groomed. This wouldn't be so much an issue if the rest of Nakiska's expert terrain wasn't quite so... sketchy. By "sketchy" I mean that the black diamond runs off the Gold chair have fairly thin snow coverage. Much rocks and branches. Maybe this improves later in the season, I don't know. The Glade area (which closes at 3:15pm) is alright if you like skiing amongst lots of trees. I don't. The some of the black runs off Gold chair are also groomed.

Second, and this may be a minor quibble, is the sideways slant present in most of the runs towards the right hand side of the mountain. Right hand side meaning the right side of the trail map. Most of these are slightly canted so that you will be spending a lot of time with your weight on one foot in order to keep yourself headed down the center of the run. I found this uncomfortable to the point of avoiding those runs (specifically #29, #44, and #4) for the remainder of the day.

For experts: The Glades are okay in good snow conditions if you like skiing in trees. Several black runs are groomed. Double blacks in proximity to Silver chair were very sketchy. Expect some damage to the bases of your skis if you venture on them. Bring rentals, maybe?

Visited January 2013
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“It always seems to be soooo windy”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

I dont know if it is just my luckbut everytime I go here there seems to be harsh winds. Ive been 4 times this year and 3 times there has been harsh winds that really spoil the day. On the plus side the one time I went and it wasnt windy I had an awesome day and really enjoyed the skiing. Another positive is its close proximity to calgary compared to the other hills in the area(sunshine, lake louise).

Visited March 2012
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“Closest and most kid friendly resort”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

We ski regularly in the Canadian Rockies, same as most Calgary families. Last Sunday I visited Nakiska for the first time this season. I had forgotten how close it was - just a short 45 minute drive from Canada Olympic Park. In fact, a friend of mine who lives on the west side of Calgary regularly takes her kids up there, drives home for the day and then returns to pick them up later. So it is close. It is on the edge of the Rockies so the scenery is spectacular. Last Sunday there was lots of fog in Calgary but once we got close to the Rockies the fog lifted and it was amazing.
Nakiska is very family friendly. Lots of young kids and people pulling toboggans filled with kids and equipment. I swear I saw a snowboarder who was only 3 years old. The nice thing about this hill is they try to have different parts of the hill for different abilities. There is a run set aside for beginners and lots of steep for those who want to go fast. There were many people training and next week Nakiska will hold the Canadian snowboard speed nationals. Also, the park looks fun for those who like jumps and bumps. Overall, very worth the trip.

Visited March 2012
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“Great Fun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

I brought my daughter and niece skiing for the day and we had a blast! Lift ticket and rental prices are really reasonable and lessons are fantastic. The staff are knowledgable and quite helpful. My daughter wipped out and was taken care of by great staff who were able to quickly assess and treat her injured shoulder. The runs are well marked and there are diffrent levels of difficulty for each category (bronze, silver, gold, and olympic). The magic carpet (bunny hill) area is great for learning and easy to access. Overall a great day. We will be going back again, and this time bringing my young children for lessons and a day of family fun. Only 45 min from Calgary, so it's a great place to go for a day trip.

Visited March 2012
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“They really need to amp up the service!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2012

This was 3rd time there and always enjoyed the skiing but they dropped the ball in a couple of areas.

It took an hour to rent a pair of ski's, they didn't seem prepared at all to handle the volume but this is a critical part of their business, it was busy but not to the degree to justify an hour. The chalet up-mountain wasn't serving anything hot except soup & chili which was really disappointing. They did have a private function going on at lunch on the deck but no excuse to skinny the menu for the rest of the crowd. In both cases they should be able to anticipate the business volume and accomdate it.

We have always enjoyed the skiing here and that part was what we expected. Rentals and food, totally disappointing.

Visited March 2012
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