Bundle Up, Bring a Friend and Learn to Ski This Winter Just Like Me
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My parents didn’t have the opportunity to learn how to ski or snowboard growing up. They lived in Vietnam meaning there was no snow. But they’d read about this popular Canadian winter pastime, and they’d seen photos in books in school. It looked cold, my mom recalled.
When they arrived in Canada in the 1980s, they didn’t get a chance to hit the slopes. They were learning English, they were working multiple jobs, they were doing what they could to ensure their kids (my two brothers and I) could have a good life. And we did!
Part of that good life meant getting the opportunity to try things our parents never did, like skiing and snowboarding. My brothers and I leaned towards snowboarding growing up and although we only went occasionally over the years, sometimes on smaller, more accessible hills in the city, sometimes in the mountains, just a quick drive away. Anytime we did hit the slopes, we felt so thrilled and lucky to be there. Skiing and snowboarding are just one of those quintessentially Canadian things you’ve just got to try, and you can try almost anywhere in the country but especially on hills all over Alberta.
When You Go
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WinSport - This is the place so many new Calgarians and residents of nearby communities learn to ski. It's accessible right in the northwest of the city. If offers an array of classes for all ages and abilities.
Lake Louise Mountain Resort - In the heart of the Canadian Rockies, besides great skiing and snow, there's another reason people come here. It's home some of the best views you'll find in Canada. The Lakes' ski school has a variety on instructors who collectively speak over 17 languages.
Nakiska Ski Resort - This ski and snowboard destination was built specifically to host the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics and is only 45 minutes from Calgary. How cool would it be to learn at a legacy spot like this? Its ski school for kids ages three to adults makes learning to ski or board a snap.
Snow Valley - set within the middle of Edmonton’s river valley, come learn to ski or snowboard here for an urban outdoor winter experience few cities in the world can offer.
Every heard of Nordic skiing yet? Head cross country on some skinny skis that will get you to places full of winter AWEsome. What about snow tubing, ever tried that yet? Or how about snowshoeing in the mountains - there are so many options available next to downhill skiing or snowboarding that will build confidence and make you a better Albertan.
Tonight I’m learning how to ski for the 1st time with @SnowValleySki & #SnowSeekers!!! I’m taking lessons then hitting slopes all across Alberta as a travel correspondent for @IAmASnowSeeker! ?? Stay tuned for tips & winter adventure giveaways!! #yeg #yegwinter #explorealberta pic.twitter.com/pOs97gz0b0— Linda Hoang ? (@lindork) December 4, 2019
Did you know?
Are you looking to learn how to ski or how to snowboard? Here are some awesome tips and tricks that will make your experience that much easier.
Are you looking to head to more than just one mountain? Take advantage of SkiBig3's Guided Adventures that will take you to 3 resorts in 3 days.
WinSport, in Northwest Calgary, makes it easy for first timers, with WinSport's first time ski or snowboard programs. Learn more here.
Make sure to check out our #NewSkiAB Expedition page to learn great tips to get you confident on the slopes.
Are you thinking about learning to ski this year? Share this page with your snow-loving, fun-loving friends and start planning.