Alberta has some of the most beautiful landscapes and challenging, exhilarating skiing in the world. The best part is that you can experience it all within a couple hours drive of Calgary. There are numerous international flights flying into Calgary on a daily basis and flight times from Seattle or Vancouver are about an hour, 4 hours from Toronto and 4 1/2 from New York. If you choose to drive and enjoy the dramatic scenery along the way, it's 3 hours from Edmonton, 2.5 hours from the US border and 6.5 hours from Saskatoon. Stay downtown Calgary and experience urban living in a modern vacation condo rental or larger family house rental. Owner Direct offers a variety of options and prices to suit every taste and price range. The closest resort is within Calgary city limits just off the Trans Canada Highway. Canada Olympic Park truly has an activity for everyone to experience, from introductory lessons to riding a super-pipe. You may even find yourself skiing or snowboarding next to World Cup level athletes and Olympians as this is where many of them train. Nakiska Mountain is also easily accessible from the city, as you can drive and be on the mountain within an hour from Calgary. Nakiska was the site of the 1988 Winter Olympics and offers some of the best skiing and trails in the Rockies.
Marmot Mountain is located in Jasper National Park northwest of Calgary. Come and experience the unbelievable beauty of the rugged and jagged Rocky Mountains, frozen lakes and waterfalls as well as diverse wildlife. Jasper is large enough to offer something for everyone, but people really come here to experience the friendly, laid-back, uncrowded mountain. A scenic drive, 2.5 hours southwest of Calgary lies Castle Mountain. Nestled in the mountains, this wonderful mountain rewards you with plenty of powder, uncrowded lift lines and an amazing 5km run. Considered by some as "Canada's best skiing" and the Rockies biggest skiing is in Banff National Park. Lake Louise located in Banff offers unique landscapes, terrain and challenge over 4,200 skiable acres that will leave you wanting more. Consider renting a vacation rental home at the mountain, relax, unwind and enjoy being surrounded by such awe-inspiring beauty. Just outside of Banff is Sunshine Village. This mountain has it all; up to 30 ft in annual snow, over 3,300 skiable acres serviced by 12 lifts and over 107 runs. Mt. Norquay, is a great family resort is only 5 minutes from Banff National Park. The benefit of these resorts is that you truly have the option of staying slopeside in your own vacation rental accommodation, such as a cozy chalet, condo or family home. Or stay in Calgary and get the best of both worlds, outdoor adventure by day and Calgary cowboy nightlife in the evening. Booking your vacation rental condo, chalet or home through Owner Direct is easy and stress-free, so start your adventure now.