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Get Your K-Country Fix This Winter

Being situated in the heart of Kananaskis Country comes with many great perks. Although golf might not be an option during these frosty winter months, the trade-off, along with the snow-capped mountain views are more than desirable. 

If you’re anything like us, staying cooped up when it’s cold out is not an option. Although we will take a cup of hot cocoa by the fireplace any day, it’s in our blood to head outdoors, breathe in the fresh mountain air, and have some good old-fashioned fun. 

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Whether it’s with the family, a group of friends, or your significant other, there are many ways you can make the most out of the winter season and embrace the chilly weather. We challenge you to put on your warmest layers and head out to Kananaskis Country to begin crossing off your winter bucket list, amidst the picture-perfect surroundings of the Rocky Mountains. Don’t forget your camera! 

Try Your Hand at Dog Sledding 

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It’s never too late to pick up a new skill! Especially when it means hanging out with a crew of fun-loving doggos. Boundary Ranch and Mad Dog & Englishmen Dog Sledding Tours have collaborated to provide a unique adventure that allows you to see the Kananaskis from a different perspective. Jump on the back of the sled and try your hand as a real musher, or take in the views from the cozy confines of the sled – the choice is yours. 

On the tour, you’ll learn how dog sledding played an important role in Alberta’s history as you whiz past an authentic Teepee encampment, The Trappers Cabin, and a resident Bison heard. Once you arrive at your final destination you’ll have the opportunity to tell stories around the campfire as you munch on golden marshmallows, sip on hot chocolate, and enjoy the moment of this unique all-Canadian experience! 

Refresh, Relax, Reset, Repeat  

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Kananaskis Nordic Spa is a much-needed apres-treat after a long day of adventuring in the outdoors. Alternatively, it’s also the perfect spot to bring a book and hang out for the day as you experience the restoring and invigorating effects of hydrotherapy in the midst of a picturesque alpine setting. Make your way through the cycle of pools (hot, warm, cold), exfoliate your skin with an essential oil infused salt scrub, and embrace a moment of bliss, relaxation, and true rejuvenation in the Canadian Rockies. 

Head Out on a Snow-Filled Adventure 

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There are so many ways to experience the magical charm of Kananaskis, so why not let a trusted guide show you some of the hidden gems. Whether you’re a snow bunny trying out a new activity, or a seasoned snow seeker looking for a thrill, Kananaskis Outfitters offers equipment rental and thrilling tours for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and fat biking. Embrace the snow-laden trails as you experience a magical winter wonderland during the day or under the stars. You might even catch a glimpse of the northern lights! 

Spend a Day on the Slopes  

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Originally built to accommodate the 1988 Olympics, Nakiska Ski Hill has seen its fair share of talent on its slopes. This family-friendly ski hill has runs that will accommodate any ski or snowboard ability while challenging you to take your skills that extra step further. Plus, it’s a fantastic way to work on your golf legs stay in shape for May – just saying! 

Warm Your Belly with a Handcrafted Cocktail 

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Beaudean McQueen, Head Bartender at the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge shakes, muddles, and blends delicious handcrafted delights that are seasonally curated and made with many local spirits and provisions. He might only figuratively light the bar on fire, but it is highly likely that he’ll set your drink a flame, depending on which concoction you order. The Blacktail Baris located in the central portion of the lodge and offers tasty culinary bites that you can munch on as you enjoy the ambiance of mountain living by a toasty campfire. Head there for a nightcap to recount your adventures from the day, or spend a night or two (or five) in the heart of Kananaskis. 

Embark on a Peaceful Mountain Hike

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Whether you prefer snowshoes or spikes, there are plenty of trails that are weaved through the heart of K-Country that offer spectacular mountain views and majestic experiences through hidden waterfalls and narrow-walled canyons. Enjoy the peace and quiet as you take in the mountain air and enjoy a day unplugged, miles away from the hustle and bustle. 

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