#ABWays2Winter – Come play in the snow with these incentives
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We can’t count the number of activities you can get up to in the west central region of Alberta this winter – and all of them good for the mind, body and soul.
After all, most of us are staying close to home this year and looking to put some fun into our days, or maybe even trying something new, like Nordic skiing which is having a moment, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice fishing and skiing or boarding. Any of these sports will get you out into Alberta’s beautiful wintry landscapes.
You don't have to go far outside of Edson to find incredibly beautiful cross-country ski trails, set amid stands of towering aspens and fir trees. Hornbeck Cross-Country Ski Area, about 15 minutes outside of town, has about 40 kms of marked and groomed trails for new and intermediate Nordic skiers. There's a high chance of wildlife sightings like moose, deer and the Great Horned Owl. You'll also find a warming hut with a wood-burning stove.
Get a trail map here and make a weekend out of your trail blazing.
Looking for a quick escape to experience outstanding cross-country skiing and spectacular landscapes? The Pembina Nordic Ski Club, located near Drayton Valley in Eagle Point Provincial Park, boasts 18 km of well-maintained classic and skate skiing trails for all skill levels.
With the scenic North Saskatchewan River as your backdrop, skiers will enjoy beautiful vistas with exceptional amenities including two chalets, picnic areas, fire bowls and a three-season disc golf course. Those who would like to try snowshoeing are welcome to do so on designated trails. This is an active club that welcomes new members with affordable membership fees, but also loves to welcome guests. For more information, check out their Facebook Page or register for a membership here.
Looking to stay the weekend? Be sure to mention #SkiNorthAB at the time of booking at any of the Drayton Valley Hospitality & Tourism Authority partner hotels for preferred rates.
Hinton has top level cross-country ski trails, a network of biking trails for fat biking, beautiful scenic winter hikes and more. Combine your #SkiNorthAB adventures in Hinton with some great deals!
Vicious Cycle - 10% off second day rentals with proof of prior rental the day before
Hinton Nordic Centre - $10 day pass to 35km groomed cross-country ski trails
Days Inn by Wyndham Hinton - 15% off the rate of the day
Holiday Inn / Holiday Inn Express & Suites - room rates starting at $84.99
The Quality Inn & Suites in Hinton - 10% off room stay with proof of purchase from the Hinton Nordic Centre.
Super 8 by Wyndham Hinton - 10% off basic rate
Book your Hinton #SkiNorthAB adventure - find all the details here to get started.
Rocky Mountain House
You could spend a lifetime of winters in the Rocky Mountain House area and never exploring the vast number of trails.
Laura Button is an avid Nordic skier and program co-ordinator of the Rocky Mountain House Cross Country Ski Club.
Here are her favourite places to clip into her skis:
The Rocky Mountain House Cross Country Ski Club maintains 7km of skate and classic trail at the Pine Hills Golf Club. Trails are groomed with the first snowfall and are kept in great shape all season. She loves the 7-km loop with several cut-backs and making for a great workout.
The Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site interpretive centre is closed to public in winter, but the grounds are open year-round for walkers, snowshoers and skiers. Skied-in and trackset tracks start just inside the gate at the Bison paddock. Two to 3-km loops wind through the fields and along the banks of the North Saskatchewan River.
Three more Nordic skiing spot that Button recommends are. For more details on these spots, check out the Nordegg Community Association Facebook page.
- Pony Club/Twin Lakes Trail
- Crimson Lake Provincial Park
- Nordegg at both the Nordegg Golf Course and Shunda Creek Campground, about 90 kms from Rocky Mountain House.
Quote #ABWays2Winter to get 10% off your room at The Walking Eagle Inn (includes free hot breakfast for 2)
Make Whitecourt the basecamp for all your winter activities: rip around Alberta's snowmobile capital, ski at EastLink Park, or snowshoe or cross-country ski in silence through stands of towering pines. Check out these top spots in the area to get your winter on:
- Nordic skiing: Whitecourt Golf & Country club classic and skate skiing trails winding through treed trails along the Athabasca River.
- Downhill skiing and snowboarding: Eastlink Park offers great beginner-intermediate skiing and snowboarding terrain, a large terrain park and some fun glades too!
- Ice skating: head to Rotary Park Pond for ice skating by day or night. Bonfires, an interactive playground, trail system and a winter picnic area make this the perfect spot for a family outing.
The Kanata Inn Whitecourt
Book a stay* for Thurs, Fri, Sat or Sunday and receive:
- 10% off room rate
- $10 Gift Card to Mr. Mikes
(*Discount not applicable for stays on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday.)