We’re making some exciting ‘behind the scene’ upgrades over the summer to our snowmaking system including rerouting & cooling!
Step one of our new snowmaking pump house is to reroute the existing pipe. Pictures show us putting the new pipe together, ready for trench and back filling. Once done the new pump house will allow us to make snow in one continuous trail from the top of the gold chair to the day lodge.
The photo on the right is of our new closed loop cooling system for the snowmaking compressors, prior to this the compressors were cooled using water, eliminating this saves 800 gallons per minute. That water is now available to go up the hill for snow production and is no longer dumped back into the river.
Did you know?
Depending on the time of year the system can produce between 1 and 2 feet of snow over an acre in an hour. In terms of football fields, (the north American variety and including the end zones), we can cover one of them in between an hour and a half and 45 minutes!
Read more about our Commitment to the Environment.
While some people might not be very excited by the Farmer’s Almanac prediction of having a ‘harsh and cold’ winter, here at Nakiska Ski Area we’re looking forward to it! The Old Farmer’s Almanac has been published since 1792 and using over 200 years of weather data, makes predictions for the upcoming seasons each year when it’s released on the second Tuesday in September, with this winter being forecasted as colder & snowier.
Jack Burnett, editor of the Farmer’s Almanac appeared on CTV’s Canada AM recently and said we are in for “the T-Rex of winters”. To check out the full predictions visit this CTV article.
Here’s to hoping that prediction holds true, help motivate Mother Nature and start doing your snowdance. Post your snowdance pics & videos using #skiclose and start the anticipation of winter now!
Fernie Alpine Resort & Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in British Columbia have both opened for their summer seasons! Visit Fernie Alpine Resort this summer to experience lift accessed Hiking & Mountain Biking, or try the Aerial Park and a visit to Nature Bob’s Interpretive Centre. At Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, climb Terminator’s Peak on the NEW Via Ferrata feature, or enjoy the only Gondola accessed hiking & biking in the region. Have a Nakiska season pass? Give us a call to inquire about your season passholders vacation discount, vacation specialists and standing by to book your summer getaway at 1-800-258-7669!
It’s your last chance to take advantage of our Earlybird Season Pass & Ski School sale. Sale ends on Saturday, June 27th! Order Online now!
Posted June 2015
The deal that took the entire industry by surprise last season has returned for the 2015/2016 ski season! With a season pass at Nakiska just $199 during the Earlybird Season pass sale again guests as well as media have noticed.
“AWESOME NEWS!!!! Am amazing opportunity for family fitness!”
– Kathy P.
“Thank you! We had so much fun here last year and will be getting passes again!”
– Jennifer L.
“Definitely buying this again and getting one for my daughter. I got out about 10 times last season because of this pass. It was the most I’ve ever skied in a year.”
– Drew S.
“Thank you sooooo much!!!”
– Irene B
“Area ski hill compete as Nakiska slashes season pass price by more than $600…again”
Read on Calgaryherald.com
“Alberta ski hills Nakiska and Norquay slash season pass prices”
Read on CBC.ca
“Canada Super Deal”
Read on snowhq.com
You didn’t read that wrong! This season, purchase the $199 Nakiska Adult Season Pass during our Earlybird sale and ride Nakiska all season long with no blackout dates!
Other money saving offers at Nakiska include;
Family Season Pass
Purchase a Nakiska family season pass during our Earlybird sale for just $499. With a family of 4 that takes just 2 visits to pay off, worth it!
The Grade 2 Funpass
Get those little ones on the slopes early! All children in Grade 2 (or 7 years old), can get a Grade 2 Funpass, valid at Nakiska Ski Area, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Fernie Alpine Resort and Kimberley Alpine Resort for just $20! Valid all season long and (you guessed it), no blackout dates! Buy online or drop by anytime throughout the season to pick one up.
Tube Park Pass
The Wanidu Tube Park is the newest adventure at Nakiska Ski Area. This season, you can tube all season with a Tube Park pass, just $199 for a family (even less with a family season pass purchase, add it on before checking out of the new webstore for further savings)!
Anyone who is 80 or older and still skiing deserves benefits! Pick up your season pass for just $59, use it all season without blackout dates. Purchase online or by calling 1-800-258-7669.
Wings Gear Lease Program Returns on or before 17th April 2016.
If Equipment is not returned, before the cut off date, credit cards will be charged $99+GST at that point.
NEW this season with your Nakiska season pass purchase, you can ‘add on’ two tickets at your choice of Fernie Alpine Resort, Kimberley Alpine Resort or Kicking Horse Mountain Resort for just $59.95 (regular value up to $179.90)! Don’t forget to add it onto your pass before you check out!
Purchase your pass online or give us a call at 1-800-258-7669 to purchase over the phone.
Wintergreen Golf & Country Club, in Bragg Creek, started the golf season early, opening on April 24th! Book your Tee Time online or call 403-949-3333, head out this weekend to check out the Mother’s Day specials in the Pro Shop and have treat her to a meal in the Clubhouse.
2014/2015 Season Passholders can print off their coupon to use at Wintergreen Golf & Country Club from the Members Benefit website.
As the 2014-2015 season at Nakiska begins to wind down, we have taken a step back to reflect on what has happened over the last year. In June 2014 we offered a groundbreaking deal on our season’s passes, which proved to be an incredible success. Our goal was to get people back outside and on the slopes, and we were thrilled when so many people took advantage of our special offer. We recently received this letter from Dave, and he agreed to let us share it with you all:
I just wanted to take the time to thank you and the team at RCR for making the decision to offer 2014-15 Nakiska passes at such an amazing rate this year.
After a dozen years of not being a regular skier, your promotion finally got me out of the habit of staying indoors, all weekend, during the winter. Because of the reduced rate I was able to get new gear for me and put my two girls (5 and 7) into lessons. We were out at the hill yesterday and they finished 10 runs! As a life-long Calgarian (a unicorn, I know) I can honestly say that I’ve come to appreciate Nakiska more than ever.
I’m not sure what the plans are at RCR for 2015/16 but I do hope you’re able to keep the early-bird rates at Nakiska low-enough for our family to take advantage again. Knowing how much my kids have taken a liking to skiing I have a feeling we will be able to do a weekend trip to Fernie next winter. And who knows, I may even be able to convince my wife to give skiing another try!
Again, in case you haven’t been getting enough kudos this season (I know there have been some challenges) I just wanted to let you and the team know how much Nakiska is appreciated.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. See you on the slopes!
Marketing Manager, Mount Royal University
Dave, we couldn’t be more thrilled that you took skiing up again this year and introduced your children into the sport, thank you for sharing your story. We’ve received many letters like this and are proud that we hit the mark with our pass sale and helped bring people back to skiing.
It’s letters like this that put a smile on our faces when we come to work in the morning!
If you are interested in staying in the loop regarding our season’s pass sales for the 2015-2016 season, make sure you subscribe to our newsletter.
Also make sure to check the snow report for the latest conditions as we continue with spring skiing, events and a live DJ on the patio every weekend. Thank you to everyone of our season’s pass holders who joined us this winter and we look forward to seeing everyone again next season!
Manager ,Group Sales, Marketing, and Events