Nakiska is nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies in picturesque Kananaskis Country, only 45 minutes from the vibrant city of Calgary.
Nakiska was home to the Calgary ’88 Olympic Alpine events, and today, skiers and riders enjoy Olympic-length runs that are groomed to perfection. Nakiska is a family-friendly resort. A secure beginner’s area with friendly ski school staff means the kids can enjoy lessons for the day while you explore Nakiska’s challenging upper mountain.
At the end of your ski day, pamper yourself at one of the hotels in Kananaskis Village, only five minutes away from Nakiska. Soak tired muscles in the Jacuzzi, curl up next to the fireplace with a book, or indulge in fabulous food!
Lifts are just steps away from the full-service day lodge. Nakiska also makes a great host for corporate events, ski clubs and meetings.
Calgary’s closest mountain
- Located just 45 minutes west of Calgary.
- Canada’s Olympic Mountain – Host of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games
- Wide-open, corduroy-groomed runs.
- World-class dining, accommodation and spas in Kananaskis Village, including the Delta Lodge at Kananaskis.
- A great variety of learn to ski programs for both children and adults.
- Official Alpine Canada Alpin National Training Centre
n. The Cree word “Nakiska”, which means “to meet”, was chosen to designate the ski resort in its birth as the host of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games XV alpine events.
Ever wonder what some of Nakiska’s runs were named after?
Named for Alberta’s northern Peace River country.
Mighty Peace Olympic Fact: The upper portion of the trail is part of the Olympic Men’s Downhill Course
Named for the training facilities the 1988 Winter Olympic Games brought to Alberta
Named for Cattle rustlers who had to move quickly to escape the NWMP (later named RCMP). This helped earn the RCMP the reputation for “always getting their man”
Named after Fort Whoop Up, the earliest and most notorious of the whiskey trading posts. It was built in 1869 by J.J Healy and A.B Hamilton. Whoop-Up was brought under control shortly after RCMP arrived in the summer of 1874 to end the illegal whiskey trade. Whoop Up Olympic Fact: It served as the Men?s Olympic Giant Slalom Trail.
Walking Buffalo – Named for Alberta most famous Stoney Chief. He was leader of the Bearspaw Band. Mt Allan lies in the heart of the Stony Tribes traditional hunting grounds
Eagle Tail – Named for a Peigan Chief of the last century, Chief Sitting on An Eagle Tail. His name has been abbreviated for Nakiska’s uppermost slope.
Eagle Tail Olympic Fact: Part of the challenging Olympic Men’s Downhilll run and is accessible from the Gold Chair. Find out what other runs were part of the Olympics on our Olympics: 1988 The Legacy page.
Elbow – Named after the southern Alberta River which flows through Kananaskis Country
Chinook & Blizzard – Are acknowledgments to Alberta’s unique climate
Red Crow – Named after a Blood Chief who was a Treaty Seven signatory in 1887.
Bulls Head – for a Sarcee Chief
Sundance – Named after the Plains tribes’ ceremonial dance
Little Hunter & Sweetgrass – Both named after Cree Chiefs
Crowfoot & Old Sun – Named after Blackfoot Chiefs
Good Stoney By Pass – for a Stoney Chief
Powderface – for a prominent Stoney Family
Chinki – for a Stoney Chief
Bobtail – named after a Plains Chief
Click for an Online Version of the Nakiska Trail Map.