Former Olympic alpine venue adds a tube run

Nakiska Ski Resort steps up its game as it becomes a leading recreational hot spot for outdoor enthusiasts, including people who prefer tubing.

The ski resort that hosted to the 1988 Winter Olympics for the Alpine events has branched out this year, by adding a tube run to its traditional ski and snowboard runs.

“I’m actually surprised with Nakiska this year. They have brought in more opportunity and new approaches to skiing and riding,” said snowboarder Krista Hammond.

Nakiska has always been popular with Calgary skiers and boarders. It’s just a short 45-minute drive from the city limits making it the closest mountain to the city.

Other competitors such as Mount Norquay and Sunshine are also popular destinations as some people believed they were superior to Nakiska because they were deeper in the mountains, making for better runs and more fresh snow.

Nakiska Ski Resort has been raising its game, however, by offering everyone in the family something, even if they don’t ski or snowboard. This year, the new attraction is Tube Town.

Tube Town is located beside the kids’ beginner hill and is in close proximity to the rental centre.

“I wasn’t aware Nakiska had a Tube Town until we got here. I loved it, even my dad who doesn’t ski anymore had the time of his life,” said mother of two Jane Harris.

Anyone looking for fun, laughs, and a new experience is welcome to ride the tubes down the snow-covered slopes.

Admission to Tube Town is not included in the lift ticket price but it is still affordable for the family budget.

Tube Town is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Admission is $19 for an adult, $17 for a youth/senior, and $15 for a child.

Another attraction is that people learning to ski or snowboard who just want to practice on the beginner hill can ski/ride for free.

The beginner hill includes two magic carpets – a conveyor belt that makes it easier to get up the short hill.

Children under the age of 6 ski for free all day on any run on the mountain.

People who don’t ski can participate in the activities offered by the hotels located in Kananaskis Village located five minutes from the ski resort.

The village offers many amenities including a spa and many outdoor activities such as skating, snowshoeing, hiking and sledding.

“It’s nice that the village offers more than just riding the mountain. I am too old to ski, but I love to skate, so I drop my kids off at the mountain every Saturday and I hit the rink for some skating,” said Trevor Smith of Calgary.

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Tubetastic Susan Morike takes her first ride down Tube Town at the Nakiska Ski Resort on Feb. 1. It was her first experience on the newest addition of the ski resort.(Photo by Samantha Gadd/The Press)
Tubetastic Susan Morike takes her first ride down Tube Town at the Nakiska Ski Resort on Feb. 1. It was her first experience on the newest addition of the ski resort.(Photo by Samantha Gadd/The Press)

 

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