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ABOUT NAKISKA
 

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

 

Nakiska History

Nakiska: (Na?kiss?ka)
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?

Mighty Peace
Named for Alberta's northern Peace River country.
Might Piece Olympic Fact: The upper portion of the trail is part of the Olympic Men's Downhill Course

Legacy
Named for the training facilities the 1988 Winter Olympic Games brought to Alberta

Rustler
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"

Whoop Up
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.

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.

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