Alberta’s Rocky Mountains are once again ripe for winter activities such as skiing and ice climbing.


Alberta’s Rocky Mountains are once again ripe for winter activities such as skiing and ice climbing.

Skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, and ice climbing are once again available in Jasper, Banff, and Lake Louise.

I yelled, “Whoop! Ooh-whuh! No!” before collapsing once more.

Fortunately, the only thing I’d collide into during this adventure was a thick bed of snow, and we all laughed as I struggled to stand while wearing snowshoes.

I even managed to bring down a friend who came to my aid and helped me get back up.

Laughter erupted among us.

Our guide continued to lead us along a route through the trees that hug the shoreline of Banff National Park’s Lake Louise once we were ungracefully back on our feet.

While setting a trail in the fresh snow for us to follow, he pointed out lichen hanging from the trees as an indicator of how clean the air is, and he discovered pristine slopes between the trunks for us to enjoy breaking through with our feet (or bums, depending on individual sliding skills).

We stayed in the tree-covered areas because the wider snowy gaps along the lake can be dangerous, but the only real danger I faced was getting a wet glove.

We couldn’t have gotten here without a canoe in the summer, when the water was a brilliant turquoise, but it was completely frozen over right now.

It was even the site of a cross-country skiing competition.

The grand Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel was behind us, with a breathtaking view of the icy scene.

The massive arched windows that run the length of its ground floor look out over the vast lake, the surrounding white flecked mountains, and Mount Victoria, which is home to the glacier that feeds the lake’s waters.

I couldn’t take my eyes away from the scene.

It was February 2020, and only a few weeks before international borders were set to close.

However, now that Canada is open to UK visitors again, the five national parks and Rocky Mountains in Alberta’s western province are once again accessible and ready for winter adventures.

Our adventure began with a thrilling day of ice climbing in Jasper National Park.

After putting on boots, helmets, and crampons at the.

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Alberta’s Rocky Mountains are once again ripe for winter activities such as skiing and ice climbing.

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Canada’s Rocky Mountains in Alberta are ripe for winter adventures again, from skiing to ice climbing

When to go

The best time to climb the ice in Jasper is between December and March, while Banff’s ski season runs from mid-November to as late as May.

How to get there

Bon Voyage ( offers an 11-night fly-drive holiday to the Canadian Rockies from £2,395pp including return flights from London to Calgary, hotel accommodation and a 4×4 car hire rental as well as activities such as ice climbing day trip with Rockaboo Mountain Adventures, Jasper, showshoeing at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and tubing at Mt Norquay.

Where to stay

Mount Robson Inn,

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise,

Where to eat

Grab a hearty breakfast at the Juniper Hotel’s bistro ( in Banff before going tubing, or if you can take heights travel in a gondola up to the top Sulphur Mountain in Banff to eat at Sky Bistro (, 2,290m above sea level.

What to see and do

Rockaboo Mountain Adventures ( offers ice climbing in Jasper from C$600 for two.

Jasper Photo Tours offers night tours from C$150 (

Inflatable tubing in Mount Norquay costs C$42 ( ).

See an ice hockey game at the home of the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place stadium (, Edmonton, or drive out to Elk Island national park ( ) to see the bison or go winter camping.

More information

Fully vaccinated arrivals must present a negative PCR, NAT or Lamp test result (taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel). Unvaccinated under-12s can accompany vaccinated parents but must provide a PCR test on arrival and test on arrival and day five, avoiding public transport and wearing a mask throughout their stay. Under-fives exempt. Over-12s are subject to quarantine unless fully vaccinated.

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