Day 1 - Transfer to Kananaskis/Meet Trip Leaders /Warm-up ski/Welcome reception
All guests will meet in the main lobby of the Delta Bow
Valley hotel. Airport shuttles are available from Calgary International Airport
(YYC) to the Delta Bow Valley hotel. Shuttles depart from the airport every 30 minutes. Please visit the Allied
Shuttle counter on arrivals level near gate "C" between 8 am and
midnight 7 days per week. Outside of counter hours you may go directly to bus
bay #8. Please note: If you are unable to contact the shuttle vehicle in bay #8
outside of the counter hours please contact (403) 299-9555 to confirm pick up
time. The shuttle fare is CAD 15/person. The trip is about 11 miles and
will take 20-40 minutes depending on traffic and stops en-route. A taxi from
the airport to the hotel will cost approximately CAD 44.00. Parking is available in the “Parkade”
facility adjacent to the hotel. The
maximum daily rate is CAD 28.00. This is
a public facility and vehicles may be left for the duration of the tour.
At 10:00 am the VBT coach (look for the driver holding the
VBT sign) will depart for Kananaskis (about 63 miles, 1 hour 30 minutes).
Heading west from Calgary, we will pass from flat plains and into the region
called Kananaskis Country, a charming and historic outdoor recreation area in
the Canadian Rockies. Kananaskis Country
is a located west and southwest of Calgary, bordering the town of Canmore and
Banff National Park. It includes five provincial parks, four wildland
provincial parks, one ecological reserve and several provincial recreation
areas. It also encompasses the Canmore Nordic Centre, a world-class cross-country
ski facility built for the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.
After lunch on your own, you will meet your VBT Leaders at our
hotel in Kananaskis, the Delta Lodge. From here we walk next door to the ski
shop in Kananaskis, and get outfitted with our equipment for an afternoon warm-up
ski. Advanced skiers will head out onto the trails with recommendations from
the leaders, while beginner skiers have the opportunity for a lesson from the
leaders and/or the local instructors.
Later this afternoon we meet back at the hotel with time to
unpack and settle in. The Delta Lodge at
Kananaskis is an exclusive year-round mountain resort renowned for its
unparalleled one-on-one hospitality. At the Delta Lodge you’ll enjoy
picturesque scenery in a spectacular setting with all the service and amenities
that make it a world class destination resort. This evening we will
gather for a welcome cocktail reception in the hotel’s bar, followed by dinner
in the hotel’s restaurant.
Day 2 - Ski at Peter Lougheed Trails/Picnic lunch/Optional skating
Wake up and enjoy breakfast at the hotel followed by a
review of the day’s schedule.
The majesty of the Rockies unfolds as we ride to the nearby
trails at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. Here we enjoy a morning ski in the
classic technique, gliding in a winter wonderland of towering mountains, frozen lakes, evergreen valleys and glacial streams.
There are more than 50 miles of perfectly groomed trails to choose from.
Around noon we break
for lunch, then we can continue skiing and return to the Delta Lodge to
relax in the late afternoon. You might enjoy a facial or massage at the spa,
take a dip in the heated indoor saltwater pool, or just curl up in front of the
roaring fire in the lounge.
This evening dinner is on your own; there are several
restaurant choices right in the hotel, from Italian to casual Rocky Mountain
fare. For those wanting some fresh air and exercise after eating, head to the
hotel’s lit skating rink for a few spins around the ice. Skates can be rented
next door from Kananaskis Outfitters. Close the evening with a glass of wine
with other skiers in the hotel’s sports lounge or cozy pub.
Day 3 - Ski Olympic and World Cup trails in Canmore/Transfer to Banff
After breakfast at the hotel we load our bags and depart by
bus for the Canmore Nordic Center (1 hour).
Nordic Center was originally constructed for the 1988 Winter Olympics,
which hosted the biathlon and cross-country ski events. The center was re-developed for
the 2005 Cross-Country World Cup and future international events. The Nordic
Center hosts national training camps for Canada's biathlon and cross-country ski teams, in addition to
providing winter and summer recreational facilities to the general public. It
boasts some 37 miles (60 km) of world-class cross-country and biathlon trail
systems designed to meet international Nordic competitive standards. The trails
are groomed and tracked to accommodate both classic and skating techniques on
the same trail.
We will enjoy our
ski along the gentle and scenic Bow Valley Trail, stopping for a snack,
and to perhaps watch biathletes work on their target practice, or Olympic
athletes training in their backyards.
After skiing we
will take the shuttle to the town of Canmore for lunch on your own, followed by
a free afternoon for independent discovery and exploration. The old
downtown area is on an island in the Bow River. Pleasant, pedestrian-friendly
blocks are lined with shops, brewpubs, restaurants, and boutiques. The Canmore Museum
tells the story of the community from its days as a coal-mining camp to its
pinnacle as Olympic host. These days, more than 20 Olympians call Canmore home
including 2002 Gold Medalist Becky Scott. You can walk anywhere in town without
having to use a city street – the trails give the town a feeling of being
connected with the natural beauty that surrounds it. And the views from within
the town are about as good as they get: Canmore is surrounded by Grotto
Mountain, Mount Lady Macdonald, Mount Lawrence Grassi and most famously, the
After lunch and strolling the streets, we will depart for
Banff (30 minutes) and arrive to settle in at the Caribou Lodge. The Caribou Lodge is nestled in the outdoor
wonderland of Banff, and offers luxurious spa services and facilities as well
as decorative and comfortable accommodations.The lobby is dominated by a massive fieldstone
fireplace and displays hand-hewn timbers, ranch-style furnishings and original
alpine-scene artwork. Here you can relax for the afternoon or head out
for a 10-minute walk to explore the beautiful town of Banff.
Banff dazzles – not just with its chic cafes and luxury
shops, but its astounding mountain splendor. The park region is among the most
rugged and wild in the world with its jagged, snow-covered peaks. Skiing here
is world-class: the resorts of Mount Norquay, Sunshine Village, and the jewel
of the parks, Lake Louise, are among the largest ski areas on the planet, and site
of many World Cup alpine races.
Dinner tonight will be with the group at the Caribou Lodge,
in their well-known steakhouse, Keg Grill.
Day 4 - Exploration of local trails/Enjoy Banff Hot Springs
After breakfast we take the public ski bus to the Banff
Springs Hotel, where we will walk to the Spray River ski trail. The classic ski
trail winds through a pine forest and offers spectacular views of the Rockies.
After skiing, stop in at the Banff Springs Hotel for lunch on
your own or grab a bite in town on your way back to our hotel, the Caribou
Lodge. The afternoon is free for you to relax or explore in town. Before dinner
tonight, we transfer together to the famous Banff Hot Springs for a relaxing
dip in the outdoor facility. Banff Upper Hot Springs offers visitors the
opportunity to soak out-of-doors in soothing hot, 100% natural spring water,
surrounded by magnificent mountain views. The Banff Upper Hot Springs is one of
Banff's most famous attractions; discovered in 1884, the hot springs were the
centerpiece of Banff National Park, the first National Park in Canada.
Dinner tonight will be on your own.
Day 5 - Ski Beautiful Lake Louise
This morning we will enjoy breakfast in the hotel and then
transfer through rugged terrain from Banff to Lake Louise (about 38 miles, or 1
hour). We will arrive in Lake Louise and
ski from town to our hotel on the Tramline Trail. We will arrive in time for a group lunch at
our hotel, the Deer Lodge, followed by time to ski or explore in the
afternoon. The ski trails depart right
from the hotel.
Lake Louise is known as “Canada's Diamond in the
Wilderness,” beloved for its tremendous diversity of recreational and
sightseeing opportunities. The region abounds with spectacular scenery, from
glaciers to waterfalls, and is also home to one of North America's finest
downhill ski areas. We arrive at the Deer Lodge and have time to relax. Perhaps
you'll enjoy the sauna, or soak in the rooftop hot tub with fabulous views of
the Victoria Glacier.
After your afternoon ski or exploration in town, you are
free to enjoy dinner on your own.
Day 6 - Ski Lake Louise/Local exploration
Following our breakfast and trail review at the hotel, we
enjoy a relaxed morning ski on the Lake Louise trails. Afterwards, you can grab
lunch at a restaurant in Lake Louise or enjoy a bite at our hotel. The
afternoon is free to spend more time exploring the area. Perhaps you'll choose
to rent alpine ski equipment for a run down the famous Lake Louise World Cup
Downhill trails, or opt for a more relaxed afternoon at the hotel spa.
We’ll meet back at the hotel in the late afternoon for a
stroll to the Lake Louise Stables for a twilight sleigh ride. Marvel at the spectacular scenery we enjoy
from the ski trails while letting the horses do the work.
After our sleigh ride, we’ll enjoy a special farewell dinner
at our hotel.
Day 7 - Transfer to Calgary
Our tour ends today in Calgary. Following a group breakfast
at the Deer Lodge, you will say goodbye to your Trip Leaders and board the
coach for a 9am transfer from Lake Louise back to Calgary (about 128 miles, or 2-21/2
hours). You’ll arrive at the Calgary Airport (YYC) around noon. Guests who
drove to the Delta Bow Valley Hotel will be dropped at the hotel, arriving
around 1:00 pm.