great mountain to learn, close to calgary, excellent chairlifts, gets hit with upsloping storms
terrain is more begginer-ish, man made snow can be icy, lots of grooming
If i was learning to ski or snowboard and lived in calgary surley getting a season pass at nakiska would be a good idea. It is relatively cheap, and the chair lift system is very, very good, the lifts gently push you onto a flat... which is nice when learning how to snowboard. the runs are wide and groomed and the bottom half of the mountain is picture perfect for learning. This is an ideal family mountain in my opinion, and the views are nice too. There are a few flat spots on the bottom half of nakiska, i would recommend that you stay on the skiiers right of the mountian for learning.
Many advanced riders think nakiska is a learner mountain and snub it. They will go to bigger mountains like sunshine or lake louise, what some people do not relize is that during an upsloping storm Nakiska acutally gets hit harder than any ski hill local to the calgary area. This was the case a few weeks ago, it was fantastic... You could not take the grin off my face, the mountain held amazing snow for about 4 hours, and it was great.
In short, Nakiska is the place to be to learn to snowboard, if you are with a family, if you are a skiier who loves groomed runs, or during an upsloping storm