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Reviews for Nakiska Ski Area
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All Mountain Terrain
Skied here yesterday and the snow was great. Best snow was on the edges of the runs along the trees. Sunny and warm, (5c) short lift lines. We saw a Lynx run across the run as we were approaching the top on the Silver chair.... Full Review
Seeing this hill opened for the season in November we figured mid December would have decent conditions. This was not the case. Only a few runs open, many of which getting crowded with beginners. Runs at the top of the gold chair were icy. Have never seen as many people fall and slide down for meters as on the run just right off the gold chair. One day the silver chair was having issues and didn't open, even further limiting terrain. I almost never leave a hill but I did leave nakiska on my seoncd day after 2.5 hours. No side hits. Terrain park not even close to opening day. Glades are rocky and icy. There's man made snow on some runs but almost no natural snow on the bottom half of the mountain.... Full Review
Great family resort.
Snow depth was posted as 131cm. Most of the advanced run had snow snakes everywhere with earlier season conditions. Does not have double black another false post. Has good glade skiing.... Full Review
Nakiska is great when it has snow! Chinooks coming over the mountains can result in an icier experience than I care for, but no hill has perfect conditions all the time.
We are just coming off the hill as I type this. 2 tickets at Costco cost us 150 bucks and the hill had received nearly 60 cm of snow in the last 48 hours. It was awesome.
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Up front, I am a 20 year+ snowboarder, I like to ride "skateboard like" features, natural and park, as well as powder and fast groomers. So based on this I'll give you my 2 cents worth on my home mountain. I've held a seasons pass at Nakiska for a few years now, it's great value for the money, ($300.00 can for an adult pass), it pays off in 3 visits. The average travel time from Calgary is less than 1 hour, less driving, more riding. The hill is fast as it was designed and built for the 88 winter Olympics. It has great lifts, and excellent snow making, so there is always coverage on the runs, but with out natural snow in the mix, it tends to get icy. The terrain on the front side is challenging for the new and intermediate riders/skiers, but advanced riders & skiers will find it a little boring as there is little to no natural features or tree runs and it is always groomed cord. With that said, the front is still great for carving and speed runs. The far side Monster glades are new and have plenty of natural features and tree runs, so that makes up for the front side. The terrain park is well laid out, has lots of rails and boxes, a few jumps and can be fun too if your into park riding. The lodge is great, parking is ample and free, the lodge food is good, and the lifts are fast with short lines. A great family mountain, good value and close to home. Some people complain about the mountain, but I believe you get out of it what you put in. If you explore the whole mountain you will find some hidden gems (and some not so hidden!) and cool lines to put a smile on your face. I never leave the mountain dissapointed, always a good day at Nakiska. If you are ever in Calgary, check it out.... Full Review
Great place for those who like to carve big wide turns. The lifts are quick and the runs and maps easy to follow. Food is good but overpriced for the quality compared to other resorts in the area. ... Full Review
Very disappointing to travel to this ice covered hill and then have only half of the hill open and only 1 chairlift open on a busy Friday!! Avoid this hill until March!!... Full Review
There is no rule to put loggages/baskets/ belongings in storage/locker areas. People just drop and leave all their bags/ loggages and food baskets everywhere on the floor, under or on the tables. All hangers are full of bagpacks that people leave and gone for ski. There was no room for two of us to sit and have a sandwich since under all tables were full. It is crazy that there is no role for storing belongings and lockers!!!... Full Review
Had a bite to eat mid mountain staff sucked they couldn't talk or something i dont know but they just grunted at you terible service will never stop mid mountain again ..not to mention the hamburger was the worst I ever had and it cost me 8 dollars and 45 cents overall experience mid mountain sucked big time ... Full Review
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