What to Do in the Mountains in February

This month, go speed dating on a chairlift, attend a Fernie Pride conference, sample beer in Jasper and more.

Photograph courtesy of Alberta Beer Festivals.

Shop at Columbia Sportswear’s first Alberta store

Alberta’s first standalone Columbia Sportswear store officially opened in late January in the Cascade Shops in Banff. The store carries outerwear, sportswear, footwear and accessories for men and women.

M9, 317 Banff Ave., Banff, 587-443-0100, columbia.com


Go night skiing during the Torchlight Ski & Dinner event 

When: February 3

If you’re looking for after-dark skiing in Lake Louise, you can add this “ultimate après ski party” to your to-do list. Enjoy drinks, appetizers, dinner and entertainment, followed by skiing and snowboarding by torchlight, at Lake Louise Ski Resort on February 3 from 3:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The family-friendly event takes place on the slopes and in the Whitehorn Bistro and Sitzmark Lounge. Tickets can be purchased online and include a complimentary single-use lift ticket as well as the drinks, appetizers, buffet dinner and entertainment.

1 Whitehorn Road, Lake Louise, 1-877-956-8473, skilouise.com


Attend the Queer Out Here Conference in Fernie

When: February 9 to 12

Hosted by the Fernie Pride Society, the Queer Out Here Conference is a weekend packed with social activities such as Fernie Alpine Resort’s Big Gay Ski Day, pop-up markets and a spin class, in between facilitated discussions and workshops. Join members and allies of the 2SLGBTQ+ community and hear speakers touch on topics like gender, mental health, conflict resolution, faith and sexuality and more. Registration is required. Weekend ticket packages or single event tickets can be purchased online.



Drink up at the Jasper Beer & Spirits Festival

When: February 10 to 12

The annual Jasper Beer & Spirits Festival is back with a weekend of tastings from a variety of breweries and distilleries, including Meta Brewing, The Fort Distillery and Wîsakipakos – Indigenous Bitters. Seminars and activities that range from snowshoeing and yoga to hockey and hiking will take place during the day on Saturday, while “Grand Tastings,” which include food and beverage samples, will be held on the Friday and Saturday night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The weekend winds up with an awards ceremony on Sunday (with an option to purchase a ticket for a Super Bowl Party starting at 4 p.m.).

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, 1 Old Lodge Road, Jasper, 780-852-3301, albertabeerfestivals.com


Go speed dating on a chairlift at Mount Norquay

When: February 11

Love is in the air at Mount Norquay with Lifts of Love, a unique take on speed dating. This casual event runs from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and is open to anyone looking for a Valentine or even just a friend for the slopes. Get to know your lift-mate during your chairlift ride, and when you reach the end of the ride, you can choose to continue the conversation or head back to the bottom and spark a conversation with someone new. Lifts of Love will be followed by an après-ski mixer at the Lone Pine Pub, with bingo, a live DJ and food and beverage specials. Registration is required. Tickets can be pre-purchased online or purchased at the door and include your lift ticket.

2 Mt. Norquay Road, Banff, 403-762-4421, banffnorquay.com


Take the Champagne Powder Shuttle Bus to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort


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A new shuttle bus with daily, direct service between the Calgary International Airport and Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, B.C. is now available until April 2, 2023. The shuttle departs Kicking Horse daily at 10:30 a.m. and departs the Calgary Airport daily at 5:30 p.m. Tickets include two pieces of luggage plus a carry-on bag and can be booked online.



Watch Room 333 at ArtsPlace in Canmore

When: February 15 and 16

One Yellow Rabbit’s Room 333 travels to Canmore following a showing in Calgary as part of High Performance Rodeo. A blend of text, movement, sound and light, the 60-minute performance by artist Denise Clarke is described as a humorous yet moving investigation of loss and the beauty of life. Each show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased online.

ArtsPlace, 950 8 Ave., Canmore, 403-609-2623, artsplacecanmore.com


Watch the Freeride World Tour

When: February 17 to 22

The third location on the five-stop Freeride World Tour, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is the only North American spot to see some of the world’s best free-riding skiers and snowboarders compete in this international event. While it’s free to watch the various competitions at Kicking Horse, all of the viewing locations ​​— including the event village in the bowl and the two alpine faces within the ski-area boundary — are ski- or board-in only.

1500 Kicking Horse Trail, Golden, 1-800-258-7669, kickinghorseresort.com


Stay at Basecamp Resorts’ newest hotel in Banff


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Basecamp Suites Banff is the newest boutique property from Basecamp Resorts. Located in downtown Banff, the property includes 21 apartment-like suites that range from one to three bedrooms and can accommodate between two to 10 guests. Reservations can be made online for guests 18 years and older.

101, 316 Marten St., Banff, 403-763-2445, basecampresorts.com


Experience a Wine Maker’s Dinner at the Post Hotel & Spa

When: February 24

The 2023 Wine Maker’s Dinner Series at the Post Hotel & Spa includes exclusive wines paired with gourmet menus and hosted by expert winemakers. On February 24, the first of the 2023 dinners will feature Spanish wines by CVNE, which was founded in 1879. The dinner is limited to a maximum of 30 guests, and tickets and additional information can be found by contacting the hotel directly.

200 Pipestone Rd., Lake Louise, 403-522-3989, posthotel.com


Take the Tunnel49 Shuttle Bus to Fernie

If you’re looking for a direct way to Fernie, book your spot on the Tunnel49 shuttle, which departs from Fernie Alpine Resort daily at 8 a.m. and the Calgary International Airport daily between 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.


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