What to Do in the Mountains in January

This month, go night skiing at Mount Norquay, celebrate winter in Jasper, check out a new grocery store in Canmore and more.

Photograph by D. Evans, courtesy of Banff Norquay.

Go night skiing at Mount Norquay

When: January 6 to March 18

This winter, ski under the stars at Mount Norquay. While Friday night skiing started in December, you can start going every Friday and Saturday night from 5 to 9 p.m. in January. The family-friendly, fully lit terrain park allows for skiing, snowboarding and tubing on weekend evenings throughout the winter.

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


Experience Jasper in January


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When: January 13 to 29

Jasper’s signature winter festival is back with even more events and activities to help you celebrate in the cold, mountain air. Enjoy experiences that include food and drink festivals, street parties, fireworks and more. Join the annual Jasper Cup Pond Hockey Tournament on Lake Mildred at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge from January 27 to 29, try poutines at various local restaurants in Jasper’s Poutine Showdown from January 13 to 29, or attend the UFest Edmonton Ukrainian Festival’s first-ever Mountain Malanka, a Ukrainian New Year’s celebration, on January 21. A full schedule of events with details on times and prices can be found online.

Multiple locations, jasper.travel


Shop at a new grocery store and café in Canmore


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Local corner store meets grocer and culinary cafe at Canmore’s new Alder Cafe + Grocery. The café menu features meals such as a warm beet and sumac yogurt bowl with roasted chickpea hummus, red onion, confit garlic, lemon emulsion and charred flatbread, as well as salads, paninis, sides and a kids menu. Other options include sweet and savoury pastries, baked bread, a variety of gelatos from Calgary’s Noto Gelato and drinks made from local Canmore brand Eclipse Coffee Roasters. The grocery portion of Alder focuses on locally sourced products and features a butcher and deli, too.

1020 Spring Creek Drive, Canmore, 403-679-2353, aldergrocery.ca


Try an ice fishing-inspired dining experience at Sauvage


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Join chef Tracy Little for a nine-course, guided culinary journey on the patio of Sauvage Restaurant in Canmore. Chef Little takes groups through a menu inspired by ice fishing, with courses such as The Bait, The Wait, The Catch and more — and the entire experience takes place inside a heated, ice-fishing tent that is black-lit to simulate UV activation. The dining experience costs $175 per person and requires a minimum of four people committed to full table participation. Reservations can be made in advance online.

633, 10 Street, Canmore, 403-609-0583, sauvagerestaurant.ca

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