What to Do in the Mountains in January

This month, you can watch a ski cross championship in Kananaskis, explore Jasper in January, learn to ice climb and more.

Jasper in January. Photograph courtesy of Tourism Jasper.

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Watch the FIS Audi Ski Cross World Cup

When: January 14 to 15

The FIS Audi Ski Cross World Cup is back for two days at Nakiska Ski Resort. Watch the Canadian Ski Cross team right here at home before they head off to the 2022 winter Olympic Games.

2 Mt. Allan Drive, Kananaskis, 1-800-258-7669, skinakiska.com


Visit the New Basecamp Lodge in Golden

It seems like Golden, B.C. is the place to be in the mountains this year. In addition to the opening of the epic Golden Skybridge suspension bridge this summer, the town is now home to a new Basecamp Resorts location as well, just a short walk away from downtown Golden. Basecamp Lodge Golden’s cozy rooms are housed inside Douglas fir dove-tailed log cabins and provide spectacular views of the Kicking Horse River.

801 9 Street North, Golden, B.C., 1-855-219-4707, basecampresorts.com


Attend Jasper in January

When: January 14 to 30

Jasper’s signature festival has been running for three decades and is back again this year with a suite of events and activities ranging from relaxing to adventurous. Enjoy skating on a natural, outdoor rink followed by hot chocolate at Pyramid Lake for the Pyramid Winter Fete, participate in the Jasper Cup Pond Hockey Tournament, do a guided ice walk through Maligne Canyon and more. In addition to the activities and events, you can also check out Jasper Dining Week from January 16 to 23.



Join an Introduction to Ice Climbing Course

When: January 29 and 30 (and February 12 and 13)

Join an introductory course on ice climbing with Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) certified guide Tim Taylor. Taylor and his guiding company, Girth Hitch Guiding, are focused on “transformational adventures” that can change your life in a positive way through outdoor excursions in and around the  mountains of the David Thompson Corridor. Taylor and the Girth Hitch team offer via ferrata climbing and ice canyon walks, too.

403-318-1364, girthhitchguiding.ca


Sip Craft Cocktails at Mount Engadine Lodge

Mount Engadine Lodge offers a variety of local spirits, beers and ciders, and this winter season, it’s also serving up two signature cocktails for guests to enjoy: The Grinch (made with melon liqueur, Park Distillery vodka and Amaretto) and the Winter Spiced Whiskey Sour (made with Crown Royal and mulled wine). Currently, only overnight guests can access the lodge. Call ahead to find out about reservations.

1 Mount Shark Road, 36 kilometres south of Canmore on Smith Dorrien Highway, 587-807-0570, mountengadine.com

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