What to Do in the Mountains in April

This month, celebrate love at the Jasper Pride & Ski Festival, dine at a food and cocktail festival in Banff, see a free concert in Fernie and more.

Fernival. Photo courtesy of Tourism Fernie.

Take part in a scavenger hunt with adaptive challenge zones at Sunshine Village

When: April 6

Presented by Rocky Mountain Adaptive at Banff’s Sunshine Village Ski Resort, ShredAbility is a massive ski, sit ski and snowboarder scavenger hunt with adaptive challenge zones. Teams of two to four people will race around the mountain in costumes to compete for prizes, all while raising funds for the Rocky Mountain Adaptive charity.

1 Sunshine Access Rd., Banff, 403-705-4000, skibanff.com; rockymountainadaptive.com


Watch films about women adventurers in Canmore

When: April 6 and 11

Back for its eighth season, the Women’s Adventure Film Tour showcases eight new short films that celebrate the bravery, perseverance, courage and triumph of remarkable women adventurers. The films explores that indomitable spirit of adventure through subjects like Olympic skier Nancy Green Raine, a Sherpa woman named Yangji in the Everest region and athletes talking about the mental health benefits of extreme sports.

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


Celebrate love at the Jasper Pride & Ski Festival

When: April 12 to 21

Every year, thousands come to Jasper National Park for the only gay ski week in the Canadian Rockies. The Jasper Pride & Ski Festival features activities throughout the town that are all about coming together and celebrating inclusivity and love. This year’s events include a Family Pride Party with music, crafts and photo booths, burlesque shows, and Proud Peaks at Marmot Basin with costumes, DJs and a rainbow flag skiing parade.

Multiple locations, jasperpride.ca


Catch the opening of spring art exhibitions at Banff’s Whyte Museum


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When: Exhibits run from April 12 to June 2; Opening reception on April 12

Banff’s Whyte Museum has two new exhibitions launching this month. On April 12, graze on charcuterie and spirits at the opening reception of Time: In the Mountains by painter, printmaker and naturalist Ilana Manolson, which captures different heartbeats of the earth over time. The opening also features Menagerie of Disappearance, which is by four artists (Eva Brandl, Jude Griebel, Tamara Kostianovsky and Lorraine Simms) and explores the evolving environment through photography, textiles, sculpture and drawings.

111 Bear St., Banff, 403-762-2291 ext. 300, whyte.org


Catch a free rock concert at Fernival

When: April 13 to 14

Fernie Alpine Resort’s winter operations end on April 14, so make plans to hit the slopes and party all afternoon during Fernival on April 13 and 14. There will be free afternoon concerts featuring acts like Little Bit Good Band, The Steadies and Mile High Club.

5339 Fernie Ski Hill Rd., Fernie, B.C., 250-423-4655, skifernie.com


Try a tasty drink or bite at the Made with Love: Banff Food and Cocktail Festival

Photo courtesy of Made with Love.

When: April 19 to May 4

This food and drink festival features more than 25 local bars and restaurants showcasing food and drink pairings with local ingredients in Banff and Lake Louise. This year’s theme is Spring Après and it kicks off with a two-day outdoor celebration on Bear Street with tasting stations, live music and a cocktail mixing competition. Participating restaurants like Anejo, Hello Sunshine, Park Distillery and more offer special cocktail menus.

Multiple locations, madewithlovebanff.com


Show off your moves at the Basin Ballet event in Jasper

When: April 20

Feel like showing off your dance moves at Marmot Basin? At the Basin Ballet event, you can bust a move on the mountain while wearing your brightest and boldest ski outfit. Those who bring the most creativity and attitude win prizes. Afterwards, check out live music, a beer garden, a barbecue and more. Registration is required.

Marmot Basin, 1 Marmot Road, Jasper, 780-852-3816, skimarmot.com

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