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Fortress Mountain, Canada

Fortress Mountain ski holidays

Established in ? the Canadian ski resort Fortress Mountain lies at 2040 metres altitude in the Alberta region of the Canadian Rockies. With the highest lifts and ski slopes at 2369m the area is not snow sure. Over ? snow cannons ensure artificial snow making covers ?km of trails, which equates to around 60 of the slopes. The nearest airport transfer to Fortress Mountain is Calgary at a distance of 113km or approximately ? minutes driving time. Their season runs from November to May.

SNO-man says

Full-service ski area located 45 minutes from the facilities of Canmore and close to the Nakiska Ski Centre. The base area complex at Fortress Mountain is situated at an altitude of 2040 m (6,692 ft), the highest in the Alberta Canadian Rockies. This lofty elevation ensures Fortress an annual snowfall 630 cm (21 ft) and a ski season that stretches from early November until late April. Fortress Mountain is thus often the first Alberta Mountain ski area to open for the winter and is the pre-season training site for the Canadian National Freestyle ski team. The casual and relaxed resort offers wide-open cruising as well as serious bumps.

Alpine Downhill Runs

Beginner Trails
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?%  Intermediate Trails
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Advanced Trails
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?%  Expert Trails
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Resort and Holiday Stats

View our detailed Fortress Mountain snow forecast or snow report and see all live webcams, piste maps, road and travel maps and lift pass prices. For a picture of historic snow conditions see the snow depths month by month with our Fortress Mountain snow history.

Beginners
Intermediate
Advanced/Expert
Snowboarders
Apres Ski
Family/child Friendly
Snow-Sure
Ambience
Value for money
Lift Pass Prices (adult 6 day) C$? - C$?
Traditional Ski Village / Purpose Built Ski Resort
Resort OpensNov 2020
Resort ClosesMay 2021
( snow conditions often influence opening/closing)

Mountain and Slopes

Downhill Runs ?km
total length of Fortress Mountain trails
Longest Lift-Served Run 2km
longest piste or trail reachable by lift
Slope Orientation ?
direction Fortress Mountain area faces
Top Altitude 2369m
top station of highest lift
Bottom Altitude 2040m
bottom of lowest run
Resort Altitude 2040m
centre of Fortress Mountain ski resort
Vertical Drop 329.7m
total descent from top lift to bottom piste
Skiable Vertical ^v 329.7m
can include extra hike up above top lift

Snow Report

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Web Cam

Fortress Mountain web cams
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Skiing in Fortress Mountain

47 pistes and trails means approximately ?km of runs. 6 Fortress Mountain lifts have capacity to transport 8400 per hour. The longest run in the Canadian ski resort is over 2km.

The mountain has ?% beginner runs or nursery slopes, ?% intermediate, ?% advanced slopes and ?% for experts - the most difficult piste is the ?km ? run, with a steepness/slope angle of ?%. There is no night skiing.

Rating for skiing gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Snowboarding in Fortress Mountain

Of the 6 ski lifts, 3 are surface lifts or "drag lifts" - this gives an indication of how modern the lift system is and how good Fortress Mountain is for snowboarding - especially for beginners learning to board. Facilities include 0 terrain parks and 0 half pipe (longest half pipe length is ? metres), 0 quarter pipe and 0 boardercross courses.

Rating for snowboarding gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Fortress Mountain Apres Ski

Off-Slope activities include:

0 apres ski bars 2 restaurants 0 bowling 0 night club 0 cinema 0 billiards / pool 0 games room 0 concert 0 indoor swimming 0 outdoor heated pools 0 saunas 0 hot tubs 0 solariums 0 masseurs 0 indoor ice skating 0 outdoor ice skating 0 indoor sports centre 0 indoor tennis 0 squash racquetball 0 sleigh rides 0 ballooning 0 horse riding 0 prepare winter walks 0 climbing 0 golf 0 fishing 1 museum 0 library Plus these additional apres ski facilities Ice Sculpture, (Facilities in nearby Canmore).

SNO-man says

The world class cross-country ski facility at nearby Canmore plays host to numerous competitions, both in summer and winter - the World Cup Mountain Bike Race in July, and the Alberta International Dog Sled Classic in January amongst others. Outdoor activities in Kananaskis Village include sleigh rides, tobogganing, snowshoeing, and ice skating while ice fishing is popular at the many Kananaskis Country ponds and lakes. Snowmobiling in designated areas is a great way to see Kananaskis Country. Visitors can rent or bring their own snowmobile and explore more than 425km of snowmobile trails located in McLean Creeks/Sibbald Flats and Cataract Creeks areas. There are many walking trails , especially in the Bow Valley Provincial Park area, and because of the warm Chinook winds many of the trails and creek beds remain snow free. For those who prefer indoor exercise, the hotels of Kananaskis Village offer numerous swimming pools, jacuzzis, steam rooms and exercise areas.

Rating for apres ski gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

"Fortress Mountain" by any other name

The Canadian resort is also known as -"Friendly Fortress" and has common misspellings:

The direction which the various Fortress Mountain slopes face can make or break your ski holiday. To guarantee good snow conditions, choose a resort with piste which face the right way for the time of year you're travelling.

- In the coldest winter months of January and February pick a resort with sunny south facing slopes, so your days on the snow doesn't feel like a polar expedition. Conversely, in the warmest spring skiing months of March and especially April, a resort with cool and shady north facing trails will ensure you're not riding on slush, but benefitting from best late season snow. The best destinations have areas which face in all directions so that you're guaranteed greating conditions whatever the weather. Fortress Mountain has slopes facing ?.

Rating for snow gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Childcare in Fortress Mountain, Canada

Fortress Mountain day and evening care plus snow ski schools and babysitting.

Special programmes are available for Kritters (3 to 5 year olds) with extra emphasis put on fun as they learn to ski. Kids from 6 to 12 years will learn ski area safety as well as new skiing skills. Youths from 13 years join the adults for ski lessons which last one and a half hours. Kritters and Kids lessons are for one hour. Snowboard lessons are available for kids from 6 years and up. Special clinics for adults are available in mogul skiing, snowboarding and powder skiing. Fortress Ski and Snowboard Club offers fun for the whole family with ski and snowboard programmes, development clinics and club socials. Programmes are for aged 4 and up. The Southern Alberta Freestyle Club teaches all 3 disciplines of Freestyle skiing - moguls, aerials and acrobatics.

3 stars out of 5 overall    

Fortress Mountain Shopping

Fortress Mountain shopping - fashion boutiques, outdoor gear and food shops

The Ski and Snowboard Shop at the base area let you test drive some of the best brands on the market, for one hour, with the best price guaranteed if you decide to buy. Fortress also has a Rental Shop with high performance skis, snowboards, cross-country and free-ride equipment all available. The Repair Shop offers tune-ups, base repair, boot fittings, binding adjustments and hot waxing.

Fortress Mountain value for money gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Ski Equipment Rental Shops in Fortress Mountain

Fortress Mountain hire shops - overview of all shopping in Fortress Mountain

The Ski and Snowboard Shop at the base area let you test drive some of the best brands on the market, for one hour, with the best price guaranteed if you decide to buy. Fortress also has a Rental Shop with high performance skis, snowboards, cross-country and free-ride equipment all available. The Repair Shop offers tune-ups, base repair, boot fittings, binding adjustments and hot waxing.

Fortress Mountain ski rental shops value rating gets ? stars out of 5 overall    

Main Ski School in Fortress Mountain

Fortress Mountain ski school - snowboarding course & skiing lessons

The official ski/board school is called Fortress Ski School and has ? teachers teaching in English and taking students from a minimum age of 4.sales@skifortress.ca www.skifortress.com 5917108

Fortress Mountain for beginners         gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Fortress Mountain for intermediates  gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Fortress Mountain for expert skiers   gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Fortress Mountain for snowboarding  gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Mountain & Snow Sports in Fortress Mountain

Fortress Mountain snow sports - off slope winter mountain sports

Cross Country Skiing (langlaufen) in Fortress Mountain: 160km X C ski trails, Lessons available? Y

Easy XC Ski Trails: 160km     Intermediate XC Trails: 0km   Difficult XC Trails: 0km

Telemark Tuittion: N     Telemark Rental 0      Paragliding schools: 0

Snow mobile Rental: 1     Toboggan Run Length: 0km

Non Skiing Winter & Snow Activities in Fortress Mountain

Fortress Mountain snow fun - off slope winter activities

Outdoor Ice Rink: 0 Indoor Ice Rink: 0 Balloon Flights: 0

Prepared Winter Walks: 0 Snowshoeing: 0 Hang Gliding : 0

Snow mobile Rental: 1 Toboggan Run Length: 0km Paragliding schools: 0

Fortress Mountain non skiing facilities also include Ice Sculpture, (Facilities in nearby Canmore).


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