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Kananaskis Grooming is a GO!

On October 30, 2020, Alberta Environment and Parks announced a partnership with Nordiq Alberta to resume Winter trail grooming in Kananaskis for the 2020-2021 season.

You may remember this February when Alberta Environment and Parks announced funding cuts which included the trail grooming program. This was devastating news for the Kananaskis business community and local skiers. Our magnificently groomed ski trails attract thousands of visitors each Winter. Many of our children skied for the first time on these trails, numerous school and senior groups come here every week, and aspiring athletes and Olympians train on these very trails.

The economic impact associated with the loss of the grooming program to our business, all other Kananaskis businesses, surrounding ski shops, and supporting businesses would have been great. This paired with the pandemic, which has hit the Tourism industry extremely hard was setting the stage for a difficult winter season. This announcement brings the Kananaskis business community great joy and relief.

“Nordiq Alberta is proud to be able to represent the voices of our member clubs and skiers, as well as trail users, business owners and residents to advocate for continued cross-country ski trail grooming in Kananaskis. We are grateful for the support we have received to make this program a reality. Whether by purchasing a parking pass or volunteering, we can each do our part to keep cross-country ski trails maintained in Kananaskis.” – Chris Reitz, chair, Nordiq Alberta

What does this partnership look like?

Nordiq Alberta will sell parking passes online and in select retail locations, including Kananaskis Outfitters. The money collected from these parking passes will be remitted to Alberta Environment and Parks to fund the grooming program.

You can purchase a seasons pass for $50, or a day pass for $10. This applies to your vehicle and not to each user. Your pass is valid for skiing and fat biking in the Village/Ribbon Creek area and skiing at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Mount Shark, and Sandy McNabb. Compared to many other groomed ski areas this is very affordable.

How can you support?

  • Buy your pass online and support the continuation of ski and fat bike trail grooming in Kananaskis

  • Volunteer. This pilot program will only be a success with the help of many volunteers. Sign up here.

Nobody likes user fees. But if we have to choose between groomed tracks and a $10 – $50 fee. We’re fine to pay, and we hope you will be too.

L-R: Minister Nixon, MLA Whitney Issik, MLA Jeremy Nixon, MLA Miranda Rosin,  Michelle Faerden – Kananaskis Outfitters, Chris Reitz – Nordiq Alberta.

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What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellations or changes made to bookings more than 72 hours away: We will fully refund your purchase, less a $10 admin fee, onto the card that was used for payment. You can cancel your booking by calling 403-591-7000 or emailing info[at]kananaskisoutfitters.com . Please allow 3-5 business days for the refund to process.

Cancellations made 71- 12 hours of start time: No refunds will be provided, but we will provide a 50% credit to use towards a future booking. You can cancel your booking by calling 403-591-7000 or emailing info@kananaskisoutfitters.com

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Do I need a reservation?
While reservations are not necessary all the time, we do advise making them as we frequently book all of our gear out in a day. With a reservation, you will know that your gear is here waiting for you. Payment is taken in full when the reservation is made.
How do I rent gear?
Come into the shop and fill out waiver; we will then take a credit card imprint (Visa and Mastercard accepted) as a damage deposit until you return with the gear, at which point we will check it over and then you may pay for your rental with credit, debit or cash.
Do I need bear spray?
If you are going to be hiking, walking, biking, running, camping, or pretty much anything else outside in Kananaskis, you should definitely carry bear spray. We do. It's more effective than a gun, and doesn’t require a special permit to carry.
What kind of tours do you offer?
We offer hiking, mountain biking, stargazing, snowshoeing, canoeing (and voyageur canoeing) tours as well as XC ski and stand up paddleboard lessons.
Can I book a private tour?
Any of our activities can be booked for a private group. Click here for more information.
What if I have a big group?
We regularly host large corporate or family groups; we can book individual activities for you or we can plan out a full day or multi-day adventure. Click here for more information, or give us a call: +1-403-591-7000.
Are there trails near you?
On foot, you can access mountain biking, hiking, XC skiing and snowshoe trails from our shop (season dependant). If you want to drive, then the options in Kananaskis are endless.
How do I rent a canoe/kayak/SUP?
During peak Summer season, we offer lakeside rentals at Barrier Lake. Hourly rates are in effect when a staff memer is present. During this time boats can not be reserved they are rented on a first come first served basis.

During quieter times, the boats will still be located at Barrier Lake, however you will need to come to the shop to fill out waivers and pick up the safety gear. Gear will also need to be returned to the shop when you are finished. For self serve boat rentals, full day rental rates apply and reservations are possible.

Paddles, PFDs and safety kit are included in the rental rate. Should you need to transport a boat, tie down kits are also available.
Do you rent downhill or touring equipment?
No, sorry we just rent XC skis.

Nakiska is a great place to rent downhill ski stuff. Go to Gear Up in Canmore or MEC in Calgary for touring gear.
Can we take the gear that we rent somewhere else?
Yes, you may transport the gear elsewhere as long as you can do so safely. We have tie down kits available for boats. Ask about our multi-day prices.
When do you sell off your used rental gear?
At the end of every season, we sell off select gear. So in the Fall, we sell off bicycles, in the Spring we sell off fat bikes, XC skis, and snowshoes, etc. Want to know all the details and get notified when the sale is happening? Join our email list. Sign up on our home page.
Where can I buy groceries, firewood, propane, etc.?
Some groceries and camping supplies can be bought at the Mt. Kidd Campers Centre, or at Fortress Gas Station. Hours are seasonal, call before you go.
Where is the closest gas station/liquor?
Fortress Gas Station (20 km south on Highway 40) is the closest place for gas and liquor/beer, although offsale beer is also available at Woody’s Pub at the Delta Lodge at Kananaskis.
Are there lakes near you?
Yes; Barrier Lake is about a 15 minute drive north on Hwy 40 and is where we keep our boats for summer rental. There is also Upper and Lower Kananaskis Lake a 40 minute drive South on Highway 40 in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.
Can I bring my dog?
Dogs must be on a leash at all times in Kananaskis; dogs are allowed on all trails except groomed cross country ski trails. If you are confident paddling with your dog you are welcome to do so at your own risk.

Dogs can be brought on tours only it all of the other participants on the tour are agreeable. We can not determine this until right before the tour departs.
What is the meaning of life?
We’re still trying to figure that out, but Kananaskis is a great place to look for it. No wait…it's 42.