To Ski or not to Ski: That is the question

Canadian Rocky mountains, in summer or in winter

The Canadian Rockies are world renowned for their skiing credentials, but skiing and snowboarding are not the only sport this part of the country boasts. During the summer months, the resorts double up as popular golf destinations, benefiting from idyllic alpine views, crystal clear waters and crisp mountain air.

Located at the feet of the Rockies in Alberta, resorts boasts the kind of alpine backdrop that will take your breath away. Under the shadow of Alberta’s snow-capped mountains, golfers can expect to share the surrounding natural habitat with such wildlife as bears, wolves, caribou and elk. Not only is the landscape a spectacle in its own right, the actual golf courses are designed by some celebrated golf architects and have received worldwide acclaim for their credentials.

If seclusion and luxury are top priority for your golfing destination in Canada, numerous golf resorts nested in the heart of the rockies could be the ideal retreat for you. Golfing enthusiasts can enjoy several excellent courses in these resorts, from a challenging master design to a simpler nine-hole course with no pitch-and-putt for a more friendly round.

If the thrill of the slopes are more up your street, Banff National Park is the perfect place to indulge in a spot of skiing or snowboarding. During the winter months, some of the world’s most esteemed ski resorts come into their own, boasting an impressive season that’s lasts from mid November until late May. One tri-area lift pass will allow you free reign to explore the powdery peaks of Mt. Norquay, Lake Louise Ski Area and Sunshine Village, offering nearly 8,000 acres of skiable terrain.

An abundance of chutes, bowls and steeps will keep the more experienced skier on their toes, while the tamer green and blue runs ensure the resorts remain user-friendly for beginners. So magnificent is the landscape, it has been recognized as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations.

So what will it be; a relaxing round of golf or a rejuvenating swish down the slopes…? Canada’s snow-peaked Rockies are officially your alpine oyster!

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