Ski Smart This Season

Things are a little different this year, so before you pack up your gear and head to your favourite ski area, you’ll want to be prepared.

Based on guidance from experts, we’ve developed some best practices for both skiers and resorts to help you get back on the slopes with minimal fuss. These practices will be adapted to each ski area's unique operation, and scaled according to the appropriate local COVID-19 response to ensure a thoughtful, low risk return to outdoor winter recreation.

What you need to know before you go:


Ski Local

Following public health recommendations, this is not the time to be travelling for a destination ski trip. Skiing and snowboarding are permitted outdoor activities that are operating under strict COVID protocols. There is over 30 ski areas in Alberta, so there’s one close by!


Cover Up

Out on the slopes it’s easys to stay 2m from the nearest person, but other areas may be busier. So a face covering (such as a buff) should be worn whenever physical distancing of 2m can’t be achieved - such as lift lines, on lifts and indoor spaces


Follow Signage

Different protocols might apply at different locations around the resort. Keep your eyes peeled for signs which will help explain any guidelines you need to be aware of and follow.


Space Out

Ski areas have hundreds of acres of open terrain for recreation, so take advantage of all that space. Physical distancing protocols will be in place for both indoor and outdoor spaces, and might vary at different locations. Make sure you understand the rules for the ski hill you’re visiting.

dress properly

On the slopes it's important to stay warm and dry. Dress in layers and make sure your outer layer is waterproof. Warm socks and gloves are a must, too. Safety is important, so remember your goggles and helmet. And don't forget your sunscreen - it might feel cold outside, but protection from the sun can be just as important as any of the other elements.


Plan Ahead

We know you’re itching to get your skis back on and hit the slopes. Plan ahead and take the time to check the website of the ski hill you’d like to visit for any important information.  Each  ski hill may have slightly different rules & protocols. Some may prefer you book ahead, or follow specific directions on arrival.  Knowing what to expect before you arrive avoids any surprises & means you can focus on having fun.


Ski Smart

Outdoor recreation, including skiing and snowboarding, is proven to improve mental and physical health, so it’s a great way to feel better. But if you’re showing any symptoms of illness, stay home.


Best Practices For Low Risk Recreation
The Canadian Ski Council along with the CWSAA, OSRA, ASSQ and ASRA  supports a thoughtful return to outdoor winter recreation. An advisory group of ski industry leaders developed the Ski Well, Be Well operational best practices based on scientific guidelines from experts. These practices can be adapted to each ski area’s unique operation, and can be scaled according to the appropriate local COVID-19 response.
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The health and safety of all guests, employees and communities is the guiding influence for these best practices. So take precautions to protect yourself and others.

Ski Safety

Staying safe in ski areas.

Skiing, snowboarding and other activities that take place at ski areas involve the risk of injury. The information contained in the Safety and Risk Awareness section of this website is intended to inform you of the risks, dangers and hazards that you may encounter at a ski area and help you to stay safe while enjoying these activities.