By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: We'd like to take in some skiing and are actually considering the location where the Winter Olympics were back in 1988. Is this possible?

A: Yes, it is. Get your ski gear ready and prepare to downhill ski at Nakiska, which is located in the heart of the Kananaskis Valley, and was specifically designed to host the alpine events of the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.

Also dubbed as "Olympic Mountain," Nakiska Ski Hill is 82 km from Calgary and is roughly a one-hour drive from here. The mountain offers 28 different runs with a vertical drop of over 2,400 feet.

The resort reports that lift lineups are virtually non-existent. If it turns out that there isn't any snow during your planned holiday, don't worry. With the Olympics in mind, Nakiska has been equipped with one of the most extensive snow making systems in the world. So, you're guaranteed with quality snow coverage.

If you're planning a trip to Nakiska, consider staying at the Delta Lodge at Kananaskis which comes equipped with a spa and fitness centre. It's a perfect way to top off a day at the slopes.

For more information on packages, contact 1-800-258-7669.


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