Nakiska Ski

Nakiska Ski is a ski area located in the province of Alberta in Canada. The resort is in the town of Kananaskis, AB.

We recently ranked all of Alberta's ski resorts, so you can see where Nakiska Ski stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Season Passes

Nakiska Ski is not a part of any nationwide lift ticket system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes with with Nakiska Ski. To purchase season passes, you'll need to visit Nakiska Ski's website.

Lodging Options

There are numerous options to stay at Nakiska Ski around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.

Nakiska Ski Terrain Overview

Nakiska Ski has a total of 71 ski trails, which are serviced by 6 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. The amount of skiable area in this park is huge, with a maximum of 1,021 acres available to skiers. This area is equivalent to 413 hectares, 1.6 square miles, or 4.1 square kilometers.

Nakiska Ski's slopes see on average 99 inches (30 meters) of snowfall a year.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
1,021(4 km2)
Annual Snowfall
99"(3,018 cm)

Nakiska Ski Elevation

Nakiska Ski has a summit elevation of 7,415 feet, or 2,260 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 5,003 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 2,412 feet (735 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Nakiska Ski's summit elevation is higher than average. There are a lot of ski slopes that are much higher than this one (some stretch to 12,000 feet!), but it is not small by any stretch of the imagination.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
7,415'(2,260 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
2,412'(735 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
5,003'(1,525 m)

Nakiska Ski Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
57.7out of 100
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Nakiska Ski's difficulty level of 57.7 is above average. 87% of its trails rated as either intermediate or expert-level, which doesn't leave much for the beginners.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiable Terrain by Difficulty Level

Nakiska Ski has 1,021 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Nakiska Ski's difficulty level is higher than average, which is because 59% of its ski trails are rated as intermediate, and another 28% as expert.
Green Circle
13%(133 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
59%(602 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
28%(286 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Nakiska Ski good for beginners?

Nakiska Ski is above average in its difficulty level, so... probably not? It will depend on which trails you take since only 72% of its trails rated for either beginner or intermediate skill levels.

Nakiska Ski Location

Nakiska Ski is located in the province of Alberta, Canada. This ski area is nearest the town of Kananaskis, AB.

Kananaskis, AB T0L Canada
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GPS Coordinates:
50.94271, -115.15329

Getting to Nakiska Ski

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Nakiska Ski), its coordinates of 50.94271, -115.15329 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Kananaskis, AB to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Nakiska Ski.

Calgary International AirportYYCCalgary, AB81 km
Edmonton International AirportYEGEdmonton, AB284 km

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Nakiska Ski.

Cranbrook/Canadian Rockies International AirportYXCCranbrook, BC155 km
Lethbridge County AirportYQLLethbridge, AB222 km
Castlegar/West Kootenay Regional AirportYCGCastlegar, BC254 km

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Nakiska Ski, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Nakiska Ski.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Fortress Mountain ResortKananaskis, AB8,400 ft56%13 km
Mount NorquayBanff, AB8,038 ft47%43 km
Banff Sunshine VillageBanff, AB8,957 ft79%47 km
WinSport (Canada Olympic Park)Calgary, AB4,100 ft31%67 km
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ski AreaFairmont Hot Springs, BC5,200 ft42%82 km
Lake LouiseLake Louise, AB8,652 ft64%89 km
Panorama Mountain VillagePanorama, BC7,875 ft71%93 km
Kicking HorseGolden, BC8,218 ft88%138 km
Innisfail Ski HillInnisfail, AB3,133 ft13%146 km
KimberleyKimberly, BC6,500 ft60%152 km
Pass PowderkegBlairmore, AB5,183 ft31%157 km

Nakiska Ski Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation7,415 ft
Base Elevation5,003 ft
Vertical Drop2,412 ft
(13% Beginner,  59% Intermediate,  28% Expert)
Skiable Acres1,021
Avg. Annual Snowfall99 inches
Nakiska Ski Mountain Stats