Pass Powderkeg is a ski area located in the province of Alberta in Canada. The resort is in the town of Blairmore, AB.
We recently ranked all of Alberta's ski resorts, so you can see where Pass Powderkeg stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!
Pass Powderkeg 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 work with Pass Powderkeg. To purchase season passes, you'll need to visit Pass Powderkeg's website.
There are numerous options to stay at Pass Powderkeg around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.
Pass Powderkeg Terrain Overview
Pass Powderkeg has a total of 27 ski trails, which are serviced by 3 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Pass Powderkeg is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 150 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 61 hectares, 0.2 square miles, or 0.6 square kilometers.
Pass Powderkeg Elevation
Pass Powderkeg has a summit elevation of 5,183 feet, or 1,580 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 4,265 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 918 feet (280 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.
Pass Powderkeg'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.
Pass Powderkeg Difficulty Level
32out of 100
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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
Pass Powderkeg has 150 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.Pass Powderkeg is a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 44% of its trails as easy. However, it also has a fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 56%.
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.
Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.
Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.
Is Pass Powderkeg good for beginners?
Pass Powderkeg can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 56% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.
Pass Powderkeg Location
Pass Powderkeg is located in the province of Alberta, Canada. This ski area is nearest the town of Blairmore, AB.
Blairmore, AB T0K Canada
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Getting to Pass Powderkeg
By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Pass Powderkeg), its coordinates of 49.60200, -114.45000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Blairmore, 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 Pass Powderkeg.
|Calgary International Airport||YYC||Calgary, AB||171 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 Pass Powderkeg.
|Cranbrook/Canadian Rockies International Airport||YXC||Cranbrook, BC||96 km|
|Lethbridge County Airport||YQL||Lethbridge, AB||119 km|
|Glacier Park International Airport||FCA||Kalispell, MT||144 km|
There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Pass Powderkeg, 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 Pass Powderkeg.
|Castle Mountain||Pincher Creek, AB||7,463 ft||82%||30 km|
|Fernie Alpine Resort||Fernie, BC||7,000 ft||66%||48 km|
|Whitefish Mountain||Whitefish, MT||6,817 ft||68%||94 km|
|Kimberley Alpine Resort||Kimberly, BC||6,500 ft||62%||112 km|
|Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ski Area||Fairmont Hot Springs, BC||5,200 ft||44%||128 km|
|Fortress Mountain Resort||Kananaskis, AB||8,400 ft||57%||147 km|
|Nakiska Ski||Kananaskis, AB||7,415 ft||60%||157 km|
|Turner Mountain||Libby, MT||5,952 ft||71%||158 km|
|Panorama Mountain||Panorama, BC||8,038 ft||87%||159 km|
Pass Powderkeg Mountain Stats
|Summit Elevation||5,183 ft|
|Base Elevation||4,265 ft|
|Vertical Drop||918 ft|
(44% Beginner, 37% Intermediate, 19% Expert)
|Avg. Annual Snowfall||N/A inches|