Pass Powderkeg

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!

Season Passes

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 with with Pass Powderkeg. To purchase season passes, you'll need to visit Pass Powderkeg's website.

Lodging Options

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 15 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.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
150(1 km2)
Annual Snowfall

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.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
5,183'(1,580 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
918'(280 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
4,265'(1,300 m)

Pass Powderkeg Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
30.8out of 100
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Pass Powderkeg can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. 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 ski level.


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 mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 44% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 56%.
Green Circle
44%(66 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
37%(56 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
19%(29 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 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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GPS Coordinates:
49.60200, -114.45000

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 AirportYYCCalgary, AB171 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 AirportYXCCranbrook, BC96 km
Lethbridge County AirportYQLLethbridge, AB119 km
Glacier Park International AirportFCAKalispell, MT144 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.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Castle MountainPincher Creek, AB7,463 ft79%30 km
Fernie Alpine ResortFernie, BC7,050 ft66%48 km
Whitefish MountainWhitefish, MT6,817 ft65%94 km
KimberleyKimberly, BC6,500 ft60%112 km
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ski AreaFairmont Hot Springs, BC5,200 ft42%128 km
Fortress Mountain ResortKananaskis, AB8,400 ft56%147 km
Nakiska SkiKananaskis, AB7,415 ft58%157 km
Turner MountainLibby, MT5,952 ft68%158 km
Panorama Mountain VillagePanorama, BC7,875 ft71%159 km

Pass Powderkeg Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation5,183 ft
Base Elevation4,265 ft
Vertical Drop918 ft
(44% Beginner,  37% Intermediate,  19% Expert)
Skiable Acres150
Avg. Annual SnowfallN/A inches
Pass Powderkeg Mountain Stats