Olympic Park & Ski Resort
Canada Olympic Park is a park (obviously) and ski resort that can be found in Calgary, Alberta (Canada). The park is managed by WinSport Canada and is used for recreational purposes as well as for high-performance athleticism. In case you don’t know the origin of the name, it is worth mentioning that the park was the main venue for bobsleigh, luge, and ski jumping for the Winter Olympics of 1988. Currently, you can also use the park for cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, and snowboarding.
Canada Olympic Park is basically a hill and especially recommended for those who want to do some skiing or snowboarding without venturing into mountains. There are three main areas: the casual section, downhill racing section, and terrain park. You can access the hill through a four-person chair, a detachable high-speed chairlift, 6 lifts used on a regular basis, and 4 Magic (yes, magic ) carpets.
An interesting aspect of Canada Olympic Park is that the snow levels do not normally depend on weather conditions, as most of the snow is man-made. While this does not mean you can sky in July (the ski season is during the winter), it does mean snow is available even in a season that is the worst possible in terms of precipitations.
Some of you will be happy to know that Olympic Park also includes a ski jumping facility with 6 jumps from which 3 are used during the entire year. Most people prefer to use the ski jumpers during the summer (probably because during the winter there are more interesting things to do there).
Canada Olympic Park also has an ice facility (the WinSport Arena) which includes four ice rinks that are to be used for figure curling, hockey, skating, power skating, and ringette. Some will be happy to know that the arena is also used for concerts and other types of shows. WinSport Arena is somewhat completed by the Markin-MacPhail Center, a facility that includes a gymnasium and ice arenas, among others.
Hiking & Camping in Canada Olympic Park
Hiking in Canada Olympic Park is not possible, though biking trails do exist. On the other hand, you can find several hiking trails near Canada Olympic Park-in Paskapoo Slopes. Camping in Canada Olympic Park is not possible.
Make Your Day
For detailed information regarding ski/snowboard lessons, rental locations, dining, access, and other relevant information, visit the official website of WinSport Canada here.