Mid-week at Nakiska offers welcome reprieve
There have been a lot of inconveniences that have come with working from home. Having a slightly more flexible schedule, though, isn’t one of them.
At least not for skiers and snowboarders who are still hoping to get a couple days in the mountains in this winter.
Weekends bring crowds, and most of us are trying to avoid those this year.
Even with limited capacity, though, resorts like the Nakiska Ski Area are finding there’s plenty of space for guests who are able to move things around on their schedules a little bit and avoid Saturdays and Sundays.
“The best thing to do is look towards mid-week,” said Matt Mosteller, senior vice-president of marketing and resort experience at Resorts of the Canadian Rockies, which owns Nakiska. “You may have a new schedule with work-from-home options in place, and with Nakiska only being a couple hours away you can get out for a couple hours of skiing (or snowboarding) mid-week. I’d really suggest it’s a great opportunity.”
This season, Nakiska put up an online reservation system so guests could reserve their spot on the mountain and not have to drive out to the Kananaskis Resort while wondering whether they’d even be able to get a lift ticket.
Technically, anyone can still buy walk-up tickets on-site, but it’s a whole lot easier just to buy online. There’s a peace-of-mind that comes with it, too.
But as of Wednesday afternoon, the reservation site also shows that getting tickets on weekends is going to tough. In fact, tickets are sold out online for every single Saturday and Sunday through to the end of March. It’s possible that tickets might become available if people cancel or provincial restrictions change, but for now, anyone looking to get out to Nakiska should plan on going mid-week.
“Sometimes it’s better if you’re wanting to learn how to ski or newer to the sport, sometimes it’s a better experience to do it when it’s less crowded,” Mosteller said. “Certainly, weekends and holiday weekends are going to be busier. The latter-part of February and into March, there’s a lot of time available.”
For anyone who is heading to Nakiska on a weekend, overcrowding still shouldn’t be a huge concern. With capacity limited to help with social-distancing and prevent the spread of COVID-19, there’s still lots of space on the mountain.
The recent easing of provincial restrictions has been helpful, too. The Finish Line Lounge in the day lodge is open, and the mid-mountain lodge is a nice alternative to going all the way down to the base area for anyone needing a little break. Again, capacity is limited and the resort is encouraging everyone to be respectful of others who may need a break, too – so monitor how long you’re staying inside and be courteous, basically – but there’s plenty of space.
That’s even more true mid-week. With the days getting longer and the temperature warming up, a little work schedule-flexibility may prove to be a blessing for Calgarians who want to pack-up their car mid-week and make a quick trip to K-Country for the day.
“We have a lot more sunny days ahead of us throughout the rest of February and into March,” Mosteller said. “We have longer days and more light and typically the best skiing at Nakiska and in the region is in March.”