The Rocky Mountains stretch up the western coast of the North American continent in both the USA and Canada. North of the border, the Canadian Rockies are famous for their stunning scenery, unspoilt natural environment and fabulous skiing resorts, like Whistler and Banff. While the slopes of the Rockies may be busier in the colder months, as winter sports enthusiasts try their hand at a variety of activities, the same areas are also popular with summer tourists who prefer to explore the untamed mountains on foot or on mountain bike. While there are few large towns and cities in the heart of the mountains themselves, Calgary and Vancouver are both within driving distance and are popular day trips for those visiting the Rockies in both summer and winter.
The Rockies are a major tourist destination in the winter months when visitors from all over Canada, the USA and even Europe head to their well-known resorts for the guaranteed snow, challenging slopes and excellent apres ski night-life. Banff and Whistler may be the best known of the cool, in every sense of the word, Canadian ski resorts, but towns such as Lake Louise, with its stunning natural mountain lake, and Jasper, gateway to the fascinating Canadian Icefields, are both also worth considering as your base or to visit on a day away from the slopes. Whether you are an experienced skier or a beginner, you will find all the resorts cater to your needs, with a range of slopes graded according to ability and lessons available with local instructors.
Rockies in summer
Many of the same towns that are popular with tourists because of their ski slopes are also popular with tourists in the summer because of their breathtaking natural scenery. The deep blue waters of Lake Louise are just as stunning whether the surrounding mountains are peaked with snow or covered with lush green forest, while many of the ski slopes lend themselves ideally to sports like mountain biking once the snows have melted. Calgary, in the foothills of the Rockies, once hosted the Winter Olympics and is now home to a number of art galleries, family museums and cultural centres, if you feel the need to escape the open space of the mountains for a while. Further west is the city of Vancouver, home to its own vibrant cultural scene, as well as instantly recognisable skyline; the city is often used as a cheaper alternative to New York in TV shows and movies.
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