Winter Programs

Get out and enjoy the snow. Choose from our many outdoor lessons, programs, trips and courses that range from beginner to advanced skill levels.

Try cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, backcountry skiing and more.

Our programs and trips are taught and led by experienced and certified instructors and guides. Choose from the programs below to learn more. 

Avalanche Skills Training

Canada's premier avalanche safety school—learn rescue skills, avalanche terrain recognition and safe backcountry travel from our certified instructors.


Backcountry Skiing

Join our ACMG guides on a safe and fun backcountry ski trip and experience some of the best powder runs, or on a hut-to-hut ski tour on the Wapta Traverse.



Our biking programs include fat biking, which appeals to mountain bikers and cross-country skiers alike. Enjoy the ride year-round.



Register for a truly unique adventure. Learn skills and explore Rat's Nest Cave with experienced guides on a caving tour that's just one hour from Calgary.


Climbing / Bouldering

We have climbing and bouldering courses for all skill levels and ages. Our experienced instructors teach skills programs on our walls year-round.


Crevasse Rescue

Glacier travel can be tricky. Learn various crevasse rescue techniques on our climbing wall from ACMG guides, then practice them in an outdoor setting.


Cross-Country Skiing

Beginner to advanced cross-country ski lessons will give you the skills to explore groomed trails in Kananaskis for years to come. Enjoy winter again!


Ice Climbing

Climb a frozen waterfall! Our experienced ACMG guides teach beginner to advanced skills for you to safely enjoy classic Rocky Mountain ice climbs.


River and Rec Kayaking

Learn off-season skills in our 'warmer-than-the-river' pool. We have intro classes, roll clinics and open rec pool times so that you can put those skills into practice.


Leadership / Navigation

Learn to navigate with maps, compass and gps. Then get the outdoor leadership skills to take hikers into low-risk terrain. Certification is offered through the Outdoor Council of Canada.


Repair and Tuning

Tune-up every part on your bike, skis or board. Expert mechanics and technicians teach repairs and maintenance in our hands-on, workshop-based courses.


Sea Kayaking

Prepare for a summer of sea kayaking by attending lectures on Navigation, Clothing and Food, Reading Tide and Current Tables and more. We also have pool clinics and open rec times.



Try snowshoeing in the Rocky Mountains on a guided day hike or multi-day series. Choose from easy to challenging trips which include snowshoe rentals.


Wilderness First Aid / Swiftwater Rescue

Beginner to advanced outdoor medic and survival courses run in conjunction with Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine.



Learn more about our University of Calgary Outdoor Centre winter, spring and summer camps and programs for kids and teens. 


Want to get active indoors? Browse the Active Living website.