Southwest of Calgary and south Kananaskis Village, the original Fortress Mountain ski area had 47 runs with a maximum vertical descent of 1,038 feet. The ski area was spread across two mountain sides along with up the backside of an adjacent mountain. It offered wide-open cruising, serious bumps, gladed areas and natural half pipes that are popular with snowboarders.
In 2007, the Province cancelled the lease effectively closing the lifts. Over the past few years, the new owners have opened up the terrain via snowcat to 14 skiers/snowboaders per day. The snowcats are able to access more vertical than the old lift system and over 3,300 acres of terrain. The current owners hope to be permitted again to spin lifts for the December 2017 season.
To reach the snowboarding at Fortress Mountain Resort from Calgary, head west on Highway 1 towards Kananaskis. Before Kananaskis, head south on Route 40 (Kananaskis Trail). There is a signed turnoff on the west side of the road. Turn left up the access road to the resort.
Overall, Fortress Mountain Resort is the 3rd most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 9 snowboarding resorts in Alberta.