Ski in Jasper, and explore Hinton this winter.
With four outdoor skating venues, a world-class Nordic centre, and fabulous snowy hikes home to some of the most scenic views in the northern Rockies, Hinton is Alberta’s hub for winter fun alongside refreshing local charm.
Here’s what you can’t miss during Hinton’s snowy season, only moments away from the Jasper National Park gates:
1. Glide your way through the trees
The “Pretzel” is Hinton’s latest winter hidden gem. Lace up your skates and choose your own adventure on the interconnecting ice skating trails in Hinton’s Valley District. It’s located conveniently close to the Performing Arts Theatre of Hinton (PATH), where you can usually catch a movie or performances by local artists, and only a short drive away from the Valley Shopping District.
2. Grab your Fat Bike, and hit the snowy trails
Head out for an exciting snowy ride on the trails weaving all the way around town. With numerous trails totaling more than 50 km, you’ll definitely work up an appetite for exploring the many fantastic local eats. If you’re looking to rent or buy your own fat bike, check in with the experts at Vicious Cycle!
3. Explore the world’s longest (and likely snowiest) freshwater boardwalk
A great activity for all ages and abilities, made even better with a warm beverage in hand. Bring your favourite four-legged pal for an outing the whole crew will enjoy. Pair your Boardwalk stroll with a skate on Maxwell Lake for an afternoon of refreshing winter adventure—all conveniently nestled near the centre of town.
4. Lace up your skates at Maxwell Lake
Play a quick game of pond hockey or take some laps around the Oval! With the stunning view of the Rockies in the distance, there really is no bad way to enjoy a winter day out on Maxwell.
5. Stroll Switzer Park
Some say the crunchy snow sounds even better in William A. Switzer Provincial Park, but you’ll have to visit for yourself to find out. And yes, if you haven’t visited Kelley’s Bathtub in winter, you are missing out on one of the most spectacular snowy sights to see. Add snowshoes for an extra dose of adventure!
6. Hit the ski trails
It’s only about an hour’s drive to Jasper’s finest from Green Square, meaning it’s the perfect distance to enjoy a local cup of coffee on the road. For a closer ski adventure, head to the Hinton Nordic Centre or the other groomed trails in William A. Switzer Provincial Park.
7. Take in the best views of the Rockies
It’s only a short hike up to see one of the most spectacular views in the region: the fantastic Athabasca Lookout. You can make the hike in normal footwear year-round, but snowshoes and other appropriate footwear can help after heavy snowfalls!