I must confess….we went to the Kananaskis Lodge last year. We went near the end of the ski season and I kept putting off writing the post. Next thing I knew, ski season was over and it seemed silly to write a post when it was too late to be useful. Soooooo….I filed away for a later day. Well, today is that day. Even though Calgary is having a second summer these days, we all know that winter is on it’s way. With winter comes ski get aways and winter travel. Hey! My trip report is useful again. Score!
Dewey has started Will and Nicole on the ski hill and they LOVE it. Something can be said for teaching kids to ski before they have any fear. I, on the other hand, have LOTS of fear. So, when we booked a ski weekend, I wanted somewhere where Dewey and the older kids could ski and Evan and I would have activities too. Otherwise it would be one boring weekend for me & Evan. I did a bit of research and determined that the Delta Lodge at Kananaskis had it all. It is really close to Nakiska which is an awesome family ski hill and they have lots of activities for younger children. Oh and they also had a great ski and stay package so our trip didn’t break the bank.
Since we have 5 people, we sometimes have trouble finding hotel rooms that “fit” our family. Thankfully the Delta has options that will sleep 6. We chose the deluxe loft room with 2 queen beds and a pull out sofa. It worked well for us. The only negative was that the bedroom upstairs was open to the living room downstairs (where the pullout was). Will is not very understanding of Evan’s crying at times so he would have preferred some “real” walls. This year that wouldn’t be as much of an issue as Evan sleeps through the night (Yay!). From the reviews I’ve read, there can be a lot of variability between rooms. We liked our room though it did look a bit dated. Honestly, though, I sometimes prefer rooms that aren’t super modern when traveling with family because I don’t have to worry that we’re going to wreck it.
Evan loved the kids activities. We spent every morning in the Children’s Creative Centre. It was complete with a treehouse, lots of toys, games, puzzles, etc. There’s even a large TV with a huge selection of DVDs. A separate room houses arts & crafts and activities throughout the day. You will get a schedule of events when you check in. Now, I’m not going to lie to you. These aren’t overly gourmet or super educational activities. You will be bored but your under 6 child will LOVE it. They even had a fire so we could roast marshmallows out in the snow. Sometimes the timing of the food events were a bit wonky. We made a cupcake right before lunch and roasted a marshmallow right before dinner but really…we’re on vacation so who cares!
Kids 6 and under eat free from the Kid’s Menu. Most restaurants have them though you do need to check. There were sometimes kid’s buffets as well. The standard chicken nuggets, etc are there though there are healthier options and you can get veggies and dip as a side (which we did at almost every meal).
All in all, it was a great vacation for our family. Dewey and the big kids got to ski (which was included in our special) and Evan and I got to hang out. We will be doing this again this year. The Delta Lodge at Kananaskis hasn’t posted any ski packages yet but they do have some great deals for Christmas or just a weekend away.
Disclaimer: The Delta has no idea I exist. I thought I would share a great family friendly getaway near to Calgary.