Winter Wonderland Ride

Alberta Canada: (RTAB18-B3)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/Alberta_Winter_Wonderland.aspx

Introduction
Alberta Canada
The ranch is a beautiful place to enjoy the winter season in Alberta.

Whether you’re passing through on a ski trip, visiting for the holidays, or just looking for a weekend getaway, we offer accommodations and winter vacations for everyone to enjoy!
Enjoy our beautiful guest house as the perfect space for your holiday or event! This is the perfect place for your winter weekend getaway, family reunion,... Our accommodations provide a gorgeous space for truly embracing the winter spirit! 

After an introduction to western tack, and tips for riding in the snow, we’ll head out for a beautiful ride on the ranch or in Kananaskis Country.

Accomodation

Accommodations

This is a stationary ride, so all nights will be spent at the same location.

Description
The ranch lies in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, 13 km south of the picturesque hamlet of Bragg Creek and roughly 60 kilometers southwest of Calgary - a wilderness area stretching to the Continental Divide! This is one of the prettiest areas for riding in the world. On the Eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies, Alberta has a tradition of ranching that started in the late-1800's and continues today. Riding westward from the ranch toward the Continental Divide, landscape changes from one of rolling ridges and open forests to one of high alpine meadows, thick primal forests, and shear limestone cliffs. The highest peaks in the region are around 11,000 feet with permanent snowfields and glaciers on their shoulders. This variety of ecosystems makes each day’s ride different and beautiful in its own unique way.
The guesthouse has 5 rooms (2 single rooms with one double bed, and 3 rooms with king bed, two twins, or two double beds). There are 2 full bathrooms, which are shared amongst all guests. We provide all bed linen and towels, but please bring your own soap and shampoo. There is a hairdryer in each bathroom. We have an outdoor fireplace with picnic area. Smoking is prohibited anywhere on the property except for around the outdoor fire pit. There is no TV in the guest house, but there is complimentary WIFI. You are welcome use the i-pod docking station, boards games, and a large selection of books and magazines available.
Laundry is available for an additional fee at certain times of the day.



Room Occupancy

Single supplement is waived if you are willing to share.

Other Activities on the Ranch
The trails around the ranch are also suitable for walks. There is a small lake at the north end of the property with 2 canoes if you want to enjoy a paddle or watch the beavers. Massages can also be booked for an additional fee. During the winter months snowshoeing, skating or a sleigh ride (needs to be pre-booked) are possible on site and an excellent cross country ski facility is located nearby. 


Meals
All meals are included from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on the last day.

All our meals are made fresh using as many local ingredients as possible. The menu changes daily and offers typical local dishes but also internationally inspired cuisine. As much as we take pride in preparing all meals from scratch, we are not a restaurant and typically, there is only one choice for a meal. Following the tradition of the “Good old days ranch life” we sit down all together, staff and guests, and enjoy a good meal and company together.

Breakfast is typically served around 8.30 AM, dinner around 6.30 PM. In most cases, you will have lunch on the trail. We will stop at a scenic place, enjoying a picnic lunch in great scenery.

Coffee, teas, water, juice for breakfast, and hot chocolate are complimentary while you stay with us. Please note that we do not serve alcohol, but feel free to bring your own as well as any other favorite drink you like.

Dietary Restrictions
We cater to most dietary restrictions with prior notice. Gluten-free requests are $10 extra per day.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding


Pace

Intermediate level required. Moderate pace. Slow in the mountains, but nice opportunities for faster paced riding across open meadows, 4 -7 hours per day. Some dense forest areas and extreme steep and rocky terrain sections.

Horses
We have Canadian, Arab, Missouri Foxtrotters, Paints and Quarter horses. The horses have been chosen for their endurance, spirit, and sure-footedness in the mountains. Most horses will be fitted with western style saddles but those with a distinct preference for English riding may be accommodated.

Trails and Terrain
All our trips are customized, using a network of over 300 km of trail that we have access to. Because we must consider a variety of factors in route planning, like bear activity, river conditions and snow depth in the high passes, we resist the temptation to publish a detailed schedule and trail description. After all, this is a back country-adventure you’re embarking on, not a bus trip! The amount of terrain and spectacular scenery you will experience depends largely on the length of trek you take. You will encounter forest trails, open alpine meadows, rugged and rocky trails, exposed passes and river crossings.

Guides
Our team includes a number of enthusiastic and knowledgeable people, some are family, and the rest are like family. The amazing and dedicated people who work here never tire of sharing their passion for this lifestyle with our guests.
 

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival
We pick you up from the Calgary International Airport (YYC) and transfer you to the ranch. It is about a 1 hour drive to ranch, welcome and check-in.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at the Ranch


Day 2 (Monday): Introductory Ride
After breakfast, you will meet “your” horse. After grooming and tacking up the horse, we’ll provide tips for riding in the snow. Once everyone is comfortable, we’ll head out for a 2-3 hour ride on the ranch.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Ranch


Day 3 (Tuesday): Snowshoeing & Half-Day Ride
After breakfast we’ll introduce our guests to the traditional Canadian skill of snowshoeing and get out to explore nature in winter. We will cover some winter survival tricks and cook lunch over an open fire. After returning to the ranch we’ll saddle up and head out for a couple of hours riding.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Ranch


Day 4 (Wednesday): Day trip to Banff/Canmore - No Riding
Options for the day (all guests must choose the same activities because they are geographically separate from each other):
- Downhill skiing at Sunshine (www.skibanff.com)
- Dogsledding near Canmore (extra C$100 - to be paid locally)
- See the sights of Banff, visit the Whyte Museum and the Banff Hot Springs
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Ranch


Day 5 (Thursday): Winter Activity & Half-Day Ride
Sleigh ride and skating in morning OR cross-country skiing on the many kilometers of beautifully groomed trail in Bragg Creek. Skis/boots/poles can be rented, and instruction arranged if you feel you need it.
In the afternoon, we’ll saddle up for a 2-3 hour ride. After showering and changing we’ll head to the local saloon for “open mic” night where people can either sing along or just enjoy the jamming of talented
local musicians.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Ranch


Day 6 (Friday): Day Ride in Kananaskis Country
For the last day we plan a full day ride in Kananaskis Country. The specific route will be chosen depending on weather, trail conditions and group preferences. A sumptuous supper is planned in the evening.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Ranch


Day 7 (Saturday): Departure
Departure for the airport after breakfast.
Meals included: Breakfast


Non-Riding activities on the ranch
During the winter months snowshoeing, skating or a sleigh ride (needs to be pre-booked) are possible on site and an excellent cross country ski facility is located nearby.


Rates and Dates for Winter Wonderland Ride

Rates include:

Accommodations, All meals, 3 days of guided riding and activities as described in the itinerary & Transfers from/to Calgary at set times

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionCan$ ~US$
    A
    20217-day trip. APCan$2450$1910
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 0.78

GST (VAT): 6% (12% for Canadian Resident) * prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy
    GST (VAT) 6% (12% for Canadian Resident)

Transfer and Other Charges:



 Description
2021 Transfers from to Calgary Airport included
2021 No single supplement

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2021 01/24 - 01/30 7d / 6n 7-day trip. AP 2 /8 Reserve
A 2021 02/21 - 02/27 7d / 6n 7-day trip. AP 2 /8 Reserve

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Alcoholic drinks, Special diet request, Dogsledding near Canmore, Taxes & Gratuities

Note:

Due to COVID-19 Corona virus pandemic and certain travel restrictions we are applying some temporary policy changes to some of our tours.

For Winter Wonderland Ride (RTAB18-B3):

We share your anxiety for the summer holidays. With so much unknown we are not cancelling any trips yet, but are continuously evaluating the situation. We will make a “go/no go” decision one month before each scheduled ride.
If you are unable to come this summer but plan to reschedule your holiday for the 2021 season, we would be happy to postpone your trip.

We hope our August trips will go as scheduled, although they are still very vulnerable to border closures. Though all the scheduled July rides are cancelled, we are open to doing custom ones for groups of 4 or more.

New safety precautions include:

  • We have stopped using large group tents. People will be given single/double/triple pup tents so they don’t have to share sleeping space with people outside their own cohort.
  • For now we are only renting the lodge to people in one cohort (i.e. not mixing strangers). That will likely change in August.
  • Personal hand sanitizer bottles are now being given to all guests.
  • Hand washing will be made easier & encouraged more in camp
  • Food will be plated rather than “self-serve”
  • Since masks are required when in confined space with others, like driving in a company truck, people should bring one. Our first aid kits now have masks in case emergency treatment of someone is required. We don’t use them otherwise.
  • People who show covid symptoms are asked not to come riding. If people need to cancel on short notice due to either illness or border closures we are refunding all but 10% of payment if we get notice before the trip begins.

For more information please visit our COVID-19 Updates page at https://www.hiddentrails.com/article/covid19update.aspx

Other Info
Meeting: Bragg Creek
Airport: Calgary
Transfer: Calgary Airport 4 PM

Climate:
                                            Bragg Creek area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

30

36

41

50

59

66

72

71

62

54

40

32

Average Low Temperature (°F)

1

7

13

23

31

38

41

40

32

24

11

4

Average High Temperature (°C)

-1

2

5

10

15

19

22

22

17

12

4

0

Average Low Temperature (°C)

-17

-14

-11

-5

-1

3

5

4

0

-5

-11

-16

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

4

4

6

7

10

10

8

8

7

5

4

3

Source: NOAA


Seasons
During winter, temperatures will range from -35 (-31°F) to +8 degrees Celsius (46.5°F), with both extremes being infrequent. We typically ride when it is -15°C (5°F) or warmer. It is often sunny and clear, at this time of the year.

What To Bring:
We suggest to bring
- 2 pair of jeans or riding pants
- 3 long sleeve shirts
- Fleece or sweater (fleece is lighter)
- Jacket or vest as wind breaker
- Brimmed hat (protects from rain, sun and low branches) **we have helmets to borrow should you request one
- Healed, ankle-high, water-repellant boots
- Gloves
- Toque (warm hat)
- Warm socks (1 pair per day)
- Underwear (1 set per day)
- Personal hygiene items
- Warm underwear
- Camera (please not that there is no possibility to charge batteries!)
- Chaps (if available)
* If you have any medical condition like allergies, or are on medication, please tell your guide.

Available to rent for additional fee
- Rainwear (oil-skin slicker)

Saddle bags
Your trail horse will have 2 saddlebags tied to the saddle. One is for your personal items to carry on the trail, such as camera, sun protection, water bottle, extra layer of clothes, etc. The other bag is reserved for "group items" such as lunch or first aid kit. Your rain wear will also travel with you tied behind the saddle.