Fortress Mountain Ski Resort hopes to be back in business by December 2020. A new owner, Fortress Mountain Holdings, is taking another kick at the can. The company has been operating KPOW!, a Cat Skiing operation since 2011 and has some ambitious plans for the area.
The new snowshoe trail on the terraces above Kananaskis Village is a welcome addition to the original short loops. It makes a 4.4 km loop and allows for a 6 km snowshoe if combined with the original loops. It loops around Terrace and Terrace Link trails, briefly criss-crossing Aspen.
Bens Hill, east of Prairie Mountain and only 1000 feet lower with an open summit and a stone circle on top, is an ideal winter walking destination. The area is laced with bike trails, both Downhill Speciific and multi use, built by the MMBTS (Moose Mountain Bike Trail Society), that are well on their way to being government approved.
Recent changes that affect both summer and winter use start from Hidden trail which leaves the Ribbon Creek parking lot behind the kiosk. Before you go take a gander at the up-to-date map displayed at the trailhead.
Highwood Pass is a popular venue for larch viewing. While there are a few larches at the pass for the driving tourist, the nearby cirques — Pocaterra and Arethusa — contain one of the highest concentrations of larches in Kananaskis Country. We headed out to photograph the larches in Pocaterra Cirque and climb Pocaterra Ridge.