Kananaskis Mountain Lodge, Kananaskis Village

Overview: Part of the Marriott Autograph Collection, this chalet-style Rocky Mountain resort is one hour west of Calgary in the Kananaskis Country park system.

Essence: Enjoy the comfort of a contemporary mountain environment — spacious, modern rooms offer awe-inspiring views — plus a full spa and five restaurants serving steak, wood-fired pizza and more.

Curricula: Go skating, cross-country skiing and fat biking (the wider-than-normal tires let you bike in snow) around the Kananaskis Valley, downhill skiing at the nearby Nakiska Ski Area, and sleigh riding and dogsledding at Boundary Ranch. The lodge’s Nordic Spa is like a winter fairy tale, with steam rooms, saunas and heated pools surrounded by gorgeous alpine scenery.