Fortress mountain set to reopen! The hill that thousands of people loved for many years is going to reopen! This project is being led by the Fortress Mountain Holdings Group is hoping to open in the next few years. The mountain is 160 km from downtown Calgary and just past Nakiska down highway 40.
Let me give you some history on this mountain. Fortress first opened in 1969 and closed in 2004. Fortress ran 3 tee bars and 3 lifts. The mountain had 3,400 acres of ski-able terrain Why did fortress close? The ski hill closed because of a falling apart bridge that is used to assess the hill. The government did not renew the lease if they did not fix the bridge, Fortress did not have the funding to fix the bridge so they shut down. A few years after closure the movie Inception was filmed there and last year the Revenant was filmed there. Since the producers of the movie had lots of money they fixed the bridge.
Currently there is a cat skiing operation run by the same company. The company is called K-Pow, I have heard that the cat skiing is very god. They are planning to build residential buildings, hotels and restaurants on site.
Older skiers are thrilled hearing that their favorite hill is going to open again. Currently there is no date for open decided yet but all I know is that I’m going to be out there on opening day.