Fortress ridge is a 34km long bike / hike with a solid 1300m of altitude to gain.
In order to get to Fortress ridge, you ride through the old Fortress Ski hill. Which undoubtedly was the greatest ski hill ever!
The mountain in the background is named the Fortress, because it looks like one. I climbed it some time ago. https://www.tripbagger.com/2009/07/12/shawn-bags-the-fortress-kananaskis/
Recently, the fortress area has become popular as a TV and movie filming location.
Watch the trailer for the Revenant, it was filmed at Fortress. Recognize the background?
The winter scenes in the movie Inception were filmed here also. Look familiar?
He seems suspicious, but it’s all true. Also filmed here was The Bourne Legacy, Van Helsing, Brokeback Mountain (which Darb only watched for the scenery) and so on….
On the summit of Fortress ridge.
Found some plastic chairs to hang out in at the top of the chairlift. What Luxury!
The start of a very fast ride back out.
On the way out we passed the backside chairlift; that brings back memories. I spent countless hours at Fortress ski hill.
For those of you that remember skiing or snowboarding at Fortress, remember farside?
On the way back out on the closed access road. If you ever spent time at Fortress ski hill and are wondering about the old ski lodge at Fortress, hang tight, I have another album for that. https://www.tripbagger.com/2016/06/04/shawn-bags-the-old-fortress-ski-lodge-kananaskis/
Fortunately, we were back in the car when we came across this guy.