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Winter Is Here: Canadian Ski Resorts Open Ahead of Schedule

Winter is finally here: Plenty of ski resorts are set to open their mountain terrain some days ahead of schedule, such as the ski areas in the Canadian Rockies. On the weekend, the first slopes opened in Nakiska and Mount Norquay, Banff's local mountain. Due to the massive amounts of snow that fell in the last few days and weeks, other ski resorts in Canada, especially in the Alberta Rockies, are off to a promising early start as well.

 

Snow-Covered Slopes

Mt. Norquay and its snow-covered slopes welcomed its first guests of the season on November 4th.
© Mount Norquay Mt. Norquay and its snow-covered slopes welcomed its first guests of the season on November 4th.

The Lake Louise Ski Resort kicks off this 2017/2018 winter season on Tuesday, November 7th. On Wednesday, winter sports enthusiasts will also be able to strap into their snowboard bindings in Sunshine Village. Marmot Basin welcomes skiers and snowboarders for the first time this winter on Friday, November 10th.

All three resorts located in Banff and Jasper National Parks offer both perfect slope conditions and light, airy powder at the start of this season. So there's nothing to stand in the way of enormous winter fun, so get ready, buckle up, speed down and enjoy diving into the famous "Champagne Powder". Having a look at their current webcam images, all three ski resorts are already fully snow-covered – and it's just early November.

Skiing in Canada's Oldest National Park

Opening on Wednesday November 8th, Banff Sunshine Village welcomes its guests to carve down the soft powdery slopes.
© Sunshine Village Opening on Wednesday November 8th, Banff Sunshine Village welcomes its guests to carve down the soft powdery slopes.

The ski region of Ski Banff - Lake Louise - Sunshine is about one and a half hours away from Calgary airport. Banff (with the village of the same name in the middle of the National Park) is Canada's oldest national park. The area covers 32 square kilometres and features 334 ski slopes spread across the three ski resorts Mount Norquay, Sunshine Village as well as Lake Louise Ski Resort, which are collectively referred to as Ski Big 3. There is a total of 26 lifts and a Tri-Area pass which allows skiing in all three ski resorts.

Season Openings of Ski Resorts in Alberta 2017/2018

The most popular ski resort in Alberta, Lake Louise, opened its lifts and slopes on November 7th.
© Lake Louise The most popular ski resort in Alberta, Lake Louise, opened its lifts and slopes on November 7th.
Ski ResortOpening Date
Banff Mount Norquay

November 3, 2017

Nakiska

November 4, 2017

Lake Louise

November 7, 2017

Sunshine Village

November 8, 2017

Jasper Marmot Basin

November 10, 2017


Further Canadian ski resorts are set to open during the next few weeks, such as the popular destination Whistler Blackcomb, which officially starts its lift operation on November 23, 2017.

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