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Banff National Park Ski Resorts Open Early for 2012-2013 Ski Season

24 Oct

After many days of snowfall in the Canadian Rockies over the past week, the ski resorts in Banff National Park are opening early. Nakiska ski resort, which is located outside of Banff National Park, announced yesterday that they were opening this weekend. Just a few hours ago, Banff Mt. Norquay announced that they are opening tomorrow (Thursday, October 25 2012) at noon, just a couple of days before Nakiska’s scheduled early opening (and thus stealing Nakiska’s thunder) – way to go Banff Mount Norquay! This is the earliest ski resort opening in Canada’s history (to our knowledge).

The Lake Louise Ski Area and Sunshine Village are currently scheduled to open on November 9th 2012 for the 2012-2013 winter ski season.

Cheap lift passes are available through the U.K. website but you have to contact them direct for rates. Their early-bird deadline is December 15 2012 so you’d better get your skates, or should I say, skis on!!!

Have a great season and feel free to post comments – we love to hear from you!


WinterStart Festival lights up the Rockies

27 Nov

Residents and visitors in both Banff and Lake Louise join in the fun as we all celebrate the arrival of snow, and the excitement of the Christmas season, during the WinterStart Festival.

This year, the festival runs from November 29th through December 7th, with two action-packed weekends of winter sports, music, children’s activities… and everyone’s favourite attraction, the annual Santa Claus Parade of Lights.

At the World Cup alpine races in Lake Louise (Nov.29/30, Dec.6/7), the fastest skiers on earth hurtle down the mountain at speeds that easily top 100 kilometres per hour.

The busiest day of WinterStart is Saturday Dec. 6. In the afternoon, bring the young ones out to enjoy Christmas in the Rockies, with Christmas crafts, face painting, Santa Claus photos, cookie decorating, carol singing, and even a treasure hunt on Banff Avenue.

Then join the crowds beneath the festive lights along Banff Ave. for the Santa Claus Parade at 6 p.m.

Saturday Nov. 29 – Saturday Dec. 6 2008

Every year, Banff and Lake Louise celebrate the start of winter with two weekends of events that are fun for both residents and visitors.

Christmas in the Rockies, Saturday December 6, 2 – 5 p.m.

Christmas in the Rockies is a family-oriented afternoon filled with holiday treats and a chance to meet Santa Claus. Bring the young ones to Cascade Plaza to enjoy…

  • Christmas crafts
  • Face painting
  • Santa Claus photos
  • Cookie decorating fun
  • Carollers

Santa Claus Parade of Lights, Saturday December 6, 6 p.m.

Banff’s Santa Claus Parade is the perfect way to end a family day: lights twinkle under the Rocky Mountain sky, as a parade of holiday floats delights the crowds lining the streets of Banff Avenue.

Men’s World Cup Ski Races, Sat./Sun. November 29 & 30

Women’s World Cup Ski Races, Sat./Sun. December 6 & 7

At the World Cup alpine races in Lake Louise, the fastest skiers in the world hurtle down the mountain at speeds that easily top 100 kilometres per hour. Two thrilling weekends of men’s and women’s ski racing.

Source: Town of Banff


Sunshine Village Banff – Open 2008

14 Nov

Sunshine Village is open, with a fantastic 60-cm base of pure, natural snow.

It’s early-season conditions. The Strawberry lift and two quads – WaWa and Standish are now in operation. More runs are expected open Saturday, as crews finish preparing runs.

It’s also a great time to stay on the mountain, at Banff’s only ski-in, ski-out hotel. The Sunshine Mountain Lodge, formally known as the Sunshine Inn, is offering discounted rates, with packages starting at $139 per person including next day skiing. Contact rocky-peak Ski Holidays for details on this and other ski specials!

To check on the current snow conditions for Sunshine Village, call the 24-hour snow phone at 403-760-SNOW (403-760-7669).

Happy skiing and riding!

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