Winter Season Highlights from Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine

That’s a wrap! As another season of skiing & riding in the Canadian Rockies draws to a close, it’s time to reflect back on the indelible moments that made up this epic winter. Here are some of our favorite memories from the 2015/16 season that lasted exactly 201 days. From big powder storms in November to blue bird spring days in late May it has been an amazing winter!

Norquay Opening Day
Norquay Opening Day

Opening Day in the Canadian Rockies

At exactly 10:00 am, on Thursday, November 5th,  the bull wheel at Mt. Norquay began to turn. This made Norquay the first Alberta ski resort to open for the 2015-16 season and signified the start of its 90th season in operation.

Winter Start Festival

Winterstart Festival

Setting the stage for the winter season, Banff & Lake Louise ran a month-long festival celebrating the season. This included everything from the annual Winterstart World Cup Race at The Lake Louise Resort, Bon Appètit Banff and a parade down main street.

Winter Start Festival
Sunshine Village Hot Chair
Sunshine Village Hot Chair

The New TeePee Town LX at Sunshine Village

Sunshine Village officially opened the first heated high speed quad chairlift  in Canada: the TeePee Town LX. This state-of-the-art lift kept skiers and boarders warm and protected from the wind throughout the season and improved access to some coveted terrain.

November Storm

Early Season Powder Days

Powder storms filled the month of November, including an epic snowfall on November 17th. This allowed a strong base to form across all three mountain resorts and excitement to grow among skiers and snowboarders.

November Storm
Kuma Yama
Kuma Yama

Sushi at The Lake Louise Ski Resort

Sushi came to the mountains with the opening of Kuma Yama at The Lake Louise Ski Resort in the breathtaking Lodge of the Ten Peaks. Serving the best slope side ramen and sushi, Kuma Yama provided a tempting new twist on the après ski experience.

Santa Claus

A Quintessential Christmas

Starting with the Santa Claus Parade, holiday festivities filled the month of December. This left everyone in a merry mood. Santa and his little helpers filled the slopes of Mt. Norquay, The Lake Louise Ski Resort, and Sunshine Village bringing Christmas spirit to all.

Santa Claus
Norquay
Norquay

Mt. Norquay’s 90th anniversary

Mt. Norquay celebrated it’s 90th birthday. The number 90 was used as a theme for events through out the year, including five 90-cent skier days and a very tasty Norquay 90 Kolsch craft brew created by the Banff Ave. Brewing Co.

Lift Line Pick Up Lines

Love on Skis

Cupid was busy on Valentine’s Day at both the Lake Louise Ski Resort & Sunshine Village but he also took time to take care of the single crowd at Norquay’s annual Valentine’s Lifts of Love. This speed dating on skis event brought women and men together as they shared the journey to the top of Cascade Chair.

Lift Line Pick Up Lines
Club Ski
Club Ski

Club Ski Guided Experiences

Club Ski provided quality guided access across all three ski resorts.  These certified instructors provided a backstage pass to the most stunning views and best powder stashes on the mountains. Gaining confidence and developing skills, skiers were able to enjoy a unique & personalized coaching experience at Banff-Lake Louise- Sunshine.

Sunshine Skiing

Spring Skiing & Après Vibes

Blue Bird skies and balmy temps in early-April brought great spring conditions to Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine. Taking advantage of the long daylight hours found in the Canadian Rockies, skiers were able to combine a full day on the slopes with some memorable après patio time.

Sunshine Skiing
BoZo Cup
BoZo Cup

The Rob Bosinger Memorial BoZoCup

The Rob Bosinger Memorial BoZo Cup marked the closing of Norquay’s 90th season. This dual slalom Pro-Am race fundraiser raised money and celebrated the memory of Rob Bosinger, a Canadian legend and national team racer.

Shake the Lake

Shake the Lake

Shake the Lake capped off their season at The Lake Louise Ski Resort. This full day event started with a rail jam and ended with some heart-pounding beats at the epic after-party in the Lodge of Ten Peaks.

Shake the Lake
Slush Cup &Pond Skimming World Champoinship
Slush Cup &Pond Skimming World Champoinship

Slush Cup & the Pond Skimming World Championships

Sunshine Village finished the season with a splash on Sunday May, 23rd with the 88th Annual Slush Cup and inaugural Pond Skimming World Cup. An enthusiastic crowd cheered on costumed competitors as they raced down the track to skim the icy pond. Qualifiers from across North America trekked to Sunshine Village to test their skills in hopes of claiming the cup and title of World Champion.

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