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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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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