4 Reasons the SkiBig3 2017/18 Season was Phenomenal

What. A. Winter. As the 2017/18 season comes to a wrap, it’s a great time to look back and reflect on the endless days of beautiful skiing and snowboarding that the snow gods delivered throughout the past 7 months. This season was particularly special, with record-breaking snow and too many great days to count. But we can count 4 phenomenal reasons that the 2017/18 season in Banff National Park was one for the books!

1. Mt. Norquay was the first ski resort to open in Canada!

In Banff National Park, we’re known for our extra-long winter months (this is Canada, after all). And this year our opening dates proved it! Mt. Norquay opened on November 3, 2017 – the first chairlifts to welcome visitors in the entire country. Plus, they had a massive snowfall the day before opening, with 27cm on November 2nd! How’s that for a resort-warming gift?

2. Lake Louise Ski Resort saw record-breaking snowfall!

Speaking of massive snowfalls, some of them were record breaking! Lake Louise Ski Resort saw a 57-centimetre dump in early February, the most they’d seen in 20 years. They also received the biggest early season snowfall since the 1950s!

3. Banff Sunshine celebrated the big 9-0 with a spring party to top them all!

First established by the CP Rail company in 1928, everyone from the first ski pioneers to the modern-day snowboard enthusiast has enjoyed Banff Sunshine Village’s spectacular terrain and snow cover peaks for nine decades. This year Banff Sunshine wrapped up their season with the 90th Annual Slush Cup celebration on May 21st. With glorious blue skies, warm temperatures and so much to celebrate,  it was a season-ender bender that definitely capped off the perfect season.

4. Days on days of powder days.

We didn’t go too long without a full-on powder day this season, with every month seeing a ‘best day ever’ of snow on the slopes. From November to May, here are our favourite photos of a fantastic winter season at the SkiBig3 resorts.

Thanks for the Memories!

While 2017/18 was made up of powder dreams, laughter and snowy celebrations, it’s good to know that winter in the Canadian Rockies is a season you can count on. It’s a season where ski season thrives, from early November through mid-May.

With that in mind, it won’t be long before the 18/19 season arrives and the snowy celebrations start all over again.

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DJ dancing at Shake the Lakeskier at Banff Sunshine Village, Banff National Park, Mt. Assiniboine in background