November has always had kind of a bad rap; it’s not quite shoulder season but Ullr, the Norse snow god, is sometimes a touch illusive until December hits. With the forecast now calling for days and days of snowfall, the end of November is looking up! Here are top picks for how to best take advantage of Ullr’s change of heart:
Discounted Resort Entry
Until Lake Louise and Sunshine are able to open up more terrain, both resorts are offering discounted lift tickets and with the resorts covering more than 1700 and 3300 acres respectively when fully open, chances are you wouldn’t cover every inch anyways! So take advantage and hit the slopes before the deals are gone!
Banff Lake Louise Tourism’s WinterStart Festival kicks off this coming weekend so look forward to some action in the square on Saturday and Sunday evenings from 4 to 7pm. The festival, which runs until December 21st, offers a number of free activities throughout both Banff & Lake Louise for its duration and many local business offer specials associated with the festival so for details visit: http://www.banfflakelouise.com/Area-Events/Festivals/Winter/Winterstart-Festival
FIS World Cup
Feel a need for speed? The first World Cup speed event of the season happens this weekend at Lake Louise Ski Resort. Spandex clad racers from all over the world will be competing in the FIS World Cup Men’s downhill racing and super-G events, Saturday and Sunday respectively. The event will be family friendly as WinterStart festival will have plethora of kids activities available at the base. The added bonus: kids 12 and under ski free during the World Cup events (with the purchase of a full-day adult lift ticket). For more info visit: https://www.skilouise.com/things-to-do/events/men–s-winterstart-world-cup-2014-11-29.php
Starting November 29th, finding some downhill fun is only a few minutes drive from Banff town centre now that Mount Norquay is opening its slopes to the public. So if opening day bragging rights are something you crave, get your gear ready.