Winter did not hold back this weekend. Not one bit. A snowstorm in Banff National Park hit hard, absolutely hammering all SkiBig3 resorts with fresh powder for more than 60 hours straight. The result? A deep, glorious snow base, newly opened terrain, and upwards of 65cm (25.6″) + upper mountain totals.
Our heads are still spinning and our cars are still buried from this monstrous storm – but we’ve crawled our way to the top of the snowbank to give you the recap of the snowstorm in Banff and Lake Louise this weekend.
What caused the snowstorm in Banff & Lake Louise?
Ever heard of a pineapple express? No, not the movie. A pineapple express is when a large mass of warm, moist air builds up in the tropical pacific causing a steady stream of heavy precipitation along western North America and (you guessed it) snow. Situated near the Continental Divide, all SkiBig3 resorts were perfectly poised to get the brunt of this epic early-season snowfall.
How much snow fell?
While the forecasts predicted +50cm (23.6″) snowfall totals, those numbers have since been shattered with more than 65cm (25.6″) + of new snow on some parts of the upper mountains and back bowls. Not to mention, it was unbelievable how fast the snow came down – both Banff Sunshine and Lake Louise Ski Resort experienced more than 30cm (11.8″) in 24hrs! For all SkiBig3 resorts, this massive snowfall is just what the doctor ordered, priming the resorts with a deep snow base that will ensure a long season ahead.
New terrain open
Thanks to this ginormous storm, Banff Sunshine was able to open Wawa, Jackrabbit and Wolverine chairs to the delight of brave weekend powder hounds. With a growing base and plenty of snow to move around, Lake Louise Ski Resort and Mt. Norquay mountain ops teams are preparing additional lifts and more runs later for opening this week!
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Banff National Park is now a winter wonderland
With a deep blanket of new snow, the town of Banff was barely recognizable on Monday morning. Buses and busy commuters were forced to slow down at the mercy of Mother Nature’s new look. With the trees and eves coated with snow, like icing dripping off a gingerbread house, it’s beginning to look like the most magical time of the year in Banff and Lake Louise.
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At SkiBig3, we’re excited to be welcoming back visitors from around the world. Should you need a bit more flexibility with your travel plans this winter our no-questions-asked cancellation policy allows for free changes and cancellations until 3-days prior to arrival. To book your winter ski vacation, call 1-844-754-2443 to speak with a reservation specialist or go online to access some exceptional Ski & Stay Package deals.