The countdown is officially on to the 2013-14 ski season. Here at Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine we can’t help but embrace our tingling snow senses as we look skywards, anticipating the imminent first powder drop of the season. View the attachment for a full listing with key event dates or read on for what’s NEW at Canada’s Big 3 Resorts.
Family and flexibility continues to be Mt. Norquay’s main focus for 2013-14. The close proximity of the resort to the town of Banff (only a 10 minute drive) allows skiers to catch first chair or opt for an afternoon session.
Families enjoy the easy to navigate layout of the resort as well as the fantastic snow tubing park on offer for kids (big or small) who fancy a break from skiing.
As one of the first ski resorts in North America, Mt. Norquay also celebrates what’s not new with the redevelopment of the historic Cliff House. Located at the top of the North American Chair (once ridden by Marilyn Monroe herself), the Cliff House offers unrivalled views of Banff for both skiers and non-skiers atop some of the steepest runs in North America. Mt. Norquay is preparing to move ahead with their long-term plan which will see a via ferrata installed for Summer 2014.
Events at Mt. Norquay include hosting the Alberta Winter Games, Rail Jams and the return of the hugely successful chair lift speed dating, Lifts of Love, in addition to the ever popular and only night skiing in Banff-Lake Louise.
Mt. Norquay Anticipated Opening: Weekends in November and then daily from November 29th 2013 – April 21st 2014
Lake Louise Ski Resort
The giant of Canadian skiing continues its dominance as an outstanding ski resort. Professional skiers and snowboarders will return to the Lake Louise Ski Resort as it once again plays host to the FIS Winterstart Alpine Downhill World Cup as well as the new addition of the FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup this season.
A considerable amount of resources have been invested to improve the on and off-mountain experience for all skiers and boarders, including new fan guns and grooming machines. Healthier food options and better dining facilities are on the cards as mid-mountain Whitehorn Lodge gains a new Alpine bistro style restaurant, including on-deck dining which features some of the most spectacular views at the resort. The historic Temple Lodge will also see an overhaul in layout and menus.
A Lake Louise Ski Resort App will make it easier for guests to navigate around the four mountain faces, link up with friends on the slopes and receive info on deals and events as they are announced. This sits alongside enhanced snow reporting for the resort and a new website.
This season will also see a revamp of the hugely popular Torchlight Parade. Skiers and boarders can watch one of the most iconic sunsets in the world from atop the Lake Louise Ski Resort, while enjoying après and live music before skiing down to the base via torchlight to continue the party with dinner and dancing. The First Tracks program returns for those who want exclusive lift access half an hour before the resort opens to the public, with two or three hours of professional instruction. Plus the bag jump will be more frequently available in the Showtime Terrain Park.
All of this in addition to four mountain faces of unbelievable terrain, awe-inspiring panoramic views and green and blue runs from every chair. Not. To. Be. Missed.
Lake Louise Ski Resort Anticipated Opening: November 8th 2013 – May 5th 2014
Upping the ante on exceptional guest service, Sunshine Village keeps on delivering a unique ski experience in one of the most iconic destinations in the world.
As the only on-mountain accommodation in Banff National Park, Sunshine Mountain Lodge will offer a one of a kind Yoga & Ski package. The new package will combine a majestic Rocky Mountain ski experience with the serenity and relaxation of an on-mountain yoga practice. These weekend retreats, slated for Spring 2014, will include a specialized menu featuring healthy, organic fare crafted exclusively by Executive Chef Martin Brenner of the Sunshine Mountain Lodge and a guided mountain experience with one of Sunshine Village’s certified ski instructors.
Skiing comes with stories in Banff-Lake Louise, which is why Sunshine Village is excited to introduce their new heritage snowshoeing tours. Surround yourself in a pristine, snow-filled mountain landscape as you explore the natural beauty of the Canadian Rocky Mountains and transport yourself back to days of long ago. Let Sunshine Village’s local guides take you off the beaten track, deep into the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, surrounded by 360 degree panoramic alpine views. Walk along the path Canada’s First Nations people took to trade with neighboring tribes, and listen to stories of first discovery from European explorers. Put yourself in their (snow)shoes. A delectable fondue will top off this truly unique mountain experience.
Spring skiing continues right until May 19th and the return of the popular Spring Concert Series, complete with live music and the Veuve Clicquot champagne and oyster bar, makes spring skiing at Sunshine Village one of the best ways to celebrate everything that makes winter in Banff-Lake Louise incredible.
Sunshine Village Anticipated Opening: November 8th 2013 – May 19th 2014