All mountain resorts in Western Canada are open
I have a Whistler Blackcomb app—available for Android and iPhone—on my mobile device, which has been updating me with real-time mountain information on lift status, trail conditions, weather and more. Although useful, it is quite torturous to be made aware of the continuous heavy snowfall at this somewhat distant resort. These westerly storms frequently collide with northerly fronts right above our more local resorts in Jasper, Banff and further south, resulting in a bit of magic of our own.
At Marmot Basin, the Knob and Eagles East terrain is open, which is always a good reflection of snow conditions since both areas require significant snowfall and mountain operations before expert skiers can pound the slopes. Conditions are similar at Sunshine Village—though, at the time of writing, Delirium Dive and a few of the Goat’s Eye tracks still need some more snow and work. All lifts are running and the majority of Sunshine’s runs are open—with the exception of Gully’s on Whitehorn 2—at Lake Louise. It’s good to see that Castle Mountain is in the snowfall track this year. Most of the runs are open, and cat skiing is scheduled to start on December 26. Finally, Fernie has opened with a bang as several heavy snow storms passed over just prior to them cranking up their lifts.
All off the terrain parks are adding jumps and rails daily for the boarders and skicross enthusiasts that have been waiting patiently to get out of the mini parks. Remember, these conditions are subject to change over the holiday season. Keep an eye on the storm fronts and head out to find your secret powder stash.
Mountain events to mark on your calendar
Red Bull Cold Rush is happening February 2 – 5 at Revelstoke Resort. Twenty-one of the greatest skiers in the world will assemble there to tackle all the mountain has to offer, vying for the best all-around freeskier title. Competitors will be judged in four disciplines including backcountry slopestyle, big mountain, cliffs and alpine touring. It takes a special mountain and favourable snow conditions to host this event, making Revelstoke this year’s choice due to its propitious snow conditions and upcoming weather prediction models.
Mark your calendar because the annual Jasper in January festival is taking place January 16 – 31, 2016. It’s a favourite among Edmontontians, as the two weeks offer deals on accommodations, lift tickets and parties galore. Hops & Scotch, Chili Cookoff and Arts on Ice are just some of the events to check out. V