Ladies only at Lake Louise
Lake Louise is hosting Park Days on Saturday, February 7. This Women’s Snowboard Federation event is for ladies only, but this year they’ve teamed up with the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association, opening the event to both snowboarders and skiers. Coaches from both associations will be on hand to teach new tricks to a full range of participants from beginners to the more advanced. There’s a bag of swag for all competitors and a competition with other prizes. Considering it’s a full day of coaching, the $100 entry for the day doesn’t appear too steep. Check it out on the Lake Louise events page (skilouise.com).
Good times at Kicking Horse
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort has announced the band lineup for this spring’s Sun Splash and Funk Fest. Shred Kelly will be performing at the outdoor venue on April 4 and Good for Grapes will take to the stage on the 11th. This annual festival has evolved into quite the party highlighted by a Dummy Downhill and Slush Cup. The concerts are free to all on the slopes and the hotel condos have a number of end-of-the-year deals.
Fernie going back in time
If you’re heading to Fernie for the March 21 weekend, you better dig deep into your closet to retrieve your funky clothes from the ’70s and ’80s. Spandex, one-piece suits, head bands and big hair will be the norm for the weekend. Music from that era will be playing at all outlets and DJ Rocswell will be spinning the tunes in the Griz Bar on Saturday night.
Snowy days continue at Marmot
Old Man Winter continues to favour Marmot Basin this season. Weekly 10- to 20-cm drops keep refreshing the slopes and with the Jasper In January Festival behind them, skier visits have also dropped—so the runs become all yours! I love the setup at the mid-mountain Paradise Lodge with the outdoor firepit, barbecued burgers, ice bar and a DJ cranking out tunes. You’ll also notice the Marmot Pro Patrol and Canadian Ski Patrol are no longer crammed below the Eagle’s Nest restaurant. They’ve all been relocated to a new building housing mountain operations, the avalanche team and all of the patrollers. I recently toured the new building located near the Eagle Ridge quad; what a great multi-purpose facility. Having all of the operations teams housed in one spacious mid-mountain building was a long time coming, but well worth the wait.