Snow Zone

Fall Lines: March 24, 2016

Good times at Marmot Basin's Paradise Chalet
Good times at Marmot Basin's Paradise Chalet

The Season Isn’t Over—Conditions are Better than Ever

Though temperatures have been rising in recent weeks, great snow conditions can be found at the major ski resorts. As the warm weather continues, prices for lift tickets and accommodations are dropping: in Jasper you can get a room and a lift ticket to Marmot Basin for as little as $105 to $150 per night. Some resorts, such as Sawridge Inn, Mountain Park Lodges, Mount Robson Inn and Maligne Lodge have breakfast included in their rates. Lake Louise is offering a spring pass that goes for $400 (or less, depending on your age), which gets you on the slopes every day until May 8—fingers crossed the snow stays until then. If you’re planning for five or more days on the slopes, this pass pays off in a hurry. I wish I lived closer to Lake Louise for that price. If you have some vacation dollars stashed—and the American destination is looking a little pricey—consider a ski vacation up on the hill in the Lodge at Sunshine Village. For $1000 to $1200 you get five nights, including lift tickets, four two-hour lessons and nightly celebratory receptions. If you’re not an accomplished skier or boarder, this would be one heck of a way to improve your game.

Full Slate of Spring Events at Sunshine Village 

The ski-out at Sunshine Village is nice to take down at the end of the day, but riding up on a fat bike sounds like a serious effort to me. On Friday, April 1, the inaugural Sunshine Grind will take place at Sunshine Village. Dual or solo teams are encouraged to enter. Starting at the parking lot, the rise over the first 3200 metres averages around 11 degrees, and the next 2200 metres are a little flatter at about 6.6 degrees. There aren’t many flats, so this will be a whole lot of work. Good thing the race ends at Mad Trapper’s Saloon, where the refreshments will be flowing.

On a less work and more fun note, Snowchella is coming to Sunshine Village this spring. Starting on the weekend of April 16, live music will be on the slopes every Saturday and Sunday. You can expect the following musicians in order: Rustic Brother Band, New Moon, Middle Coast, Tim Hus, Scenic Route to Alaska and Michael Bernard Fitzgerald. The lineup looks pretty good—expect the atmosphere in the beer gardens to be fantastic. V


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