Heavy Snowfall at all Mountain Resorts
Snowfall in Edmonton came a little later than usual this year, but snow bases at Sunshine Village and Lake Louise have already exceeded 100 cm, and Marmot Basin is above the minimum 60-cm base requirement for good skiing. One of my favourite runs at Marmot is Highway 16, and it’s groomed and ready to rock. All of this is great news for snow enthusiasts and mountain operators alike. Already I’ve viewed a lot of powder-filled images from friends making turns at all three resorts.
On November 28 and 29, the Lake Louise Winterstart Festival is free for spectators and includes the Men’s World Cup Downhill and Super-G races. Kids under 12 ski for free on race days, when accompanied by an adult.
Sunshine Village is getting an early start on its events. Skiers and boarders are welcome to participate in the Strawberry Rail Jam on Sunday, November 29. This event gives you an opportunity to show off your early season skills.
Other Ski Resorts Announce their Opening Dates and Deals
Last year, snow conditions at Castle Mountain were marginal to non-existent, and it was forced to close early due to lack of snow. Conditions are already much better, with snowfalls blanketing the hill. The mid-mountain snowpack has already exceeded 60 cm with the hill’s opening set for December 11.
Fernie, located just to the west of Castle Mountain, has similar conditions and is scheduled to open on December 4.
The best early-season ski deal is at Big White Ski Resort, located near Kelowna, which has a base exceeding 100 cm and its lifts running. If you rent one of its condos for $137 per night, you get two free lift tickets for each night you stay. This deal is good until December 17. Did I mention free is good in my books? Closer to home, Nakiska has snow top to bottom, but it is currently only open on weekends with a full opening scheduled for December 4th. V