Plentiful 2018 schedule offers quality powder following low temperatures
Good Bye Cold Snap, Hello Powder
The last couple of weeks haven’t been stellar for mountain resorts. Many skiers and snowboarders have stayed away because of the extreme cold. An inversion at Marmot Basin did help some as temperatures where 8 to 10 degrees warmer at Marmot than Jasper. Thankfully it’s all behind us with warmer temperatures coming in and as a bonus; new snow came along as well.
Down south, Castle Mountain and Fernie Alpine Resort have been recipients of a ton of new snow. Loads of fresh powder, including two 25 centimetre dumps within days, has their groomers and avalanche control teams on the run.
Our nearest Rocky Mountain Resorts haven’t been left out of this recent snowy blast. Sunshine Village, Lake Louise and Marmot Basin were all in the snowzone with daily snowfalls.
The best part of all this cold weather is the quality of the snow. Although you have to bundle up a bit, skiers and boarders love the dry fluffy powder lovingly referred to as champagne powder.
The Events Calendar Is Full
Where to begin? The Jasper in January festival runs January 13-28. Two weeks of cheap lift tickets and accommodations along with great food, music and acts in and around the town of Jasper. Check their web site at www.jasper.travel/january/events/ for all the details. Some of the events sell out quickly so it’s best to get your tickets early.
Lake Louise is hosting a Heavy Metal Rail Jam on January 14. This event is open to all ages and skill levels. If you got the goods or want to see how you rate, head down and compete for $2,000 cash and loads of prizes. The entry fee is only $35 and you must wear a helmet.
Lake Louise has some great off-the-hill activities as well. Starting the following weekend, January 18-28, the nearby Chateau Lake Louise is hosting their annual International Ice Carving Competition as part of the Ice Magic Festival. I’m always fascinated how the carvers create their masterpieces.
Never skied or boarded before? Want to experience the freedom your friends have been talking about? If so, you can do just that at Sunshine Village on January 11. This includes rentals, a lesson and your lift ticket. Bookings must be done through the Canadian Ski Council website where you can find similar deals for other resorts and our local hills as well.
Finally, on January 13, Fernie Alpine Resort is hosting the Raging Elk Kinky Rail Jam. Named after their local hostel, the Raging Elk & Kodiak Lounge skiers and snowboarders will compete in the RCR Rail Park. This event is open to boarders and skiers so once again, if you possess some tricks the world needs to see, go down and show them what you’ve got.