Banff gets first snowfall

Thu 20 August 09

It might be time to crank up the ol snow watch blog again, as Mt. Norquay, Lake Louise Ski Area and Sunshine Village are the first N.Hemisphere resorts to report some snow, and its only mid-august.

Banff National Park is enjoying its first glimpse of winter, with a summer snowfall blanketing the mountains!

This past week saw snow covering Mt. Norquay, Lake Louise Ski Area and Sunshine Village. The announcment of tentative 2009 opening dates is adding to the excitement.

Mt. Norquay is planning to kick off the season with a August 13, 2009, Lake Louise Ski Area. Halloween party on October 31. This opening will be for weekends only, with midweek opening scheduled for December 5.

Snow in August 09 at Lake Louise Ski Area
Snow in August 09 at Lake Louise Ski Area
Photo: Chris Moseley

Lake Louise Ski Area is scheduled to open on November 6, with preparations well underway to
again host the first, and Canada’s only, stop on the World Cup circuit. The Men’s races will take
place on November 28 to 29, and the Women’s races on December 4 to 6.

Sunshine Village plans to open on November 11, with the newly-renovated Sunshine Mountain
Lodge opening 30 new eco-luxurious rooms shortly after. The multimillion dollar wing replacement
has not only added luxury to the Lodge, but also lowered the resort’s carbon footprint.

“We’re very excited for the upcoming season,” said Dan Markham, of Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine. “We’re hoping to yet again be the first resorts to open in Canada, with a great start to this Olympic season.

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Lake Louise, Canada

Snowboard Guide rating 9 out of 10 “Excellent freeriding on four mountain faces, slap bang in the heart of the Canadian Rockies giving a sense of true remoteness. Nightlife here is limited, however Banff (population 8000) is located a 45 minute drive away and provides a livelier after hill scene. A 'Tri-Area Lift Ticket' lift pass gives you access and free transport to the trio of 3 ski areas in the Rockies - Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Mount Norquay. The first two complement one another well in their own individual ways and well worth riding. ”