Ski Resorts Opening in Canada


Lake Louise near Banff in Alberta opened on Friday, following Sunshine Village that fired up some lifts on Thursday. More resorts are set to open as winter gets underway in Canada. NEW & UPDATED

Lake Louise opened Friday 4th November.

It claimed a base of 40cm with 42cm of fresh snow in the last week.

Over the past two weeks, the Canadian Rockies has seen consistent, heavy snowfall.

The recent storms allowed Lake Louise Ski Resort to open the longest run to date in the Canadian Rockies from the top of Glacier Chair.

Lake Louise. Image © Ski Big Three

Lake Louise. Image © Ski Big Three

Lifts started turning in Sunshine Village in Alberta on Thursday 3rd November.

Sunshine Village. Image © Ski Big Three

Sunshine Village. Image © Ski Big Three

It was a week earlier than planned.

More runs are now opening.

The area has seen 53cm of fresh snow in the last 7 days.

“This is the earliest opening day in my lifetime,” said the Brand & Communications Manager at Sunshine, Kendra Scurfield.

“As we were watching Snowmageddon roll in, and the snow continue to pile up, we decided that it would be possible to open a week early and get our snow cats out on the mountain to open Strawberry Chair.”

The Strawberry Express lift is now open, giving access to limited terrain.

Lift tickets were $68 on opening day and will remain $68 until more runs open.

There is also a small terrain park set up on Strawberry.

Trapper’s, Java Lift, Creeksideearlier and Alpine Grill are  open for food and drinks.

Sunshine Village. Image © Ski Big Three

Sunshine Village. Image © Ski Big Three

Sunshine has seen some good snow in recent weeks.

All Canadian Travel Restrictions Lifted

As of October 1, 2022, all Canadian COVID-19 restrictions have lifted, meaning this winter it’s easier than ever to book a ski trip to the Canadian Rockies.

Border requirements including proof of vaccination, use of the ArriveCAN App, and any testing and quarantine/isolation requirements have ended for all travellers entering Canada whether by land, air or sea.

The resort remains a particular favourite of ours at PlanetSKI.

Sunshine Village, Banff

Sunshine Village, Banff. Image © PlanetSKI.

See this earlier report on a visit for why it appeals to us:

Alex - Delerium Dive, Sunshine Village

Sunshine Village. Image © PlanetSKI.

Sunshine Village will now remain open for skiing and snowboarding until its annual Slush Cup on May 22nd 2023.

We understand other resorts in the area including Mt Norquay and Nakiska are looking at opening soon.

We’ll keep you posted.

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