It’s early December and there has been snow on the peaks in the Canadian Rockies for several weeks now, which means that thoughts about skiing and snowboarding have started to enter the minds of snow sports lovers across the country. Probably the most common question for skiers and riders at this time of year is:
“When do Sunshine Village, Lake Louise and Mount Norquay open for the 2016-2017 ski season?”
Well, the long wait for the winter season is now over, with all 3 ski resorts in the Banff Lake Louise area now open.
Sunshine Village opened on November 3 2016, which was its earliest opening in over 30 years. At the time of writing (Dec 7), 11 of 12 lifts and 83 of 137 runs are open including the Ski Out.
The Lake Louise Ski Area opened on November 18 2016. At the time of writing (Dec 7), 10 lifts and 96 runs are open, including Top of the World and Larch chairlifts and Summit Platter.
Mount Norquay opened on December 2 2016. At the time of writing (Dec 7), 3 lifts and 8 runs are open, including Spirit chairlift.
The reason of course that some of these opening days are ‘tentative’, is that the resorts need enough snow on the ground to operate. For this reason the dates are subject to change so be sure to confirm the actual opening day and the current conditions directly with the ski areas nearer the time if you are planning to head up the mountain on the first day of the season.