It’s mid November and with fresh snow on the ground, it already looks like winter in the towns of Banff and Lake Louise, which means 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 is:
“When do Sunshine Village, Lake Louise and Mount Norquay open for the 2017-2018 ski season?”
Well, the long wait for the ski and snowboard season is now over, with Norquay being the first ski resort in Canada to open its lifts this winter, on November 3rd, Lake Louise opened just a few days later on November 7th, and Sunshine Village opened on November 8th, meaning all of the Ski Big 3 resorts are now open for the season.
Mount Norquay opened for the season on November 3 2017, and is now open 7 days a week from 9am to 4pm, with the Cascade Chairlift and Magic Carpet in operation at the time of writing (Nov 16). For an up to date lift status and snow report, click here.
Lake Louise Ski Resort opened for the season on November 7 2017, and will be open daily from 9am until 4pm. As of November 16 the Glacier Express, Top of the World, Paradise and Summit Platter lifts are open. A current list of open runs and lifts can be found here. Their webcams give a good overview of the snow coverage.
Sunshine Village opened for the season on November 8 2017 and is now open daily. By November 16th they have an impressive 9 out of 12 lifts open, including Angel and Teepee Town, and a look at their webcams will show you that plenty of snow has already fallen at Sunshine Village, with a settled base of 63cm!
It is still early season, and lift status may change depending on conditions, so be sure to confirm the current conditions, lift status and grooming reports directly with the ski areas before heading up the mountain.