This weekend, the world’s best female skiers are going to be ripping down the mountain at Lake Louise for the annual Audi FIS Ski World Cup. The men raced last weekend, but this time around, there are three straight days of racing from the women who dominate alpine skiing’s most elite circuit — there are downhill races on Friday and Saturday and a super-G on Sunday. There is going to be a ton of snow, too, as the Banff National Park resort was hit with 23 cm of the fluffy white stuff in the past week and 188 cm so far this season.
Circle Dec. 18 on your calendars, because that’s when the first Cool2Carpool day of the season goes down at Mount Norquay. The monthly event provides one of the best deals in the Rockies, as skiers and snowboarders who split a ride also split the $89 per carload price for lift tickets. That means if you get four people in a car, each person is paying roughly $22.50 for a lift ticket. Norquay’s been hit with 5 cm of snow in the past seven days and 122 cm so far this winter.
Every skier could probably use a couple lessons at the start of the season to sharpen their skills. That’s especially true for kids, and Canada Olympic Park offers a wide variety of lessons for just about every type of alpine enthusiast, whether you’re learning the basics or trying to take your skills to the next level.
Nakiska is officially open for seven-days-a-week operations right now, with 14 groomed runs ready for skiers and snowboarders . The Kananaskis resort got hit with 13 cm of snow in the past week, and its season total is sitting at 118 cm, although its world-class snowmaking equipment means there’s a lot more on the runs. For anyone looking for something a little different to do on Christmas Day, Nakiska is offering a family special that includes a two-hour family lesson, two hours of tubing and a hot beverage and snack for only $299.
Opening day at Kicking Horse is set for Friday, and there should be plenty of powder waiting to greet skiers and snowboarders at the resort in Golden, B.C. The 13 cm of snow that fell on the mountain in the past two days alone brought the season total to 220 cm, and the forecast is calling for more on the way.
Panorama is finally kicking off its season on Friday, and once the mountain gets going, it really, really gets going. The resort in Invermere, B.C., is hosting a ton of Christmas festivities later in this month and will also be playing host to some of the country’s very best slalom and giant-slalom racers during the FIS Christmas Series starting Dec. 20.
If you’re planning on visiting Marmot Basin this winter, it would be crazy not to buy a Marmot Escape Card, which offers discounts on every single day you spend on the mountain, as well as on equipment rentals, accommodations in Jasper and even food and drinks on the mountain. The Jasper resort is already open, and with 13 cm of snow falling in the past week, the season total now sits at 128 cm.
Fernie is slowly but surely opening up its mountain to skiers and snowboarders — there was one lift operating on Wednesday — as the snow continues to build-up. There’s a busy month ahead, though, especially over the holidays. The B.C. resort has horse-drawn sleigh rides, visits from Santa and all sorts of meals and camps that will keep whole families busy over the holiday season. The snowfall is picking up, too, and the 17 cm that fell in the past week brought the season total to 126 cm.
Finally, Castle Mountain is ready to get its 2019-20 season going. On Saturday, Castle will officially rev up its lifts for skiers and snowboarders. The resort’s already been hit with a ton of early-winter snow, and the best way to take advantage of everything the season has to offer might be the Wonders of Winter Card. For $79.95, the card gets guests 50% off unlimited days at Castle and Marmot Basin, as well as 50% off five days as the Pass Powderkeg Ski Area in Crowsnest Pass.
If you’re looking to regularly switch-up where you ski or snowboard this season, there’s probably no better way to do it than by buying a RCR Rockies Card. For only $114.96, the card gets you on one of Kimberley, Kicking Horse, Fernie or Nakiska for free on your first, fourth an seventh visits, as well as providing big discounts on your other trips to the mountains. Kimberley has set its tentative opening date for Dec. 14.
To the surprise of absolutely no one, it’s been snowing like crazy at Revelstoke. The B.C. resort has been pounded by powder over the past seven days, with the 44 cm of snow that fell bringing the season total to an awesome 264 cm. That’s the sort of snow that keeps skiers and snowboarders coming back again and again. If that’s your reality, it’s worth investing in a Vertical Card. Even a one-day card saves guests $30 on lift tickets, but the more days you ski or ride, the more you save.
Our friends to the south at Montana’s Whitefish Mountain Resort — voted the third best ski area in North American by readers of Ski Magazine this year — will be opening this weekend with skiing and snowboarding on the north side of the mountain and limited beginner terrain. The price of a daily ticket will be reduced, too, meaning guests can get some early-season runs in for cheap.
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