Banff and Lake Louise ski resorts report best early season snow conditions in years

Mount Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise Mountain Resort

BANFF, Alberta, Canada – Mount Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise Mountain Resort had stellar snow conditions on the weekend allowing the ski resorts to kick start their seasons on a high note.

Mount Norquay was the first resort to open in Canada this year. The resort started running its Cascade Chair on November 1st for the first time in Norquay’s history. The resort was set to open on December 8 as in previous years, but superb snow conditions facilitated an early opening date.

On Friday, November 10, Sunshine Village opened for the ski season attracting a record number of skiers. With 33 cm of snowfall in the past three days, Sunshine Village has seven out of 12 lifts and almost half of their runs open. Thanks to another hit of new snow in the past 24 hrs and mainly sunny skies, today will be a great day to warm up the ski and snowboard legs for this season. With a base of 82 cm, Sunshine Village should not have to wait much longer to open the whole mountain.

On November 11, Lake Louise Mountain resort kicked off the season after having received 77 cm of new snow this week. The resort was able to open the Summit Platter and Top of the World 6-Pack Chair, marking the earliest summit opening in years. Currently, Lake Louise has five lifts running with skiing from the summit to base and has just received another blast of snow. With the Men’s and Women’s World Cup races just around the corner, the ski world will have some great conditions to celebrate when they get to Lake Louise.

With a weather forecast that continues to be on the minuses for the next week, the ski season in Banff and Lake Louise is shaping up to be another outstanding one.

Source: Ski Banff – Lake Louise – Sunshine, news release, (15/11/06) & the web editors of

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