We are still in the month of August and summer is rapidly coming to an end in some parts of North America. It has definitely been a very active year for Mother Nature this year with extreme weather affecting people around the world ranging from flooding, wildfires, hurricanes, and record amounts of snowfall. Every day we are getting closer to opening day and summer is still trying to hold on, but Old Man Winter is reminding us that he is on his way.
The first snowfall of the year in Banff, Canada, was captured in a video and posted on Sunshine Village Ski Area’s Instagram page:
Banff is home to three world-class resorts Sunshine Village, Lake Louise, and Mount Norquay which together are known as the “Big Three.” Lake Louise is the largest of the three resorts with 4,200 acres of skiable terrain and is one of the largest ski resorts in North America. Banff is known for the beauty that is the Canadian Rockies, friendly locals, and a long ski season which makes it a destination spot for skiers and riders from around the world.
Two hours west of Calgary in Banff, Sunshine Village Ski Area is known for attracting snowboarders from around the world. This is due to the plentiful amounts of natural snow that falls throughout the season which starts in early November and usually last through late May. On average, Sunshine Village receives about 244 inches of snowfall a season which provides great coverage for the 3,300 acres of skiable terrain.
Although snowfall is being reported in August, opening day at the Big Three usually happens sometime in November. Skiers and snowboarders are less than 100 days away from being back on Banff’s mountains. With the Farmer’s Almanac predicting colder-than-normal temperatures and more snowfall than last winter, the winter of 2023/24 in Canada could be a good one.