Banff’s three ski areas of Sunshine Village, Lake Louise Ski Resort, and Mt. Norquay, collectively known as SkiBig3, became the first Canadian ski resorts open full-time for skiing and riding. Nakiska, the closest resort to Calgary and also in Alberta, also opened for weekend snowsports.
“With a week of cool temps and an early start to winter snowfall in the mountains, we’ve got a fantastic beginning to the 2018/19 ski season,” a Banff ski areas spokesperson said.
At Sunshine Village, one of the few major ski areas left in the world to still operate with 100% natural snowfall and no snowmaking, Wawa, Strawberry Express, Wolverine Express, and Jackrabbit chairlifts were turning.
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Lake Louise Ski Resort, which is the first venue on the World cup downhill calendar in a few weeks’ time, the Glacier Express Chair was operating and two small terrain parks were open.
And at Mt. Norquay the Cascade Chair served a mini jib park. All areas say additional terrain will continue to open in the coming days.
The SkiBig3 are just 3 of the 37 iconic destinations available on the Ikon Pass.