Photo Tour: Winter in Canada is Underway – Banff’s SkiBig3 and Nakiska Celebrate Opening Weekend

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Great opening day conditions at Nakiska Ski Area. Credit: Nakiska Facebook

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.

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Mt. Norquay looking good… Credit: @amandajtimm

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.

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.

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A few inches forecast this week at Lake Louise. Credit: snow-forecast.com

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.

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Powdery conditions at Lake Louise. Credit: @SkiBig3
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No rock skis needed here. Credit: @SunshineVillage
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Earn those turns! Credit: @megggz
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‘Ave it! Credit: @mtnorquay
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Credit: @skilouise
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Beautiful day at Sunshine Village. Credit: @SkiBig3
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Sunshine Village stoke! Credit: @vrenster
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And they’re off… Mt. Norquay. Credit: @SkiBig3

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