Editor’s Note: We have so many excellent questions about Banff and Lake Louise, we enlisted help from our friends at Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine. They fielded some of the great questions that didn’t quite make the Legends’ list but are still very important when planning a Banff and Lake Louise ski vacation! If you haven’t entered to win, visit our Facebook and ask your question!
Which location would be best for a honeymoon? (asked by Aleksandra Sasha Melnyk)
That’s a fantastic question Aleksandra! The Canadian Rockies are always magical, stunning and brilliant honeymoon destination in both summer and winter! I think we may have mentioned that winter is the low season here, so you can expect lower prices, fewer people and our dramatic scenery is so pretty in its snow-laden glory! You can indulge in sleigh rides, dog sledding, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, romantic on-mountain winter retreats , fine dining, ice skating on Lake Louise (yes, you did read that correctly!) . The list just goes on and on! Oh, and did we mention the hot springs? A great way to relax, unwind and get cozy with your partner! Banff and Lake Louise were made for honeymooning, and whatever your idea of a perfect post-wedding celebration entails, you’ll find it in Banff National Park.
What’s the average annual snowfall in Banff? (asked by Sarah Lyons Stanishewski)
The average snowfall across our Ski Big 3 Resorts, consisting of Mt. Norquay, the Lake Louise Ski Resort and Sunshine Village, totals about 914 cm/360 inches of dry, light powder that the region is famous for. We also boast one of the longest non-glacial ski seasons in North America running from November to May. We’re currently gearing up for the Sunshine Village and Lake Louise Ski Resort anticipated opening dates of November 8th, and the conditions up on the hills are looking fabulous. Mt. Norquay is slated to open November 29th, but the conditions were so good last year that they were the first ski resort to open in Canada on October 25th. Here’s hoping that the same will be achieved this year! In our eyes, the earlier the hills can open the better! Less than a month to go! YAY!
We like to travel with our young shredder…Are these family friendly boarding destinations? (asked by Audra Arstikaitis-Nagel)
Not only are we family friendly Audra, we are FUN for the whole family! Children of all ages are welcome in Banff-Lake Louise. With two tubing parks, terrain parks on each hill, daycare and kids skiing and snowboarding schools, there is plenty to keep the kids entertained.
Which ski resort is the oldest in the Banff area? (asked by Garry Thiessen)
Mt. Norquay was the Canadian Rockies’ first ski resort, opening in 1926. The North American Chair at Mt. Norquay was built in 1948 and is the second oldest chairlift in North America. The runs that are accessed of that particular chairlift are some of the steepest we’ve ever skied! If you really want to get you heart pumping and you like moguls, try the Lone Pine run. It’s amazing! Our ski hills are always constantly evolving! Sunshine Village and the Lake Louise Ski Area have been around since the early 1930s.
What type of a cultural experience should one expect at Banff and Lake Louise that might not be found when skiing in the US? (asked by Dan Howard)
We are fortunate enough to live in this wonderful UNESCO World Heritage Site and have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in a culture that combines outdoor enthusiasts, art lovers, history buffs, foodies, socialites and everyone in between. Banff National Park has been hosting people since 1885, and we welcome more than 5 million visitors annually. Whether it’s meeting new pals on a chairlift or a gondola, having a drink at the end of a long day on the slopes or warning tourists not get too close to the roaming wildlife, we locals are very friendly, accommodating and fun! To put it simply, Banff-Lake Louise is a haven of Swiss guides, French chefs, Australian ski instructors and you.
Do you have night skiing? (asked by Louise Harty)
We certainly do! Usually starting in January, the mighty Mt. Norquay boasts the only regular night skiing/tubing in Banff National Park, running Friday and Saturday nights from 5 p.m. to 9 or 10 p.m. The hugely popular Torchlight Parade will return to The Lake Louise Ski Resort this year as well. Skiers and boarders can watch the iconic sunset and then make their way down to the base via torchlight to continue the party! If you want an altogether different experience, stay at Sunshine Mountain Lodge, Banff’s only ski-in ski-out accommodations right at Sunshine Village. Take the gondola up from the base until 5 p.m. Saturday through Thursday and until 10 p.m. on Friday and admire a starry sky unlike any other you have seen.
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