What's New at Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine in 2015

by SkiBig3

Three ski resorts – Mt. Norquay, The Lake Louise Ski Resort and Sunshine Village – and two quaint mountain communities – Banff and Lake Louise – are nestled among 1.6 million acres of unspoiled wilderness that is Banff National Park. Canada’s first National Park, and the third-oldest park in the world, Banff National Park is pristine, rugged and utterly awe-inspiring. Experience towering peaks, glacier-fed lakes and the driest, lightest snow imaginable. But what does it mean for the skier or rider? Imagine views and vistas as far as the eye can see unblemished by development. Imagine peak, after peak, after peak of pristine snow, jagged-edged crags and an unfathomable number of trees. Discover the makings of a fairytale, with castles, châteaux and hamlets nestled amongst the storied peaks of this winter wonderland.

Canada’s treasured Banff National Park is home to three distinctive mountain resorts: Mt. Norquay, The Lake Louise Ski Resort and Sunshine Village. Combined, the resorts boast 8,000 acres of skiing and riding, 2 gondolas, 26 chairlifts, and 30 feet of feather-light, dry Canadian Rockies powder annually, all accessible with one tri-area lift ticket.

Tentative Opening Dates:

Lake Louise Ski Resort:   November 7, 2015
Sunshine Village:            November 11, 2015
Mt. Norquay:                  TBA

What’s New?

The Hottest Chairlift in Canada debuts at Sunshine Village
Canada’s first heated chairlift will debut at Sunshine Village just in time for the 2015-16 ski season. The new Tee Pee Town high-speed quad will feature heated seats, footrests and protective orange bubble covers. The state-of-the-art lift will run at a speed of 1,000 feet per minute and will feature an impressive 47 bubble chairs. The lift offers access to blue runs with expansive views of Mountain Assiniboine off of the Continental Divide while also opening up challenging black and double black terrain like the Shoulder – a local’s favourite— as well as the popular Tee Pee Chutes.

New Executive Chef introduces Vegas Flair to Lake Louise
While only in his thirties, Executive Chef, Scott Green has notched a succession of acclaimed culinary achievements on his belt: a disciplined education at Nevada’s prestigious Le Cordon Bleu, Executive Chef at Las Vegas’ world-renowned Wynn, Caesars, Mandalay Bay and Little Buddha, plus lead chef for the launch of three Celebrity Cruise Line vessels. Having previously been tested under the bright lights and high pressure of Las Vegas, Scott's relocation to the Canadian Rockies presents a new challenge: accessing 11 food and beverage across 4,200 acres and only one pair of skis.

If an elevated dining experience is your style, the recently renovated Whitehorn Bistro is the ultimate way to go. Sitting mid-mountain at an elevation of 2042m (6700’) and a breathtaking backdrop of Mount Temple, guests enjoy an upscale menu including cheese fondue, signature seafood chowder or house made bison burger.  If indulgence is what you are after, the baked Camembert followed by the braised bison short ribs is sure to please any palate.

Sushi meets the mountains!
The 2015-16 season will see the opening of a new Sushi Bar within the Lodge of Ten Peaks. This new outlet will incorporate the traditions of quality sushi while creating the individual presentations that utilize the elements of the Canadian Rockies such as wood and stone. The menu will feature AAA Alberta beef tataki, nigiri, sashimi and custom Maki rolls designed and named after classic runs and terrain from around the resort.

Moonlight Dining at Mt. Norquay’s historic Cliffhouse Bistro
Perched high on the upper cliff bands of Mt. Norquay, this historic bistro will open only on full moon nights, creating the unique opportunity for an evening of magical dining overlooking the town of Banff. Guests ascend the North American Chair to this high alpine eatery to dine fireside on the culinary creations of Chef Morne Burger.  Surrounded by moonlight shadows and snow-capped peaks, guests will dine amongst the stars at 7,000 feet overlooking the glittering lights of town below.
Full Moon Dates:  January 22, 2016; February 19, 2016; March 25, 2016
February 14:  Valentine’s Moonlight dinner featuring a 5 course dinner with wine pairings
Ski-in, Ski-out Luxury at Sunshine Mountain Lodge  
Banff’s only ski-in, ski-out hotel, the Sunshine Mountain Lodge,  is getting a new look just in time for the 2015-16 ski season. The Main Lodge wing , featuring 48 deluxe rooms, will now include new carpeting, refinished wood furniture,  new HD TV’s and luxurious Eden Textile linens, making your stay at the Sunshine Mountain Lodge better than ever. In addition, the eight Main Lodge suites will now feature custom American Leather sofa beds. Imagine yourself relaxing in your plush Sunshine Mountain Lodge robe while taking in the majestic Rocky Mountain views, all from the comfort of your own room.

Special Events for 2015-16:

Mt. Norquay turns 90!:   The oldest ski resort in the Canadian Rockies has been a family affair since the 1926. Our first ski cabin was built in 1927 and the first rope tow was installed in 1941. The North American or “Big Chair” has been providing riders with Bow Valley views since 1948, making it one of the oldest chairs in North America. Ski racing has always been a part of Norquay’s heritage with the first slalom courses set back in 1929 and host to the North American Champions races in 1937. To mark this 90th anniversary, Mt. Norquay will be celebrating with many special events throughout the season. 

The Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup:  Watch the world’s fastest racers begin the World Cup speed circuit at the Lake Louise Ski Resort, amongst the Canadian Rockies in Banff National Park. This is the only World Cup outside of Europe to join the ranks of the famous Club 5 Ski Classics. The Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup is one of the select few that hold both the men’s and ladies speed events on the World Cup circuit and will play host to the first Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill and super-G races of the season. This is the only event of its kind in Canada and is broadcast to a global audience in excess of 184 million.      
Men: November 28-29, 2015      Women: December 4-6, 2015

88th Annual Slush Cup & 1st Annual Pond Skimming World Cup:  Mark your calendar, the first-ever Pond Skimming World Cup is coming to Banff National Park, May 23, 2016. In partnership with POWDER Magazine, Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine is excited to announce the 2016 Slush Cup held annually at Sunshine Village will also serve as the 1st Annual Pond Skimming World Cup.    With qualifying events taking place across a variety of North American ski resorts next winter season, finalists will descend upon Sunshine Village on their final day of the season for the Pond Skimming World Cup as part of the 88th Annual Slush Cup.

Mountain Collective - the power to own your winter  
Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine joined the Mountain Collective in 2014 granting pass holders access to eleven destinations representing 21 mountains, more than 43,000 acres of terrain, 271 lifts, 1,964 trails, and an unmatched reputation for snow quality, quantity and steeps.  The Mountain Collective pass unites eleven premier independent ski destinations including AltaSnowbird, Aspen Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Mammoth, Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine,  Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Whistler Blackcomb and new for this season: Sun Valley, Thredbo, Stowe and Taos. Prices starting at just $399 USD for adults and $99 for children (12 and under), Mountain Collective pass holders enjoy two days of skiing and riding at each resort during the 2015-2016 season. www.mountaincollective.com