As you cut from the tree line and kick a plume of champagne powder into the air, you wonder, which of the six major ski resorts in Alberta will you explore tomorrow?
Alberta’s top ski resorts traditionally open in November for one of the longest ski seasons in North America. Thrilling new challenges, tubing, gourmet soup bowls, big air bag jumps – so much to choose from.
Here’s what’s new in Alberta for the 2012-13 ski and snowboard season.
Lake Louise Ski Area (Lake Louise)
Get Big Air with Bag Jump
What do Hollywood stuntmen, pro snowboarders and engineers have in common at the Lake Louise Ski Area? They helped design the new Bag Jump for experts who love grabbing big air. While you’re up there, enjoy one of Canada’s most photographed vistas, Lake Louise.
Mt. Norquay (Banff)
Tubing is Trending with Families
You’re a kid again. This time, as you spin, the mountain’s the slide. Popular with families, Mt. Norquay Tube Town attracts uber-tubers of all ages. It expands this season with new lifts, new lanes and improved slopes.
Sunshine Village (Banff)
Try Alternative Eats
Here’s a different kind of mountain bowl. Dig in as the Vietnamese Pho café in the day lodge opens with hot and healthy alternatives such as pho soup. Check out the new European creperie, too, as Sunshine Village varies its eats.
Explore Monster Trail Network
Just 50 minutes from Calgary, you peer across a range of Canadian Rocky Mountains peaks. Then you drop down into Nakiska’s Monster Trail network of 20 new ski runs. The world’s top skiers train here. Today, you feel like one of them.
Castle Mountain (Near Pincher Creek)
Ski Wild West Powder, Alberta-Style
You’re on Castle’s Powder Stagecoach, one of the few Cat Skiing operations in Western Canada. This season, expanded runs make your adventure into unlimited backcountry powder even more thrilling.
Marmot Basin (Jasper)
Welcome to the School House
You can learn to ski in the Rockies. Marmot’s new School House Learning Area features improved features for beginners. The magic carpet now splits the slope, creating a better experience for instructors and students.