by Ski Banff Lake Louise Sunshine
With so many ski resorts opening their hills well into December, the resorts of the Canadian Rockies are always a bit ahead of the curve with their November start dates and there are definite advantages to hitting the slopes early. Here are the top six benefits of heading to the slopes during the month of November.
1) Get your ski legs back before the throngs arrive
The first few days back on skis or strapped into a board are always a bit rough: your timing may be off, you may catch an edge or just cruise along looking awkward, uncomfortable and anything but smooth. Usually this results in a slow-mo bail on embarrassingly simple terrain with a chairlift full of hecklers present to witness your embarrassment– all while you shake your fist, swearing audibly that you are not a novice or first-timer. Why not get this embarrassment out of the way before the slopes get more traffic and your chances of running into someone you know increase? Get those awkward first runs in this month to ensure you look like a pro when you shred over the holidays.
2) Book what you want, when you want it
The holiday season does get a little busier and, while the slopes remain relatively uncrowded, booking accommodation can become challenging. That condo with a loft and fireplace you’ve been dreaming of is more likely to be available in November. Visiting early, before the holiday rush, will give you access to the widest selection of accommodation at various price points – you call the shots and don’t have to settle for just what is available. Discounted vacation packages
are also available if booked before November 30th, so there are definite advantages to both booking and visiting during the month of November.
3) Scope out this season’s ski fashion before getting kitted out
Coveting the latest gear is a common problem for most skiers and snowboards; there is always a new shade of blue in that Arcteryx shell that you have been eyeing forever or a board with a graphic so sweet you are instantly filled with envy. So hit the slopes early to scope out who's wearing what, then invest in the cream of the crop.
4) Skate on nature’s natural rinks
There is a short window during late November to early December when the lakes freeze over but snow hasn’t accumulated quite enough to cover the glassy surfaces – it’s when outdoor skating in Banff National Park is at its best! So if you need to take a day off the slopes, skate directly on the famous Lake Louise with a backdrop of glaciers, or in Banff hit up Vermillion Lakes for epic views of Rundle Mountain or Lake Minnewanka for the longest track of ice around.
5) Avoid crowds
Mid-week skiing in November will make you feel like you own the mountain! Rock star parking right by the base will be wide open and you will always get straight onto the chair with zero wait! You’ll find fresh cord well after
the first few runs and often into the afternoon.
6) Come off as the 'Early Season Savant'
For the REST
of the season, when someone talks about conditions you can come across as a true sage by opening with, ‘When I was there early season…” It will give you automatic cred.
Check out our conditions now at Mount Norquay
, Sunshine Village
, and Lake Louise Ski Resort.
Want to see more? Here is what this week looks like at Mount Norquay
and Lake Louise.