Winter is coming in Alberta! The mountain towns of Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper – home to the distinctive ski resorts of Banff Sunshine Ski Resort, Lake Louise Ski Resort, Mt. Norquay Ski Resort and Marmot Basin – are all set to open for the winter 19/20 season soon!
First to open will be the resorts of Mt. Norquay and Lake Louise on 1 November, while Banff’s Sunshine Village will open the following week on 8 November. Along the stunning Icefields Parkway, opening day at Marmot Basin in Jasper National Park is targeted for 23 November.
The four resorts boast nearly 10,000 acres of skiing, two gondolas, 33 chairlifts and 30 feet of feather-light dry Canadian Rockies powder annually.
Here’s what’s new in Alberta this winter:
THE GLACIER VIEW LODGE REDEFINES AN ELEVATED STAY
Pursuit Collection has unveiled an all-inclusive high alpine experience set amongst the dramatic backdrop of Alberta’s Columbia Icefield. A stay at the premium Glacier View Lodge begins with a welcome reception and evening glacier tour with canapes and cocktails on the ice. Guests then move indoors for a three-course gourmet dinner featuring locally sourced cuisine at Altitude Restaurant, followed by entertainment and stargazing on the expansive outdoor patio. The experience then concludes with breakfast and private access to the Columbia Icefield Skywalk, a fully accessible, cliff-edge walkway that leads to a glass-floored observation platform extending 918 feet over the valley.
ALL NEW SCENIC SNOW CAT EXPERIENCE AT CASTLE MOUNTAIN
At Castle Mountain Resort you now have the chance to climb aboard their Powder Stagecoach and take part in their all new 12-seat Scenic Snow Cat Experience. Whisking you high onto Haig Ridge, guests will enjoy hot chocolate and snacks at the top of the world amidst stunning alpine vistas. This non-skiing activity can be enjoyed by all – just be sure to wear warm clothing for the chairlift ride up to meet the cat. Priced from $89.95 per adult, the experience runs on Saturdays from 28 December 2019 to 16 March 2020.
INTRODUCING MALIGNE CANYON ICEWALKS
Beginning on 13 December, visitors to Jasper National Park can explore Maligne Canyon this winter on one of three newly-introduced daily ice walks. The Early Bird, Midday and Night Owl tours each offer participants the chance to explore an enchanting maze of natural ice sculptures, ice caves and towering frozen waterfalls. From a journey of exploration during the morning golden hour to a headlamp-lit evening adventure, each tour offers a different experience of this frozen wonderland. Experienced guides keep guests safe and comfortable in small groups (maximum size of 12) with warm boots, ice cleats and helmets included on all tours.
WINTER GLAMPING TENTS AT MOUNT ENGADINE LODGE
New last winter, Mount Engadine Lodge has launched their fully winterised and comfortably furnished glamping tents complete with beautiful views, hardwood floors, king beds with cosy bedding and a gas fireplace. Known for their scrumptious and fresh creations, stays includes an all-inclusive dining program, perfect after a day exploring in the backcountry.
My Canada Trips (0800 021 7732 / www.mycanadatrips.co.uk) has a nine-night winter wonderland adventure holiday travelling from Edmonton to Calgary via Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff from £1,359 per person. Departing on 14th January 2020, the price includes return Westjet flights from London Gatwick to Edmonton and departing via Calgary, and airport coach transfers. The winter activities include snowshoeing at Marble Canyon, a sleigh ride at Lake Louise and a Maligne Canyon ice walk. This price is based on two adults travelling and sharing room only accommodation.
Frontier Ski (020 8776 8709 / www.frontier-ski.co.uk) has seven nights at the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge in Kananaskis from £925 per person. Departing in February 2020, the price includes return Air Canada flights from London Heathrow to Calgary and seven-days mid-size SUV car hire (including extra driver, full tank of petrol, and GPS). The price is based on two adults travelling and sharing room only accommodation.
Canadian Affair (0203 424 6333 / www.canadianaffair.com) has a seven-night ski holiday staying in Jasper and Banff from £2,150 per person on a room only basis. Departing 22nd December 2019, the price includes return flights from London Heathrow to Calgary, as well as standard SUV fully inclusive car hire and lift passes for both. Based on two adults travelling and sharing accommodation.
For more information on Alberta, visit www.travelalberta.com/uk
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For more information on Marmot Basin visit www.skimarmot.com