Everything you need to know for the 2020/2021 season
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Amber McLinden, SnowSeekers
A lot has happened in Alberta and British Columbia since last season, and there's so much to know as we prepare for the upcoming winter! From early bird deals at your favourite resorts, the winter weather forecast, and the chance to work on the hill, we've got everything you need to know.
What to expect this winter
It's time to get excited about the snowfall coming to the interior of BC and Alberta! The Farmers' Almanac says western Canada is going to be pretty cold this year, but with more precipitation, meaning more snow for us.
Besides the exciting weather predictions, ski resorts across Western Canada have been preparing and updating their hills for the upcoming season. Check out what's been happening around Alberta and BC.
Fernie Alpine Resort
The folks at Fernie have been getting staff trained for winter - and by staff, we mean these adorable pups on the Canine Avalanche Rescue Team.
The Lake Louise Ski Resort
Just in time for the 2020/21 winter season, Lake Louise is installing a new quad chair that gives skiers and snowboarders access to 480 acres of new terrain in the West Bowl.
Pass Powderkeg Ski Area
Pass Powderkeg has tons of updates this season, including a brand new run and a lift extension.
RED Mountain Resort
Planned to open this winter, RED has been working on the construction of six overnight cabins situated right on the hill for easy ski and snowboard access!
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
The new benches at Kicking Horse feature interpretive signage to share local history and the names of some runs!
Where to get an early bird deal
With most travel happening locally, tons of ski resorts are offering super sweet deals on season passes, and lots still have early bird sales going on well into the fall. Here's everywhere to snag a deal on a pass.
Apex Mountain Resort. Price freeze on early bird and family discount passes until October 4.
Baldy Mountain Resort. Summer sale price until September 27.
Big White Ski Resort. Early bird pricing until October 18 and pre-season pricing until November 25.
Castle Mountain Resort. Purchase before September 30 for the discounted rate.
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. Buy during their sale until September 12 for a discounted pass.
Lake Louise Ski Resort. Discounted rates until October 15. Returning passholders get 25% off.
Manning Park Resort. Extended early, early bird rate until October 31.
Panorama Mountain Resort. Save up to $150 off regular price season passes until October 16.
Powder King Mountain Resort. Get a discount on your pass until November 6.
Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Early bird discount until September 30, and the pre-season discount until October 31.
SilverStar Mountain Resort. Price freeze on season passes means discounts until September 27.
Sun Peaks Resort. Best price until September 30.
Whitewater Ski Resort. Get early bird pricing until September 30 and pre-season pricing until resort opening.
Winsport Olympic Park. Early bird sale on until October 15.
How to become one of the crew
With travel being mainly local right now, ski hills are looking for staff from right here at home! If you've ever thought about working at a resort, now is definitely the perfect opportunity. Here are just a few posts from some great places looking to hire for the season.
Big White Ski Resort
Hudson Bay Mountain
Spend your winter in Jasper as staff on the hill at Marmot Basin.
Nakiska Ski Area
Nakiska is hiring for tons of winter positions. Check it out on their career page!
Pass Powderkeg Ski Area
Banff Sunshine Village
Sunshine is hiring for a ton of indoor and outdoor positions which you can check out on their career page.