Alberta ski resorts get creative with early season terrain


Sometimes when you're working with Mother Nature you have to get creative. While early snow and snowmaking enabled a trio of Alberta Rockies ski resorts to open in early November, a mild, dry spell slowed momentum ever so briefly ... but not for long!

With a little ingenuity, Sunshine Village opened Nov 11 with a modified opening featuring a hike-to park and the lure of Trappers as its main offerings. But with snowfall through the Rockies over the weekend, Sunshine opened Strawberry chair Monday Nov 13 and more opening days are here again!

This coming weekend Marmot Basin will be next to open, with opening day on Nov 16. Sun Peaks is slated to follow suit Nov 18.

And with new snow at Kicking Horse, SilverStar and others, more BC resorts are on deck. Check out what's up.

Despite a limited opening, the mood at Sunshine was high as this skier hit the first jib of the season

Check out opening dates across Alberta and BC, and read on to get the skinny on what’s ahead for skiers and snowboarders.

Marmot Basin opening day Nov 16

With 31cm over the past few days, Marmot conditions are lining up for opening day. 

What to expect opening day

Lifts operating: Eagle Express, School House, magic carpet

Runs open: Tranquilizer, School House
* a mini-rail park will potentially be open on Tranquilizer (skiers' left)

Early season pricing: 60% off lift passes

Read up on how the construction of the new Knob Quad is coming along here. 

Check out our Marmot Basin destination page for specific Marmot Basin snow and weather updates, resort info, trail maps and mountain stats.

Sun Peaks, opening Nov 18

What to expect on opening day

Lifts operating: Sunburst Express and Elevation chairlifts will be turning as of 9:00am and the Learning Zone Carpet as of 8:30am on Saturday

Runs open: Cahilty and 5 Mile only

Early season pricing: 50% off regular lift tickets

Get more info at the Sun Peaks resort website.


Eye candy from Fernie

Do yourself a favour and soak in this snowy moment from Fernie, featuring the snowcat operator's view looking down into Timber Bowl. (Fernie set to open Dec 2.)

Kicking Horse glory

And for that alpine epic, the view at Eagle Eye chalet at Kicking Horse never disappoints. (Kicking Horse set to open Dec 8.)

Doc Pow and SendahWoman preview snowy 'Star

We talked up SilverStar's ultimate trip contest off the top, but here's some more juicy details and reasons to get in on it.

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