Norquay's earliest opening ever: Ski season 2020 is here

YES! It Is happening!

We don’t have to look far for signs of winter because here @SnowSeekers we are stoked that this recent gift of snowfall in western Canada and the Alberta Rockies means we can ski or ride – like tomorrow.

@MntNorquay opens Saturday, Oct 24 - the earliest opening in their 95-year history.

Norquay early opening Oct 24 2020

Cold temperatures, some natural snow and snowmaking means Norquay is opening the earliest ever.

Ironically, its summer operations just closed Oct. 11, so that’s not much downtime to get into a whole new season, but they’re making it happen. "And that night it started to snow and hasn't stopped since!" says Norquay's Simon Moffatt. "Over half a metre of snow over the past two weeks, and it hasn’t stopped."

“The snow came early, so we got ready early,” says Moffatt. “Thanks to all the snowfall and chilly temps we’ve seen lately, we’ve been busy enhancing the natural conditions with lots of snow-making to get ready for the big day.” 

Norquay like other ski resorts wants to remind folks that skiing will be different this year. Norquay is encouraging skiers to pack a lunch and masks will be mandatory in line and on the lifts.

Norquay Webcam October 23 2020

The snowy webcam view from the Cascade chair at Norquay.

As you can see from these screenshots, it’s not just Norquay who is seeing the POW! Everyone's getting some winter snow love. 

Get connected with us and plan now for where you are going to hit the slopes. Let us help you plan with this opening dates story.

(NOTE: Check back here frequently as we keep the awesome snow conditions up to date.)

Lake Louise Webcam October 2020

View from the Lodge of Ten Peaks at Lake Louise Oct. 23.

There’s so much happening at Alberta ski resorts and so early in the season. You'll be able to hit up these slopes in October and November. 

  • The Calgary 1988 legacy ski hill, @SkiNakiska, has targeted Friday, Oct. 30 for its opening day – while Lake Louise Marmot Basin are also expecting an early November openings.
  • Lake Louise and Nakiska will also be featured in the return of SnowSeekers’ #NewSkiAB this season, with stories about how skiing is finding a new audience among new Albertans. 
Hudson Bay Webcam October 2020

Hello, Hudson Bay! Looks like we'll see you on the slopes soon.

Meanwhile in B.C.

Keep your eyes focused on northern B.C.’s first opening, the legendary @PowderKing continues to deliver the awesome snow, and be sure to follow along with us for our fifth installment of #SkiNorthBC this season.

Take a look at these webcam shots and let us know where you’ve planning to get your first turns in using the hashtag #SnowSeekers. If you let us know where you want to go, we might just hook you up with some incentives.


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