Passing through Canada and the United States, the Rockies comprise over 40 distinct Mountain ranges, providing world-class resorts that attract thousands of skiers and snowboarders from around the world each year. The Canadian Rockies comprise the Canadian segment of the North American Rocky Mountains Range, extending from the interior of Alberta up to British Columbia. The Southern end of the Rockies form part of the rugged landscapes that make up Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado and all the way down to New Mexico in the United States.
‘Lake Louise is worth the daily 40 minute drive out from Banff, it is a beautiful resort with a spectacular backdrop of the rockies mountains. When you’re in town, make sure you try some famous Alberta beef!
Lake Louise is situated in the Banff National Park and on a clear day, you will be able to see one most spectacular mountain vistas in the world. As Lake Louise is situated in Banff national park, no on snow accommodation is available and the drive from Banff takes is a good half hour bus ride. But it’s worth the ride. Being further inland than some coastal resorts in North America, the powder is light and dry. Many of the back bowls are ungroomed, resulting in a great choice for those more advanced, offering incredible skiing after a good powder dump. The Lake is also host to many racing events throughout the year, and great terrain parks suitable for all levels are set up mid season. The resort is also quite spread out which disperses the crowds reducing congestion on the slopes. But make sure you rug up – it can get cold at the lake!
LAKE LOUISE RESORT STATS
Season: Late Nov – April
Terrain: Beginner 40% / Intermediate 42% / Advanced 18%
Lift system: 11
Longest run: 8km
Average Snowfall: 380cm
Terrain Parks: Yes
Dating back to the 1920′s, Sunshine is one of Canada’s original resorts, located right in the heart of the Canadian Rockies just 16km or 20 minutes drive from Banff. Today it covers a wide area of terrain across 3 peaks and has excellent facilities. The base of the Sunshine Village ski runs and lifts is easily accessible via the 8 person high speed gondola, which will take you from the car park to the upper village in about 15 minutes.
SUNSHINE RESORT STATS
Season: Nov – May
Terrain: Beginner 22% / Intermediate 31% / Advanced 47%
Lift system: 12 including 8 seat gondola, 5 high speed quads
Longest run: 8km
Average Snowfall: 9m+
Terrain Parks: 1 terrain park