SNOW SCENE: NOTES, March 10, 2022

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Lake Louise

They completely filled their schedule in Lake Louise this month, which is pretty amazing after a long time when events in the mountains were hard to come by. There is a Freeride World Qualifier from March 15-17 and the annual favorite The Big Mountain Challenge which takes place the following day, March 18. Two days later, on March 20, there’s a demo day for anyone looking to try out new gear before committing to buying it. With so much to do, it’s definitely worth considering buying a spring pass, which gives you unlimited access to the lifts until Banff National Park resort closes for the season. May 8 – that’s 63 days of skiing or snowboarding, for everyone. There is a lot of snow in Lake Louise, as 21cm that fell on the mountain last week brought the season total to 677cm.

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village of the sun

We really can’t overstate how long Sunshine Village is left in its season. The resort is still open until mid-late May, and this year it’s not scheduled to close until May 23rd, so there’s plenty of time to turn around before turning to the beautiful Alberta summer. With so much time left to ski or snowboard, buying a Spring Pass only makes sense. An adult pass costs you just $499 and gives you unlimited skiing or riding from March 21 until the end of the season. The station was hit by 21cm of fresh powder last week, and the season total now stands at 724cm. Proof of vaccination is no longer required.

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Norquay

It’s been a while since most of us have been able to pull out all the stops and really pull out our best retro ski gear, and it’s something of a Rocky Mountain tradition. If you need to scratch that old school itch, may we suggest heading to Norquay on Saturday? That’s when the resort of Banff hosts its Retro Day – complete with a VJ Dance Party – which will celebrate all that made skiing and snowboarding special back in the day. Norquay was hit with 18cm of snow last week and 351cm this season.

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Nakiska

One of the most famous things about Nakiska is that you can go out for half a day and do some shopping before returning to Calgary in time for dinner – or lunch if you’re leaving in the morning. Getting a Spring Pass makes it even easier. Passes are on sale now — adults pay $499 — and give you unlimited days on the mountain as temperatures get a little more bearable. Nakiska has a spring treasure hunt scheduled for March 12-20, while there will be a pair of princesses on the mountain on March 23. The resort was hit with 33cm of snow last week and the season total now stands at 326cm..

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WinSport

If you’re wondering where all the best skiers and snowboarders in the province will be over the next two weeks, well, they’ll probably be at Canada Olympic Park. WinSport hosts the Alberta Freestyle Skiing Championships from March 9-13, the Alberta Snowboard 2022 Pipe Fest – which features a cast of different age groups competing for the provincial championship – from March 16-18, then the National Junior Freestyle Skiing Championships March 23-27.

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horse kicking

At the end of the month, the resort of Golden, British Columbia will host the Steep Dreams Ski Mountaineering Festival from March 25-27. The three-day event will feature a vertical race, an individual race and a team race, and will also serve as the North American Championship while serving as a qualifying event for the Canadian and US National Teams. Conditions are pretty fantastic right now at Kicking Horse, as the resort received 29cm of snow last week and its season total is 689cm. It should be remembered that since Kicking Horse is across the border in British Columbia, proof of vaccination is always required.

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Panorama

The FIS Alpine Skiing Junior World Championships wrapped up at Panorama on Wednesday, and while this massive event has understandably been a real focal point around the resort of Invermere, British Columbia, all winter, it there is still plenty of time between now and the end of the season to get your alpine kick going. The resort saw 21cm of snow last week, bringing the season’s total to 511cm. Also keep in mind that Panorama is in British Columbia, so proof of vaccination is required to enter the Alto Kitchen & Bar and T-Bar & Grill.

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Fernie

Spring in Fernie is something special. As the temperatures warm and the days get longer, the resort and town seem to come alive. That’s true this year as much as any other, as Fernie Alpine Resort has filled its calendar with fun events for the whole family. There’s a Select Aperitivo Apres at Cirque Restaurant this Saturday, the Raging Elk Kinky Rail Jam Finals on March 19, and the Dirty Dancer Banked Slalom on March 26-27. Oh, and there’s a lot of snow too. With 50cm of powder falling on BC Mountain, the season total sits at 784cm.

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Kimberly

Kimberley had a tough break this winter when a fire at the Northstar Quad chair top station forced them to close it for the season. We have our fingers crossed that it will be up and running again next year, and the good people at Kimberley are still doing everything they can to give skiers and snowboarders the best possible experience, but there are challenges. The Easter Chair, Tamarack Chair, Owl T-Bar, and Magic Carpet are all operational, although using the Tamarack Chair involves some walking which can usually be done in around 20-40 minutes. The resort also has running snowcats to try and get as many people up the mountain as possible. As one of the ski areas opened by Resorts of the Canadian Rockies, proof of vaccination is required to ski or snowboard at Kimberley.

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Revelstoke

They will talk about the powder supplies this season has delivered to Revelstoke for years to come. The fact that the season’s total is already at 966cm really tells the whole story, and with forecasts calling for much more snow by the end of March, Revelstoke should be well over 10 meters of the substance. white fluffy by the end of the season — the station has been affected by 9 cm in the last seven days. The resort hosts a four-day IFSA Regional Junior Freeride competition from March 10-13 and Grom Con Vol. 2, a railway competition especially for children, on March 19. Proof of vaccination is required.

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