Banff Ski Resort Earliest Opening Day In 95 Year History

Banff Ski Resort Earliest Opening Day In 95 Year History

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Banff Ski Resort Earliest Opening Day In 95 Year History

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Excellent news for our neighbors to the North….Canada’s ski season is officially open for business as Banff’s Mount Norquay started spinning Cascade Chair for it’s earliest opening day in its 95 year history. Global News Canada spoke with GM Andre Quenneville who had this to say about the unusually early opening day:

“Oct. 12 was the last day of summer sightseeing and [assisted climbing experience] Via Ferrata, and there was no snow and people were climbing on the mountain. Here we are less than two weeks later, and we are skiing.”

COVID-19 brings a few changes to the slopes including mandatory lift ticket pre-purchase to help gather information for contact tracing. Also staff will ask a few health questions at the booth by the parking lot, and masks are required in the lodge, in the lift line and on  chairlifts. Cheers to the start of the Canadian ski season!

Here are the lucky Canucks who got the first chair:

 

tentative opening dates for some other Area ski resorts:

  • Nakiska: Nov. 6
  • Lake Louise: Nov. 6
  • Sunshine: Nov. 8
  • Fernie: Dec. 5
  • Kicking Horse: Dec. 11
  • WinSport: Nov. 27

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