Posted on 31 August 2012
The Canadian ski resorts of Banff, Lake Louise, Mount Norquay and the Sunshine Village are set to receive some upgrades for the upcoming ski season. In particular Mount Norquay is set to see some big changes, including an improved Spirit Chair which should allow greater access to terrain, especially for beginners, and which should provide better safety for everyone. The new ski lift will offer a much faster ride up the mountain and in addition there will be double the amount of tubing lanes.
Lake Louise is set to launch its new Base Area Play Zone that is especially designed for expert snowboarders and skiers. In addition Lake Louise will open a brand-new tube park and a new learning and adventure centre. Over in the Sunshine Village efforts are being made to improve the restaurants and bars.
Banff is also improving facilities for non-skiers with the introduction of a new sight-seeing pass. Although the ski resorts probably won’t open until the beginning of November there is still plenty to do year round. Both Lake Louise and Banff are very popular summer destinations.
Lake Louise has spectacular scenery throughout all the seasons and is one of the largest ski areas in North America with 4,200 acres of skiable areas. There is also a lot to do in this area in the summer with sightseeing excursions, heli-hiking tours, caving expeditions and wildlife watching all attracting large visitor numbers. This means accommodation is always in demand.
A recent poll of more than 18,000 skiers and snowboarders rated Banff as being the second most popular ski resort in the world, with Whistler taking first place.