Banff fully open for Christmas

23rd December 2010, by Chris Gill

Ready and waiting at Lake Lousie

Ready and waiting at Lake Lousie

Banff is now fully open for the season, having fired up the last lift this week.

The Continental Divide lift was the last to open at Sunshine Village, serving slopes on Lookout Mountain. And the resort’s new Strawberry Express chair is also up and running. Snow conditions are pretty good at present, with low temperatures preserving the snow and up to 10cm fresh arriving this week.

Together with Lake Louise, the Banff ski areas now have over 8,000 acres of terrain ready to welcome festive skiers and boarders. Mt Norquay has also opened the newly expanded tube park, so there’s plenty to occupy the whole family.

The New Year brings new excitement to the three resorts. Mt. Norquay will again offer night skiing and riding, including a floodlit terrain park, twice weekly from 7 January. Lake Louise is debuting its new skier/boardercross course, also in January, holding the first Open Series there at the end of the month. Sunshine Village will soon have over 15 acres of freestyle terrain open in the Rogers Terrain Park, offering over 50 features including boxes, rails and tables.

Current snow depths have reached about 80cm on the upper mountain, with fine weather forecast for the next few days.

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