Alberta's Powder Trifecta: 3 Mountains, 1 Lift Ticket, Endless First Tracks

18th November 2013 | Travel Alberta

News Regions: Alberta, Banff, Canada

Resorts in this article: Lake Louise, Marmot Basin, Mt. Norquay, Sunshine Village

Lake Louise, Banff National Park - ©Travel Alberta

Consistently named one of the world’s most beautiful ski resorts, Lake Louise is always ready to amaze.

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One of the few places on earth blessed with the conditions that create the light, airy powder that skiers and snowboarders worldwide crave, Alberta's Canadian Rockies are an untouched powder paradise. Deep snow addicts can find themselves floating through the famed Big Three resorts in Banff National Park on one tri-area lift ticket: Mount Norquay, Lake Louise Ski Resort and Sunshine Village. Conquer the downhill ski scene or go by snow cat or helicopter to the backcountry, where pure virgin runs await.

Just minutes from Banff, Norquay puts downhill fun at your fingertips—day or night.

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At Mount Norquay, you’ll find terrain for all skill levels, plus the resort has the only night skiing in Banff, including a fully-lit terrain park. A local favorite, Norquay is famous as the training ground for Olympic and World Cup athletes. 

  • Minutes from the town of Banff
  • Features hourly rates as well as day passes
  • 28 runs
  • Vertical: 1,650 feet 28 runs
  • Terrain: 20% Beginner, 36% Intermediate, 28% Advanced, 16% Expert
  • Average snowfall: 120 inches

Lake Louise covers 4,200 acres of skiable terrain.

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With more than 4,200 acres of skiable terrain spread across four mountain faces, Lake Louise Ski Resort is one of the largest ski areas in North America. The resort has one of the coolest après events—torchlight dinner and ski

  • Minutes from the village of Lake Louise
  • 139 runs and back bowls
  • Vertical: 3,250 feet
  • Terrain: 25% Beginner, 45% Intermediate, 30% Advanced
  • Average snowfall: 179 inches

Combining an astounding annual snowfall and a seven month season, Sunshine Village takes winter to another level.

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Canada’s highest elevated resort, Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort has guaranteed snow November through May. Play on 3,358 skiable acres. This is Banff National Park’s premier ski-in, ski-out resort. 

  • 15 minutes from Banff
  • 107 runs
  • Vertical: 3,514 feet
  • Terrain: 20% Beginner, 55% Intermediate, 25% Advanced
  • Average snowfall: 30 feet and counting


Or head farther north to Jasper National Park and ski Marmot Basin.

With an un-crowded mix of wide open bowls and perfectly-spaced glades, Marmot is your northern ski destination.

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Marmot Basin, in the heart of Jasper National Park, enjoys superb skiing and snowboarding on 1,675 acres from November through May. With three main lodge buildings, everything you need for a great powder day is conveniently located on the hill. A variety of terrain parks will keep boarders busy learning new tricks. 

  • 20 minutes from Jasper, daily shuttle available
  • 86 runs
  • Vertical: 3,000 feet
  • Terrain: 30% Beginner, 30% Intermediate, 20% Advanced, 20% Expert
  • Average snowfall: 160 inches


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