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Alberta’s ‘Big 3’ Add New Lifts, Play Zone, Food Options

Lake Louise

Canada’s “Big 3” – Mt. NorquayThe Lake Louise Ski Area, and Sunshine Village – have  new offerings for  this ski season in Banff, Alberta. 

Mt. Norquay is introducing a loading conveyer on its Spirit Chair. The conveyer will provide more terrain access for beginner skiers and snowboarders and improved safety for everyone. Ride time up the mountain decreases by 50 percent.

Tubing enthusiasts can look forward to new lifts, new lanes, and improved slopes at Tube Town. The number of lanes has been doubled.

The Lake Louise Ski Area debuts its Base Area Play Zone with three features. It all begins with the Bag Jump for expert skiers and snowboarders looking to catch some big air. The jump was designed by professional snowboarders, engineers, and Hollywood stuntmen to permit practice tricks without the fear of having to land them. 

The area also opens a new Tube Park located at the base of the ski area. It’s for all ages and abilities.

The third leg of the Play Zone is the new Learning & Adventure Centre that includes a revamped beginners and kids area. It also has two new magic carpets for all beginners from five to 95.

Sunshine Village has expanded its food and beverage services. There’s a smoke house at Mad Trapper’s Saloon, and the new Vietnamese Pho café in the Daylodge will feature fresh and healthy lunchtime fare.

Coming soon is a video series that will give you the latest news, snowfalls, and mountain information to plan your trip to the Canadian Rockies.

Take a day off and experience the new Tri-Area Sightseeing Pass for $39.95. The pass offers a round trip on the Grizzly Express gondola with a 7,900-foot vista at Lake Louise, ride the high-speed gondola to Sunshine Daylodge, and take the Angel Express Chair to the Teahouse at Mt. Norquay. Pass includes transportation on the ski shuttle bus to all three resorts, plus a $12 food voucher.

Try all three ski areas. Take advantage of the tri-area lift ticket with almost 8,000 access of skiable terrain. The Big 3 Season Pass for one adult can be purchased at a discounted rate of $1,399 CDN until Sept. 30, for a savings of  $450 CDN. Pass entitles you to skiing/riding, night skiing/riding at Mt. Norquay from Jan.-March, and food and beverage discounts on the mountains.

Photo: Lake Louise Ski Area/ Henry Georgl

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