As many of you know, it's been a very so-so start to the season here in Canada. Some resorts have had a few big pow days, giving us a solid base, while others have record-low snowfall. It seems for the 2023/24 season, snow conditions will be more important than ever when deciding where you should be going.
Here is a breakdown of every major AB and BC resort in alphabetical order as of December 20th, 2023:
According to today's weather report, Castle is struggling with warm weather (2°C today) and light rain. Fingers crossed that Castle gets some of that nice fluffy snow that it's so well known for, especially before our January 6th demo day.
Lake Louise Ski Resort Conditions
Upper Mountain: 95cm base, 232cm total snowfall Mid Mountain: 72cm base, 194cm total Lift/Run Status: 11/11 lifts, 111/164 runs
Louise is off to a good start - and can list itself as one of the best resorts in Canada for snow conditions. Speaking from personal experience, I had a fantastic powder day on December 7th, including some waist-deep turns in the trees under Ptarmigan. I've been rocking the VICE 97s and 105s at Louise as of late.
Marmot has been hit with some unfortunately warm weather lately (1°C degree today at the mid-mountain). With the new Knob Chair ready to run, we're keeping our fingers crossed that Marmot gets dumped on and has some cold weather soon.
Mt. Norquay Ski Resort Conditions
Settled Base (mountain top): 72cm Total Snowfall: 145cm Lift/Run Status: 6/6 lifts, 46/60 runs
Only having skied one day at Norquay this season back when only two lifts were open in early December, it's improved a lot over the last couple of weeks. As a primarily groomer-focused resort, Norquay is a great option if you're looking to shred some groomers or hit the park.
Fernie is in! 7cm in the last 24 hours only adds to the solid base that they've built. Skiing there on December 9th, I was treated to a beautiful 40cm pow day - rocking the VICE 113s - it was fantastic.
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort Conditions
Base: 88cm Total Snowfall: 215cm Lift/Bowl Status: 4/5 lifts, 2/5 bowls open
Kicking Horse is getting decent snow, we're hoping that they can get a couple more dumps and have all bowls open in the upcoming month.
I'm biased, Revy is my favourite mountain and I can't wait to get out there. It looked like Revy was off to a really rough start to the season, having delayed opening day. But now, it looks like it's going great! Friends who have skied there got multiple pow days in the last couple of weeks.
As I'm sure many people have seen on social media, the largest resort in Canada is dying for snow. Good news though, by Monday, December 25th Whistler is forecasted to receive over 90cm of the goods!
Alberta and British Colombia Ski Resort Current Conditions Summary
It's not a great start overall for Canadian ski resorts. If you're skiing in Alberta, Lake Louise or Banff Sunshine Village would be my recommendations. If you're in BC, Revelstoke and Fernie seem to be the play!
The summit and ski of Tahoma (Mt Rainier) last spring by Paradise Ambassador Kevin Doherty-Regalia! Tahoma is the largest mountain in Washington state, the most glaciated peak in the lower 48 of the United States.