SAFETY

 Most ski areas require skiers to comply with the Alpine Responsibility Code; those found violating the code may have their lift tickets revoked.

 Alpine Responsibility Code

1.  Always stay in control. You must be able to stop, or avoid other people or objects.
2. People ahead of you have the right-of-way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
3. Do not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
4. Before starting downhill or merging onto a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
5. If you are involved in or witness a collision or accident, you must remain at the scene and identify yourself to the Ski Patrol.
6. Always use proper devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
7. Observe and obey all posted signs and warnings.
8. Keep off closed trails and closed areas.
9. You must not use lifts or terrain if your ability is impaired through use of alcohol and drugs.
10. You must have sufficient physical dexterity, ability and knowledge to safety load, ride and unload lifts. If in doubt, ask the lift attendant.

In addition, many ski areas require all skiers under 18 to wear a helmet; helmet rentals are often available for a low price. See www.lidsforkids.org for more information on ski helmets for children.

For more skiing safety information, see the websites of the Canada West Ski Areas Association and Canadian Ski Patrol.

ALBERTA ROCKIES

Banff

(Tri Area Lift Ticket for Norquay, Sunshine and Lake Louise)

Mount Norquay

See notes under Lake Louise (below) for information on the Canadian Rockies Louise Card, which provides discounts on Mount Norquay lift tickets. Available only to residents of Canada and the states of Washington, Idaho and Montana .

Sunshine Village 

This large ski area has a huge variety of terrain, for all levels of skiers, from toddlers in the Tiny Tigers day care/ski school, to extreme skiers on the two specially restricted double black diamond runs. There are also on-hill accommodations at the Sunshine Inn. It is unusual amongst ski resorts in the Canadian Rockies for its all-natural snow (no snowmaking machines are used). A gondola shuttles skiers from the parking lot at the base of the mountain to the heart of the ski area above, and back again. Although it is possible to ski down to the parking lot at the end of the day, this run (#1, the "ski out") is very long, and can be quite tiring at the end of a long day of skiing. It can also be rather intimidating to new skiers, who may prefer to wait until they can do the easier intermediate runs before attempting it; it's not unusual to see novice skiers walking down this long run, skis in hand, even though it's officially rated as easy.  

Before December 26, residents of Western Canada may purchase the Sunshine Marmot Card online for $79.95 (just $6 over the cost of one lift ticket), which offers significant discounts at those two ski areas; the first, fourth, and seventh day's skiing is free, while there is a $13 (high season) or $26 (low season) discount on lift tickets for the other days that you ski. The card is not transferable; photo ID is required, and on your first visit, they will add your photo to the Sunshine Marmot Card, so try to arrive a little early to allow time for this procedure. Calgary and Edmonton Safeway grocery stores and some ski shops sell the card starting around October, and ending on December 31. It is also sold at the ski hill during the availability period.

Lake Louise

Before December 31, residents of Canada and the states of Washington, Idaho and Montana  may purchase the Canadian Rockies Louise Card for $79.95 (just $8 more than the cost of one lift ticket), which offers significant discounts at Lake Louise, and smaller discounts at several other ski areas in Alberta and British Columbia (Fernie, Kimberley, Nakiska, Norquay, Rabbit Hill). At Lake Louise, the first, fourth, and seventh day's skiing is free, while there is a $13 (high season) or $26 (low season) discount on lift tickets for the other days that you ski. The card is not transferable. You may also purchase a Louise Card Plus for $79.95 (or upgrade an existing Louise Card). In addition to the Louise Card discount program, the Louise Card Plus also has direct-to-lift access (the Plus card is linked to your credit card, so you don't need to stand in line to pay for your lift ticket), and a 20% discount on food orders at the ski hill's Powder Keg restaurant between 3 pm and 5:30 pm, as well as discounts at certain food outlets at Nakiska and Kimberley. Plus card holders also get First Tracks privileges at Lake Louise on the last Sunday of each month.

In some stores (e.g. Calgary Coop grocery stores) , you can find Main Street Offers / Samba Days cards for Lake Louise (and other RCR resorts, such as Fernie) which offer a full day adult lift ticket for $72 (regularly $89, but may be less during spring skiing season). These cards also give 15% off on the purchase of child and youth lift tickets for Lake Louise. They must be activated online before you go skiing; read card for full terms and conditions. www.mainstoffers.ca 

Marmot Basin (Jasper)

The MagicBus ski shuttle (details below) takes skiers from Edmonton to Marmot Basin every weekend; midweek trips are also scheduled during part of the ski season.

See notes under Sunshine Village (above) for information on the Sunshine Marmot Card, which provides discounted lift tickets to residents of Western Canada only.

Fortress Mountain (Kananaskis Country)

Fortress Mountain has long been a favorite with Calgarians who like the fact that it is Calgary's second-closest mountain ski resort (after Nakiska, which is a tiny bit closer). Its lift tickets have usually been cheaper than the ski areas inside Banff National Park, and the runs are favored by some advanced skiers. Aside from a brief opening in February 2006, however, the resort has been closed since 2004; the Alberta government cancelled its agreement with the resort's most recent leaseholder in October 2006, after a long-standing dispute over compliance with some terms of the lease agreement. It has not reopened since then (as of August 2010).

Nakiska (Kananaskis Country)

See notes under Lake Louise (above) for information on the Canadian Rockies Louise Card, which provides discounts on Nakiska lift tickets. Available only to residents of Canada and the states of Washington, Idaho and Montana .

A card available from various local stores (e.g. Calgary Coop grocery stores) for $74.95 is valid for a full day adult lift ticket (regular price $86.96, but price may be reduced during early ski season and late spring skiing). The gift card is from Main St Offers / Samba Days, and must be activated online before you get to the ski hill. See back of card for full details. www.mainstoffers.ca

Castle Mountain (Pincher Creek)

 

BRITISH COLUMBIA ROCKIES

Kicking Horse Resort (Golden)

Panorama

Kimberley

See notes under Lake Louise (above) for information on the Canadian Rockies Louise Card, which provides discounts on Kimberley lift tickets. Available only to residents of Canada and the states of Washington, Idaho and Montana .

Fernie

See notes under Lake Louise (above) for information on the Canadian Rockies Louise Card, which provides discounts on Fernie lift tickets. Available only to residents of Canada and the states of Washington, Idaho and Montana .

Revelstoke Mountain Resort

 Formerly a small ski hill called Mount Mackenzie, this ski area near Revelstoke, BC is undergoing a major redevelopment and massive expansion;  the first phase opened for Winter 2007-2008.

 

OKANAGAN

Sun Peaks (Kamloops)

Silver Star (Vernon)

Big White (Kelowna) 

 

AIRPORTS

Calgary International Airport serves as an entry point for Kananaskis Country, Banff, Lake Louise, Kicking Horse Resort, Panorama, and Fernie.

Kelowna International Airport provides access to Big White, Silver Star and Sun Peaks.  

Sun Peaks also can be accessed from Kamloops Airport.  

Cranbrook Airport serves Kimberley and Fernie.   

 

SHUTTLE BUS SERVICES

A shuttle bus service from many hotels in the Banff townsite to the "Big 3" Banff-area resorts is included with the Tri-Area lift ticket mentioned above.

Lake Louise ski area shuttle schedule  (2009-2010)

Sunshine Village shuttle schedule (2009-2010)

Mt Norquay shuttle schedule (2009-2010)

MagicBus

Provides scheduled (pay) service to Marmot Basin and Lake Louise from Edmonton; Lake Louise service is also available from Red Deer. The schedule varies depending on how far advanced the ski season is, but the bus always runs on weekends, and midweek service may also be scheduled. This is a family friendly service, with no drinking or smoking on the bus.

Sunshine Coach 

Provides daily (pay) service to Sunshine Village from Canmore and Calgary.   Also runs weekly to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.

SunDog Tours

operates the following shuttle bus services:

Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff

Calgary International Airport and Canmore, Banff and Lake Louise

Calgary International Airport and Fernie 

Banff and Panorama Mountain Village    

 

Moose Travel Network

operates a variety of bus routes that connect the ski resorts of the Alberta Rockies, the Kootenay-Rockies of British Columbia, and the Okanagan Region with Calgary and Vancouver.