Photo by Paul Morrison
You know it’s finally winter when the ski hills start opening. With some already open and others preparing to shortly, it’s time to plan which hills you’ll be frequenting this season.
What’s new: Take the Mystic Chair up Mount Norquay to try Wiegele’s (50), a new blue run that stretches down Norquay’s newest 10 acres of skiable land. When you’re done, you can try Norquay’s 90th anniversary beer, called the Norquay 90 Kolsch, at Norquay or at the Banff Ave. Brewing Co.
What’s new: There’s plenty of food news coming out of Lake Louise this season. Not only is the resort getting a new executive chef in Scott Green, but this winter, it will also be opening a new sushi bar called Kuma Yama and a smokehouse in the Kokanee Kabin where guests can try smoked meats on the deck (mid-season and in the spring, weather permitting).
What’s new: Stay cozy at Sunshine Village this year by riding up the slope on the first heated chairlift in Canada, set to open early December. The lift, called the TeePee Town LX, has heated seats, footrests and orange bubble covers to keep you warm and comfortable, and offers access to some of Sunshine’s green, blue and black runs.
What’s new: In a few weeks, guests can visit Whistler-Blackcomb’s newly renovated Rendezvous Lodge, which will feature a more modern look and a completely new cafeteria menu that includes a wok station, a Mexican counter and a burger bar. While you’re there, stop by Christine’s Restaurant where Steve Ramey, formerly with Hawksworth Restaurant in Vancouver, is now the head chef.
What’s new: This season, Blue Mountain has bumped its total number of glade runs to seven with the recent addition of the Upper and Lower Orchard Glades and the Old South Glades. This past August, the resort also opened iWA Spa, a full-service spa where you can relax with a massage, yoga or even Ganbanyoku, a hot rock sauna experience.
What’s new: After introducing 11 kilometres of trails for fat bikes—bicycles with wider tires—last winter, Mont-Sainte-Anne’s has three new fat bike loops to try this season.