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Red Mountain is giving away free lift tickets to U.S. citizens throughout the month of January.

What is believed to be an industry first, Red Mountain (www.redresort.com), in Rossland BC is giving free lift passes to U.S. citizens for the entire month of January. In response to what they describe as ‘the record-low snowfall conditions throughout the US’, the resort located about five miles (10 kilometres) from the Canada/US border, is offering free lift passes to all US residents for the next until January 31st.

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Sunshine Village Resort

Tourist Office

Sunshine Village
Sunshine Village, Box 1510
Banff, Alberta
Canada, TIL 1J5

Telephone: (403) 762 6500
Website: www.skibanff.com

Description

With slopes facing in all directions, Sunshine is one of North America’s oldest resorts, dating back to 1928. Yet it has recently invested heavily in massive infrastructure improvements and renovations. It’s even added a third mountain, Goat’s Eye, served by some of the continent’s fastest high-speed detachable quad chairlifts. The resort also boasts Banff’s largest ski rental shop and the only ski-in, ski-out hotel. The snow record is so impressive that snow-making would be regarded as throwing money away. The resort has terrain to suit all abilities. For advanced skiers and snowboarders the Delirium Drive, is the ultimate front-country adventure, with pitches of 40 degrees and vertical footage of 1919 feet. Delirium will be located on the north face of Lookout Mountain.

Review

There are few true ‘ski towns’ around the world, especially those with a choice of top ski areas on their doorstep, each with independent ownership. Austria’s Innsbruck, Utah’s Park City, New Zealand’s Queenstown and Argentina’s Bariloche are some of the few examples, Aspen grew up that way but with all the ski areas nearby now owned by one company some feel the character there has gone. Not so in Banff, where the Mount Norquay is the nearest to town and offers flexible skiing by the hour if you just have a little time to spare for a few turns. If you are planning a full day of skiing or riding there is much more terrain available at Sunshine Village and Lake Louise – generally regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful ski areas. Banff came in to being in 1883 when three railway workers building Canada’s first trans-Continental railway staked a claim on the hot springs area that bubbled up there. It was named by a Canadian Pacific employee after his home area of Banffshire in North Eastern Scotland, although it doesn’t look much like it! Two years later the railway was competed and soon afterwards the Canadian Pacific railway Company built the incredible Banff Springs hotel and Canada’s first national park was established, “the rest is history”. The town has a reputation also for being extremely good value and having genuinely friendly inhabitants. It’s particularly impressive that they manage to keep cheerful when you consider the 7600 ‘Banffites’ have to keep smiling at more than three million visitors a year. The snow on the surrounding mountains is known for its quality and abundance which help Sunshine and Lake Louise to open from early November to late May every year – one of the worlds longest ski seasons. The experience of being able to spend the day in true wilderness terrain or modern ski areas and then the evenings in a lively resort also appeals to many. The success of Banff as a world leading ski destination was laid out more than a century ago when Swiss mountain guides led parties of climbers on first ascents of the surrounding peaks and traversed prehistoric glaciers. In leather bindings and wooden skis they discovered untracked snow in wide-open bowls and meadows, laying the groundwork for what was to become a viable ski industry. Settling in Banff and Lake Louise the pioneers helped build trails then roads through the raw, rugged and largely uninhabited landscape and eventually they established hotels and businesses.

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Red Mountain Resort

Tourist Office

Red Mountain Resort
PO Box 670, 4300 Red Mountain Road
Rossland
British Columbia
Canada
V0G 1Y0

Telephone: (250) 3627384
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.redresort.com

Description

A large ski area spanning two mountains with a long history (Western Canada’s first chairlift was erected here in 1947) and one of the biggest verticals in North America. There are acres of groomed trails and a further 700 acres of tree skiing. Slopes descend in all directions from Granite Mountain. The resort is located in a snow belt and has a reputation for abundant falls of light, fluffy powder. The nearby town of Rossland (5 minutes) grew up in the gold rush days.

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Purden Ski Village

Tourist Office

Purden Ski Village
PO Box 1239
Prince George
British Columbia
Canada
V2l 4V3

Telephone: (250) 5657777
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.purden.com/

Description

Located 60KM east of Prince George on the Yellowhead Hwy. Purden Ski Village has a day lodge, restaurant, ski shop, rentals and lessons with accommodation available at Prince George.

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Powder King ski resort

Tourist Office

Powder King
Pine Pass
British Columbia
Canada
V0J 2C0

Telephone: (250) 9976323
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.powderking.com

Description

Favoured for its dry, consistent powder and great gladed tree and bowl skiing. Powder King is a self-contained centre with a good vertical drop and plenty to interest the majority of skiers. There’s a hotel and a hostel by the slopes where all skier-essential services including a day care centre are included.

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Whistler ski resort

Tourist Office

Tourism Whistler
4010 Whistler Way
Whistler
British Columbia
Canada
V0N 1B4

Telephone: (604) 9382769
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.whistler.com

Description

While many of the great European ski resorts tend to rest on their laurels, Whistler has shot up through the ranks to become one of the strongest contenders for the much disputed title of ‘World’s Greatest Ski Resort’. The twin-prionged assault involves having phenomonally good skiing, with one of the world’s greatest high-speed lift systems and on the ground a vast array of apres-ski alternatives and comprehensive facilities. In the ’90s Whistler has repeatedly been voted ‘Best North American Ski Resort’ by North Americans and in Japan the favourite international destination for Japanese skiers.

Review

Over the past 20 years no resort has hit the winter sports world headlines as often as Whistler in British Columbia. Coming from way down the world rankings the resort shot to the top of the reader survey popularity charts in North American consumer ski magazines in the early ’90s, and has stayed there ever since. Not only a North American phenomenon, Whistler has pulled in package tour operators from all over the world by the dozen in recent years and topped ‘favourite foreign resort’ polls in countries like Japan. Whistler hosted most on-snow events (except snowboarding, ski-cross and frestyle) at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, fulfilling its creators dreams 50 years earlier of creating a resort to host the Olympic Games. It now attracts more skiers and ‘boarders than any other resort on the North American continent.

The resort began life as recently as 1966, with its ‘municipal inception’ a decade later. Since then an incredible 2.7 billion Canadian dollars have been spent making the resort what it is today. The reasons for the unprecedented enthusiasm in Whistler today are many. Perhaps you start with the fact that North American ski resorts are recognised as having the best service standards and lift systems in the world, then you consider that Whistler has the best lift system in North America, with the most high speed lifts in the world. Secondly you might add in to your musings that Whistler has not one but two mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb, lift-linked together, providing the biggest ski area in North America. Oh, and these two mountains also have one-mile of vertical, which is some of the largest lift accessed terrain in North America. Indeed the ‘Blackcomb’ effect can’t be overstated. Originally developed by Intrawest in the mid 1980s, their first major ski resort project, it provided valuable competition for Whistler mountain for well over a decade before the two came under joint Intrawest control.

Whistler is big enough to ensure a vast range of choices on and off the slopes when you’re not riding up and sliding down the slopes – around 100 restaurants and 200 shops plus a huge choice of accommodation (more of it slopeside than anywhere else in North America) and activities. Finally there are little things like the proximity to a major international airport; the favourable exchange rate of most countries, including the US, to the Canadian dollar; the status of having the only lift-served summer glacier skiing in North America; the uncrowded slopes; the vast choice of terrain.

Of course the residents and fans of Whistler will tell you that these are just the ingredients, and it’s that ‘something else’, the feel of the place, that makes it truly great. The only negative factor that any critics, desperate to find a flaw in the apparently nigh on perfect ski resort, can find, is that its low elevation and proximity to the Pacific can mean rain rather than snow at base level at each end of the season. Whistler’s view is that the low base is a boon because, although they have some of the biggest verticals in North America, the top elevation is not as high as resorts in Colorado, so altitude sickness is not a danger for Whistler’s guests. The proximity to the coast also means that it doesn’t get overly cold – just cold enough for an average 33 foot dump of powder each season.

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Sun Peaks ski resort

Tourist Office

Sun Peaks Resort Corporation
1280 Alpine Road
Kamloops
British Columbia
Canada
V2C 5M8

Telephone: (250) 5787222
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.sunpeaksresort.com

Description

One of the largest ski areas in Canada with light, dry powder spread across three unique mountains. Experience high quality ski in / ski out accommodation.

Review

Sun Peaks has grown rapidly to become one of Canada and the world’s leading resorts. The resorts has expanded dramatically over the past decade with more than $500m invested, strengthening its appeal as the major four-season destination resort in the interior of British Columbia. With around 4,000 acres of terrain, this is now Canada’s third largest ski area.

The resort has built its reputation on a combination of first class service, state-of-the-art facilities at the base of the mountain, superb skiing over a large ski area – now covering three mountains – blessed with an average 559cm (220 inches) of light dry powder in an average winter and somehow finding time to fit in 2000 hours of sunshine annually too. Much of the resort itself is brand new and all the lodging is slopeside too.

Investments have included lift and trail development on Sun Peaks third mountain (Mt. Morrissey) with over 500 acres of skiable terrain added, bringing the total skiable terrain to around 3,700 acres – second only in British Columbia to Whistler. The continuing investment is part of a master plan to eventually combine five skiable mountains, a full-facility resort village and 21st Century resort technology with a diverse list of four-season recreational, educational and entertainment facilities

Sun Peaks was originally called Tod Mountain when it was established in 1961. The resort was purchased by Nippon Cable in 1992, and renamed as part of an extensive resort development plan. The main ski mountain remains ‘Tod Mountain’. The name Tod came from a famous fur trader, John Tod, who was a chief trader for the Hudson’s Bay Company in the early 1840′s.

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Sun Peaks Resort, Tod Mountain, North Thompson, British Columbia, Canada

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