March 11, 2016
By Naomi Witherick
Spring skiing in Banff and Jasper is about BBQs, music and spring passes at killer prices. Expect great conditions too, with sunshine and late winter snowfall. Here are the deals and events not to miss.
Spring has sprung at Sunshine Village. Open until May 23, it boasts the longest ski season in Canada due to its lofty 1,070-m/3,514-ft vertical rise (the highest in the country!) Passes for spring are $149 for children to $429 for adults.
Enjoy burgers and a fire pit at Bourgeau BBQs at the gondola base every weekend. Or relax with a drink on sun-touched terraces at Mad Trapper’s Saloon, with live music each weekend from April 16 in the Snowchella Concert Series. The season ends with skiers and snowboarders riding high-speed into an icy pool of water at the annual Slush Cup May 23.
Spring passes at the The Lake (as the locals call it) are $149 for children and $424 for adults. The season runs until May 8, promising sunny afternoons on the decks at the Lodge of Ten Peaks.
Eat outdoors at Kokanee Kabin next to the Glacier Chair; there are BBQs at Temple Lodge each weekend. Don’t miss Shake the Lake Rail Jam on April 30 and a closing weekend party with DJs, bouncy castles and games, May 7 and 8.
Celebrating its 90th anniversary, Mount Norquay has loads of spring events. Catch the Bruce Engler Memorial Race on the Cascade slope, April 2 and get retro for 80s Day, April 9. Dine on the patio at the Main Lodge and watch the sunset while night skiing on Fridays. Norquay’s closing date is expected to be April 17.
Rather than a spring pass, get free skiing in April at Marmot Basin when you buy a 2016-17 season pass in the early bird sale, on until June 30. Meet with friends on the patios at the Paradise and Eagle Chalets and get decked in hula flowers and grass skirts for the Aloha Cup, April 16.
Get more insider tips on Banff and Jasper National Parks’ ski resorts in our previous feature.
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