Is It Safe To Hit The Slopes In Banff This Year?

Skiing and snowboarding throughout BC is a popular choice for many throughout the winter months in Canada. As being out in nature and skiing are often experiences that are viewed as safe throughout the pandemic, it is important to consider all the other activities that you might take on during your time at a Banff ski resort.

With early snowfall, many of the top resorts including Sunshine Village, Mt. Norquay, and Lake Louise are all open early this year for skiing and snowboarding. The slopes themselves pose a very little risk, and the areas are all very well maintained, but the restaurants, lifts, and air travel are all posing risks to many avid winter sports enthusiasts.

At Sunshine Village, the guests would typically take a 17-minute gondola ride from the parking lot to the main ski area. This year, there will be limited capacity on these items. This will lead to more people backed up on the road and a somewhat longer waiting time to access the gondola areas.

Photo: Kristopher Kinsinger

The resort is also going to sell different types of passes. Rather than limiting skiers and snowboarders, passes will have the option to do afternoon only season passes and morning only season passes. There will also be a series of tent warmup areas to make sure that guests can access a place to get warm or relax without having to go inside.

The details on COVID-19 restrictions are still being worked out at most resorts. Popular sites like Whistler Blackcomb in BC will also not be limiting their capacity, but they will be giving priority to pass holders for lift tickets and daily tickets.

Many resorts will be taking instruction from Australia who just finished their skiing season. Most resorts there were working at 50% capacity for sales as a reaction to 2 resorts that were forced to close after a few days. With an optimistic outlook, many Canadian ski resorts are opening with some limitations, but still the same fun and excitement in Banff while out on the slopes.

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