In late February, we skied first in the mountains of Banff National Park, at Lake Louise and Sunshine Village, and second in British Columbia at Revelstoke. There wasn't much by way of new snow (read: none of that epic powder that Canada is supposed to have / has had every winter for the last 20 years) but there was still snow - soft bumps, perfect corduroy, and beautiful slopes surrounded by vast and breathtaking Canadian Rockies. There was varied terrain, immense vertical, and always shining sun.
These ski resorts were not really on my radar, nor was this area of Western Canadian North America. Is it fair to add somewhere to your bucket list while you are in the midst - and cross it off right away? If not, that's still how I felt about the Canadian Rockies. With a crew of fourteen friends, new and old, it was a constant adventure on-piste, plus some epic road trips, rowdy dinners, and a lot of laughs.
I'm forever in awe of this mountain range and am deeply grateful and fulfilled. Thank you, Canada.
Stay: Lake Louise Inn - 4th night free, complimentary shuttle to the mountain, breakfast buffet
Explore: Downtown Banff, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise